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To Ski or Not To Ski – That is the question!

Ski's up!We know it’s only just the beginning of October, but as the nights draw in and the weather gets chilly, we can’t help but start thinking about a winter getaway.

Speaking personally, whenever I get the chance, the highlight of my year is hitting the glorious snowy slopes for a long weekend, or if I’m lucky, a whole week – pure, snowy bliss!

Over the years of going skiing I have found that different destinations can provide a ski trip that differs greatly and have a particular strong point.  Therefore, I have put together a mini-guide on where you should be heading to this Winter depending on your preference:

Good night life
If its après ski you’re after, somewhere like Val d’Isère, France is where you should head.  The skiing is great throughout the season, although very busy in peak times, but après ski is one of the best. There is a surplus of bars, restaurants and clubs and they’re all open until the early hours. This is a ski hard –party hard destination.

Beautiful scenery
If it’s all about the scenery somewhere like Zell am See, Austria might be more your thing. The views are spectacular, and the slopes are less crowded – especially higher up. The best thing about Zel em Zee is that you can ski there all year – the glacier has snow in and out of season. In season the snow is amazing and the views magnificent.

First time on the slopes
If this year will be your first time, you’re probably best heading to somewhere like Les Arc, France. There is a range of nursery, green, red and black slopes that make this a great place to learn to ski and the après ski isn’t half bad.

Night Skiing
Les Arc also offered the best night skiing! At the top of the mountain, after fondue, too much wine, and some stomping on the tables in your ski boots, they let you ski down the mountain in the dark and behind your now foggy (beer) goggles! Although possibly not the safest thing to do – an amazing experience. Perhaps something for the last day of your holiday – just in case!

Whatever you go for, all the destinations have one thing in common – some great skiing opportunities. Have a great trip!

Anne Harris

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