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    Where to Ski

    If you are looking for the best places to ski, which month to ski and options for some of the cheapest ski destinations in Europe then we have recommendations and reviews for where to ski along with helpful information for when snow is at it's best and where has good snow to ski at different times of the year.

    Skiing is such an exciting sport, past-time, hobby, experience or adventure ... or simply holiday ... however you like to see it! You don't need to be an expert, you don't have to know how to ski and you don't even have to like the cold to go skiing! It's a thrilling experience just being surrounded by cool fresh air, high up in the mountains where very often you are higher than the clouds and the sun shines down warmly on you through the crisp clear air.

    Best Month to Ski?

    So which is the best month to ski? Of course it depends on where you are going, and the weather patterns that year.  In recent years and possibly due to global warming some ski locations in Europe have had quite varying seasons, slightly un-predictable and some have started their season later than usual or had less snow than usual over the course of the season. And if you are an expert, the type of snow will matter to you too! But the general pattern in the best known places to ski in Europe such as France and Austria the Season is typically between mid December to mid April. But for those of us that don't get to ski that often but are just looking for good places to go at a reasonable price you may well be surprised at the number of locations that you can ski that you may not have thought of such as Finland, Slovenia and Spain.

    January and February are perhaps known as the best months to ski, with peak snow in most well known Ski locations. But as is also well known, these are the busiest and most expensive months and tend to get quite booked up the year before.  So if you just want to ski, and it doesn't matter when, either go for a last minute deal, where you can get some incredible deals within the following month or so and it could be anywhere from Andorra to Oslo.  Or if you have a specific month that you want to go skiing in or a specific destination that you've heard about then it's important to book a few months before the season starts at the latest.

    How to choose the best Ski Destination

    So you may have been skiing once or twice, you don't mind where you go and you are looking for a fairly good deal...Skiing is for most of us down to finding a good flight deal to an airport that has straight forward transfers up to the ski resorts. Bear in mind that most airports are not located at the top of a mountain, so transfers can be anywhere from an hour (which is rare) to 3 hours or more.  Most of us find a 2 hour transfer time from Airport to ski mountain resort a reasonable distance and transfer time. So with that in mind if you want to ski in France, sometimes it can be cheaper to fly into an airport in Germany, or Switzerland and get a transfer from there, so when you see 'sold out' just get your map out and get thinking!

    If finding your own flight, accommodation and transfers, ski hire, lift passes and insurance is straight forward and even fun for you, then you can make some savings and you can get yourself an extremely well priced and fantastic ski holiday. For others of us who are not as confident, or simply don't have the time to search for all these separate items to dynamically package your own ski holiday, then it does pay off to book your holiday through a ski firm, who has the expertise, who has been doing this for years and you can put your holiday in their capable hands and let them do the hard work! Because many of us don't have the luxury of time to spend weighing up all the different options and the Ski Companies will be able to offer you straight forward deals for you to just say yes or no to.


    Well Known Ski Destinations

    Skiing in France

    Renouned as one of the best places in the world to ski along with other spectacular winter sports The Alpes and proximity of truly fantastic ski resorts to major transport links make it a superb choice for a ski holiday. There are simply hundreds of resorts, many purpose built, and what makes them especially ideal is their high altitude meaning you can ski there almost half the year. The Three Valleys is possibly the most famous, consisting of Courcheval, La Tania, Meribel and Brides le Bains to name a few. And the world famous Chamonix with its considerable resorts surrounding Monte Blanc the highest mountain in the French Alpes. There is such an abundance of resorts, as well as plenty of airports such as Grenoble, Geneva (on the Swiss/France border), Lyon, Chambéry, Annecy and even Nice. Try looking for flights into Southern Germany close to the french border or Switzerland which has fairly straight forward transfers to French Alpes Ski resorts. Many will even choose to fly into Marseille albeit it a longer transfer. But it's safe to say there is an abundance of routes into the french resorts, and often buying a package deal will offer better value for money than all the separate parts of your holiday, don't be put off by skiing in a destination you've never heard off. Just be sure to do a quick search to make sure the destination offers you a variety of pistes for all level skiers.

    Skiing in Austria

    One of the best places to ski in Europe, Austria is known as a good ski destination due in part to the height of its peaks over 10,000ft. Of course the height will guarantee more snow and therefore it has some extremely well established and popular ski resorts such as St. Anton in the Alberg Region, Kitzbuehel, Innsbruck, Montefon and  The Stubai Glacier which is upto 10,500 ft high and offers many miles of downhill Skiing pistes. Due to its heights and new methods of snow making some destinations such as Silvretta Arena and Alberg offer Skiing well into the middle of April for sunshine ski. But as with most European locations the best months to ski in Austria are January to March. Known for it's exciting Après ski, and cosy delicious mountainside restaurants it even caters for children in many of its resorts with huge play areas and mini fun pistes. Being so engrained in the Austrian culture, they start their skiing young and you'll often find ski schools trailing across the Austrian alpine pistes with little ones as young as 3 years old whizzing by! And of course you'll find other winter sports such as horse drawn sledge rides, ice grottos and more.

    Skiing in Switzerland

    While the main reason for Skiing in Switzerland is the ideal weather and high peaks, it's restaurants and beautiful resorts and Après ski are another of the huge draws to this exciting snow destination. Theres always something to do if anyone in your group can't ski, and the sparkling white towns offer exciting shopping and enchanting views and tours. When it comes to Skiing the 5 most famous destinations are Verbier, Zermatt, St Moritz, Saas Fee and Wengen. Known for it's fantastic slopes there are so many smaller resorts ideal for a less expensive ski holiday, so don't just go for the big names. Smaller quieter locations mean less busy runs such as Andermatt and Bruson and an ideal opporunity for weekend skiing as many of the big names offer week long accommodation only. If you can't find flights directly into Switzerland try Innsbruck in Austria for short transfers and Geneva in France for easy transfers to the Swiss slopes.

    Skiing in Italy

    Recognised for it's famous lakes and beaches and it's iconic cities and art, Italy is also an amazing Ski destination with the Italian Alps giving France a good run for its money! Skiing in Italy in December, January, February and March and sometimes early April depending on the weather patterns that year, Italy can offer some serious pistes. The Dolomite mountains are among the most famous ski regions with La Villa, Kronplatz, Corvara, Arraba and the olympic resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo some of the best known.  Its often a little cheaper to ski in Italy and easier to get weekend ski deals with some great airport deals and easy transfers from airports such as Milan Malpensa, Bolzano, Turin and Verona even Venice for access to the Italian Alps. Monte Blanc spans the France and Italian borders so if you are wondering about the altitudes for Skiing in Italy, this is the higest Mountain in Europe! It also shares the second highest Mountain in Europe with Switzerland, Monte Rosa. Typically the best time for Ski is January to March with February being the busiest and most expensive, but there are plenty of resorts that will offer early ski in December.

    Other Great Ski Destinations


    Norway is great for skiing particularly for beginners and intermediates, and this is because of course its mountains are not as high as places like the French Alpes, but they are certainly good enough for a quiet fun week of skiing and even better for weekend skiing. It's not known for Après ski although of course you will find bars and friendly fun resorts. Hemsedal is probably the biggest ski area, and the quieter resorts of Geilo and Beitostolen are perfect for families, and for many of us thats ideal as we now want to include a ski holiday in our plans with our young 'uns! In the highest resorts the ski season can last 6 months! And the cross country skiing through forests is a delightful way to see the best scenery and involve the whole family on a lovely snow day out. So you can consider Norway from November to April dependent on this years snowfall which can vary.


    Where are the best places to Ski in Germany? Well Germany will surprise you as it's not well known for its Ski but destinations such as Garmisch-Partenkirchen previous home of Winter Olympics and Ski championships you'll be hugely surprised. The favored ski destinations are in the south of Germany, Imbergbahn and Ski Arena Steibis, Todtnauberg, and in particular in Bavaria the Spieserlifte in Unterjoch. Flying into Munich makes it easy to transfer down to the German Alps. With plenty of flights available it's a great opporunity to ski at a reasonable price and even combine it with a city break.


    Many people like to combine a winter holiday in Finland with a lapland visit and even the Northern lights if the clear skies allow. It's not widely known as a ski destination due to the fact that it's mountains aren't as high as other ski destinations, however it's absolutely ideal for a family ski holiday especially if you have a few beginners in the group. Husky dog sleighs, Finnish saunas, Reindeers and all that we imagine of a winterwonderland can be found here in this thrilling and pretty land of snow and lakes. Yllas probably offers the best ski pistes and it's traditional log cabins are very affordable. Levi also offers an area of less crowded skiing and a chance to take a snow mobile safari! November to April is the best time to Ski in Finland and you won't find yourself in those big queues for the ski lifts like Austria and Switzerland.


    Russia hasnt been the easiest place to ski in the past due to its visa system and travel, but it's opening up and becoming easier since the Sochi winter olympics and this destination is a prime place to ski and immerse yourself in Russian culture in a way like never before. And for the expert skiers head to nearby Krasnaya Polyana. Typically open from January to April, this is a ski destination for the adventurous and wild snowboarders! It's set to really grow in the next few years.

    Cheap Ski Destinations


    One of the cheapest places to ski if you are on a budget has to be Kranjska Gora just up above the Capital city of Ljubljana high up in the mountains that tower over the city. just a 25 minute transfer from this pretty city, the ski lifts will take you up into a powdery wonderland of snowy pistes ideal for all levels of skier, whether you be a beginner or seasoned skier, it's not huge but plenty enough runs for a laid back week or long weekend up in the mountains. Most people stay in the city below. Ski hire is easy, lift passes are cheap and Mid December to late March is ideal for skiing. You'll find plenty of cheap flights especially if booking in advance and its perfect for a big group of friends being so affordable. It's one of the easiest places to put together your own ski package organising your own flights and hotel, and simply taking a taxi transfer to the resort an dhiring your gear when you get there.


    Bulgaria offers itself as a cheap ski holiday destination, slopes aren't as high as the likes of France and Italy but is ideal for the Family's first ski holiday or beginners and intermediates as it's not too challenging, allowing it to be fun and easy going and very affordable. Low cost airlines fly into Sofia or Plovdiv, with simple transfers to the ski resorts of the well known Bansko resort as well as Borovets, and Pamporovo. Lift passes and ski and snowboard hire is very reasonable. Bulgaria is no longer just for beaches and city breaks!


    Where to Ski in Scotland? Well the Highlands of Scotland are becoming really popular for skiing albeit it has had a long history with Ski. The difficulty on the whole is guaranteeing snow, however with the resorts being fairly straightforward to get to and very affordable compared to Europe, Glenshee Ski Centre actually has 36 ski runs including black runs, surprising? CairnGorm Mountain even has a funicular railway! So when is the best time to go skiing in Scotland? Although it is possible to Ski between December and April, February is probably the best month to go skiing in Scotland. Take a look at the snow conditions in scotland right now.


    Andorra is a fairly cheap place to ski in comparison to other Central European Ski destinations. Nestled inbetween Spain and France this tiny little country is accessed by Barcelona or Girona airports in Spain, or Perpignon or Toulouse Airports in France. It has plenty of opportunity for all levels of Skier and is a little quieter than the Alps. Pas de la Casa is a favourite resort of many along with Soldeu and Arinsal. The resorts aren't huge but offer a great variety of all types of runs including black runs. A lovely location and an ideal Family holiday and beginner location with enough on offer for seasoned skiers too. Tasty mountainside eateries and a buzzing little Apres Ski scene in the local bars.


    Glacier Destinations


    Skiing in Austria is extremely popular, and can even be skiied all year round on its Glaciers high up in Tyrol with stunning views.  Fancy skiing in May and June in Europe? While most of us are heading for the beaches those looking for skiing will find it here on 5 glacier peaks of which Stubai is the largest, and Hintertux, Pitztal, Solden and Kaunertal ice peaks also offer charming resorts. You'll probably be skiing in strong sunshine so you'll definitely need your sunscreen as it's actually easy to burn being up so high in the glacier regions. Most resorts up in the Tyrol Glacier region are open from October through to May.  So getting away before the expensive New year rush and heading out in November is an exciting way to celebrate the dark winter months for a fun winter holiday, even if some members of your group don't ski.

    New Zealand

    If you are such a fan of skiing that you are missing it in the summer, head over to New Zealand for breathtaking Glacier Skiing on the Tasman glacier in July, August and September! Imagine Skiing in August! Here the conditions are perfect set amongst awe inspiring mountains with miles upon miles of bright snow suitable for everyone with its blue runs through to more daring runs. With hundreds of Glaciers in the South Island there is plenty of opportunity to Ski. New Zealands winter is June to August and temperatures can be well below freezing. Glaciers aren't your only choice here with many Apline resorts offering ski and snowboarding for the whole family through their winter months even into October.

    Worldwide Ski Destinations


    Where to Ski in Canada? Or maybe why to Ski in Canada! Being the 2nd largest country in the world almost half of this enormous country can be considered within the Arctic Circle. But fear not, some of Canadas best Ski resorts are much further south in British Columbia in the Coast mountain range much nearer civilisation! Whistler can be found in these Mountains, and Banff in the next province over, in Alberta's Rockies. You'll find Mont Tremblant in the Quebec province, and Fernie in British Columbia's side of the Rockies. Skiing in Canada is world class and extensive. It's set up for the most ambitious skiers and snowboarders down to family fun weekends.  Its a fair way to go just to ski, but depending on which city you fly into, it will certainly be a ski trip of a lifetime with so much on offer. Calgary and Vancouver tend to be the most convenient airports, however this isn't a cheap holiday and to ski on world class snow the ski passes are quite expensive. But a lack of snow is not something you'll have to worry about with November to March typically being the best months for skiing and winter sports.


    Skiing in Colorado

    A state situated right in the centre of the United States, Colorado is a state of Mountain ranges including the famous Rockies and boasts some serious skiing. Some of the best ski resorts in Colorado include Beaver Creek, Aspen, Telluride, Steamboat and Breckenridge. There are of course many other resorts, but these top resorts are world renouned and although again are not cheap they are reasonable for what is on offer here. Finding yourself a ski package from a tour operator is your best bet for a well priced accomodation, flight and ski package.

    Skiing in California

    It may surprise you to know that many of the ski resorts in California open late November through to mid-April, and although they aren't the biggest and best resorts in the world they are certainly spectacular with some great skiing to go with it. Some of the best known resorts are Tahoe, Mammoth, Big Bear, Alpine Meadows and Snow Summit. If you are coming from outside the United States, California isnt typically somewhere you would come specifically to ski, but to include it in your hoiiday is really something. California's resorts are exhilarating and simply beautiful with something for everyone and sunshine too!


    Skiing in Japan is big, and while it's not the first place one would typically associate with Skiing it's well known for its powder snow and deep snow rather than steep long runs, although there are a few steep slopes to be found. Some of the most famous resorts are Niseko, Furano, Shiga Kogen and Hakuba. With hundreds of micro-resorts, they are popular in the evenings and on weekends with locals and are quiet in the week. So if you find yourself in Japan and love to ski, make your way out to a resort for some powder fun between January and March.