Snow Trip Tips, from a Snow Trip Enthusiast ([email protected])
With so many snow trips under my belt, I decided I'd start blogging to bestow my skiing holiday tips on the masses. So what ski holidays are on offer out there? What destination should you choose for your 2014 ski holiday? And which ranks higher in the skiing stakes Andorra, Austria or France?
Well the answers to these questions are very much determined by the type of skier you want to be. If you're solely concerned with a cheap and cheerful ski holidays, excellent apres ski and infamous ski holiday offers then most likely Andorra is going to be your choice destination. If you're an avid skier who wants a little more comfort, who pictures themselves sitting by an open fire on their skiing holiday then Austria could be for you, however if you want to ski right back to your door at the end of everyday then perhaps you should consider your ski holiday 2014 in France.
It' not an exact science, but your skiing holiday very much depends on certain criteria, destination, suitable dates, skiing level, and of course price is forever an important ingredient when choosing a skiing holiday. There are a huge variety of companies out there offering amazing deals at the minute, from Directski to directly booking yourself, skiing holidays are becoming more affordable and accessible for all, whether flying from the Ireland or United Kingdom there are tons of options.
I want to offer advice on the best party destinations for ski holiday, best family destinations from the UK and Ireland, and the best ski holidays for those interested only in skiing; looking for the best cheap ski holidays or you're looking to treat yourself I think I've got all bases covered.
First up is ski holidays for the coming 2014 ski season Pas de la Casa, Andorra also goes by 'Ibiza on the Snow'. This is a warranted nickname. The resort is literally a constant party, the minute you unclip it's pub crawls, free shots in Paddy's Bar and the sambuca fuelled Underground Bar or Billboard Night Club. It attracts a huge amount of skiers and partyers each season, as it offers tax free booze, excellent ski facilities and excellent pub, bars and clubs for those seeking a well-rounded skiing holiday. Perfect package.
2. If you're new to the skiing world, then Arinsal and Pal, Andorra is going to be your choice destination. It's the best of both worlds, a great introduction into skiing or snowboarding with nursery slopes, and great slopes and runs to progress onto over your week's skiing holiday. The amazing gradient of slopes for beginners all the way to advanced is only matched by this amazing little resorts nightlife. It might be a small place, but it's buzzing with Irish bar Darby O'Gills, and late bars to keep everyone occupied and keep thirst at bay.
3. Val Thorens, France is another resort full with apres ski and nightlife. The resort is neatly nestled above Meribel in the French Alps, the high altitude resorts boast one of the best pubs I've frequented on a ski holiday. Café Snesko is famous, the enthusiasm of the bar staff are legendary, if there had been rafters in the place people would have been swinging from them. Val Thorens might not scream 'cheap ski holiday,' it's a more expensive per pint, but it's well worth it.
4. Soll in Austria is a resort that people repeatedly visit for it's nightlife, it's literally straight off the slopes in the evening and straight to Moonlight Bar at the bottom of the red run. or The Salvenstadhl pub. Sure they'll be blasting cheesy euro pop, but after five days of it, and five drinks you'll find yourself singing along and wondering how you ever lived without Will.I.Am in your life.
5. Just down the road from Soll, is the equally as entertaining Zell am See, Austria. People come here for the glacier skiing, but stay for the party. Pubs like Gin House supplying amazing cocktails, and B17-Hangar are the culprits. They are favourites with return visitors, and are always privy to the odd pub crawl and full out party. B17-Hangar is known for its classic rock, indie with a bit of blues and soul thrown in the mix. A must see if you're chasing a party on your skiing holiday extraordinaire.
This is just round one of my travel blog posts, I still have a huge amount of tips, and information on the best options for ski and snowboard holidays around Europe. So whether it's Andorra, Austria or France then be sure to check back.