Best of both – Resorts that are great for skiers & non-skiers
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by Courtney Sparham
2y ago
Heading off on a ski trip with someone who won’t be hitting the slopes? Well, they don’t have to touch a pair of skis or a snowboard to have an amazing winter holiday in the mountains. Here are some of the best places to go, with both top-notch pistes and loads to do for non-skiers too. Best for winter walking: Seefeld, Austria In the beginner-friendly Olympiaregion ski area, this village is full of history and surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Austria. And to see it up-close, there are 140km of walking trails – so pack a pair of sturdy boots and get ready to explore. There’s ..read more
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Learn the ropes on the slopes: How long does it take to get good at skiing?
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by Mathew Robinson
2y ago
There’s a lot to get excited about on your first ski trip – the thrill of swooshing downhill and the after-ski parties, not to mention the snow-covered scenery. But when it comes to the skiing, how long does it actually take to go from zero to hero on the slopes? Here’s a round-up of the big learning milestones and when you might be ticking them off – plus some top tips to help you sharpen your skills, whatever your level. What does it mean to be good at skiing? There’s no exact definition, but generally speaking, you’re a good skier when you can ski with great technique and control, regardles ..read more
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Is it easier to ski or snowboard?
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by Mathew Robinson
3y ago
If you’re thinking of booking your first winter holiday, you’ll need to decide whether to try skiing or snowboarding. Whichever one you pick, you’ll get the thrill of cruising through snow-covered scenery – not to mention the sense of achievement from learning a new skill – but is one easier or quicker to learn than the other? Here’s how skiing and boarding stack up when it comes to your first few weeks on the snow. So which is easier? There’s an old saying that skiing’s easier to learn but harder to master, and boarding’s harder to learn but easier to master, so it’s no surprise that many peo ..read more
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Peak plates – the best ski resorts for foodies
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by Courtney Sparham
3y ago
Food’s a big part of the ski holiday experience, with classics like fondue, tartiflette, Wiener schnitzel and pizza headlining mountain menus. But there’s also so much more to discover, from historical family recipes to gourmet meals. If you’re a foodie looking to hit the slopes, feast your eyes on these top resorts. Best for Michelin-starred meals: Courchevel, France Of the 70 or so restaurants in Courchevel, seven have won Michelin stars – in fact, they’ve clocked up 12 stars in total between them – so this is a go-to resort for top-class dining. Leading the pack is Le 1947 in Courchevel 18 ..read more
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Party on the piste – top winter festivals in Europe
Crystal Ski Holidays | Ski-Buzz Blog
by Mathew Robinson
3y ago
Think festivals are just a summer thing? Think again. In winter, the parties head to the piste, and ski resorts come alive with music and comedy. Check out some of our favourite on-mountain events. Rise Festival: Les Deux Alpes, France If you want to start your ski season in style, this week-long musical blowout held every December will definitely fit the bill. Les Deux Alpes is also the ideal place to find your ski legs again, with wide, gentle runs on Europe’s biggest skiable glacier. Once you’ve warmed up, there’s 220km of piste to tackle, as well as some excellent off-piste if you’re more ..read more
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Best unknown ski resorts in Italy
Crystal Ski Holidays | Ski-Buzz Blog
by Courtney Sparham
3y ago
Winter holidays to Italy are all about relaxed skiing, laid-back après and authentic food. A lot of the resorts here are world-famous and super popular thanks to their location in amazing ski areas like the Dolomiti Superski or Milky Way. But what if you want to stay somewhere cheaper, quieter, more traditional or more family-friendly? Well then take a look at these under-the-radar picks. Folgarida Best for: Peace & quiet This hamlet’s a great-value base in the Campiglio ski area – and it’s also quieter than the main resort, Madonna di Campiglio. Take your pick from a handful of traditiona ..read more
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How to go skiing on a budget
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by Courtney Sparham
3y ago
Ski holidays have a reputation for being expensive, but there are loads to ways to keep costs down – from going in the cheapest weeks to making the most of offers on lift passes and equipment hire. Find out more about what you’ll need for your trip and our top tips for saving some cash. How much does it cost to go skiing? The average cost of a ski holiday is tricky to pin down because it varies hugely depending on things like where and when you go. You can do it for as little as £700 per person for a week away – that’s with everything included – or go all-out with no budget in sight. Like any ..read more
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The best family ski resorts in France
Crystal Ski Holidays | Ski-Buzz Blog
by Mathew Robinson
3y ago
France is a firm favourite for summer hols and it’s a top spot for family ski trips too. It’s famed for huge, high-altitude ski areas and modern lifts – not to mention one of the best snow records around. And with everything from laid-back villages to large, lively resorts, it’s easy to find somewhere that works for you. So whatever kind of family you are, here’s why France has got you covered, as well as some of the best resorts to go to. Why’s France so good for families? Top-notch ski areas France is home to some of the best high-altitude skiing in Europe, and lots of the areas have a glaci ..read more
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Snow, fun & thrills: Best things to do on a winter holiday in Finland
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by Courtney Sparham
3y ago
For a winter wonderland getaway, Finland is hard to beat. Not only is the skiing perfect for beginners and families, but there are tons of activities that are a big part of any holiday here. Make memories with sleigh rides, ice fishing and visits to Santa – then head back to your cosy wooden cabin and stretch out in front of the fire or relax in your private sauna. Read on to find out how to make your holiday magical. Swoosh down the slopes Skiing here is very different to anywhere else in Europe. Instead of mountain peaks and deep valleys, the terrain is all gentle fells and rolling hills sca ..read more
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How to stay safe when skiing
Crystal Ski Holidays | Ski-Buzz Blog
by Courtney Sparham
3y ago
Piste etiquette is key for keeping everyone safe on the mountain, so the FIS (that’s the Federation Internationale de Ski, or International Ski Federation) has come up with 10 rules for all skiers and boarders to follow – kind of like the snowsports version of the Highway Code. Read on to see what the rules are, and find out some of our top tips for staying safe too. FIS Rules of Conduct 1.Respect for others: Make sure you’re skiing or boarding in a way that doesn’t put anybody around you in danger. 2.Control of speed: Don’t go too fast for your ability or the conditions (what the snow or weat ..read more
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