Ski Europe Holidays!
There are such a huge number of options to Ski Europe, it's almost impossible to work out where to start. Fortunately no matter what sort of budget you're looking to blow, there's cheap holidays at just about every turn.
The premier destination to Ski Europe is France with legendary resorts such as Val D'Isere, Alpe D'Huez and Chamonix amongst dozens of others. All are sufficiently high in the mountains to guarantee good snow for pretty much all of the winter season, but try and head to those 1800m or higher if you want to increase your chances of good falls.
For the après ski, Chamonix is one of the liveliest centres to ski Europe; "L'Elevation1904" is a popular bar and café packed with plasma screens showing international sports. Other top night clubs are 'The Garage', 'Cantina' and the very popular 'La Choucas', packed full of an international crowd.
There are plenty of other options to ski Europe including other regions in the Alps such as the Austrian centres of Innsbruck and the exclusive Kitzbuel, or the Italian regions such as Cervinia on the side of the Matterhorn or Cortina d' Ampezzo. Obergurgl in Austria has great red and blue runs from the highest points above 3000m, plus all the good old Austrian village stuff including big meals, beery oompah après-ski, bemulleted DJs at the discos.
Heading north to ski Europe and you can discover Norway via trains and ferries, where you can get some experience in cross-country skiing as a number of the resorts have gone green and de-commissioned their lift systems and where après ski is done either in a sauna or with a plateful of reindeer steaks.
Like Norway, Switzerland also does trains, but thankfully also does lifts. With 243 ski resorts to ski Europe, and mountain railways, the best resorts can be reached in just an 11 hour train journey from central London. Engelberg has extensive off-piste where a guide is recommended, Meiringen has near-empty slopes with soft snow and Zermatt has the nightlife; Hotel de la Poste is the hot spot in this party town.
Wherever you decide to ski Europe and whatever level your experience, there are plenty of amazing resorts and landscapes to enjoy your ski Europe holiday.
We're delighted to introduce you to this winter wonderland with our Ski Austria trip which, in true Topdeck style, has been designed with you guys firmly in mind. Topdeck's Ski Austria is all about you - we'll give you the flexibility to choose how much or little you need to create your ideal ski holiday.
- 8 day tour departing Kirchdorf.
- 7 nights accommodation in a traditional Austrian Gasthof.
- 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners.
- 2 exclusive Topdeck Ski / Snowboard guided sessions (2 hours per session).
- Night time tobogganing excursion on the Wilder Kaiser.
- Topdeck English Speaking Representative.
You're a skier but your friend prefers snowboarding? No problem, you can hire either set of equipment. You've already got gear from a previous holiday? Don't worry, simply hire the items you need Beginners can book group lessons with great instructors, intermediate skiers and boarders can top up with a couple of private lessons, and confident snow-bunnies can head out on their own without forking out for lessons they don't need. And what's more, we'll arrange it all on arrival - so if you sneak in a couple of dry-slope lessons after you book, or somebody sells you some cut-price gear, then you won't end up paying double.
Our base is Kirchdorf in Tirol, located in the heart on the Kitzbuheler Alpen region, there are hundreds of kilometres of runs to ski and snowboard with a free ski shuttle to help you get around with your Schneewinkl Area Ski Pass. We stay in a traditional Gasthof situated a short 10 minute stroll to the Kirchdorf ski slopes. Or there's a ski bus that leaves from the front door. Spacious rooms with en-suite, an in house bar, Wi-Fi, ski snowboard storage and drying area all make this the perfect choice for this year's ski holiday.
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So many runs, so little time. Ski Welt was recently voted 'Top Resort' out of 70 resorts in 8 countries It's an ideal place for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. And with English speaking instructors and the latest models of skis available for hire, Contiki helps you hit the slopes with ease.
- 7 nights accommodation.
- 6 breakfasts.
- Experienced onsite Contiki team.
- Contiki travellers guide book.
- Ferry crossings.
- Return transfers from London in a modern, airconditioned coach with powerpoints for charging.
Stay in the heart of the action in Hopfgarten at Contiki's very own chalet, Gasthof Schoneck, where the adventures on the mountain are equalled by the off-piste entertainment. Try tandem paragliding, enjoy a sleigh ride, or go ice-skating.
Or if you need some time away from the slopes, day trip to Salzburg, Innsbruck or Kitzbuhel. After dark there's apres ski "Contiki-style", Gasthof theme parties, and 'Schnappy hour'. And be sure to check out the diverse nightlife of Hopfgarten, including outdoor schnaps stands, lively bars and late night clubs. Any way you look at it, it's going to be an unforgettable experience day 1 - 8 Ski Austria-Hopfgarten.
Hit the slopes in winter with Contiki for an unforgettable experience. You'll stay in the heart of the Austrian Alps in the Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten, surrounded by the perfect mountain backdrop to ensure an incredible adventure.
A great place for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, you'll be with 18-35 year olds from all over the globe What's more, there'll be plenty of included activities to keep the party going day and night.
Ski Extras: - Available in resort
* Bergbahn Hohe-Salve lift pass. 6 or 13 day passes cover the whole Ski Welt region, 250km of groomed runs & 96 lift systems
* Ski Hire - For all Ski & Snowboard equipment hire, Helmet hire & Clothing hire. Please note: Goggles and Gloves cannot be hired
* Ski or Snowboard lessons - 1, 3 or 5 day tuition with fully qualified local instructors
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