Alternative Ski Destinations in Europe
Over the past two decades, the Channel Tunnel has made it easier than ever for people to head off on a European ski vacation this winter! Taking the car has its benefits – with no weight limit, you can pack to your heart’s desire! Get in the car and head off to the Alps in less than 10 hours, there has never been a greater time to hit the slopes and indulge in a last minute ski break. Here are some of the top resorts for a skiing adventure!
Do you want to leave the crowds behind and get away from it all? Head off to this unknown hidden gem of a resort,tucked away in the Maurienne Valley. Set yourself in the traditional French village at the foot of the 3,700m Dent Parrachée- an ideal base for you to enjoy a winter sports holiday with the ambience of rural France! You’ll notice prices here are much more affordable than other neighbouring valleys! So what are you waiting for? Go and explore Aussois with your skis!
Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland
Switzerland and ‘value’ never really go hand in hand, but in Val d’Anniviers you won’t have to break the bank! Make your way to four resorts of Grimentz, Zinal, St Luc and Chandolin in the Val d’Anniviers valley. The villages are traditional and small-scale, Grimentz and St Luc in particular have charming old-fashioned town centres. There are more inexpensive places to be found in Switzerland, but most people on a week-long winter-sports trip will find that Val d’Anniviers delivers more! Crucially, the two ski areas – Grimentz-Zinal on one side of the valley, St Luc-Chandolin on the other – deliver the quantity and variety of pistes likely to keep skiers occupied for a whole week’s holiday.
Looking for a birdseye view? Take the helicopter up when you are visiting Livigno! This is one of the most inaccessible resorts in Europe. It takes the best part of three hours to get there from Innsbruck. Howeverit’s worth the journey, not only for its low prices but also for the quality of its parks and reliable snow cover. Livigno suits those on a tight budget partly because it has a special tax status that dates back to Napoleonic times. There’s no VAT, which makes drinks, petrol and consumer goods some of the cheapest in Europe. Many of the old wooden houses in the traffic-free village centre have been converted into atmospheric bars, restaurants and clubs.
Are you heading on a last minute European ski break this year? Before you head off to a new mountain to explore, get a good night’s sleep at the Holiday Inn Express Folkestone – Channel Tunnel! We’ll set you on your way after a good night’s sleep and an Express Start Breakfast!