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  • Published: One week ago

Announcement: Ski Germany – German ski resorts

Ski holidays in Germany

Germany  Ski Germany German ski resorts

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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: 14 days ago

Announcement: Ski Austria – Austrian ski resorts

Ski holidays in Austria

Austria  Ski Austria Austrian ski resorts

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The country’s southwestern corner boasts fabulous summer hiking and touring, and, of course, amazing winter skiing. The ski season is from around December through April; while the cities experience their high season from April to October.

Innsbruck-Igls ski resort is just six kilometres from the city of Innsbruck. This tiny Alpine resort is located at the base of the Patscherköfel Mountain, providing scenic hiking trails, a relaxed atmosphere and good skiing. The resort is 908m above sea level and features a good selection of accommodation, as well as plenty of attractions away from the ski slopes.

St Anton am Arlberg is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. It is most popular with expert skiers, who enjoy the powdery slopes, moguls and outstanding off-piste routes. The resort has a charming, pedestrianised centre with a main drag offering stylish cafés and shops.

With Zürich to the west and Innsbruck to the east, the resorts of Lech and Zürs are conveniently situated in the Arlberg ski area near to the German border. Together, they offer arguably the best skiing in the country. Zürs is an elegant ski resort filled with typical white stucco Vorarlberger buildings featuring carved wooden balconies, while Lech is a 14th century village spread over wide grassy slopes with sharp ravines, nestled in a lovely valley.

Other ski resorts in Austria include: High Montafon, Ischgl, Katschberg, Kirchberg in Tyrol, Kitzbühel, Schladming (Dachstein), Montafon Valley, Neustift im Stubaital, Obertauern, Saalbach/Hinterglemm-Leogang, Seefeld, Sölden ötztal-Arena, St Anton am Arlberg, St Johann im Pongau/Alpendorf, St Johann in Tyrol, Zell Am See/Kaprun, Zillertal/Hintertux/Mayrhofen, Alpbachtal, Altenmarkt/Zauchensee, Bad Gastein, Bad Kleinkirchheim, Brandnertal, Brixen Im Thale/Wilder Kaiser, Galtür-Silvretta, and Gurgl (Hoch and Obergurgl).

You can reach Austria most easily by air, with Vienna as an important gateway. Alternatively, many destinations in western Austria, such as Innsbruck, Salzburg, Tyrol and Vorarlberg, are closer Munich. By road, the autobahn from Munich goes via Salzburg to Vienna. From Switzerland, the main arteries are via Feldkirch to Innsbruck, or from Basel via Karlsruhe to Munich and then on the autobahn to either Salzburg or Vienna. Vienna has rail links to all the major cities of Europe. From Munich, a train leaves daily at 09:24, arriving in Vienna at 14:18, and then again at 23:19, arriving in Vienna at 06:47 the next day.

  • Published: 19 days ago

Announcement: Ski Iceland – Icelandic ski resorts

Ski holidays in Iceland

Iceland Ski Iceland Icelandic ski resorts

Surprisingly, Iceland does not get very cold and the mountains are not very high for skiing. However, there are still a few good ski resorts open between November and March (high season in Iceland lasts from June through August). Even if you come here for the skiing, you will want to take advantage of all the outdoor splendours offered by this magical wonderland, including excellent river rafting, snowmobiling, horseback riding, kayaking, ice-climbing, driving over glaciers, and even scuba diving. Hiking, camping and fishing are especially popular.

Blafjoll, Iceland’s largest ski resort, is just 30 minutes away from Reykjavík. The ski resort caters for all abilities from beginners to experienced competitors. The main slopes here are illuminated for night skiing; while summer skiing available on the nearby glaciers. Blafjoll has a large number of groomed pistes, which cater mainly for novice and intermediate skiers, with some advanced runs for the more experienced. For nightlife, the numerous pubs, bars and restaurants in the greater Reykjavik area are easily accessible from the resort.

Nestled seven kilometres from the city of Akureyri and situated between 500 and 1,000m above sea level, Hlidarfjall is one of the Iceland’s premier ski resorts. It has 12kms of superb pistes for beginner to upper intermediate level skiers, as well as good cross-country trails and off-piste skiing. Night-time skiing on illuminated pistes is also provided. Snowboarders have access to a terrain park with jumps, slides and tables. Nearby Akureyri offers good visitor services, shops, accommodation and recreational opportunities.

Only two airlines fly to Iceland: Icelandair flies to Reykjavík from many international destinations, including cities in the USA, while Iceland Express runs flights twice-daily from London and Copenhagen to Reykjavík. Flybus transfers passengers into Reykjavík in about 45 minutes. From May to September, Smyril Line ferries link Seyðisfjörður in western Iceland to Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands, and thus Hanstholm, Denmark or Lerwick, Shetland and Bergen, Norway.

  • Published: 43 days ago

Announcement: Ski Switzerland – Swiss ski resorts

Ski holidays in Switzerland

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Switzerland is renowned for its magnificent scenery and breathtaking views. There is something to suit everyone, from family orientated resorts in serene villages to vibrant laces with fantastic après ski. It’s most expensive to visit Swiss ski resorts in winter, and slightly less so during the rest of the year.

St Moritz is the premier ski and social resort of eastern Switzerland. As one of the finest ski resorts, it boasts an international reputation for its breathtakingly gorgeous setting in Switzerlands Elgadine Valley, perfect ski slopes and off-piste choices, magnificent après-ski scene, and upscale shopping opportunities. The resort has been host to two Winter Olympics and an FIS World Ski Championship.

Switzerland’s most popular ski resort, Zermatt, is an outstanding winter holiday choice. Tucked in at the base of the Matterhorn it is ringed by over twenty mountain peaks. Skiers and snowboarders come from all over the world, attracted by the superb ski slopes and the sense of tradition.

A tiny Alpine resort, Andermatt is situated close to the Gotthard pass in Switzerland. You will find a good choice of ski slopes, from the gentle slope for the novice to the challenging runs for the more experienced skiers. As it is nearly 3000m high it is renowned for its reliable snow conditions. As a bonus, there are majestic views of the gigantic Gemstock.

The busy airports of Geneva and Zürich (Kloten Airport) both receive long-haul flights from cities around the world, though it may be more convenient to arrive via connections through London or Frankfurt. Rail is a popular and convenient way to travel around Switzerland and non-stop services run to and from many adjacent European cities such as Nice, Paris, Munich, Vienna and Milan. Many visitors choose to arrive in Switzerland by car, in order to better enjoy the magnificent scenery en route.

  • Published: 43 days ago

Announcement: Ski Bulgaria – Bulgarian ski resorts

Ski holidays in Bulgaria

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Bulgaria is a stunning nation located in the eastern half of the Balkan Peninsula. It is famed for its Black Sea coast, but is also home to traditional villages reminiscent of the Middle Ages. Hikers and other adventurers will delight in the rugged and mountainous interior, and history buffs can enjoy exploring the country’s Roman ruins.

Although still seeing fewer tourists than the neighbouring countries of Greece and Turkey, tourism in Bulgaria is steadily rising, drawing in visitors with the country’s opulent mosques, serene villages, fancy churches, and an enduring folklore tradition. The winters can be bitterly cold but provide excellent snow for Bulgarias major ski resorts from mid-December to mid-April.

Borovets ski resort is situated just 73kms from the capital, Sofia. Borovets is the oldest and largest of the Bulgarian ski resorts and sits beneath Moussala (2,923m), the highest peak in the country. The resort has twice held alpine skiing World Cup events. The idyllic town of Borovets offers good shopping, restaurants and accommodation. The skiing here takes place in three areas: Borovets, Yastrebets and Markujika.

The pistes at the resort cover 40kms and also have facilities for night skiing. An efficient system of 11 lifts takes skiers to their destination. Cross-country skiers will find an excellent 15-kilometre trail (just two kilometres from the resort), along with a world-class biathlon track.

Pamporovo ski resort is situated in the Rhodopes Mountains, 85kms from Plovdiv, Bulgarias second-largest city. The most southern ski resort in Europe, Pamporovo has a unique Mediterranean climate and is the sunniest of the Bulgarian resorts. However, at a height of 1,650m, the resort still has good snow cover throughout the season. This purpose-built resort is set just below the Snejanka peak (1,926m) and boasts a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

There are 25kms of pistes at Pamporovo and off-piste skiing is also available. The nursery slopes are good for beginners and tuition in English is available at the ski school. Six chairlifts and 13 draglifts keep waiting times to a minimum. Nine restaurants are located on the slopes, and the restaurant at the TV and radio tower on Snejanka peak (reachable by chairlift) is especially charming. Après ski at Pamporovo is lively with many bars, pubs and discos.

Visitors can catch a connecting flight to Sofia International Airport; while buses and trains are the easiest way to get to Bulgaria from Europe and Turkey. A regular car ferry crosses the Danube between Vidin and Calafat in Romania. Crossing the Friendship Bridge from Romania to Ruse in Bulgaria is also possible. For Pamporovo resort, you can fly to Plovdiv as well.

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