Breaks off the beaten track
The snow is talcum fine, the sun is shining, and there’s a queue for the lift that stretches almost down to the valley. By the time you set skis or board to piste, there’ll be more slush than powder to work through.
So where can you go for a winter sports holiday that lets you actually do your thing and feel the freedom of the slopes?
If you’re an avid snow sports fan who’s not satisfied with one weekend on the mountains, then you’ve probably planned ahead and got an Allianz annual travel insurance, meaning you’ve got the time and flexibility to spend more time exploring the less well-known ski destinations.
Ski Polish Style
Starting off close to home, Zakopane in southern Poland offers relatively low prices compared to the more famous ski destinations in Switzerland and France. Night skiing is a big draw for this resort, plus the crowd is quite young and party-happy, so if you’re after energetic après-ski set amidst beautiful scenery, then this is the place.
Land of Rising Snows
If you’re able to get out of Europe, then plan a really unique ski holiday. There are almost 500 resorts in mountainous Japan , with facilities for keen snowboarders as well as skiers. As an added bonus, you can also enjoy the world-famous ‘onsen’, or natural hot springs, for a relaxing rest after your day on the mountains.
The climate of Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island, makes powder snow a regular occurrence at its many ski resorts, rather than a prayed-for miracle. While in Niigata prefecture on the west coast, Kagura and Naeba resorts are popular with snowboarders and have good transport links.
Quick Breaks to Central Europe
For anyone looking for a mid-week or short ski break, there’s the vast ski area of Sölden in Austria. With 150km of slopes, minimum ski altitude of 1350m , and connection to glacier ski areas, Sölden is a gem for winter sports fans. The season runs from October until May, making it an ideal destination for off-peak visits when you just want to soak up the mountain views and ski till you drop.