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Ski holidays for all abilities!

September 16, 2016

Our ski breaks all across Europe offer fantastic getaway opportunities. There are few things in life that match the excitement of finding yourself surround by snow. Whether you like to ski or strap on a snowboard, one of our ski breaks is sure to satisfy you. Our ski breaks are evenly suited for both extreme sports enthusiasts and for someone going for the first time. Traditional ski breaks are taken between December and March when the mountains in Austria and France are packed with snow. Our packages offer anyone the chance of taking part in the magic of ski breaks.

Beginners and intermediates

Our smaller resorts in Presolana, Maniva and Spiazzi in Italy are great for beginners. They offer great nursery slopes and as they’re a lot smaller than the main resorts in Italy and they’re not as busy, meaning you don’t have to worry about getting in the way!

Beginners at Madonna di Campiglio have the large Campo Carlo Magno to learn on, before graduating to the wide, easy blue runs in the main ski area. Intermediate skiers and boarders will love cruising along the numerous wide blue and red runs and improving their confidence.

Bormio is another great resort for intermediate skiers, who can ski nonstop from 3012m down to the town at 1225m, a real leg burner but well worth it! With 9 blue runs, 26 reds and 7 black slopes. Passo del Tonale offers something for everyone; ideal for beginners offering an array of nursery slopes and some nice wide blue and red runs, while for intermediates there are some more challenging slopes in Ponte di Legno as well as the exhilarating Paradiso black run down from the Presena glacier.

Chatel in France has a lot to offer intermediate skiers with a total of 23 Red runs and 20 blue runs! Another in France, Valmorel, is ideal for beginners as there are specially designed, reserved areas that are made safe for learning. There is even a slow chairlift so you can get used to going up, as well as down, in an unintimidating way. Intermediates will have the most fun as the majority of trails are graded Blue or Red.

If none of those resorts tickle your fancy then maybe Bansko, Bulgaria will! The resort offers good skiing for beginners and intermediates, with a good nursery slope and mainly blue and red runs. Most of our packages here include ski lessons so perfect for those who are absolute beginners.

Advanced

The more advanced skier can experience the thrill of the challenging 3Tre Canalone, Amazzonia and Spinale Direttissima black runs at Madonna di Campiglio. Whereas Livigno offers experienced skiers the opportunity to satisfy their need for speed on steep, long slopes including the thrilling Giorgio Rocca run. Advanced skiers will enjoy the fun slopes throughout the Dachstein West ski area in Austria, including mogul fields, slopes with wave runs and a timed run. The Soriska Planina in Slovenia is limited in terms of size (8km) but has challenging fast runs for more advanced skiers and boarders.

Family

Aprica in Italy is a great resort for beginners/lower intermediates and families, there are lots of good learner slopes and the resort does wonders for building confidence on the piste. Valmorel is our recommended family resort as it centres around a purpose-built village, retaining many of the authentic features of a French mountain village with the overhanging houses, colourful decorations, pedestrianised walkways and incredibly welcoming atmosphere. 

Goldeck in Austria is another great family resort as children under 14 ski free of charge together with their parents! There’s a new beginner’s area - the children's country - where children can attend ski classes while their parents ski on their own. With accommodation in a family run chalet, our packages in Slovenia are great for families. Not only that, but there’s so much choice in regards to slopes that you’ve plenty of space to learn!

Jasna is in the Low Tatras region of Slovakia and has a range of slopes for both beginners and intermediates. There is also a ski school and free ride snow parks. An added bonus is the fun zone where children can move through obstacles and tunnels on a slope that is only around a blue level. 

Snowboarders

Madonna di Campiglio plays home to the Ursus snowpark at Grostè. It is large and well maintained, offering rails, boxes and kickers of varying levels of difficulty and a boardercross run. There is also a mini park at Pradalago for beginners approaching the park for the first time. There is another in Pinzolo and another in Folgarida/Marilleva with halfpipe.

Valmorel in France also accommodates snowboarders, with a snowzone at the top of the Creve chairlift with a boarder cross and various rails. Passo del Tonale has a snowpark with a ski/boardercross run and towards the end of the season a second snowpark opens on the glacier so freestylers can perfect their tricks and jumps all winter long. Those looking for off piste skiing/boarding should also head to the glacier, take a guide so you know where to go.

Partiers

Madonna Di Campiglio has some great places to stop at on the slopes before heading down on your last run of the day, but its the smart cafés and bars around the town that are filled with people sipping prosecco, aperol spritz and other pre dinner drinks. There are some excellent fine dining choices, with three Michelin starred restaurants (more than any other Italian Alpine resort) and some other, more affordable options. Post dinner there are a few exclusive bars and clubs that usually get busy after midnight, often tables are available by reservation only. 

There is a fantastic choice of après-ski in Flachau, from après ski bars on and off the slopes offering DJs and live music, to bars, restaurants and other venues, nightlife here is varied and lots of fun. There are so many activities on offer for all ages, including tobogganing, snow tubing, sleigh rides, curling, night time ski and snowshoe excursions and much, much more. For more on après-ski why not have a read of our blog dedicated to just that!

If you like the sound of any of these packages, or even just want a bit more information on any of our destinations, then our customer services team will be happy to help on info@activitybreaks.com!

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