Whether you’re a novice or an expert, consider a skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, tobogganing or dog-sledding break this winter – they’re all terrific ways to enjoy a fun-filled break.
And now is a great time to plan your escape for an exhilarating experience of being on top of a mountain on a white winter's day, whilst everything at home is grey and dull.
The Flexicover travel team has put together a selection of interesting winter sports resorts for you!
This is the most well-known of the Bulgarian resorts, with a wide range of facilities and après-ski activities, which reportedly also includes sumo wrestling! Borovets offers the largest skiing area in Eastern Europe, with a popular ski school and a ski kindergarten, enthusiastically developed following privatisation in 2000.
Rosa Khutor, Russia
The new hotel in Sochi the Park Inn Rosa Khutor is located in the heart of the Alpine Ski Resort Development, serves as the perfect base for exploring Russia's most popular skiing destination. The Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort will host the 2014 Winter Olympic games and offers 40 runs and 18 lifts, set against the region's stunning mountainous backdrop
Sauze d'Oulx, Italy:
Sauze d'Oulx claims to be the birthplace of Italian skiing dating back to 1899. Renowned for its lively atmosphere (although now quieter than it used to be) and high-value skiing, Sauze d'Oulx is also at one end of the Milky Way Circuit. This means that, conditions permitting, it is possible to ski all the way to Montgenèvre in France, nearly 250km away. And in 2006, the resort hosted the freestyle skiing events of the Turin Winter Olympics!
St. Anton, Austria
St Anton is unique amongst ski resorts in simultaneously enjoying three significant reputations. Firstly, its world-class skiing, perfect for experienced skiers, includes nearly 1,500 vertical metres of skiing in the Nasserein area. Secondly, the resort's has a reputation for some of the most hedonistic nightlife of any world ski resort. And, thirdly, it has a heritage as the cradle of Alpine skiing. One of the first ski clubs in the Alps, the Arlberg Ski Club, was established here in 1901, and Hannes Schneider is considered to have developed the downhill skiing methods known as the “Arlberg Technique” here.
Val d'Isère, France
Invincible Val d'Isère, has to be on the top of your list for a resort that truly has it all! Its vast skiable domain, incredible snow records, reassuring child care, stunning shops and vibrant night life will keep even the most diverse of groups blissfully happy. Plus, wherever you stay, the various resorts of the Tarentaise Valley (including the well known Les Arcs, Méribel and Val Thorens) will give you a choice of skiing elsewhere in the valley and there’s always the beautiful Vanoise National Park to help complement the views.
Zermatt is regarded by most aficionados as Switzerland's top ski resort, and by many, as one of the world's best as it is picturesque, car-free and offers spectacular views of the Matterhorn! The Triftji area, in particular, is highly-considered for the quality of its moguls. There is a large glacier for summer skiing, good lift links to Breuil Cervinia and Valtournenche in Italy and has the world's second biggest lift-served vertical drop – all of which combine to make this an astonishing, year-round resort!
For those who wish to travel further afield, why not try one of the strongest contenders for the much disputed title of "World's Greatest Ski Resort"?
Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada
These towering mountains provide some of the best skiing in North America, with the biggest vertical drop and featuring the 'Peak 2 Peak Gondola', which allows you to move between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains at their top! It is also the largest ski resort in North America, 50% larger in size than its nearest competitor. This really is a ski resort of Olympic proportions (indeed, it did host much of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics) and any true slope lover will not want to miss out.