If you’re like me and you have traveled extensively all over the world, you may find yourself considering your next trip as a kind of contest: How do I outdo the last vacation? How far can I go… and what outrageous new things can I do?
But if time is short and especially if your budget is crunched, maybe it’s time to take an old familiar idea and get an update – like cheap ski holidays – that give you a superior experience both on and off the slopes.
While skiing is of course available on many different mountains and terrains all over the world, the European ski vacation perhaps best epitomizes what this type of holiday has to offer, including
Luxury resort accommodations are packed full of amenities like indoor pools, spa and exercise areas. Or the alternative – bohemian chalet accommodations that let you live like a local;
Gourmet restaurants both in resort compounds and in the surrounding towns and cities;
Night life, including a bar and lounge scene, live music and other arts performances.
You can choose from a variety of different mountain ranges and ski bases, including all levels of difficulty from beginner to pro. The scenery, needless to say, is breathtaking and features snowy white peaks that surround valleys dotted with picturesque Alpine architecture.
The Three Valleys
The Three Valleys area in the Alps is the most popular ski area in France and one of the most popular in Europe, a spectacular spot where three mountains meet. The area comprises Val Thorens – with France’s highest ski area – Méribel and Courchevel. The Three Valleys ski pass allows you to ski at all three, adding Les Menuires, Mottaret and La Tania which are also in the area for a good deal and access to countless trails through the area slopes.
A ski vacation can be built around any particular situation or budget
Value-priced casual accommodations at a chalet
A weekend package that includes dining and other amenities
A family ski holiday that offers something for both children and adults
A quick getaway or an extended exploration of the area
A solo vacation or group holiday
Challenging yourself physically and meeting people who come from around the world to indulge their love of skiing and the mountain lifestyle add to the appeal of this traditional winter vacation.