It's the time of year when everyone is looking for skiing holiday ideas and Wintersports holidays.
Skiing used to be just another way to get from A to B in countries with a lot of snow fall, but now people choose skiing holidays because they're both active and relaxing. What are the best skiing holiday ideas for this ski season?
For families and beginners learning about different skiing options available is probably the best – so resorts like Hunter Mountain, Buttermilk, Châtel, Lech, Zürs and Soldeu are some of the best ski resorts to look at. Remember to choose a destination that has runs suitable for all members of your group, find a skiing holiday ideas package that includes gear hire and lift passes, practice falling over sideways and remember that it's the green runs that are for beginners.
For more family skiing holiday ideas check out Isola 200o, Les Deux Alpes, Valmorel and Les Gets. The ski resort at Flaine is really short drive from the airport, definitely a plus for the holidaying families and free lift passes for kids up to five and a special snowboarding park just for kids also make it popular with the age-challenged. Cortina d'Ampezzo has some of Europe's best nursery and beginner ski slopes and the ski resort complex including a cinema, arcades, skating and ski school, and slopes for sledding or bobsledding – another very box ticked on the vacation ideas list.
For early season adventure try Aspen, Chamonix, Alta, Cwrvinia and Val Thorens. And remember that the best early season skiing experience combines resorts with nearby glaciers and north facing slopes, over a certain altitude – 2,000m, or with average snowfalls of over 300 inches a year.
For late season skiing holiday ideas consider Vail, Obergurgl, Snowbird, Tignes, Cervinia or Mayrhofen, looking for resorts in the most northerly locations as well as resorts with the highest points. Glacial skiing is good in the late season as well. Head for the Arctic circle for the most reliable snow falls.
Skiing holiday ideas that avoid the peak season crowds are also of interest of many skiers. To ski in peace, our holiday experts recommend Monterosa, Saalbach Hinterglemm, Sexten, Grand Teton and the Himalayas! The quighter destinations are harder to get a package to, so you might have to book your break in parts, but these destinations are often reasonable, especially if only the locals really know about them! Other skiing options for piste and quiet suggest that you look for the quitter slopes within the larger resorts – Les Arcs has Le Pre, Mont Blanc's apron is Morillon, and Saalbach Hinterglemm has satellite resort Leogang, which is both quieter and cheaper.