Is there anything more exciting than hearing someone shout the magic words: ‘it’s snowing, come look!’? once we’ve been on a ski holiday, and the reason we all go back for more, is the allure of a snowfall.
We both love skiing and try to make sure we ski at least every second year, testing out different places every time, from smaller cheaper family resorts to fancy luxury resorts like St Moritz.
Here is a list of luxury ski holidays 2012 that arent necessarily on most top lists but stand out from the rest in beauty and are truly unique places to visit.
With a 100 year old skiing heritage, this picturesque mountain town is the oldest ski resort in the country, blanketed in snow from November to April.
There are hardly ever queues, and there are over 40 alpine slopes for more experienced skiers to explore.
For those who want to practice their ice-climbing, there are stunning vertical waterfalls just waiting to be scaled.
It’s also host to a number of very unique experiences, including the Ice Music Festival, which offers the incredible experience of instruments made of ice being played to a fur-wrapped crowd.
Alyeska Resort, Alaska.
With a staggering 880 feet of snowfall recorded just last season, you can be sure to have a winter with an abundance of powder snow.
There are over 1400 skiable acres on the mountainside, with the option of night skiing to extend the area you choose to explore.
There’s also a handy ‘track your vertical’ system, which tells you how far you’ve come on every run down the trail.
There are terrain parks for snowboarders and skiers to hone their tricks, with an area friendly to beginners, and more challenging obstacles for those who want to test their limits.
Cervinia Resort, Italy.
From the heart of the Astra Valley, Cervinia beckons to those looking for the ultimate upmarket mountain retreat.
Just a stone’s throw away from the equally popular resort of Zermatt in Switzerland, Cervinia shares a view of the Matterhorn with neighbouring Switzerland.
As part of the Breuill-Cervinia Valtournenche Zermatt area, the resort is linked to a ski area covering 350 km of ski runs..!
For some thumping beats and a 400m run, the snowpark whisks boarders and skiers alike into the mood for showing off some skills, while the cross country area offers up a 3km track through the snowy landscape.
Cervinia’s neighbouring resort, Zermatt, has just as much to offer. A spider web of black runs clings to every mountainside, making Zermatt alluring for some of the greatest skiers.
There’s a proliferation of family friendly memories to make, including tobogganing, ice-skating and even cheese making.
For a little après-ski fun, rack up and break in Bar 55 for a traditional pint accompanied by a game of pool, or soundtrack the cold winter nights in front of a roaring fire, with a hearty drink in hand and the chime of soothing live piano bar to warm the cockles of your heart.
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