Will You Be Booking a Ski Trip to the Alps this Year?

 

The Alps are blanketed in snow, with more forecast for the week ahead, and eager skiers and snowboarders are carving fresh tracks down the mountainsides. The big question is, will you be making the most of the amazing snow and booking a ski trip to the Alps this year?

If you’re considering your first trip to the Alps but not sure if you’ll enjoy it, here we’re offering a little insight before you take the plunge. You’ll find resort recommendations for learner-friendly slopes and lively après ski, along with a few good reasons to give skiing or snowboarding a try this winter.

Skiing is amazing fun

The first few days on skis or a snowboard can be a challenge, as you get used to a new way of interacting with the snow. But once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s the most wonderful fun. Escape to the slopes among friends and family, and enjoy the rewards of meeting a fresh challenge among the soaring peaks and pines. The scenery is spectacular, the sense of adventure is thrilling, and the rewards are rich.

A snowboarder carves down the mountainside

A snowboarder carves down the mountainside

Ski resorts to meet all requirements

There’s a huge range of resorts across the Alps to choose from, with slopes suited to skiers and snowboarders of all levels – it’s just a case of working out which Alpine hotspots are best for you. Destinations like Morzine, Obergurgl, La Plagne and La Rosière are famed for their beginner-friendly slopes. Elsewhere, resorts including Val d’Isère, Méribel, Mayrhofen and Verbier offer vibrant après ski and lively nightlife.

Groups of all sizes and skill levels can take part

Skiing is open to people of all ages and ability levels. From beginner level right up to advanced, people can enjoy the slopes in their own way and at their own pace. Whether you hit the pistes with a pal or gather a whole group of friends and family, you’re guaranteed a healthy dose of fun and adventure over winter in the Alps.

Explore the groomed runs at your own pace, or tackle the terrain in a larger group. From couples heading away for a romantic ski break to large groups of friends block-booking a catered ski chalet to themselves for the week, it’s a convivial and group-oriented sport to enjoy among friends and family.

A group of pals enjoying the Alps together

A group of pals enjoying the Alps together

It’s adventurous and thrilling

From the moment you place your ski holiday booking, the anticipation builds until your day of departure. Before you know it, you’re strapped into your skis or board, ready to start enjoying the snow-covered slopes.

The Alpine scenery plays a big role in skiing and snowboarding’s appeal, too. Winding your way around your ski area of choice, it’s hard not to be wowed by the spectacular mountain setting you find. From peaks such as the famous Matterhorn in Zermatt to the peaceful Mont Cherie in Les Gets, the Alps are just a beautiful corner of the world to explore.

Ski and party as hard as you like

For many groups heading out to the Alps, the après ski scene in their resort of choice is a big consideration. When the clock hits three or four in the afternoon and those ski legs start to tire from a long day on the snow, there’s nothing quite like a refreshing beer or a hot mulled wine to get the party started.

St Anton in Austria ranks among the best resort for après ski in the Alps, with thirsty snow-lovers filling piste-side bars like the Mooserwirt and Krazy Kangaruh for their daily dose of après ski celebrations. Over in France, it’s a similar story across resorts like Méribel, Val Thorens and Val d’Isère as venues like the famous Folie Douce fill with live music and dance.

But après ski doesn’t have to be lively to be enjoyable, and there are plenty of great resorts with a slightly more sedate après ski scene. Alpine destinations like Châtel, Serre Chevalier or Montchavin in France, or Obergurgl in Austria, offer a wonderfully relaxed approach to après ski – with welcoming bars offering the perfect place to share tall tales of terrain explored and pistes conquered.

Enjoy a well-earned drink during apres ski by the slopes

Enjoy a well-earned drink during apres ski by the slopes

Plenty to do away from the pistes

Snow sports are the main attraction during a ski holiday, but you can also take a little time out to explore your local surroundings. Activities like snow-shoeing and dog-sledding are wonderful ways to explore the Alpine terrain away from the pistes, with winding trails running throughout the snow-covered valleys. Many resorts also offer relaxing spa facilities too, with pools, saunas, steam rooms and more to ease your muscles before another day on your skis.

Explore your surroundings

Away days are also a great way to enjoy your time in the Alps to the full, with traditional mountain villages lying within easy reach of popular ski resorts. Visitors to Courchevel, la Tania and Méribel can take the Olympic gondola down to any of the charming and traditional villages that line the route up from the valley floor. Brides les Bains is a beautiful old village located just a short drive or gondola ride down the valley, and offers a wealth of spa treatments and sauna facilities to those keen to enjoy themselves off the snow. The medieval town of Briançon is also very close to the resort of Serre Chevalier, and makes a great visit. 

Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro, a timid intermediate or a silver surfer, there’s a magic to the Alps in winter that draws skiers and snowboarders out season after season. Fresh snow is falling across the Alps, so gather the gang and book your place on the slopes! For a little help and advice on the best resorts for your group, you can reach us by phone on 020 3080 0200 or find us through our online chat service.

 

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