The British winter is never fun. With the sun rising later and retiring earlier the days are mostly dark and with only a short amount of sun. Rain is frequent with sleet, hail or snow often additions too. Icy roads and pavements make even the shortest of trips, whether in car or by foot, treacherous and dangerous. It’s no surprise, then, that many Brits escape the island over Christmas for low cost ski holidays; after all, if you’re going to be in cold weather, why not be somewhere where you can have some fun in it?
By taking off to the Alps, you can fill your days swooning over some of the most incredible scenery the World has to offer. As you sit in front of a roaring open fire sipping a hot chocolate or glass of wine, you can gaze out of the window at stunning sunrises and sunsets, sublime blizzards and spectacular mountain tops. It beats wrapping up to face the bitterly cold winds that whip through the British Isles, that’s for sure.
If you’re more of the adventurous type, you can purchase the appropriate clothing and equipment and head out to the slopes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or expert because the resorts cater for each level of proficiency; you can start on the flatter areas with gradual declines, or head to the tip of the peak for some adrenalin-pumping skiing that will have onlookers watch with amazement.
Don’t forget the other perk of a skiing holiday; the ski lift will provide you with some unbeatable views, so remember to take a camera with you. If you’re not into the idea of skiing, the ski lift alone could be enough of a draw to get you booking your hotel and transport.
Skiing holidays are popular breaks, and whether you venture off with companions or go solo, you certainly won’t be alone. So many people enjoy skiing holidays that it will only be a matter of time before you make new friends with whom to explore the mountains and swap life stories while staying up into the small hours with a shot of dram. Then it’s time for bed before getting up to do it all over again the next day.
If the Alps don’t tickle your fancy, you can always use the excuse of a skiing holiday to jet off to America. A trip to Colorado will allow you to have your fill of the slopes and also head into the towns for a glimpse of the USA. You could even make something of an expedition of it by starting in Colorado before heading over to the other side of the Rockies into Canada’s Calgary, where you can ski with locals from not just another city but a whole other country.
Canada has some of the most incredible scenery to be found anywhere and there is no better way to enjoy it than from the peak of a mountain, where you can watch the vast expanse of land below unfold before your very eyes. As people from Calgary just so happen to be some of the friendliest people you could hope to meet, it won’t be long before you make new friends with whom to hit the town’s bars of an evening.
If your legs tell you one morning that you shouldn’t ski that day, take a relaxing drive through the Rockies, admiring the various forms of wildlife you’re bound to see along the way, to Banff, a little mountain town that is one of North America’s best kept secrets.
Wherever you decide to go, you will almost certainly have an amazing holiday and come home with a multitude of exciting stories, anecdotes and experiences to tell your friends and family. If all this has you anticipating the thrill of the mountain tops but worried about costs, you’ll be pleased to know they won’t be as much as you think. Christmas is a time of great expense, what with all the presents you’ll be buying for your loved ones, not to mention the food, but a skiing holiday needn’t break the bank. With a little searching online you can find some fantastic deals, the best of which quite often cover the Christmas period; it’s nice to see the companies spreading a little festive cheer.
So what are you waiting for? Get on the Internet, find a good deal, pack your bags and have the best Christmas of your life!