5 ski resorts I want to visit*
This year I have set myself the goal of learning to ski, mainly to open up a whole load of new holiday possibilities. So, with my first skiing lesson in sight, I’m on to the important stuff – writing my list of the ski resorts I’d like to visit! I’ve heard of a lot of resorts already through my friends, blogs and celebs and I always thought skiing would be a bit too expensive for me, since I usually travel on a budget. However, I’ve checked out Mark Warner Travel and their Ski Holiday Deals 2018/19 make a ski holiday quite affordable.
So here are the top five resorts that are on my skiing bucket list…
1. Val d’Isere, France
Val d’Isere is situated in the French Alps, near the Italian border and the resort is open from the end of November until the beginning of May each year. The area offers optimum conditions for skiing with great snow and subzero temperatures. There is 300km of prepared pistes and easily accessible off-piste opportunities with great views across the alps and of the village below. The village has plenty of bars and clubs too – perfect for winding down after a day on the slopes.
2. Meribel, France
Meribel has been a favourite ski resort amongst the celebs since Brigitte Bardot in the 60s skied there and so I think I’d be in pretty good company here. The Middletons and the Beckhams are regulars to Meribel and Emma Watson even owns a chalet here. To go along with its celebrity pedigree, Meribel also offers some of the best skiing in the world and is a much more relaxed resort where visitors usually stay in private chalets.
3. Whistler, Canada
Whistler in Canada topped Conde Nast Traveller‘s list of the best ski resorts in the world in 2017. Whistler is full of amazing restaurants offering delicious seafood, game and sushi and the snow’s not bad either – more than 33 metres per year drifts on to the hills here and the pistes are fluffy and soft.
4. St Moritz, Switzerland
Located in the Swiss Alps, St Moritz is another ski resort whose reputation precedes it. For a winter activity holiday there’s nowhere better as there’s not just skiing on offer here. Visitors to St Moritz can also take part in ballooning, hang-gliding, heli-skiing and ice polo. Although you may need to remortgage your house to visit here!
5. St Anton, Austria
This Austrian village lies in the Tyrolean Alps and is known as the “cradle of alpine skiing” because of its role in the invention of skiing. It’s renowned for its incredible apres ski (which is another reason that I’m keen to learn to ski!) and there are plenty of challenging runs and off-piste options for the more experienced skier.
Where else should be on my skiing bucket list? Let me know your favourite ski resorts in the comments.
[post in collaboration with Mark Warner Travel]