The winter months are fast approaching and your summer holiday may have faded into a distant memory, but this need not herald the arrival of the winter blues. Why not inject some excitement into the coming months and create new holiday memories by snapping up one of the many enticing late ski deals on offer?
Skiing holidays are a great way to get your adrenalin pumping, while also offering the opportunity to explore some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world and discover places you may never have thought of visiting on a summer break. Skiing and snowboarding holidays are famed for being fast, fun and frantic and this relates to the après ski, as well as the action on the slopes.
If you plump for a ski holiday, stepping out of one of the range of cosy ski chalets, breathing in fresh mountain air and taking a look at the stunning views will probably justify your choice; however, many ski resorts have much more to offer. So, if you fancy a break with a difference, why not head off-piste, delve deeper and see what hidden charms are waiting to be discovered.
The draw of popular ski destinations is clear, but if you are looking to combine skiing with sightseeing and exploring, you could stumble across some lesser-known treasures. Aspen is one of America’s prime ski resorts, home to incredible ski routes and trekking trails.
If you stray from the bright lights of the centre of Aspen, you will come across a quirky selection of bars and restaurants, boasting everything from tables laden with traditional Rocky Mountains fare to raucous nights fuelled by 100 per cent agave tequila.
If a day on the pistes has left you feeling a little chilly, why not warm the cockles by immersing yourself in one of the natural thermal pools at Conundrum Hot Springs or visiting the Aspen Brewery, which produces six varieties of beer, as well as boasting an eclectic collection of decorations and a wonderfully bohemian vibe.
If your winter break takes you to the European peaks, why not indulge in a spot of ‘downhill chairlifting’, a sport that has been described as slow skiing in mid-air. Downhill chairlifting is based on a very simple concept; all you have to do is stay on the lift, rather than getting off at the top of the slope, sit back and enjoy the view. For culture vultures, the Alps also offer a myriad of museums, so you can learn about everything, from the history of winter sports to cheese, while on your travels.
For those partial to literary classics, Sherlock Holmes in particular, a visit to the Reichenbach Falls in the Swiss Alps, the scene of the protagonist’s death following a fight with Professor Moriarty, is a must. Even if you are not familiar with the scene, the waterfall, which actually comprises of seven falls, is still well worth a visit.
With Christmas creeping ever closer, your thoughts may have already turned to buying presents but have you ever thought of experiencing the ultimate Christmas adventure by taking a trip to Lapland? Finnish ski resorts provide the ideal base for exploring the Arctic Circle and experiencing once in a lifetime adventures, such as travelling through the pristine plains at speed on snowmobile and husky dog safaris, taking a trip to Santa’s grotto and marvelling at the Northern Lights.
Winter breaks are a great way to banish the blues and there are some amazing destinations to discover, so what are you waiting for? If you fancy an adventure this winter, head off the beaten track and prepare to uncover some hidden gems.