It doesn’t have to be France…
If you fancy a week on the slopes but don’t fancy French chalet prices, a Slovenian break could be just the thing. Kranjska Gora, surrounded by the Julian Alps, is perfect for first timers, with gentle nursery slopes and expert tuition. Non-skiers can have a go at tobogganing, ride in a horse-drawn sleigh, or take a day trip into Venice.
- Seven nights’ at the Hotel Kompas on a half-board basis, including return flights from Gatwick and transfers, costs from £499pp, not including ski hire or lessons. For information call 01483 791114 or visit www.inghams.co.uk
Morocco in the snow
From February to April, OukaÏmeden in Morocco offers an alternative snowy break. Think guides selling walnuts and donkeys to carry you to the slopes, but with real snow at low rates (£3-£8) and hire equipment (£11 a day). Probably best suited to more experienced skiers, it’s rough and ready, but investment in the area is on the up.
- Marrakech is an hour’s drive from the slopes. Try the Maison Mnabha hotel, from £61 per night, call +212 (0) 524 381 325 or visit www.maison mnabha.com. For a budget option, Hostel World offers private dorm rooms in Marrakech from £5.35pp per night, visit www.hostelworld.com
Swap the ski slopes for a spa
If you enjoy the snowy scenery but don’t fancy the slopes, try Les Fermes de Marie, Megève, France, worth a visit for its spa alone. Enjoy treatments with products based on mountain-plants, beautiful swimming pools and hot tubs. The hotel also has a library, several restaurants and offers luxury cookery classes.
- A classic room at Les Fermes de Marie costs from £235 a night, board-only basis, based on two people sharing. Call +33 (0)450 906 320, visit www.fermesdemarie.com
Chalet Phoebe, in the Mussillon area of Méribel, France, is the perfect spot for a special occasion. There are spectacular views, outdoor hot tubs, plus access to skiing facilities.
- Chalet Phoebe costs from £662pp for seven nights’ fully catered, including breakfast, afternoon tea, sparkling wine, canapés, four-course dinner on six evenings, all wine, beer and soft drinks, services of chalet staff and access to in-resort chauffeur from 8am-10pm. Flights, ski passes and equipment not included. Call 01285 648518 or visit www.meriski.co.uk
Best of both
More of a sun-worshipper than a snow fan? Have the best of both with a trip to Cyprus in the spring. Temperatures in March reach a balmy 20°C – perfect for sightseeing or relaxing – while there’s still snow up on the mountains for sports fans.
- Enjoy a seven-night break, including flights from Stansted and breakfast, at the Rodon Hotel and Resort from £158pp. It’s a 36 minute drive from Mount Olympus where you can ski, plus it has two outdoor swimming pools. Call 0330 123 1235 or visit www.expedia.co.uk
Solo on the slopes
Worried about travelling on your own? You needn’t be, as Solos Holidays offers a range of trips, including a sociable break to Italy’s Val di Sole. This week-long trip involves a family-run hotel in the village of Dimaro, with a free daily bus to the slopes.
- Half-board breaks cost from £699pp, including a single room, flights from Gatwick and transfers. Ski hire and lessons not included. Call 0844 371 8860 or visit www.solosholidays.co.uk/ski
There are plenty of dry ski slopes and snow-domes across the UK, if you want to get a taste for the slopes before jetting off. Llandudno Ski Slope has the longest toboggan run in the UK, offers skiing and snow boarding lessons and has specialist instructors who can teach people with disabilities
- For group lessons or private lessons, call 01492 874707, www.jnlllandudno.co.uk
- The Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre is set over 12 acres and offers lessons for every level. 01452 501438, www.gloucesterski.com
- Glasgow’s Snow Factor boasts Scotland’s only indoor real snow slopes, as well as a seating area with panoramic views, if you prefer to sit out of the action. Call 0871 222 5672, www.snowfactor.com" target="_blank">www.snowfactor.com
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