With the winter season well underway in the Southern hemisphere, it got us thinking about where to ski in the Northern hemisphere in Winter 17/18. Europe is home to some of the best and varied mountain terrain in the world, and there is a resort to cater for everyone. From the steep back country terrain of Chamonix, to the luxury of the Three Valleys and everything in between, you’ll find a European ski destination suited to every type of skier.
For absolute beginners, a lesson or two may be useful before embarking on your skiing holiday. Searching for skiing lessons online through services like Bidvine will allow you to find qualified instructors in your area without any hassle. Just input all your requirements into an easy-to-use request form, and sit back, relax, and compare the bids you receive from available and qualified skiing instructors near you.
Lying beneath the Matterhorn, the Swiss resort of Zermatt is one of the most popular destinations in the world for ski mountaineers looking for challenging alpine terrain, and absolute beginners that won’t stray from the piste. Not only is the ski area unreal, the apres-ski scene is one of the best in the world, with bars, restaurants galore as well as a whole host of different boutiques that can keep you entertained during the evenings.
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The Grandvalira ski area consits of Soldeu, El Tarter and Pas de la Casa and is located in the Pyrenees between France and Spain. Well known for its comparatively low prices, Andorra is a long-time favourite destination for those on a budget, but there are plenty of reasons why Andorra holidays can be a fantastic alternative French or Swiss resorts. Aside from costing a fraction of the price, Andorra has a lot going for it. Home to one stop of the Freeride World Tour, Vallnord-Arcalis has some really interesting and varied terrain, from rocky drop offs to low-level tree lines, and some insane parks. The nightlife in Pas de la Casa is also utterly mental, if that’s what you’re looking for.
If your budget is number one priority, Bankso is the resort you’re looking for. With prices as low as half the price of some French resorts, Bulgaria has become an increasingly popular choice. Not only is the cost of lift passes and equipment hire much less than you’ve become accustomed to, food and drink is even kinder on the bank balance. The ski area isn’t the largest, but there is enough terrain to keep an intermediate skier occupied for a week, provided the conditions are good.
One of the less known resorts in Europe, Jasna is the largest and most advanced ski area in Slovakia. Suited to confident skiers, the resort boasts an impressive number of black runs and freeride zones- more than any other Eastern European resort. The ski area lies predominantly on Mount Chopok (2,024m) in the lower Tatras mountains, and features a mix of well groomed pistes and untouched backcountry terrain. The smaller crowds in Jasna mean that there’s still powder lines to be had even at the end of the day!