On the 1 December, I woke to be greeted by an abundance of snow outside my bedroom window and an extremely tasty treat in my advent calendar. This combined with the twinkling lights and mince pies began to get me into the Christmas spirit.
With the Christmas weekend approaching fast, I travelled into London for a spot of Christmas shopping, and was greeted by not only spectacular displays but also heaps of posters on the Tube showing the latest deals for ski holidays.
It got me thinking about how lovely it would be to spend Christmas in the Alps this year. The advantages of skiing over the Christmas week are not only that you will have to take off only three days holiday from work; there is the added bonus of the snowy, festive atmosphere of a ski resort. You may also experience ice skating and sledging, firework displays – and in some resorts you may even get a warming glass of vin chaud.
If you are looking for a holiday with guaranteed snow, think about picking one of the high altitude resorts where there should be lots of snow. Saying that, this season’s start has been a cracker (pardon the pun), so you will be hard pressed not to find good snow. To be sure, you can check the snow reports on skiclub.co.uk to seek out the areas with the best snow.
With so many resorts to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. But some resorts stand out as top choices for a Christmas ski holiday:
If you are looking for your very own winter wonderland, Lapland has it all from frozen lakes to an abundance of tree skiing. In Finland you could ski at Ruka, Levi, Saariselka or Yllas, all these areas have an impressive snow record and other festive attractions. For example at Ruka you can go on a snow safari through the trees, on a sledge drawn by huskies or reindeer.
If you are looking for the charm of a traditional Austrian resort, then head to Kitzbühel. This picturesque resort offers diverse terrain suitable for all abilities. With brass bands, chimes from the Church bells, and Christmas markets, this resort is perfect for a Christmas break.
If you would like to combine a city break with time on the slopes, there are various places which are perfect for your get-away. Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich are not only easy to get to and in reach of some of Europe’s finest resorts, but also are infamous for their gorgeous Christmas markets. Resorts close to these cities include: Alpendorf, Neustift, Seefeld, Soll, Kitzbühel and Mayrhofen.
So if this has got you thinking about heading to the snow for a last minute Christmas break, then I hope my top Christmas tips will help you take the plunge and get fully prepared for Christmas on the slopes:
- Remember you can often get a great value ski holiday over the Christmas week – often cheaper than New Year.
- Check skiclub.co.uk for the latest snow reports to check where has the best snow.
- Look out for free vin chaud and glühwein in resort.
- Check the tourist office website for a list of Christmas activities and events.
- Pack small gifts to open on Christmas day.
- Get the first lift up on Christmas Day – make it one to remember!
- Check out lastminute.com for all the latest ski deals – new 5% discount for Ski Club members.
So wherever you decide to go this year be it home or away, have a very happy Christmas!
Kate Thorman, Ski Club of Great Britain
Images courtesy of Fran Breslin and the Ski Club of Great Britain