Winter is a great time to go on vacation. Stick to pristine snow in natural areas and you will forget all about things like slush, icy pavements, public transport delays and the other difficult things that are usually associated with winter. Spending time in the outdoors is a great way to boost your adrenaline and feel alive. Here are the 5 best destinations to embrace winter.
Experiencing the Alps in the winter is a great way to learn to love this season. Take a trip to France to Paradiski and Les Trois Vallees which can be reached by train from Paris and London. It is a great area to enjoy winter sports and you can go skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing and tobogganing. One pass will give you access to more than 8 hills so there will be plenty of variety in your runs. If you are looking for something less energetic, you could go cross country skiing or ice skating, and spend the rest of your time sampling the local cuisine and making friends during après ski.
Lapland, Finland is a great place to go to embrace winter, especially for travellers looking to meet Father Christmas. Stay in a serene cottage in the woods and you can explore the area by snowmobile or dog sled and you can go snowshoeing at night. Visit or stay in an ice hotel and you can marvel at the craftsmanship that goes into making these temporary works of art. Head to Ylläs ski resort for some skiing without having to worry about queues or crowds. Warm up by spending time in a sauna and a Jacuzzi and you will wonder why it took you this long to embrace winter.
Los Glaciares National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Argentina and it is a great place to embrace winter. You can explore more than 300 glaciers and walk along the Perito Moreno, the only glacier in the world that continues to grow. There area is less crowded during the winter months so it is a great time to go. There are plenty of great places to stay and the food is great as well.
Colorado offers lots of activities for snow enthusiasts. It has stunning scenery of snow covered mountain tops with beautiful evergreen trees through the slopes. You can stay in the Vail Valley in Colorado to have a great winter holiday. Vail has live musical events and festivals along with all outdoor activities in the snow. You can stay in lodges with your own fire place or stay in inexpensive or luxury hotels. You can take advantage of cross-country skiing, dog sledding, ice skating, sleigh riding and snowmobiling during the winter.
Sweden is a great place to go during the winter months. Stay at the Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel that is made from scratch each year. There are close to 200 ski hills that you can visit to get your adrenaline up as you race down the slopes. Learn how to track reindeer in the snow. Experience the beauty of the Northern Lights and see this natural phenomenon. Go for a dog sled ride and experience the thrill of going through the pristine wilderness with a team of excited dogs in front of you.