Arctic blasts may have been hitting the UK in the last few weeks, but it has been a lot more rain than pretty snowfall. So if you like your cold weather to be more “winter wonderland” than “deluge of freezing rain”, it may be the time to think about swapping your brolly for a pair of skis and booking your ski holidays.
The recent London Ski and Snowboard Show at Earls Court saw a boom in visitors in 2012, with a reported 12% growth on visitors from 2011 and with forecasters predicting another record snowfall for the upcoming ski season, make sure you are not disappointed next year by beating the crowds and booking early.
The Granvalira, Andorra
A six million Euro investment in the area, means a trip to Granvalira could be a great place to grab some great ski deals in the Pyrenees. They have created six new slopes, including the first ever descent slope in Andorra. Not only have improvements been made on the slopes but the après ski is not looking too shabby either. Already known as a thriving party hub, new bars and restaurants have opened, including the incredible Vodka Bar, where you’ll soon find your head spinning, and that’s just from the 2,150m altitude! It isn’t only party goers who will have an amazing experience, as improved facilities and activities are now available for families, making it a great group skiing location.
For seasonal skiers, Chamonix probably needs no introduction. Boasting some of the most stunning slopes in the shadow of Mont Blanc, it has five varied ski areas, making it an ideal choice if you are in a group with mixed ability skiers.
Opening in 2013, the boutique Hotel Le Faucigny will make a charming addition to the exclusive Neilson ski offering. Having undergone a major refurbishment last winter, this stylish haven from the slopes is based right in the centre of Chamonix, ideal for experiencing the amazing après ski on offer in the array of bars and restaurants, without the long, cold walk home. You can even get a wonderful afternoon there, perfect for relaxing those aching muscles and recharging the ski batteries.
Les Deux Alpes, France
If you are looking for a resort that is fabulous for families, that caters for all standards of skier and boasts slopes surrounded by stunning mountain views, then look no further. From beginner runs on a glacier, to the chance to hire a guide and try free-riding on incredible off-piste runs, there is something for even the most discerning ski party.
The resort has a wide-range of ski chalets for different sized groups and every budget but, if you are really looking to splurge, the four-star Neilson Chalet Chartreuse, in Les Deux Alpes is not to be missed, with a menu designed by the celebrated chef Chris Colbrough of Flying Kiwi Inns – a true culinary experience.
With so much on offer for this season, why not plan ahead and book now to snap up the best deals on skiing holidays?