Monday, 04 January 2016

Head for the slopes on a great ski holiday

New to the piste or a seasoned pro –find the white stuff for you

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Never skied before but have always wanted to have a go? Powder White has launched a Beginners’ Package, which includes seven nights at one of the company’s chalets in Val d’lsère or Courchevel 1650, as well as hire of boots, skis, poles, helmets and a six-day ski pass. New skiers will learn all the basics thanks to five two-hour tuition sessions at the New Generation Ski School. Guests can also enjoy a two-hour post-ski massage. The package costs from £889pp and includes seven nights in a fullycatered chalet. 020-8877 8888,

travel-590-2The popular Val d'lsère

Amazon Creek’s new Chamonix Women’s Ski Break, 9-13 March, led by instructor Rachel Kerr, is aimed at individual skiers looking to improve. The break, from £1,700pp (based on two people sharing), will be hosted across three chalets that sleep up to 24 guests and it includes guided ski instruction according to ability. Off the slopes you can enjoy gentle yoga, spa treatments and gourmet cuisine. 01865-865456,

travel-590-3Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France

Whistler, in British Columbia, western Canada, is one of the largest and best ski resorts in the world, with 8,171 acres of diverse terrain to suit first-timers and more experienced skiers alike. Delta Whistler Village Suites’ resort in Whistler village is within easy reach of shops and restaurants, and has a heated outdoor pool, whirlpool, hot tubs and saunas in which to unwind after a day on the slopes. Prestige Holidays offers a week’s stay from £2,240pp based on an 8 February departure, including flights, room-only accommodation, transfers, lift passes and full equipment rental, including skis and poles.

travel-590-4A glistening Whistler

Pura Aventura offers a skiing holiday in the ‘hidden valley’ resort of Cerler, Spain, with 71km of skiable runs on 60 pistes, served by 18 lifts, but still relatively undiscovered by ski fans. The Pyrenees Ski Adventure costs from £1,060pp, based on two people sharing, and includes seven nights’ b&b, rental car, lift passes and equipment rental. Flights to either Zaragoza or Barcelona are extra. 01273-676712,

travel-590-5With 60 pistes, Cerler in Spain is a skiers' paradise


Solos Holidays offers ski trips for solo travellers, including new itineraries in Austria, including the Tyrolean village of Westendorf in the Brixen – once voted the most beautiful village in Europe. It is great for beginners and expert snow sports enthusiasts alike and it’s also renowned for its mountainside restaurants. Accompanied by a Solos tour leader and departing 19 March, the seven-night trip, from £799pp, includes flights from Gatwick to Salzburg and half board at the three-star Hotel Theresianna. Ski and boot hire is from 82 euros, ski school (five hours per day) from 150 euros and lift pass 230 euros.
0844-371 8860,

travel-590-6Westendorf, in the Brixen Valley

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