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Ski Romania – Romanian ski resorts

Ski holidays in Romania

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Romania is an unknown realm for skiers. For many tourists Romania is still the country that belongs to the Eastern bloc. You can spend your vacation there both in summer and in winter. Besides, this country is really matchless if it concerns hospitality of its inhabitants.

There are such wonderful and historically significant cities there like Bucharest, Sibiu (Hermannstadt), Brasov (Kronstadt), etc. All of them have very nice architecture and scenic beauty. There are some other interesting things that are worth seeing. For example, the castle Bran, various ancient churches and monasteries, the former royal residences and Pelisor Pele, etc.

The winter tourist destinations in Romania are Carpathian ski resorts such as the so-called Schulerau -Poiana Brasov, Sinaia and Predeal. Besides, these places are also very popular with tourists because of their fresh air and beautiful scenery. In these ski areas you will find not only a great deal of holiday houses and ski huts accommodation, you will also find a great number of rather good hotels and guesthouses, nice and comfortable.

Skiing in Romania means good snow conditions for a skier. There is usually much snow there since November/December to March/April and the snow depths is usually about 50–100 cm (it usually depends on the weather conditions). In Romanian Poiana Brasov night skiing is possible. You will find there six ski areas with various lifts and a cable way. There is a snow gun there that is used when necessary. Skiers will find 9 slopes there – 3 of them are of a medium level, 3 of a difficult one and 3 of low complexity.

Romanian Predeal provide for skiers various lifts, six different slopes – four of a medium level, two light slopes, one super light slope and one slope of a difficult complexity. Snow guns make skiing possible under almost any weather conditions. The slopes are illuminated, so night skiing is also available there. There are also wonderful cross-country trails in other ski areas like Poiana Brasov and Predeal.

You can also spend a perfect vacation in Sinaia, the pearl of the Carpathians. In Sinaia area skiers will find a great number of different ski lifts and cableways, six beautiful slopes of different complexity levels and opportunities for night skiing. You will also find different restaurants and nightclubs for après-ski there. You will also enjoy different sports activities from swimming to ice skating there.

And one of the most important advantages of spending ski vacation in Romania is budget fares for using the slopes and renting skiing gear in comparison with traditional ski areas.

  • Published: 4 days ago

Ski UK – British ski resorts

Ski holidays in United Kingdom

United Kingdom Ski UK British ski resorts

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Scotland has the only natural ski resorts in Britain. There are five areas in which to ski and all have invested heavily over the last few years to rival the standards in many European resorts. Cairngorm, Glenshee and The Lecht resorts can be found in the Grampian mountain range, while the Nevis Range and Glencoe resorts are situated in the west of Scotland near Ben Nevis.

The ski season tends to run from December to April and because low cost airline carriers fly to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, the cost of skiing keeps coming down. You can also ski in the Lake District in Cumbria when there is sufficient snow.

There are 77 real snow and artificial ski slopes in Great Britain. There are three real snow centres in England now, after Xscape in Castleford opened its doors in October. They are open all year round, give a real snow experience and allow people to try the sport without the expense of travelling to Scotland, the rest of Europe and beyond.

For those of you that like the idea of skiing in the wilds of winter, Scotland is the place to go. Leave the crowds, noise and rules behind and head for the isolated beauty of the snow covered Scottish Highlands. For the last two years Scotland has had the best ski seasons to date with perfect powder snow peaking in January, and expectations are high for this year as well.

Cairngorm is one of the largest mountain parks in Scotland, with 17 slopes and a host of apres ski activities in the local town Aviemore. And the good news is its only two and a half hours from Glasgow (three hours from Edinburgh), making it the perfect compliment to soaking up a bit of Scottish city culture whilst you’re there. Activities include skiing, terrain park, snowboarding and sledging. There are over 30km of ski runs and a fully maintained snow board fun park, suitable for all levels from beginner to expert. Cross Country, telemark, ski touring and ski mountaineering are also available from specialist operators. There is a recognised ski school that operates on site and Disability Snowsports UK also offer lessons for those with special needs.

  • Published: 11 days ago

Ski Germany – German ski resorts

Ski holidays in Germany

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Germany offers a varied landscape. It offers the mountains in the Alpine south, lakes, forests and many resorts. Situated in the upper Bavarian region, Neuschwanstein Castle should not be missed. The ski season at most resorts lasts from around December to March.

Berchtesgadener Land is in southeastern Bavaria, near the Austrian border and just 23kms from Salzburg. This ski resort is popular with families as there are plenty of beginner and intermediate slopes, as well as good facilities for children. The resort includes the six ski areas of Jenner, Rossfeld, Zinkenkogel, Götschen, Hochschwarzeck and Berchtesgaden, which surround the city of Berchtesgaden. Berchtesgaden itself is serene and boasts ancient winding streets, a medieval marketplace and castle square.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the most famous ski resort in Germany and is located 97kms southwest of Munich. Nestled at the base of the countrys highest moutnain, Zugspitze (2,963m).Garmisch offers some fantstic ski schools, with runs and terrain to cater to all abilities. There are also some excellent board runs. Host to the 1936 Winter Olympics, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a premier ski destination. Garmisch and Partenkirchen offer an ancient village atmosphere that is sure to charm any visitor.

Oberammergau is another popular ski resort and is located 95kms southwest of Munich and 20kms north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The resort has good beginner and intermediate pistes, scenic surroundings and excellent cross-country skiing. This resort is also popular with families, who come here to enjoy the well-maintained beginner runs, the first-rate ski school and good childcare facilities. Oberammergau town is a year round holiday destination, providing a full range of shops, visitor amenities and recreational opportunities.

Frankfurt is a busy air hub, servicing all regions of the world. Additionally, international flights are received at Hamburg, Stuttgart, Berlin and Munich. Berlin has three airports: Tegel (European), Schonefeld (international) and Templehof (both). The train network is efficient and reliable and can be the easiest option to reach the many excellent resorts in the country. Ferries sail from the UK to ports in Germany, such as Hamburg providing a transport alternative. Germany borders nine countries and has an extensive road network of autobahn.

  • Published: 28 days ago

Ski Italy – Italian ski resorts

Ski holidays in Italy

Italy  Ski Italy Italian ski resorts

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Italy has a plethora of stunning sights, most notably the historical monuments of Rome, the glorious Renaissance beauty of Florence, the romantic canals of Venice, and the sunshine of the Amalfi coast. Additionally, there are a range of ski resorts offering quality slopes and facilities.

La Thuile ski resort is set high up in the Aosta Valley, with Mont Blanc on one side and Mount Rutor on the other. This charming resort has a stunning backdrop. It also shares a lift pass and is linked with the French resort of La Rosiere, offering a total ski area of around 150kms, stretching over the Italian-French border. La Thuile is bisected by a river; on one side is the purpose-built resort centre of Planibel, hosting most of the tourist amenities and facilities, while on the other is the old mining town and the forest.

Nestled on the Italian side of Mont Blanc (Europes highest mountain) and bounded by 14 peaks above 4,000 metres, Courmayeur ski resort offers amazing ski runs, including a 20-kilometre run descending into Chamonix across the border in France. The charming village boasts ancient buildings cradled along cobbled streets and the pedestrian-friendly centre has an assortment of eateries.

Another delightful alternative, Piancavallo is set on a plateau in the southern ranges of the eastern Alps and is dedicated to serious skiers but can accommodate groups of all abilities. Additionally, the resort is popular with young skiers and has hosted several World Cup championships, including freestyle competitions. Created as a purpose-built ski area, Piancavallo offers ski-in/ski-out accessibility and a centre that is mostly pedestrianized.

Other ski resorts in Italy include: Cortina d’Ampezzo, Folgarida-Marilleva, Gressoney, Limone Piemonte, Livigno, Alpe Siusi-Schiliar, Altopiano di Asiago 7 Comuni, Arabba, Ayas, Bardonecchia, Bormio, Macugnaga-Monte Rosa, Cervinia/Valtournenche, Cesana Torinese, San Caterina Valfurva, Sauze d’Oulx, Sestriere, Solda-Trafoi, Val Di Fassa, Val Di Fiemme, Val Gardena-Selva-San Cristina, Val Senales/Schnalstal, Madonna di Campiglio, Pila and Monte Bondone.

If you’re heading to Italy, Rome and Milan will most likely be your entry points by air, although its also possible to fly to Naples and Venice, Florence, Genoa, Bologna, Palermo and Cagliari from European cities. The rail network into Italy is extensive, offering scenic views through the Alps from Austria, along Lake Maggiore from Switzerland, and via Monaco from France. Alternatively, you can catch non-stop buses from many European cities.

The journey by road into Italy offers spectacular scenery as well. The main points of entry are: the Mont Blanc tunnel from France at Chamonix; the Grand St Bernard tunnel from Switzerland; and the Brenner Pass from Austria. Car ferries connect Italy with Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, Malta, Albania, Croatia and Spain.

  • Published: 28 days ago

Ski Finland – Finnish ski resorts

Ski holidays in Finland

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Finland is one of the northern-most countries in the world and Lapland, which makes up nearly one-third of the nation, is north of the Arctic Circle. Finland boasts modern architecture, a high standard of living, and quality education. Finland does not receive as many tourists as neighbouring Denmark, Norway and Sweden due to its remoteness.

Levi ski resort is located in the northwest of Finland near the town of Kittila. It is the largest downhill skiing centre in Finland and was the venue of the 2004 Alpine World Cup. It boasts a variety of slopes for all abilities, including the hair-raising World Cup Slope. There is also excellent off-piste terrain and a choice of alternative activities. The resort has 47 slopes, with 13 illuminated for night skiing. A system of 21 lifts, including Finlands only gondola, with an hourly uplift capacity of 23,500 people, run over Levis 325-metre vertical to supply all pistes, the longest of which is 2.5kms.

Pyha ski resort is located in the centre of Finnish Lapland, above the Arctic Circle, and is best known for its diverse terrain and cross-country trails; it is the training centre of the Finnish Freestyle Skiing Team and venue for the Finnish Alpine Skiing Championships. The prices here are still reasonable and there is some great off-piste, deep powder and steep verticals. The 10 challenging slopes are suitable for all levels of ability and stretch for 12kms. Huttu-Ukko is a good black mogul run, while runs for the less experienced are towards the northern portion of the fell.

Yllas ski resort is situated in Kolari, on the Swedish border in West Lapland. It has a decent number of pistes over seven fells that are particularly suited to beginners and families. Yllas is also popular with snowboarding enthusiasts, offering a good terrain park and pipes, as well as hundreds of kilometres of fantastic cross-country trails. The resort consists of two original Lappish villages, with the village of Akaslompolo located on the northern side of the fell and the village of Yllasjarvi on the southern side. The 43 runs are spread over a 462-metre vertical, and the longest run in Finland is also here (three kilometres). Other resorts in Finland include: Luosto, Ounasvaara, Ruka/Kuusamo, Saariselka and Salla.

There are flights to Helsinki from around the world, with frequent Finnair services from several airports in Britain. There are three or four daily non-stop flights from either Heathrow or Stansted airports, and one or two daily flights from Manchester. Flight time from London to Helsinki is 2 hours, 50 minutes. The nearest airport to Levi and Yllas ski resorts is in Kittila, which receives several daily flights from Helsinki and other Finnish airports.

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