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5 Must Visit Ski Resorts and Winter Holiday Destinations in Europe

Emma Hartley
 


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It is entering the winter season and the time has come to dust off your boots, wax your ski's and think about heading off for a week or two to practice your moves. I was lucky enough to have visited many ski destinations in Europe, Canada and America. I would like to share with you my favorite 5 Ski resorts in Europe today for both beginners and black run lovers who can enjoy a fantastic skiing holiday this 2011/2012 winter season. Söll, Austria Söll in Austria is a long lasting popular resort for the beginners and intermediate skiers that are looking to take it easy and seek beautiful scenery, pretty traditional village and a lively night life. The 250 km of slopes here are gentle and easy going. Accommodation here is also reasonably priced and the food is good and great value for money compared to other resorts. Conclusion - Great for beginners and first time skiers. Chamonix, French Alps One of my favorite all time ski destinations with around 140 kilometers of ski runs in the area. The village itself is just great with outdoor shops, bars, restaurants and the famous cable car ride up to the Aiguille du Midi, if you dare! Favorite ski runs in the area are Vallée-Blanche, Le Brevent and the Grands Montets. One of the many things I remember from Chamonix was eating traditional French onion soups on offer in the restaurants. What a fantastic way to warm yourself up after a day in the snow. If you get time cross over to Italy through the Mont Blanc tunnel for a different view of the mountains. Conclusion - Perfect for beginners and extreme skiers alike. Château d'Oex, Switzerland Nestled on the south side of the valley in among the Swiss Alps, Château d'Oex is a quaint ski village. Just to the west is the village of Gruyères, world famous for its cheese. The resort itself offer a good range of slopes for both beginners and advance skiers and snow boarders. Even in the summer months you can experience skiing on the gentle Diablerets glacier. Another reason to come here is to see the international hot air balloon festival. Conclusion - The perfect resort for families, singles and groups alike. Kitzbühel Kirchberg, Austria Oh how I loved coming here when I was little. I remember the first time my Dad took us down the men's downhill run here! Kitzbühel in Austria has to be one of the best ski resorts for families. Picturesque scenery and friendly welcomes from the locals with the addition of great food. The slopes are varied offering a choice of both on- and off-slope skiing. Lively mountain restaurant are plentiful and offer warm up drinks such as gluvine. Conclusion - Families, singles and groups alike will enjoy Kitzbühel Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy A ski lovers winter playground. Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy is one of the prettiest places I've seen. Known to be a up market destination, it is perfect for beginners and intermediates wanting good long easy slopes through picturesque trails and uncrowded slopes. The town itself is full of shops, restaurants and bars for you to relax and enjoy some tradition Italian food whilst watching the world go by. Conclusion - Best resort for the beginner and intermediate skier. Accommodation choices throughout Europe's snowy ski resorts are either chalets, apartments or hotels. Personally I prefer self catering holiday rentals as you can have that home from home feel and come and go as you like.

It is entering the winter season and the time has come to dust off your boots, wax your ski's and think about heading off for a week or two to practice your moves. I was lucky enough to have visited many ski destinations in Europe, Canada and America. I would like to share with you my favorite 5 Ski resorts in Europe today for both beginners and black run lovers who can enjoy a fantastic skiing holiday this 2011/2012 winter season.

Söll, Austria

Söll in Austria is a long lasting popular resort for the beginners and intermediate skiers that are looking to take it easy and seek beautiful scenery, pretty traditional village and a lively night life.

The 250 km of slopes here are gentle and easy going. Accommodation here is also reasonably priced and the food is good and great value for money compared to other resorts.

Conclusion - Great for beginners and first time skiers.

Chamonix, French Alps

One of my favorite all time ski destinations with around 140 kilometers of ski runs in the area. The village itself is just great with outdoor shops, bars, restaurants and the famous cable car ride up to the Aiguille du Midi, if you dare!

Favorite ski runs in the area are Vallée-Blanche, Le Brevent and the Grands Montets. One of the many things I remember from Chamonix was eating traditional French onion soups on offer in the restaurants. What a fantastic way to warm yourself up after a day in the snow. If you get time cross over to Italy through the Mont Blanc tunnel for a different view of the mountains.

Conclusion - Perfect for beginners and extreme skiers alike.

Château d'Oex, Switzerland

Nestled on the south side of the valley in among the Swiss Alps, Château d'Oex is a quaint ski village. Just to the west is the village of Gruyères, famous thoughout the World for its cheese.

The resort itself offer a good range of slopes for both beginners and advance skiers and snow boarders. Even in the summer months you can experience skiing on the gentle Diablerets glacier. Another reason to come here is to see the international hot air balloon festival.

Conclusion - The perfect resort for families, singles and groups alike.

Kitzbühel Kirchberg, Austria

Oh how I loved coming here when I was little. I remember the first time my Dad took us down the men's downhill run here! Kitzbühel in Austria has to be one of the best ski resorts for families.

Picturesque scenery and friendly welcomes from the locals with the addition of great food. The slopes are varied offering a choice of both on- and off-slope skiing. Lively mountain restaurant are plentiful and offer warm up drinks such as gluvine.

Conclusion - Families, singles and groups alike will enjoy Kitzbühel

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

A ski lovers winter playground. Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy is one of the prettiest places I've seen. Known to be a up market destination, it is perfect for beginners and intermediates wanting good long easy slopes through picturesque trails and uncrowded slopes.

The town itself is full of shops, restaurants and bars for you to relax and enjoy some tradition Italian food whilst watching the world go by.

Conclusion - Best resort for the beginner and intermediate skier.

Accommodation choices throughout Europe's snowy ski resorts are either chalets, holiday apartments or hotels. Personally I prefer self catering holiday rentals as you can have that home from home feel and come and go as you like.

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