If you’re looking for an answer, you’ve come to the right place. This article will tell you when you can hit the slopes again. It will start with the top European resorts and work it’s way down. So, sit back and get ready to ski.
Europe: The Mecca of Ski-in/ski-out Skiing
When it comes to European ski resorts, there are so many options that it’s hard to decide where to begin your ski adventure. One of the best destinations for beginners is Bansko in Bulgaria. It is close to the Turkish border and has a small ski village with 15 trails. It gets super hot and humid there in the summer so make sure to bring lots of sunscreen and water. In the winter, it gets cool and the powder is amazing. It’s one of the best ski towns in Europe and there’s a reason why it’s called the “Ski-in/Ski-out Mecca” of Bulgaria. If you want to continue your European snow adventures, then Bulgaria is a great option. After all, as the saying goes, “there’s more than one kind of snow.”
Another great option for beginners is Coronet Peak in New Zealand. You’ll have to check in with the travel agency at the airport to make sure this destination is open and if it is, you’re good to go. Once you get to the resort, there will be a 30-minute drive to the base village. At the base village, you’ll find a small grocery store, a bakery, and a bar. There is also a small outdoor pool that you can enjoy in the summer. In the winter, there is only one thing you should know: the ski season at Coronet Peak starts at the end of November and it runs until the end of March. There is an option to ski on a Saturday but it’s usually closed on Sunday. Otherwise, the ski season is open all day every day. So, if you want to go skiing in New Zealand, make sure to book your vacation package well in advance. This way, you’ll have a chance to enjoy the thrill of skiing again before the summer season arrives.
The Netherlands: The Mecca of French Fries and Beer
Another European destination worth pointing out is the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This country is best known for its delicious fries and thin, creamy beer. Therefore, it is no surprise that some of Europe’s most beautiful and iconic ski resorts are located there. However, not all of them are easy to access. For instance, in order to reach the biggest and the most popular resort, Kortrijk, you will have to travel by rail for about four hours. Luckily, the train station is close to the resort so it won’t be a problem. After all, getting to the ski resort is half the fun. The other half is deciding which one to choose. Fortunately, the Netherlands offer a lot of great choices especially for beginners. There is also a lot of accommodation so if you are traveling without a family, this could be the perfect place to crash for the night.
Austria: The Mecca of Ski-in/ski-out Skiing
Now, let’s jump across the pond to our next destination, the kingdom of Austria. Austria is one of the largest countries in Central Europe. It is also one of the most popular ones. If you are looking for a place where you can have a complete vacation with the whole family, then Austria is a great choice. There are 17 ski resorts throughout the country. The largest and the most popular one is Wörthersee. It is located in the Southern part of the country and has the highest elevation in the area. Therefore, it gets a LOT of snow. The snowmaking facilities are incredible there. They often make snow clouds just for you.
There is also a wide range of accommodation options at Wörthersee. It is easy to take the bus to nearby towns such as Gmunden or Liezen. Both of these places have vibrant nightlife. So, if you are looking to have some fun in the evenings and want to do something different than go to a German-speaking country, then these two places are for you. They both have vibrant arts scenes and great restaurants. You might even find a playwright or an opera singer waiting to meet you. Liezen in particular is a very popular destination for artists looking for accommodation. It even has a yearly art festival that celebrates local and international artists. While in Gmunden, you can visit the market there on Saturdays to find local products from all over Austria. You’ll find cheeses, meats, and other things that are typically Austrian. So, if you are visiting the country, make sure to check out the local markets. Gmunden in particular is known for its local cuisine and for having the largest chess club in Austria. So, if you love competitions and wanting to be the best, this could be the place for you.
Italy: The Mecca of Beautiful Mountains and Amici
Next, we’ll head over to Italy, one of the most romantic destinations for skiers. This country has incredible natural beauty. In order to protect the environment, only 4% of the country is developed. Therefore, you’ll mostly find deserted areas and beautiful green forests. There are 18 ski resorts throughout the country. The largest and the most popular one is Portofino. This resort is located close to the French border and has the most breathtaking views. If you are a fan of the film The Godfather, then you might recognize the town of Portofino. There is also a lot of cultural diversity there with people from all over the world. Therefore, the nightlife is extraordinary. You might even hear English being spoken. If you are looking for a place with a lot of cultural diversity, then Italy is a great option. The downside is that the language barrier could be an issue. However, there are lots of websites and blogs that you can read to learn Italian. In addition, there is an app called “Amici” that you can download and use throughout your stay. This app allows you to communicate with the locals and to get some feel for what living in an Italian village is like. If that’s something that interests you, then Italy might be the spot for you.
Switzerland: The Mecca of Ski-in/ski-out Skiing
Next, we’ll travel to Switzerland, one of the most preferred destinations for bargain hunters. The Swiss army has been known to sell a lot of their old guns at discount prices. So, if you’re looking for a souvenir, then this could be the place for you. Otherwise, you can always grab some Grunyütüsen – those little yellow frogs that they sell on the roadside. You’ll find them all over the country. They’re quite possibly the most adorable creatures ever. Even better, they’re pretty easy to catch so you can have them for dinner.
There are 17 ski resorts in the country. The largest and the most popular one is Zermatt. Located in the Eastern part of the country, Zermatt offers a European style ski experience. If you want to explore the nearby Matterhorn, one of the largest ice-covered mountains in the world, then you should definitely plan on doing that. The other option is to take a day trip to Visp, located near the French border. From there, you can take the train to Zermatt. Visp is also the starting point of numerous hiking trails that lead to the Matterhorn. So, if you are looking for some peace and want to get away from the hustle and bustle, then Switzerland is a great option. There is also a lot of wildlife to spot there. Especially during the summer, you might see brown bears roaming around. In the winter, you can spot moose, foxes, and the famous hibernating bears. In addition, there are a lot of lakes there that you can explore. Some of them are even stocked with fish. So, if you are a fisherman, this could be the perfect place for you. In short, if you can get a good deal on a suitcase, then Switzerland is the place to be. Otherwise, you might end up spending a lot of money on transportation