5 of The Best Scenic Ski Holidays
Sometimes seasoned skiers want something a little bit more special than the average package holiday. Obviously all action-packed ski or snowboard adventures are hard to beat, no matter where you go.
But why not opt for a site of spectacular beauty to make those chair lift interludes a joy not a chore. You can’t beat that first sip of something special while soaking up a snow-framed sunset, so this year why not ensure you don’t end up in a packed resort dwarfed by skyscraper hotels.
There are scores of options to choose from on the Internet, so it’s essential to start with a shortlist of skiing resorts that take your fancy before you start researching in depth. The best place to look is action holiday sites and niche blogs. For example, Top Travel Blogs is a reputable site that features travel content that’s written by regionally based experts.
For those keen to secure a last minute deal, here is a quick-fire rundown of the most scenic spots on offer.
Cortina d’Ampezzo, located just 3 hours from Venice, is the star of several James Bond movies and it’s easy to see why. Climbing up the Ampezzo Valley, you’ll find scores of Italian visitors sipping aperitivo and lapping up the 360 degree panoramic view of the delightful Dolomite setting. Luxury hotels, exclusive restaurants and designer shopping will keep even the most fussy après-ski advocate more than happy.
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Jackson Hole Mountain isn’t for the fainthearted. Offering the longest, steepest vertical slope in the US, altitude junkies won’t be disappointed. Off-piste skiing abounds at the top of Rendezvous Mountain (accessible by aerial tram) but if that’s not your bag, kick back and watch the winter wildlife.
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Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France
When it comes to scenic skiing, French resorts are often overlooked. But the awe-inspiring Alps will never fail to impress. Plus, once you’ve arrived there’s no need to settle on Chamonix. There are five mountains to choose from, all with excellent off-piste possibilities. The best ski chalets in Europe can be found here, with excellent discounts for groups and customised catering services.
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Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
Whether you’re a motivated mountain-top maestro or a cross-country cruiser, Aspen Mountain will probably provide your dream slope. Snowmass offers four separate spacious mountain resorts with their own unique character. The Silver Queen Gondola will speed you straight to the summit, so you just have to choose the best route down.
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This Austrian resort affectionately known as “Kitz” is a world of contradictions. Routed in a medieval town straight out of The Sound of Music, it’s also home to one of the hardest downhill runs of the World Cup Ski Race. Hi-tech hounds might be let down by the clunky chairlifts, but first-time skiers will enjoy Kitz’s laidback vibe.
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