The ski season in Europe has already started, but instead of travelling between November and January, most people prefer skiing just a few months before the season ends. Not only is it less crowded, but it is also easier to book a ski resort accommodation and hire a car. Some businesses even drop their rates during this time.
If you’re planning to go on a late season skiing, make sure to choose a holiday destination that has enough snow cover. Contrary to popular belief, snow does not melt after half term. But of course, you still prefer finding a place where you can ski on snow slopes and not on slushy snow. We at VroomVroomVroom have come up with a list of holiday destinations in Europe for late season skiers. Check them out below:
Best places to go skiing in Europe
The mountain town is considered an extreme sports paradise because of the multitude of activities that you can do in this resort. Chamonix has slopes that are suited for all levels – from extremely long slopes to beginners’ slopes. There are areas that still have great snow condition even during the late season, including the Valle Blanche, Le Grand Montets, and Le Tour. Apart from skiing and snowboarding, you can also try canyoning, rafting, trail-running, speed-riding, mountain biking and golfing.
Situated right in the heart of the Italian Alps, Livigno boasts of its breathtaking scenery and fresh air. If you are coming from Sondrio, it will take you approximately two hours to reach this popular ski getaway. This place is considered a winter wonderland because of its abundance in snow. You are assured of extensive snow in this town between November and May. There are numerous nursery slopes in Livigno that are perfect for beginners. There’s also 30 km of slopes awaiting Nordic skiers. To make skiing more exciting, visit any of the fun parks in the area such as the Bag Jump Mottolino Carousel and Mini Snowpark Cassana.
Black Forest (Germany)
If you want to ski and learn a bit of history, then visit Black Forest where you can find the oldest ski club in Germany and the first ski tow ever built. The historic ski club, which was established back 1895, continues to attract thousands of tourists annually. The popular spa town of Baden Baden is just over an hour away from Black Forest. After enjoying the breathtaking views of valleys and hills, head to Feldberg where you can enjoy 155 miles of downhill slopes and 22 ski jumps.
Often regarded as a skier’s paradise, Glenshee is home to Scotland’s largest ski and snowboarding area with a total of 22 lift systems and 36 runs. For those who are looking for a real challenge, try the infamous Tiger which is one of the most difficult runs in the United Kingdom. There are two ways to get to Glenshee Ski Centre, either by renting a car in Perth or in Dundee. The driving time from both cities will only take about an hour and 15 minutes. If you are coming from Glasgow, it takes around 2 hours and 15 minutes.
If you want to take a quick ski trip, then drive ten minutes from Cardiff to reach Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre. The centre has one of the first dry slopes in Great Britain which measures 100 metres. Located in Fairwater Park, the centre offers activities suited for all levels and ages. So even beginners will get a chance to learn about different snow sports as the provide over 11,000 sessions a year.
Skiing is one of the most popular winter activities in Europe, but if you are looking for other fun things to do during winter season, check out our article on Five Reasons Why You Should Travel to the UK in Winter.