Best early season skiing in Europe

Best early season skiing in Europe

If you want to beat the crowds and get in a ski trip before the end of year, then you do not have to wait till January or February for good snow and skiing. High resort altitudes and glacier skiing offer opportunities to ski early on in the season, so you can beat the crowds and holiday sooner.

Best resort to ski in October

Cervinia

Ideally situated at a resort altitude of 2050m, Cervinia is known for its long season running between October and May and consistently good snow. Skiers in Cervinia can enjoy a wide range of piste’s as Zermatte and Valtournenche are both reachable and covered by the Cervinia ski pass, totalling 350km of piste. There are slopes ideal for beginner and intermediate skiiiers; slopes in the Klein Matterhorn glacier area better suited to beginner skiiers, and more challenging slopes are generally found in Zermatt. Cervinia itself is known for wide, long and spacious trails that offer the opportunity for those new to skiing to snowplough around and those more adventurous to race down.

Cervinia is geared towards families, with a plethora of ski schools and after ski family activities such as a cinema, bowling and amusement arcade. There are accommodation options to suit all budgets and over 50 cafe’s and restaurants at various price points.

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Best resort to ski in November

Les Deux Alpes

Due to being a glacier resort, Les Deux Alpes has a long ski season from late November to April. Despite its altitude and proximity to Mont-de-Lans glacier, there is plenty of sun with many south facing slopes and a mostly tree-less terrain.

Les Deux Alpes is ideal for skiers and snowboarders with its modern lift system and wide range of slopes amounting to 220km of pistes. Skiers can access slopes at their highest point of 3600m, with 2300 metres of slopes downwards from its peak.

Known particularly for its suitability for snowboarders, Les Deux Alpes has a border cross and half pike as well as snowparks for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy.

There are runs suitable for skiers at all levels, with easier slopes found at the top of the summit and more challenging slopes lower down the slope. For those looking for a budget destination, Les Deux Alpes is ideal with a wide range of accommodation at affordable prices, as well as places to eat and drink.

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Best resort to ski in December

Tignes

Sitting at a resort altitude of 2100m, Tignes has a long snow sure season between early December and May.

Tignes is a go to destination for intermediate and experienced skiers, with a wide range of steep, challenging slopes. There are over 100 blue and red runs between Tignes and Val D’Isere and infamous slopes such as “The Wall” which attract thousands of ambitious skiers each year.

Outside of skiing Tignes is known for its apres ski scene, with some of the best bars in the Alpes as well as popular nightclubs that stay open late.

2021/2022 European Ski Season opening dates

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2021/2022 European Ski Season opening dates

Ski season is approaching again, with many more resorts opening this year than in 2020. If you are ready to book but nervous about changing Covid regulations you can relax with our hassle-free Covid 19 guarantee, which we put in place last year to financially protect all of our Ski Lifts customers.

Austria ski resort opening dates

Bad KleinkirchheimDec 4 2021 – April 18 2022Bad Kleinkirchheim ski transfers
HintertuxOpen all year roundHintertux ski transfers
Ischgl25 Nov 2021 – 1 May 2022Ischgl ski transfers
KitzbühelEstimated 31 Oct 2021 – 29 April 2022 Kitzbühel ski transfers
MayrhofenEstimated 7 Dec 2021 – 14 April 2022Mayrhofen ski transfers
Solden18 Nov 2021 opening, closing date unconfirmedSolden ski transfers
St Anton27 Nov 2021 – 24 April 2022St Anton ski transfers
InnsbruckVarious dates Dec 2021 to March and April 2022Innsbruck ski transfers

Bulgaria ski resort opening dates

BanksoEstimated 12 Nov 2021 – 14 April 2022Bankso ski transfers
BorovetsEstimated 18 Dec 2021 – 16 April 2022Borovets ski transfers

France ski resort opening dates

Alpe D’HuezEstimated 29 Nov 2021 – 23 April 2022Alpe D’Huez ski transfers
AvoriazEstimated 12 Dec 2021 – 22 April 2022Avoriaz ski transfers
ChamonixEstimated 5 Dec 2021 – 22 April 2022Chamonix ski transfers
CourchevelEstimated 8 Dec 2021 – 22 April 2022Courchevel ski transfers
Flaine11 Nov 2021 – 18 April 2022 Flaine ski transfers
La Tania4 Dec 2021 – 22 April 2022 La Tania ski transfers
Les Gets18 Dec 2021 – 10 April 2022Les Gets ski transfers
Les Menuires4 Dec 2021 opening, closing date unconfirmedLes Menuires ski transfers
Méribel4 Dec 2021 opening, closing date unconfirmedMeribel ski transfers
Val Thorens20 Nov 2021 – May 8 2022 Val Thorens ski transfers
TignesEstimated 17 Oct 2021 – 2 May 2022Tignes ski transfers
MorzineEstimated 29 Nov 2021 – 23 April 2022Morzine ski transfers

Germany ski resort opening dates

Garmisch18 Dec 2021 – 20 March 2022Gamisch ski transfers

Italy ski resort opening dates

Arabba3 Dec 2022 – 24 May 2022Arabba ski transfers
Cervinia28 Oct 2021 – 2 May 2022Cervinia ski transfers
Cortina27 Nov 2021 – 18 April 2022Cortina ski transfers
Sauze d’oulxEstimated 10 Dec 2021 – 14 April 2022Sauze d’oulx ski transfers
Livigno24 Nov 2021 – 28 April 2022Livigno ski transfers
Madonna Di Campiglio27 Nov 2021 – 18 April 2022Madonna Di Campiglio ski transfers
Val Gardena5 Dec 2021 – 4 Dec 2022Val Gardena ski transfers

Slovenia ski resort opening dates

Kranjska Gora11 Dec 2021 – 27 March 2022Kranjska Gora ski transfers

Switzerland ski resort opening dates

Davos & KlostersVarious dates Dec 2021 to March and April 2022Davos & Klosters ski transfers
GstaadVarious dates Dec 2021 to March 2022Gstaad ski transfers
Saas FeeEstimated 3 Oct 2021 – 20 April 2022Saas Fee ski transfers
VerbierEstimated 27 Nov 2021 – 27 April 2022Verbier ski transfers

Summer Skiing in Les Deux Alpes – A Glacier Getaway

Summer Skiing in Les Deux Alpes – A Glacier Getaway

  •  Les Deux Alpes is ski-ready in the summer as well as during high season – thanks to its well-known, popular glacier skiing area.
  • The Glacier season takes place in Les Deux Alpes from June to September.

The glacier skiing here is quite sizeable – in fact, it’s technically the biggest glacier skiing area in Europe! It’s a fantastic area for beginner and improver skiers who want to try things out during the summer, with blue, green and red runs up at the top all accessible by the chairlifts and draglifts that remain in operation for the glacier season. From there, you have access to the longest, full on-piste vertical in the world – lots of room for some serious practice in France’s second oldest ski resort (the first being Chamonix).

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The fun of glacier skiing in Les Deux Alpes

If you are a beginner – don’t let the altitude put you off. Les 2 Alpes is also known for being ‘topsy turvy’, where the easier, wider runs are actually at the top, while the steeper runs are a little further down from the glacier runs. As you’re venturing higher up that normal to get to the snow, the lower oxygen levels means you’ll need the time to acclimatise, so it’s estimated that your body has to work even harder in the altitude to keep you going, which could make for really effective training if you’re an experienced beginner or improving. Just make sure you know you’re medically OK going higher up and give yourself enough time to do so. You’ll find everything in the lower and steeper parts of the mountains are taken over by mountain bikers in the summer who flock here to make the most of the jumps!

Your summer ski day passes (if you’re around for more than one day on the slopes) to the peaks in Les Deux Alpes will also unlock access to the facilities at lower altitude, including the pool and tennis courts – which makes for a seriously active holiday if you want one, particularly if you’re keeping up with your fitness as well as your snow skills. It’s also worth seeing if there are any local hikes or treks that you can go on while you’re in the area. Summer hikes in the Alps are also great muscle boosters after a few days hitting the skis.

 

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Les Deux Alpes in the summer

The town is in the heart of the French Alps, so there’s a great selection of shopping and restaurants along the main streets, as well as plenty of bars and cafes dotted around the area. While summer is probably more of a social affair than a hardcore sports holiday, you’ll probably appreciate the balance between the more relaxed summer après vibe and making the most of the sunshine. The village is pretty large with a good selection of hotels for all budgets, or you can opt for a chalet in the summer which has a really different feel to it than usual. The town is incredibly convenient for the ski runs – the funicular links the town to the main peaks, up to 3,450m high. At the top, you’ll obviously be able to take in 360° views of the Alps and beyond, including Mont Blanc which is practically in front of you – showing itself off with a grassy vista to enjoy for a change of pace!

 

A family-friendly summer ski option

Les Deux Alpes is a great summer ski option, thanks to having eight summer-ready runs between June and September, half pipes and a snowboard area, and some surprisingly cost effective pass prices in August. That’s handy if those flight tickets to North America or New Zealand are a little bit out there; if you want to experience a totally different ski vibe that you can mix up with a hiking holiday, or, if you simply want to keep the holiday stash stocked for your winter ski season or another trip.

 

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The summer ski *perfect* holiday for active people

If you’re over in the south of France, then you’ll know that it is hotter than the rest of France, with temperatures often over 30°C – even the nearby Val d’Isère in the south east can get a bit warm! That’s why Les Deux Alpes is a good choice if you don’t want to be ‘extreme’ climate switching between very hot sea level air and the cooler mountain air like you might elsewhere. March – April and June are hot for sure in Les Deux Alpes, but both these months do see a good mix of rain and sun – which makes anywhere you’re staying a little cheaper too as much of the accommodation will priced on the weather during these months, prior to charging full for the main summer season from the end of June through to August.

Les Deux Alpes is popular with families, especially those with young children with high energy levels. With so much on offer, it’s also great for active families looking for some free time, and so families can divide themselves between the mountain, tennis, hiking, biking, the spa and the pool. Les Deux Alpes offers plentiful accommodation choices too: everything from traditional chalets, to hotels and apartments to, increasingly, campsites and pitch space a little further out. All apartment will have twin or large double rooms, or a few of both, as the chalets and hotels. All the summer campsites near Les Deux Alpes have WCs, maintained showers and full laundry facilities. Everything in once place for an active summer holiday. Summer skiing in Les Deux Alpes – really, what more could you ask for?

 

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Book Ski Transfers Ahead Of Time

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Book Ski Transfers Ahead Of Time

  1. Ski season is short
  2. You could book ahead for a big group and get a coach
  3. You can book your transfer days in advance
  4. It saves you time and stress

The ski season is your annual time to take in the slopes, enjoy the snow and then get down to some serious après. Before getting to that point though, there’s a little bit of holiday admin to do – namely, booking your holiday, and booking your ski transfers. There’s nothing worse than worrying about how you’re going to get from your chosen airport to your little hideaway in the Alps, or lugging equipment off trains and up hills and trying to catch a taxi.

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Ski season is short

While the entire ski season runs between early December and the end of March each year, the snow still falls relatively slowly and in fact we often get snow showers for only the first few weeks of the season. This means that skiers can get in their Christmas skiing without risking their season being ruined by a lack of snow, and it also means that if you have the luxury of booking your transfers early, you can relax knowing that you don’t need to worry about times, dates and timetables and the sheer stress that comes with using public transport. There’s also the advantage of not having to lug your gear in between stations and stops, so you can still be sure of being on the slopes come December.

If you’re going off-piste, you can’t really control your snow conditions, so booking miles ahead could be pointless – you might be quite certain that the snow will be fairly untouched and ready for your arrival. If you’re a backcountry skier, you’ll want to book your transfers also a few weeks in advance so you have as little to worry about as possible, and be confident that you can bring your tent or chosen wild camping gear with you.

Transport to and from the resort is also vital. Travelling between resorts can be tiring and difficult – and if you’re not used to the areas you’re going to, it can be easy to get lost. Lots of skiers prefer to travel from the middle of January to the end of March to catch both the atmosphere they desire and the best snow. Although, saying that, there are a few skiers who like to sneak out at the end of November before it gets really busy. Plus, if you’re heading to a snowsure resort, or you chase the snow and head over for glacier skiing in the summer – well, you pretty much have nothing to worry about.

 

Book ahead and get a coach – and when to book ski transfers generally

If you’re booking a very large group together for your ski trip, a coach transfer might actually be the best value idea. Coach transfers from Geneva Airport tend to be popular for both their premium experience and their value in what is essentially a bulk travel/transfer order. With a few big families clubbing together, you might find the per-person price is cheaper – that’s why it’s always sensible to get a few ski resort airport transfer quotes before you confirm your booking, so you can work out the best price for your skiing holiday.

Think of organising your skiing trip as a half-marathon, not a sprint at the last gate! Although it’s great to get out and explore and enjoy the mountain culture, it’s more practical to book everything in advance, try and get a few extra days either side of your planned season and arrive at your lodge to unpack, so you can relax and enjoy the scenery for the next few days. (Although, we get it – for some skiers, it really is about hitting the peaks as soon as physically possible!) For holidays with lift passes, it’s good to book your transfers a few weeks in advance at least to ensure you’re getting the best possible availability. Most people prefer to book things over a few days close together in creating their ‘DIY’ ski trip or their own package put together from lots of different places –  that way, you can take advantage of the best deal you can while doing your own research.

 

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You can book your transfers days in advance to save time

For all resorts in Europe, the USA and Canada –  you can book them online with us. There are different options: shared, shared plus (less waiting for other folks), private, coach and executive. And you can even book them in a few days in advance. Ski-Lifts has year-round coverage any availability for transfers across all of your favourite resorts, so even if you’re booking transfers at the very last minute, our team have the best and most experienced driver networks to tap into, to get your Ski-Lifts ski transfers.

 

It saves you time and stress

There are a few instances in which your ski transfers could be arranged by your accommodation or hotel, but it will usually on the their terms and conditions rather than your own when it comes to timing and picking the right car. While resort-to-airport transfers might be down to the individual resort, they might not be able to give you a specialised, experienced service like Ski-Lifts (and our partner accommodation) who know the roads best – and it’s best not to just leave it to a random taxi. Another issue at leaving it to your accommodation to arrange, is availability – you don’t want to be waiting hours for the next available transport, you need to get your airport or train station in plenty of time.

Speaking of reducing stress, transporting ski gear can get very stressful. It can feel heavy over time, it’s awkward to carry, and the last thing you want is to be fetching your luggage by yourself with a map on your phone in one hand, and everything else in the other!  So a smooth, stress-free friendly airport transfer – whether that’s over an hour or for an epic four-hour ski transfer to your chalet, having the last leg of your journey covered really does have its wellbeing benefits. Better yet, it allows you to focus on the après which the season demands that we do, rather than stress-skiing for that first morning after your arrival day!

 

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5 Best Ways To Prevent Travel Sickness During Your Transfer

5 Best Ways To Prevent Travel Sickness During Your Transfer

  1. Stay hydrated
  2. Take ginger supplements
  3. Try Dramamine or similar medication
  4. Eat something before you go
  5. Change your diet

Travel sickness can really get the better of us if we’re prone to it. For some folks, the mode of transport doesn’t matter, it’s nausea-town. For others, it genuinely only happens when we’re not in the driving seat. And lo and behold, although rare, it can even happen to drivers. So to help with what might be your 3 hours of hell to 13 days of heaven in the snow, we’ve spoken to seasoned skiers and drivers about their advice. We would recommend that you always seek proper medical advice that isn’t from a blog, of course, and this content is presented only as information for your own further research.

 

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Staying hydrated

Dehydration is a very real cause of travel sickness, so be sure to make sure you’re getting plenty of water before you get on the plane. Having a water bottle with you will make sure you don’t miss a beat. Drink as much as you can, starting as soon as you feel unwell. Staying hydrated in small and frequent bursts is important, as some folks may find that they also have stomach problems from travel-based anxiety or even undiagnosed claustrophobia, so it can be difficult to get fluids back up into your system quickly if you’re feeling this way. And instead of swigging fizzy drinks, try water or even fruit tea.

 

Taking ginger

This is something you might know about if you suffer from travel sickness. Ginger is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle for many of us – so naturally it’s an ingredient we should be packing in to our rucksacks. Ginger, in moderation, is known to aid digestion, so those who are prone to getting gassy should take care to take some time to cut out the offending foods before a trip. One of the easiest ways to do this is by taking digestive enzymes with you on your travels. We hear from unconfirmed rumours that the Ironman team keeps ginger in their first aid kit to aid nausea in the most natural way which doesn’t get in the way or alter performance. Another excellent way to treat the nauseous feeling is by taking ginger supplements. They’re supposed to be packed with anti-spasmodic properties and could help ease the pain and nausea. These won’t cure it entirely, but they’ll certainly help and boost your immune system to prevent any sickness or vomiting after a long transfer on the way to the slopes.

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Taking Dramamine

It is a travel sickness pill recommended by lots of travel sick travellers and tourists – although, please always get medical advice! Some people believe that Dramamine is a “miracle” for those unfortunate enough to suffer from motion sickness, and prevent travel sickness with it. So no more queasy day trips or flights, or 4 hour long road trips punctuated by nausea – if you’re affected by it, then you’ll know all too well what a game-changer it is. If you are the type to choose to take this stuff, you don’t have to take it every time you travel – try to space it out so it works for you! If you take it every time, it can actually make the sickness worse, so be careful. This is why most will opt for taking a ginger supplement or sweets (or both!) to help with travel sickness during their flights, their transfers or even both.

 

Eating something before you start travelling on any transport

A little bit of food can ease your nausea – prevent travel sickness by eating 2 hours before travelling- try not to eat anything directly before you head out into transportation, be it a car or a plane. This could also help you relax later down the line when it’s time to hit the slopes and prevent any sickness from a late breakfast! A little energy boost is always appreciated. Also, a protein rich smoothie before you travel could help to settle your stomach and reduce your chances of getting a nausea-filled stomach at the ski resort. Most people with travel sickness will eat before and then try to make sure they don’t eat during the time they’re actually taking transport – which is why staying hydrated is even more important.

 

Changing your diet before you travel

If you’re prone to travel sickness, one of the best things you can do is change your diet. Becoming sick after you’ve eaten is often the result of food sensitivities or imbalances, so if you think that certain foods are making you sick, then switching up what you’re eating may make a difference.  If you suspect you have an intolerance to a food, simply cut it out of your diet for a few days and see if it makes a difference.  Food can affect whether you feel sick or not, so try to avoid the very foods which can commonly cause nausea during your travel (sometimes without you knowing at first) – like nuts, caffeine, red wine and dairy products. Of course, as soon as you arrive at your resort, all those ingredients are 100% a la table! It’s worth it 😉

 

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8 ways that travel to Europe has changed since the UK left the EU

8 ways that travel to Europe has changed since the UK left the EU

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Okay. So the UK has now left the EU – but what can you expect when travelling to the European member states from 1st January 2021?

The UK will no longer be treated like a member of the EU, and is subject to new rules.

Once the COVID situation is under control and UK citizens are generally allowed to travel abroad again, you’ll need to be aware of these 8 changes when travelling to any EU countries (plus Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).

Planning your trip…

1. How long you can stay

Most British travellers spend a few weeks at time abroad, however if you are thinking of spending longer you need to be aware that you’ll only be able to stay in an EU country for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. If you want to stay longer, you’ll need the right to remain/visa. The rules for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania are different – as you can be there for 90-days and not use up your 90-day allowance for other EU countries.

2. Check your passport

You’ll need at least 6 months left on your passport and it must have been issued in the last 10 years. To make sure your passport is valid please visit the Government’s passport checker.

3. Check your travel and health insurance gives you the right level of cover

If you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it is valid up to the expiry date displayed on the card.

There are limited details about what will replace EHIC but the UK government has said it will be issuing UK Global Health Insurance Card, which will most likely cover chronic or existing illnesses, maternity care and emergencies. Further details will follow.

The advice is to always take-out comprehensive travel insurance with appropriate healthcare cover, including existing medical conditions and any activities you plan to do such as skiing or other winter sports.

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4. Mobile roaming charges may now apply

While the UK’s four main mobile operators have said they have no plans to reintroduce roaming fees, it’s a good idea to check with your provider before you head off. As of 1st Jan 2021, Brits in Europe are not guaranteed free mobile data roaming so you could be charged for calls, messages or using the internet or apps.

At the airport…

5. We love a queue but make sure you’re in the right one

You will no longer be able to use the EU passport lanes on arrival. You might also have to show a return ticket and that you have enough money for your stay.

6. Duty free is back!

Good news if you are travelling to the EU from the UK (expect Ireland) as you can now stock up on duty free shopping with tobacco and alcohol limits set to increase as well.

7. Know what food you can take with you

Meat and dairy products cannot be taken into EU countries so please check as recent news reports show they are checking. The exceptions are powdered baby milk, baby food or food required for medical reasons.

8. Driving in Europe

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If you are hiring a car, you’ll need to take your driving licence (you’ll need an international driving permit if yours is the old paper version or issued in Gibraltar, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man).

If you are taking your own vehicle, you’ll also need the logbook (V5C) and valid insurance documents – please contact your insurance company four to six weeks before travel to get a green card to prove you have insurance. They may charge you an admin fee for this. You’ll still need a GB sticker on the car.

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Three great places to go skiing in Germany

Three great places to go skiing in Germany

There are several resorts in Germany for skiing. Of note are some great bunny mountains for those wanting to build their confidence, as well as the Kandahar run in Garmisch, which surprises everyone for how tricky it is for downhill ski fans.

Germany is a beginner and family skier’s secret bolthole, with many resorts just an hour away from Munich Airport and Munich Train Station, as well as many tiny towns and villages that no-one really knows about…

Q. Can you go skiing in Germany?

A. Yes! The Bavarian Alps have much to offer – and more so for the peaks and valleys that cross the border with Austrian ski resorts, where there are much bigger peaks to go skiing and ‘boarding in.

 

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Where to go skiing in Germany

 

1. Garmisch, Germany

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Garmisch - Skiing in Germany

Garmisch – or Garmisch-Partenkirchen by its full name – is a very well-known location with 45km of pistes, where a skier can kick off their skiing holiday, before tacking the Kandahar for the week, or whizzing around the four big peaks: the Hausberg, the Kreuzeck, the Alpspitze and the Zugspitze (“Trek Top”), which is the highest mountain in Germany. It casually relaxes itself across the Austria-Germany border and descends into Ehrwald in Austria.

The whole Garmisch area has lots of little pockets of (interestingly named, and) beautiful places to pepper your trip with if you wish. There is the Linderhof, an ex-royal palace open to the public, a glacier Höllental (Wetterstein) – great for trying our climbing in the Alps, and Eibsee, which is quite possibly the most instagrammable lake in all of Germany.

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2. Oberjoch, Germany

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Oberjoch - Skiing in Germany

Oberjoch Bad Hindelan is popular locally in a similar way that The Nevis Range is popular in Scotland, UK – the peaks are family-friendly, and the snow is good when travel costs are cheaper – in January and February. Of course, Oberjoch’s pistes aren’t as dizzying as they are elsewhere, but the slopes add up to a little range of 32km to choose from. While this is small, this number does makes Oberjoch much bigger compared to many tiny slopes dotted around Bavaria that literally centre around about 8 cabins and a few cafes (perfect if you’re on a serious hideaway holiday!). There is also a snow nursery for the smaller kids to meet and go sledding or learn skiing; and in the winter, Oberjoch welcomes a little troupe of horse-drawn carriages for couples wishing to live the actual Bavarian fairy tale.

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3. Oberstdorf, Germany

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Oberstdorf - Skiing in Germany

Oberstdorf’s range technically crosses over in Austria – some skiers will tell you that Oberstdorf is Austrian because that’s where the bigger footprints of the mountains are… But if your resort or chalet is in Oberstdorf proper, you are actually still in Germany – albeit, the most southern tip of Bavaria.

It’s much bigger than most people imagine it to be, with 130km of pistes to choose from, including the more challenging red runs – the Fellhorn and Walmendingerhorn mountains. Off-piste, you can explore another untouched 70km of mountain and crag – a place that hikers and climbers tend to make more use of in the summer.

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4. Feldberg, Germany

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Feldberg - Skiing in Germany

Feldberg is the name of the mountain and the village, located at the “end” of the famous Black Forest. It is sizeable in terms of the kinds of skiing areas that exist in Germany – there are 60km of slopes across the Feldberg and Seebuck mountains here (not including any off-piste shenanigans), which together make Feldberg a third bigger than Garmisch’s range in total, just for on-piste.

Feldberg has 36 slopes and 28 lifts – again, not massively known internationally, but a new year must-do in Germany, with lots of city folk rushing in during the Christmas and school holidays here. Feldberg is also the spiritual home of skiing in Germany – at least in the sense that in 1892, Germany’s first ever ski club was established on Feldberg mountain; and the first ski-in ski-out lodge in the country.

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Q. Which areas in Germany are popular for skiing?

A. Garmisch is probably the most famous ski resort in Germany, home of the country’s tallest mountains and most challenging downhill runs. Oberjoch and Oberstdorf are also well-known as Bavarian Alps wonderlands; the latter crossing over into Austria. Oberstdorf offers an impressive 80 miles of piste to explore, and a World-Cup ski track.

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Scotland Skiing During Coronavirus

Scotland Skiing – Where Is Best?

Scotland skiing? Really? Yes, really. A vintage trend that is gaining huge popularity during Coronavirus as UK skiers are not allowed to travel outside of their own borders.

And it’s underrated, especially for freeride junkies and skiing families. The Nevis Range, Glencoe, Aviemore, Cairngorms, Glenshee and Lecht 2090 arguably aren’t the first peaks and valleys that skiers and snowboarders are used to hearing of, or even thinking about when planning ski holidays for the season.

A vintage ski trend, renewed

But don’t speak too soon about Scotland for skiing! Internet search engine queries for “Scotland skiing” have experienced a meteoric rise of 1000x the usual amount of interest over the last two years. With trends moving increasingly towards low-impact and sustainable tourism habits in the UK, particularly for “new” holiday makers aged 20-39 (and with the oldest Millennials now hitting 40s in 2019 and beyond), doing a Scotland skiing season is experiencing a spike in its popularity for outdoorsy folk, skiers and snowboarders.

Granted, we are more likely to dream of The Three Valleys before we even consider the Grampian. Yet Scotland skiing is savouring its own renaissance tale of late: with local funds being dedicated to help capitalise on the Scottish ski trend for years to come, a ski holiday focused around Scotland skiing is destined to become one to actually tick off the list once more.

So where’s good for Scotland skiing?

Best Scotland Skiing Locations

 

The Nevis Range

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The Nevis Range is iconic, with Ben Nevis being the highest peak and the most famous mountain in the UK. It only stands 1,345 metres above sea level, but the carns at the top of the cairn means that skiing in The Nevis Range puts you just 100 metres below the actual summit itself, which is quite cool. With lots of freeride areas, untouched snow and a 500 metre vertical descent in the Back Corries, the Nebis Range offers a lot of variety for every skier and snowboarder.

This chunky mountain range in the Highlands is also popular with mountain bikers in particular. (We say MTB because The Nevis Range hosts the UCI Downhill World Cup every year, which is why you’ll see many mountain bikes sticking out of the gondolas!)

 

Cairngorms & Aviemore

The biggest ski resort in Scotland, relatively speaking, with 32km of slopes, the Cairngorms has been steadily hosting more and more skiers and snowboarders since the 1960s. The Cairngorms ski transfer from Inverness is just one hour, and usually a little less in late season.

Aviemore is the place to stay if you ski and want to explore the Cairngorms.

As matter-of-factly as Boaty McBoatface, the Cairngorms National Park is of course named after the Cairn Gorm itself – the cairn (peak) standing at the heart of this highland. The Cairngorms park is spectacular throughout the year, and for skiers, they offer the most family-friendly facilities plus a better guarantee of snow. Visit Scotland recommends the whole-family-together classes at the snow school in the Cairngorms. The Ciste has the most snow and least explored runs where you’ll find the off-piste crew.

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Accommodation-wise, you’ll often find the best deals in the Cairngorms and Aviemore if you are skiing in Scotland. They’re not ski chalets obviously, but in Scotland you’ll generally find yurts, treehouses, cabins; and mostly lodges, guest houses, farmhouses and family-run B&Bs.  Accommodation generally in Scotland often allow pets, but be sure to call up before booking to check – especially in reserve areas where most of the wildlife in the Cairngorms is protected by law, such as the reindeer which you may see on your airport transfer into the mountains.

As well as attracting overseas skiers from Scottish heritage families in the US, Canada and Australia, the Cairngorms are also chosen by skiers in the Nordics looking to experience their own tradition with a twist; along with the ongoing surge of hiking holidays with millennials and Generation Z who venture to the Highlands to learn ice climbing and snowshoeing from base camp.

 

Glencoe

Glencoe Ski Lifts Airport Transfers

Glencoe is the quieter area, away from the Nevis Range but just as neighbourly to the beautiful areas of Fort William. Although it’s a small ski area, it was the first ever Scottish ski resort, and it continues to be noted as being the most chilled out of all the cairns. If you’re lucky, you might catch a rare sighting of the world mountaineering legend and inventor that is Hamish McInnes in the wild! In Glencoe you’ll only find 6 skilifts, most of which are old school drag lifts/ T-Bars, and a couple of chair lifts. Nevertheless, Glencoe has a great variety of runs, for beginner skiers to advanced skiers – the latter whom might be pleasantly surprised by the diversity of freeride areas and untouched highland.

The runs all have brilliant names – a few examples being Happy Valley, Thrombosis and Old Mugs Valley. Although, if you want to get serious, then the most notorious ski run to try in Glencoe is the Flypaper, a black run that is small, but challenging and perfectly formed for advanced skiers.

Glencoe is an easy reach from Glasgow Airport and all Glasgow Train Stations, with the ski transfer time taking just 90 mins. The short road trip makes for a moody, stunning view from your ski transfer. It’s important to note that Glencoe is usually busy during the UK school holidays and over Christmas, and the car parks get full fast. It might be an idea to rise early and book mini-transfers through the week from your resort accommodation to Glencoe, to beat the queues and save on the petrol. If you’re looking at Glencoe, booking your accommodation early is also highly advised, with traditional lodges and cabins being the most sought after.

Lecht 2090

The Lecht Ski Airport Transfers Scotland

OK, this photo doesn’t do justice to the snow. Locally it’s just called ‘The Lecht’, but internationally it’s Lecht 2090. Loads of wholesome skiing fun and another one that’s great for families and young skiers, as this super cool ski day in the Lecht video attests to.

 

Glenshee

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The snow, most years at least, speaks for itself in Glenshee.

After your stint of Scotland skiing

As we well know, the French are adept at coining the perfect term for anything – just as they did with Après-Ski, a time-honoured European winter tradition. Après-Ski habits, however, are believed to have originated in Norway, Sweden and Finland, where the done thing was to guzzle and share your mulled wines in almost medicinal fashion, cook food together, and huddle in furs as a group to stay warm before skiing back home…

Of course it’s not really an idea to be hugely comparative in great detail to what we see and know today for Après-Ski culture around the globe! In Scotland, it’s totally chilled out; something more in line with its Nordic heritage.

Ideas for a Scottish Après-Ski

Bonnet Cheese Scottish Apres Ski - Scotland Skiing Culture

An Après-Ski culture in Scotland is a hospitality opportunity waiting to be both revived and renewed. Scotland après-ski is a very relaxed affair for wining and dining in your lodge, guest house, stone cottage – or just your nearest pub in front of a hearth. Sipping a dram in Fort William is definitely a far cry from hitting the bars and clubs!

Restaurants, lodges, cafes and pubs are usually rammed during lunch and dinner. You might be best off self-catering or waiting to do your own apres-ski as a late dinner if you want to avoid the food queues – unless you like queuing with the bustle of it all, meeting new people.

Either way (as far as we’ve heard) Scottish Après-Ski does happily involve imbibing yourself with the local nectars and having a dram or three. Which of course you must try in the Cairngorms, being merely a few miles from Speyside!

Food-wise, it doesn’t have to be all haggis and deep fried everything. Although, there is nothing wrong with enjoying a one-off deep fried Mars bar with ice cream, other than suffering your GP’s and probably your own massive disapproval. In terms of your long, late after-ski dinner, partaking in the local salmon, beef, lobster, grouse and game; and enjoying at least one cullen and one Scottish-only cheese platter, comprising fare from the Highlands and Islands: Bonnet, Fearn Abbey, Kedar smoked, Isle of Mull cheddar, Hebridean blue and so on – similarly grass-fed cheese goodness which is all there to be experienced.

 

Other Traditions


Screenshot from Ski Club video of Scotland Ski Series
Kilts are optional! Scotland is a quirky pick for skiers of all levels. Advanced skiers might bore of the same gradients after a few days, but they will be kept entertained in areas like Glencoe where the freerides are as plentiful as the bunny slopes. And should you go off-piste, there are more challenging conditions and locations that necessitate some Nordic and mountaineering skills – simply because there are several areas with no skilifts, and getting stuck in the middle of an unmarked run here is as dangerous as it would be anywhere else in the world.

Get in the mood for Scotland skiing

There are some fun homebrew videos on YouTube from UK, US and Canadian skiers enjoying Scottish skiing. This primer Scotland skiing video series from Ski Club is stunning, and we’re sure you’ll be just as surprised as they were at how fun skiing in Scotland is.

With a bit of luck, an extra gust of arctic wind in April and May will see the snow last longer for Scotland skiing again this year, too.

Why some UK skiers are heading to the Cairngorms for skiing

Why some UK skiers are heading to the Cairngorms for skiing

So the Cairn Gorm certainly is not Mont Blanc. But it deserves to be respected for its unique beauty and non-mainstream appeal. It’s funny that a season spent in Scotland skiing isn’t more well-known as it makes for a more authentic, environmentally-friendlier ski learning experience than sliding up and down a large fridge. The UK – often completely unknown to, and unwanted by UK skiers and snowboarders – has a petite number of its own natural ski destinations; the most stunning and snowsure of these being in Scotland. And in particular to the powder hounds who are ‘staying home’ – heading to the Cairngorms skiing will be your safest bet for fresh and long-lasting snow.

Why are some UK skiers choosing the Cairngorms?

The Coronavirus epidemic in 2020 has had a huge role to play in UK skiers choosing the Cairngorms for skiing as flight bans and travel bans were put in place.

Nonetheless, they probably deserve more credit than that. A huge, undulating Celtic landscape of protected natural beauty, filled with wildlife and completely untouched forests, meadows and valleys topped by the Cairn Gorm mountain – the Cairngorms are a must-see and do for any skier, at least once. The Cairngorms have the most reliable snow out of all the peaks in Scotland, which normally lasts into the late season. The best way to stay up to speed with the snow is to sign up to the Scotland snow alerts from the official Visit Scotland site.

Other field notes for Cairngorms Skiing

For skiers heading up the actual mountain peak itself, the Cairn Gorm, having Nordic ski skills will be immensely helpful for more of the daring runs, where it is likely you will need to go off-piste onto the peaks, across unmarked territory and where there simply won’t be any working lifts – at least for a few years while the £20 million funicular repair work gets underway. In the meantime, some little pistes to enjoy:

 

Get in the mood for Cairngorms skiing

It’s a different type of anticipation, that’s for sure – but the Cairngorms have a habit of surprising people for the size and majesty of the area, both in the traditional Scottish wintertime and throughout the rest of the year – making it hugely popular with those looking to take hiking trips. One way of getting in the mood for skiing in the Cairngorms might be thinking about the landscape and its wildlife. And as for a subject matter that is incredibly unique and specific to the Cairngorms, check out The Tigers of Scotland by UK natural history producer Wild Films. It’s documentary about the endangered Scottish Wildcat species narrated by Iain Glen (Games of Thrones) – it has snow-covered cats, sure – but also you can also expect lots and lots of footage of the peaks, and all the fresh powdery snow as it settles throughout Cairngorms National Park in the winter:

 

The Cairngorms are popular for skiing locally with Scottish skiers at Christmas and during the holidays, so it means there can be some big queues for a relatively small area. So it pays to get in early and book your lift passes ahead in the Cairngorms for sure. Or if you’re looking for other locations in Scotland for skiing, check out the mini guide.

 

Regular, experienced UK family skiers aged 26 – 40? You’re likely to pick the Cairngorms these days

Whole-family ski classes are abundant and popular in Scotland, which means new and young UK families from further afield are continuing to opt for Scotland skiing and a ‘staycation’, particularly if they are choosing to avoid flying with small children – this might sound familiar to you. Certainly, this global tourism meta trend: i.e. new families around the world, according to Skift, are far more likely to book a cruise than they are to fly for a short-haul all-inclusive (and to this point, the biggest data clusters in the actual research were only for cruises, resulting in so little flight data, that it ended up being removed from the original survey!) coupled with the eco-friendly staycation preference and Covid fears – all this is helping drive a steady rush of ski tourism into the Cairngorms again. So the big question is, will you be trying Scotland as family skiers, or sticking with your:

Tried and trusted Ski-Lifts destinations such as

  • Morzine
  • Avoriaz
  • Les 2 Alpes
  • Sestriere
  • Verbier
  • Le Clusaz
  • Garmisch
  • Whistler
  • Champoussin

Where are you planning to go skiing this time? Let us know on Ski-Lifts’ social media channels, we can’t wait to hear from you!