Skiing in Europe

Why Ski in Europe?

• Huge ski areas

• Cultural exchange

• Travel options- short flights, car or train

•  Europe is home to some of the largest linked ski area in the world.

Whether it’s Les Trois Vallees or L’Espace Killy, The Milky Way, Sella Ronda or GrandValira, if covering ground is your passion then look no further. Ski all day every day of your holiday and you needn’t do the same combination of pistes twice. Each day brings new challenges and new vistas across the pristine mountain environment.

The enjoyment of cultural diversity is a major draw for many of us. We may all be Europeans but it’s the individuality of our different countries that adds a dash of ‘je ne sais quoi’ to our week in the snow. The traffic free Alpine villages of Zermatt and Saas Fee, the pretty Chalet styles of Alpbach, plates of pasta in Cervinia or a wonderful Tartiflette in Val d'Isere – all these elements heighten our enjoyment of travel and gladden the soul. Surely the diet can wait for a week?

Andorra offers a Pyrenean mix of Spain and France and its duty free status ensures excellent value for money. For a truly unique Arctic adventure head to Lapland in the Finnish North.

A great pace to learn to ski the attractions on offer for everyone to enjoy the mountains include exhilarating dashes though the forest by snowmobile, husky or reindeer as well as more sedate ice-fishing and joining in with the friendly locals and their Sámi culture. At the end of the day you can retire to your cosy log cabin, perhaps with a visit a traditional smoke sauna before hand, and hope for a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights in the crisp winter skies. And did I mention its Santas home?

Most of us will travel to the slopes by way of the tried and tested flights that are available each year. With flight times of a little over 90mins to The Alps up to only 3hrs 30mins to Northern Lapland, the relatively short travelling times are a boon for all.

There are however other options. Board the train in St Pancreas and around 6 hours of hassle free travel later alight in the French towns of Moutiers or Bourg St Maurice for the short coach trip up the mountain to resort. Without the onerous luggage restrictions and airport tribulations of flying it really can be a glorious way to travel. Just a simple change or two, in Paris and then Switzerland, and you are able to take advantage of the famously reliable and efficient Swiss train service. With many of the resorts we feature traffic free, arriving into the heart of resort by train is truly the way to travel in the spirit of the Grand Tours of old.

Inghams can even combine a train transfer to your chosen resort with your flight. Book the excellent Swiss Fly-Rail Luggage option and your baggage will be checked in at your UK airport and delivered directly to your accommodation; truly the best of both worlds.

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