7 best ski destinations
Whether you're blowing the budget, going for a short break or taking a non-skier - here's the perfect winter holiday destination for you...
Whether you’re blowing the budget, going for a short break or taking a non-skier – local travel experts Baldwins Travel Group have teamed up with Ski Independence to tap into the perfect tailor-made winter holiday destinations…And this is the perfect time of year to book – here’s some inspiration…
1. BEST FOR… being on trend
Happy to blow the budget and sashay down those slopes in real style? The Ski Independence Private Collection is a brand new luxury product for Winter 2017/18 and it’s a selection of private chalets and apartments boasting excellent facilities and à la carte services. These exclusive, chi-chi chalets can be found in sought-after European ski resorts including Val d’Isère, Courchevel, Méribel, St Anton and La Clusaz.
2. BEST FOR…a ski short break
Check out Chamonix – not only does it boast stunning scenery and a buzzing atmosphere but the short transfer time from Geneva – only 1 hr 15 mins makes it an ideal destination for a shorter ski trip. It’s a very straightforward drive or transfer ride, and there are lots of options for shorter stays as the town is so used to short break visitors. Click here for more ideas on short breaks destinations.
3. BEST FOR…kids/beginners
Say ‘Allo’ to Avoriaz – the perfect destination for those new to the slopes. It’s easy to get to from Geneva, has good ski schools, a very convenient village with mainly ski-in/ski-out accommodation and varied terrain right on the doorstep.
4. BEST FOR… good value
Always loved the idea of North American ski trip but worried about the strain on the old purse strings? Panorama in Canada, North America, is a great resort that’s closer to European prices. It’s a popular option (voted North American Resort of the Year at the 2016 World Snow Awards) and sells itself on being a relaxed, hassle-free ski resort to spend quality time with family and friends.
5. BEST FOR…going with a non-skier
Facing the perennial problem of varying ability skiers? Shimmy on over to St Moritz in Switzerland. There’s loads on offer to occupy the less keen skiers – from picture-postcard scenery, great heritage, world-famous snow polo, the Cresta Run, excellent restaurants both on and off the mountain and wonderful hotels all boasting extensive wellness and spa facilities. The Glacier Express train departs from St Moritz en route to Zermatt. St Moritz also enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year, perfect for lazy afternoons lingering over lunch on the terrace!
6. BEST FOR…combining skiing with a city break
It has to be Whistler + Vancouver! This is where Mr Muddy and I got engaged and both the ski resort and near by city of Vancouver are amazing places to visit. Ski the slopes of Whistler then spend 2 – 3 nights exploring neighbouring Vancouver with its shops, restaurants and laid back vibe.
7. Best for… bragging rights
Japan is a great idea for its far-flung appeal and reputation for incredible powder – and with the Winter Olympics coming up in South Korea next year skiing in Asia is the next big thing for those who’ve done the usual resorts. Or, if you’re the adventurous type, then check out the classic Alberta itinerary. Famous for summer road-trippers, fly into Calgary travel to Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper for stunning Rockies scenery, wildlife, and of course fantastic skiing. You can even extend your journey from Jasper to Vancouver by taking the iconic overnight train service ‘The Canadian’.