Unique Ski Holidays
Skiing is skiing. It’s great and we love it. But what to do when you’ve seen every piste and après bar in the Alps? Well, if you’re bored of the same old ski resorts and European scenes for this upcoming ski season, why not expand your horizons. Sure, there’s America, Andorra, and even New Zealand, but what about something truly ‘once-in-a-lifetime’? Something unique both on and off the slopes. Something that doesn’t require expensive, fancy new gear or renting a helicopter. Here are three options you might not have known about to even consider.
Where? Sochi, Russia
When to go? December to May
Who’s it for? Sochi is great for couples wanting to take advantage of a cheap yet exciting location.
What’s the highlight? In Sochi, the lowland coastal Olympic village and arenas are a must-see when you’re not up in the mountains
Why go? You can swim in the Black Sea in the morning under sub-tropical palm trees, and ski in the afternoon!
Interesting fact: as well as the home of the Russian Winter Olympics in 2014, Stalin had his holiday palace in Sochi, close to his native country of Georgia.
Where? Lapland, Finland
When to go? December to March
Who’s it for? Lapland is great for young families who also want to ride a reindeer and see the home of Santa when not hitting the slopes.
What’s the highlight? A visit to Santa’s’ Grotto in Rovaniemi is a must for the little ones.
Why go? It’s a great mix of skiing and childhood fantasy in a truly magical setting.
Interesting fact: it’s possible to stay in a glass igloo and see the Northern Lights shimmering above.
Where? Auli, India
When to go? November to March
Who’s it for? Intermediate skiers looking for a grand adventure.
What’s the highlight? In the shadow of the legendary Himalayas, the culture is expansive with a Hindu temple from the epic Ramayana close by.
Why go? For a truly unique skiing experience, and plenty of cultures to explore off the slopes.
Interesting fact: Auli hosted the South Asian Winter Games in 2011