Hitting the slopes in January?

For many people the best thing about January is getting out of the country after the Christmas and New Year excesses and hitting the ski slopes.

Europe is the obvious and most easily accessible destination. The “big four” skiing destinations are Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy all of which have Alpine regions offering a wide variety of resorts to suit all budgets and levels of expertise.

Famous name resorts

Perhaps the best known resorts in France are Chamonix, Val d’Isere, Val Thorens and Tignes.  The ski season in Tignes lasts a full nine months! Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and, according to the Independent newspaper, Chamonix is good for a short trip, last-minute destination where the biggest attraction is Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Western Europe.

In Switzerland there are Gstaad and St Moritz for celeb spotters. St Moritz is the location of the famous Cresta Run.  Davos is the largest ski resort in Switzerland and the highest city in Europe, also regularly home to an annual gathering of the “great and good” for the World Economic Forum.

The National Geographic magazine, however, lists nearby Zermatt, in its top ten list of ski resorts, which it describes as “better than the neighbouring Gstaad or St. Moritz” and “a remarkably peaceful car free getaway”. However, skiing experts advise that skiing in Zermatt is for intermediates and experts and definitely not low budget.

Italy’s Cortina d’Ampezzo high in the Dolomites has been the setting for a number of films, including “Cliffhanger” and “For Your Eyes Only.”

The place to go in Austria, again according to the National Geographic’s top ten list, is Kitzbühel, known as the “Pearl of the Alps” and “the most famous holiday resort in the Tyrol”. It is a 700 year-old village where skiing first began in 1892.

Or perhaps try Zell am See, which has about 80 miles of local slopes, with beginner, intermediate and advanced runs.

Want to go somewhere different?

For those who are looking for more unusual locations there are also resorts in Sweden, Norway, Slovakia, Croatia, Andorra and Bulgaria.

Or how about skiing on Mount Olympus in Cyprus?  There are four slopes, all named after Greek deities. They are:  the beginner level, Aphrodite or Sun Valley I, intermediate level Hermes or Sun Valley II, Advanced level Dias/Zeus or North Face I and beginner level Hera or North Face II.

Wherever you choose Superb Travel Suffolk will get you, your family and the luggage easily and safely to your airport terminal and will be there to greet you with a welcome home pack on your return.