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Ski Holidays: Best European Getaways On Offer From France To Austria

After a winter that never was, thousands of snow-hungry British skiers are counting down the days until the next season.

After a winter that never was, thousands of snow-hungry British skiers are counting down the days until the next season.

After a winter that never was, thousands of snow-hungry British skiers are counting down the days until the next season.

Since mid-March 2020, resorts in France and Italy have largely remained closed. Last winter, he was still able to ski in Switzerland, but first he had to find a way to get there legally. The elevators in Austria were only open to locals.

But now, with travel-friendly vaccinations, and the expectation of early snow, a full ski season in the Alps should begin.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Canada is also open, and the United States will be in November.

One word of caution though: don’t delay in booking your ski vacation. At least 75% fewer holidays are offered than in 2019/20 due to company failures and cutback programs by the remaining tour operators.

In fact, pent-up demand is so great that some operators report that up to 80 percent of breaks have already been sold.

The shortage of flights on peak dates has led to high prices, which means that more people are expected to drive to the Alps than usual this winter. The good news is that if you book and your vacation is canceled due to subsequent travel restrictions or if one of your group develops Covid, most companies now offer acceptable cancellation schemes.

You should be able to postpone your vacation to a later date or get your money back. Here is our selection of the holidays on offer, priced based on seven nights for two people sharing a double or twin room, including flights, transfers and half-board accommodation, unless otherwise noted.

AUSTRIAN ASCENT

Mayrhofen (pictured) is a major party town with a huge and sometimes challenging ski area

Mayrhofen (pictured) is a major party town with a huge and sometimes challenging ski area

Mayrhofen (pictured) is a major party town with a huge and sometimes challenging ski area

If you have proof of being fully vaccinated, you do not need to self-quarantine upon arrival.

Around 980,000 British citizens visit Austria during each “normal” travel year, and skiing is a big draw. Masks are mandatory in closed public areas.

Entry to restaurants, bars, and shared indoor spaces requires proof of vaccination, recent Covid recovery, or recent proof.

To enter nightclubs, you must have proof of complete vaccination or negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.

To Obergurgl

Obergurgl is an attractive high-altitude town with an exceptional snow record and a long season.

Best suits: Beginners, lower intermediate and families.

To stay: The Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl is a friendly family-run hotel. From £ 1,049pp on Jan 3 with Gatwick-Innsbruck flights (inghams.co.uk).

Party at Mayrhofen

Mayrhofen is a major party town with a huge and sometimes challenging ski area.

Best suits: Those who like to ski hard and dance the night away.

To stay: The three-star Alpin Hotel Garni Eder is located in a quiet area. From £ 830 pp on January 8 with Heathrow-Innsbruck flights (crystalski.co.uk)

Action in St Anton

St Anton, pictured, suits strong and upper intermediates, as well as those who like to party.

St Anton, pictured, suits strong and upper intermediates, as well as those who like to party.

St Anton, pictured, suits strong and upper intermediates, as well as those who like to party.

St Anton, the classic resort with a giant ski area linked to the Zurs and Lech ski areas, constantly maintains its position on the podium of world-class ski destinations.

Best suits: Strong and superior intermediates, in addition to those who like to party.

To stay: Montjola is a comfortable chalet-hotel. From £ 1,105 per person departing March 20, with guide or ski training included (neilson.co.uk).

DESCENT TO ITALY

Ski holidays in Italy should be safe this winter, especially as Covid cases per 100,000 residents are currently about half of those in the UK.

At the moment, Italy requires visitors to have proof of having received a double puncture and also to take a Covid test with a negative result within 48 hours of the trip. You must also complete an Italian “passenger locator form”.

High life

Cervinia, one of the highest stations in Europe, has a guaranteed snow cover.

Best suits: Those who like shaky thigh intermediate runs, but it suits all standards, families and partygoers.

Cervinia, pictured, is one of the highest resorts in Europe and has guaranteed snow cover.

Cervinia, pictured, is one of the highest resorts in Europe and has guaranteed snow cover.

Cervinia, pictured, is one of the highest resorts in Europe and has guaranteed snow cover.

To stay: Grand Hotel Cervino is a new five star hotel starting at £ 1,249 pp on January 15 with flights to Gatwick (inghams.co.uk).

Skiing the ‘milky way’

Pragelato is a village in the gigantic 400km Milky Way ski region near Sestriere and home to a Club Med village with chalets. The complex has been recently renovated.

Best suits: Those who like to put long mileage under their feet every day, plus families.

To stay: Stays at Club Med include accommodation, meals, drinks, lessons and passes from £ 1,414 pp without travel or transfers (clubmed.co.uk). Easyjet returns London-Turin from £ 50 (easyjet.com).

Charming Champoluc

Champoluc is a quiet and unspoiled village in the Monterosa ski area. If a proposed link to Cervinia continues for the next two years, it will become the largest linked ski area in the world.

Best suits: All standards of skier and snowboarder and families with young children.

To stay: Champoluc’s Chalet Hotel has babysitting service on site from £ 1,049 per adult with Gatwick-Turin flights (espritski.com).

FUN IN FRANCE

Stay seven nights at Hotel Le Taos in Tignes from £ 1,296pp B&B

Stay seven nights at Hotel Le Taos in Tignes from £ 1,296pp B&B

Stay seven nights at Hotel Le Taos in Tignes from £ 1,296pp B&B

THE BEST OF THE REST

Canada high

Banff in Alberta is the starting point for the three ski areas of Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise in Banff National Park. To fly, you must be fully vaccinated and take a negative Covid test within 72 hours of travel.

Best suits: All standards plus non-skiers can enjoy the scenery.

To stay: Banff Rocky Mountain Resort is a comfortable three star hotel starting at £ 970 pp for seven nights starting January 29 with flights and transfers to Calgary (skiworld.co.uk).

Swiss rolls

Lauterbrunnen, gives easy access to the ski slopes in Wengen, Grindelwald and Murren. You must be fully vaccinated to travel to Switzerland.

Best suits: Intermediate skiers and snowboarders looking for a lot of daily terrain. Not ideal for beginners or skiers.

To stay: Chalethotel Rosa from £ 647 pp with flights to Gatwick on March 26 (skimiquel.co.uk).

Beautiful norway

Geilo in Norway is located halfway in the desert between Oslo and Bergen and offers mainly gentle slopes. You must be fully vaccinated to enter Norway or have a negative Covid test within 24 hours of travel.

Best suits: Families looking for a beautiful setting and a gentle introduction to winter sports.

To stay: The 4-star Bardola cabins are cabins located in a forest next to the Bardola Hotel. From £ 1,129 pp on January 16 with flights (crystalski.co.uk).

If you have received both blows, you can enter France as a tourist; those who are not fully vaccinated can only enter for “ essential reasons ” (which does not include skiing). Cases per 100,000 people are slightly lower in France than in the UK.

Face masks are required in all enclosed public spaces.

According to the rules, to enter public spaces with more than 50 people, you will have to prove your negative Covid status through a ‘health pass’ (gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/pass-sanitaire).

Value in Val d’Isere

Val d’Isere is a traditional ski area linked to Tignes with 300 km of slopes.

Best suits: Intermediate and upper forts, but also good for beginners and families.

To stay: Seven nights at Hotel Le Taos in Tignes from £ 1,296pp B&B on January 7 with flights (sunweb.co.uk).

Skiing at altitude

Les Arcs is linked to neighboring La Plagne in the Tarentaise valley and is divided into different villages at different altitudes.

Arc 1950 is the most attractive of these and its great height ensures a reliable snow cover throughout the season.

Best suits: High mileage skiers.

To stay: Bear Lodge is a new wing of Arc 1950 on the edge of the runway. From £ 1,129 pp on April 17 with transfers from Geneva but no flights (vip-chalets.com); Gatwick returns from £ 50 (easyjet.com).

Daredevil’s dream

Alpe d’Huez, in the heart of the Isere region, is famous for its epic climb to the Tour de France, but it is also the center of a 249 km ski area that is completed by the Sarenne, which at 18 km claims be the longest black in the world. to run.

Best suits: All standards, but strong for intermediates in particular, plus partygoers.

To stay: The three-star PopAlp Hotel also functions as a contemporary pop art gallery. From £ 848 B&B for two sharing (popalp-huez.com); Gatwick-Grenoble return flights from £ 64pp (easyjet.com).

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