With the new year comes new goals – and a ski vacation should definitely be one of them! Winter holidays don’t get much better than those spent on the snowy mountain slopes. These kinds of adventures are great for the whole family and appeal to all kinds of different people.
If you are looking for the best ski holidays for 2020, there are loads of fantastic options available. While different ski resorts each offer unique experiences, they all share warm hospitality, beautiful surroundings, and plenty of outdoor fun.
Here are 6 of the top ski vacations that you should definitely consider booking.
One of the big draw cards to Morzine is how easily accessible it is. Being only 50 miles from Geneva, you can easily enjoy a ski holiday to this location from the UK. Despite its popularity though, Morzine still offers a dreamy snow paradise.
When visiting Morzine, expect a wide range of skiing opportunities to suit all levels of skill and experience. With 650kms of ski area, nobody could possibly get bored exploring the many slopes. On top of that, the runs here are beautiful too – passing many trees along perfect ground.
Beyond the range of brilliant ski terrain, Morzine also has plenty else on offer. Quality restaurants, bars and chalets can be enjoyed across the region. Morzine actually covers 12 towns and villages, across France and Switzerland. This comprehensive ski area is always a smart choice and can appeal to any winter traveller.
2. Les Arcs
Les Arcs is a classic ski destination, covering a range of exciting places to stay. This ski region is actually the 4th largest in France, so it offers plenty of variety and excitement for different people. If you enjoy green and blue runs, then Les Arcs is particularly good – as there are 134 of these slopes.
With loads of beginner slopes and great ski-to-door accommodation options available, this makes it a very family-friendly destination. There are also great skiing schools and kids activities to partake in – anyone can enjoy this snowy wonderland! However, if you’re looking for something a bit quieter and laid back, visiting the Apres Ski area is a must. For activities, bars, restaurants, and more, La Plagne has it all.
As Les Arcs is a broad area, the different parts of it have unique appeals. There are high altitude areas, lower-lying valleys, Bourg Saint Maurice, Les Arcs 2000, 1950, 1800, and 1600. The area also has an Olympic speed skiing course.
Needless to say, there is a wide range of chalets and hotels available here. No matter what kind of experience, or holiday goals you may have, Les Arcs will surely be a region to appeal to you.
Tignes bears the status of being a “Super Resort” thanks to its large and impressive ski territory. High altitude skiing doesn’t get much better than at Tignes, with an incredible snow record that really makes the place stand apart from the rest.
The ski lift at Tignes covers over 300km of beautiful pistes. These pistes go all the way up to Grand Motte over some really high glaciers. While being famous for its high-altitude skiing, Tignes also has a good range of different coloured runs to suit all kinds of skiers.
Brevieres is the central hub of Tignes, with many lovely chalets and accommodation options available. This is also the oldest (and prettiest) part of Tignes.
Tignes offers the kind of ski vacation that has it all. There are plenty of enjoyable beginner slopes, some of the best high altitude runs in Europe, and fun entertainment. With lively bars, restaurants, and nightlife, Tignes is also seriously fun off the slopes. This is a very beautiful part of France, with magnificent mountain views wherever you go.
4. Les Gets
Les Gets provides its visitors with stunning terrain, large open spaces, and snowy tree-lined runs. If you are after a beautiful winter mountain escape, then this resort area would be a great place. Les Gets is particularly appealing to beginner and intermediate skiers. This is thanks to the 132 different blue and green runs on offer.
Les Gets covers 650km of ski area, so you will definitely never get bored during a holiday here. It’s not only the ski runs that are fairly relaxed though. Les Gets has a laid-back atmosphere with its many cafes, boutique shopping scene, and open-air ice rink. This is a great place for families to visit, thanks to its many suitable activities.
If this is your first ski holiday, then Les Gets would be a good place to go. The ski schools are great, the slopes are of high quality, and the outdoor area is really beautiful.
Courchevel is the gateway to the 3 Valleys on the northern side. This French ski region is world-famous for its multitude of awesome slopes. Courchevel covers 650km of some of Europe’s best skiing. The highest lift here is at 2740m, and there is a wide range of runs available – above and below the tree line.
Courchevel is one of the more stylish resorts out there. There are loads of shops, restaurants, bars, and very cosy chalets. Whether you are wanting to enjoy a quick taste of French skiing or do a long and intensive ski holiday, Courchevels excellent location would be a wise choice.
Meribel offers a classic and chic ski holiday
experience. This resort may be nearly 80 years old, but there is nothing
outdated about a holiday here. The area boasts some of the prettiest chalets
set amongst the snowy mountain.
In terms of skiing, Meribel is a great place for beginners and intermediates. This is thanks to the wide range of descents on offer. This makes it a good destination for skiers wanting to improve their skills. Although the beginner runs here are excellent, they are found on the higher slopes. An added bonus is that the ski lift has recently been renovated and is fast working.
The Apres-ski in Meribel is largely English dominated. This makes it a great destination for those wanting to attend classes, or visit shops without any language barriers. There is also a wide variety of bars and restaurants on offer here, as well as two excellent nightclubs. However, families can still enjoy some peace and quiet in the relaxing parts of Meribel.
Pick one of these destinations, pack your ski gear, and book a holiday to remember. There really is no better way to enjoy winter than through a European ski holiday.
Between the cosy chalets, exciting ski runs, lively nightlife, and beautiful outdoor surrounds, these holidays offer something for everyone. If you are looking to start the new year right, then be sure to consider one of these top destinations.