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With over 200km of slopes covering the whole country, it doesn’t get more perfect than Ireland. If you’re a fan of the slopes, there’s plenty to choose from. You can stay at a super luxurious hotel right on the slopes, or if you prefer to stay away from the lodge, there’s also plenty of accommodation available for you.
Whatever your reasons for going to Ireland, there’s something for you here. You can take the scenic route, joining the famous Ring of Kerry on the way to the south, and get some great views of the countryside.
Another option is to take the Northern Island route, which will bring you to some of the most stunning mountains in Europe. In the winter, drive on the surface of the Lough Neagh in an Articulated Vehicle, and see northern Ireland blanketed in snow. It will be well worth the trip.
If you want a more traditional holiday, the South West corner of Ireland, particularly Galway City, offers a good mix of scenery and history. Take a stroll along the city’s famous river, or visit some of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions. There’s a little bit of something for everyone.
What Is Cataloochee Ski Area?
Tucked away in the Georgia highlands, in the United States of America, you’ll find one of the most iconic resorts in the world. It was founded back in the 1930s, and at this point, it’s still one of the premier ski destinations in North America. (To put it simply, it’s a bucket list item.)
Located in the Chattahoochee National forest, one of the last real wilderness areas in the country, Cataloochee is a small resort town that prides itself on its family-friendliness and its stunning views of Blue Ridge Mountain. From this base, you can hit the slopes and soar down them on a horse, ski, or snowboard – there’s something for everyone. It gets pretty chilly here at night, so keep that in mind if you plan on visiting in the evening. Otherwise, you can sip a cup of cocoa by the fireplace at one of the hotel’s cosy bars.
Let’s not forget about the other side of the coin, the luxurious resorts. If you have the money and the desire to make your holiday unforgettable, there’s a whole range of resorts around the world that can help you make your dreams come true. From the traditional ski village right on the slopes to the ultra-modern and glamorous hotels that feature award-winning restaurants, you’ll find everything you need for a care-free holiday.
You can also rent a luxurious lodge for the duration of your stay, and take advantage of all the fancy on-site amenities. With a skilled and experienced ski instructor by your side at all times, along with the opportunity to customise your own holiday itinerary, you can be sure that your trip will be as unforgettable as you want it to be. Bring your camera, because you’ll definitely want to take a picture with the snowflake that marks your first winter holiday in a luxury lodge in the shape of a snowflake. (Not actually a snowflake, but they kind of look like snowflakes.)
Getting to and from your resort is one of the most important aspects of a ski trip. If you drive, you’ll be able to reach any destination easily. As for the return journey, if you’re flying, there will be no complaints. But what if you’re driving? If you’re going by car, you might encounter some tough weather conditions. In that case, you’ll need to look into other forms of transport, such as rail or bus.
Where Can I Stay?
If you want to make the most of your trip, be sure to stay at one of the stylish and well-known hotels in the area. You can also rent a luxury lodge instead of staying in a hotel. If you’ve decided to stay in a hotel, there are plenty of decent options for you to choose from. You can find everything from historical hotels and castles to smaller boutique-style properties.
Do I Need A Pass?
Do you plan on going more than once or twice to the mountain? If so, then it might be worth buying a pass. There are various passes available, so be sure to look into what’s on offer before committing to anything.
What Happens After I Book My Ski Trip?
Once you’ve made the booking, the next step is to confirm it. You’ll receive an email confirming your booking, and also be given the option of making additional bookings. If you do want to change your holiday date or resort, you can contact the hotel or resort directly to make the necessary changes. Some resorts will even give you the option of changing your booking at no extra cost, depending on the promotional offer that you’re using at the time. But, generally, you’ll have to pay for any changes that you make.
What About Medical Insurance?
If you’re going to be traveling abroad, particularly to a colder climate, then it’s important to get medical insurance. While most insurance policies include accident and medical coverage, it’s worth double-checking. On the other hand, if you do end up in hospital over the holiday, you’ll need to make sure that the medical insurance that you carry is adequate to pay for all your treatment. If it’s not, you’ll need to look into upgrading your insurance before you go on your trip. (Check with your bank, too. They might have a travel insurance policy that you can sign up to, which is ideal for your situation.)
Skiing On The Water
Did you know that there’s actually ice skating at the top of the mountain? The view from the top is absolutely beautiful, and you’ll be able to tell that even without skates. The trick is to figure skate backwards. (That’s why they call it ‘ice skating’.) Skating on the water is another option, if you’re feeling adventurous. Just make sure to bring your swimsuit along, in case the opportunity to use it presents itself.
Top-Notch Snowsports Equipment
You’ll need some top-notch gear if you’re going to be skiing, and there are a few brands that really stand out. One of the best – and most reliable – companies that offer amazing gear is Salomon. No matter what aspect of skiing you’re interested in – whether it’s powder, rail, or ice climbing – you can be sure that Salomon has got you covered. They also make some incredible snowboard gear, too. When it comes to accessories, such as bindings, helmets, and goggles, you’ll also want to make sure that you’re using the best. A great brand for these items is Scott.
If you’re planning on staying at a resort for a week or more, it’s important to consider what footwear you’ll need. You might want to invest in a pair of ski boots, which are a great balance between style and functionality. (A good rule of thumb is to buy a standard size larger than you normally wear.) If you’ve never been skiing or snowboarding before, then it might be a good idea to get some ski boots fitted to ensure that they fit snugly and comfortably around your feet. You’ll also need decent ski trousers, a jacket, and a hat. Of course, you’ll want to keep your skin warm in the winter, so make sure to wear something that’s suitable for both skiing and ice climbing.
Where Can I Eat?
Even after your skiing adventure, you’ll want to keep your body active. One of the things that you’ll love about Ireland is the variety of foods that it offers. (Not just Irish; you can find similar dishes all over the world. Sometimes, it just takes an Irish person to come up with an idea that becomes a worldwide success.) If you’re staying at a resort, there will be lots of restaurants there, serving various cuisines and providing you with variety. (Resorts also host various entertainment events and outings, which you can take part in if you want.) If you can’t eat gluten, dairy, or wheat, then make sure to check out the alternative cuisine at the nearby restaurants.