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11 Oct

Take To The Slopes!

skiWhy not take to the slopes this year for some snow filled sporting fun. Whether you’re a seasoned pro in search of steep sweeping pistes, or more of a scenic skier preferring to take in the stunning surroundings of the snow covered mountains, there’s a destination for everyone this winter!

With several locations in the Alps reaching all-time record snowfall for the last couple of years (The Telegraph), European ski resorts are a promising and less costly option for your winter holidays for 2013. Thanks to the weather having taken a turn for the wintery worst, new investments in the resorts of the Alps make for some interesting holiday options. Check out our selection of featured European resorts for your slice of winter wonderland magic.

Verbier – Switzerland

Located in Switzerland’s largest ski area, the 4 Valleys, Verbier has something to offer every taste. Thrill seekers can find over 400km of ski runs at heights of 3330m to try out that talent you’ve been hiding away in the UK! Not quite at that level yet? Not to worry, a free shuttle bus runs between the Médran gondola and the lifts for the smaller ski areas and central slopes to get you back to basics.

For the spectators among you, the location boasts beautiful scenery and a large array of bars, lounges and eateries, not to mention spectacular events to observe such as the Speed Ski World Cup and the finals of the Freeride World Tour among many others.

Getting there
Heading to Switzerland’s Geneva airport is the best way to reach Verbier, with Easyjet flying from 14 different UK locations at great prices. Once in Geneva a scenic 2 hour train ride will take you to Le Châble, just below Verbier.

Alternatively, a train journey can be an attractive yet slightly lengthier way to travel. Eurostar’s Swiss Ski Service opened in 2012 and runs over 5 peak weeks during the ski season. Additionally, frequent Eurostar trains will take you from London to Paris, followed by TGV from Paris to Geneva, Geneva to Lausanne and finally transfers by bus or gondola to the resort itself.

La Norma – France

For a cheaper, but by no means less enjoyable option, La Norma situated on the Eastern border of France could be for you. This picturesque car-free skiing village offers a tranquil and cosy atmosphere with its old style wooden buildings nestled among the snow covered trees.

The peaceful and un-crowded slopes allow skiers of all levels to enjoy runs from the piste back to the village all season long thanks to a careful mixture of real and artificial snow. Dog sledging rides, outdoor baths and snowshoe walks add to the charm of this small but perfectly formed resort, with promised value for money in the restaurants, resort facilities and on ski passes.

Getting there
By air, Chambery, Turin and Grenoble airports are all relatively close to the resort with regular flights from UK destinations. Alternatively, driving could be a viable option as the resort offers free underground parking and is situated just 9km from the motorway, with the added bonus of no baggage limitations!

A FEW MORE TO CONSIDER…

Zell Am See – Austria
With slopes for beginners through to the experts among you, the beautifully scenic resort of Zell Am See could be your destination of choice this winter. A lakeside town with over 100 miles of cross country trails and panoramic views, perfect for a wintery walk when you kick off the ski boots.

Boží Dar – Czech Republic
Ever considered the Czech Republic as a skiing destination? If you are a keen beginner or just a bit hopeless this could be an option for you! Many resort guides claim to cater for the less experienced and slightly awkward skiers amongst us, promising low prices and beautiful scenery.

Avanti Travel Insurance offer a bespoke winter sports cover package insuring you against piste closure, avalanches, cover on ski equipment and hire and much more. So what are you waiting for, pack your hats, grab your skis and discover Europe’s picturesque snowy slopes for a perfect winter treat.

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