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16 Oct

Best Skiing Destinations To Book For 2016

The Pick Of Europe’s Best Ski Resorts



Whether you’re a beginner on a budget or a trendy winter sports fanatic, these are some of the best ski destinations available in Europe for 2016.                                          

Winter is coming and so it’s time to think about booking your 2016 ski holiday. Here are some of the best skiing destinations to consider visiting depending on your experience and budget.

Most Popular Skiing Destinations For Brits

The French Alps are currently the fashionable place for British skiers to visit. With the close proximity to home and budget airlines operating out of several local airports in the vicinity, it makes perfect sense that the region would be so popular to us.

However, choosing to ski in the French Alps is not simply a decision based on logistics. It is a beautiful ski destination with over 200 resorts to stay in which offer something for everyone.

The Three Valleys of Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens are one of the biggest draws of the French Alps. Advanced skiers will adore the off-piste runs and freestyle parks that are available, whilst beginners will enjoy Meribel with its wide nursery slopes situated near Altiport.

Best Destination For Absolute Beginners

Learning to ski can be hard and after parting with quite a bit of cash, beginners will want to ensure that they’ll be looked after on their choice of skiing holiday.

Andorra in Spain is a great option for first-timers, not least because of the exceptional English-speaking ski schools that operate there.  Families can also benefit from travelling to Andorra for a ski trip, as there are some good prices on offer as well as free ski passes for kids.

Most Down-To-Earth Ski Destination

The Czech Republic is hands-down the most comfortable place to ski for those who are a bit rusty and dislike the posing and posturing that takes place at more trendy locations.

This doesn’t mean that it’s a downmarket destination though, far from it. In terms of resorts, Boží Dar is a good bet for those who are flying into Prague, as it is situated on the German border approximately 1 hour from the capital. It costs £5 a day to ski here and it is so peaceful due to vast amounts of open space and no queuing.

Another beautiful area of the Czech Republic to consider is the Beskydy Mountains in Moravia which have excellent conditions for downhill skiing as well as snowboarding. Thermal pools are also dotted around the area providing fantastic relaxation after all that hard work on the slopes.

Affordable Skiing

It may be surprising to some that not all of the most affordable ski destinations are located in Eastern Europe and that Italy actually has some inexpensive resorts and packages to tempt the budget-conscious.

Ski lessons are a fraction of the cost of those in France or Switzerland, but unfortunately skiers do tend to need to forego conveniences such as the possibility of skiing straight to the door of your accommodation. Cheap ski resorts include Livigno which will set you back approximately £350 for a week’s worth of skiing, whilst the marginally more expensive Sestriere costs roughly £400 according to data collected by the Post Office.

When budgeting for your ski holiday, don’t forget that the total cost of your trip should include equipment hire, lift passes, ski travel insurance and potentially ski school lessons as well as flights and accommodation.