Whether you’re a beginner and wondering where to head on your first skiing holiday, or you’re a keen skier up for a new adventure – there are plenty of fantastic ski destinations to choose from. If you’re unsure whether to stick to the UK or head further afield on your next trip, you’re in the right place. Here, we explore different options in the UK and abroad, and some of the pros and cons to help you decide.
Where can you ski in the UK?
- Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Nestled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the Nevis Range Mountain Resort is a fantastic destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Typically, the ski season here runs from December to April – but this may change depending on the weather conditions, so make sure you plan ahead! There’s a range of runs for all abilities, including beginner, intermediate, advanced and off-piste tracks.
- Glenshee Ski Centre
Another gem in the Scottish Highlands, the Glenshee Ski Centre offers visitors over 3,500ft of beautiful mountain terrain to explore. There’s plenty of runs to enjoy across four different mountains, ranging from beginner slopes to advanced black runs.
- Indoor Ski Slopes
There are several indoor ski slopes across the UK, including the Chill Factore in Manchester, the two Snozone centres in Castleford and Milton Keynes, and The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. They’re a great place to learn to ski, to practice your techniques, or simply enjoy some fun on the slopes.
Where can you ski abroad?
The French Alps are a hugely popular destination for skiers and snowboarders alike, thanks to the magnificent scenery, great après-ski scene and wide range of resorts. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to destinations, from the iconic Méribel resort to the beautiful Val Thorens and many more.
Switzerland is renowned for its beautiful mountain scenery and fantastic ski scene, with many great resorts including Zermatt, Verbier and St. Moritz. Experienced skiers can explore the high peaks of the Swiss Alps, while beginners can enjoy the dedicated learner slopes. The resorts are well equipped with lift systems and you’ll be treated to spectacular views when you reach the top.
Canada is a must-visit for all lovers of winter holidays. Ski resorts here are among some of the best in the world, with fresh snow, beautiful tree-lined slopes and amazing scenery. Some of the most popular destinations are Banff, Whistler, Jasper and Panorama – each offering runs for novices, intermediates, and advanced skiers.
Which to choose?
One of the biggest factors in your decision may be the overall cost. If you don’t have lots of cash to splash it may be best to stick to UK ski resorts, as ski trips abroad can be much more expensive. However, if you have your heart set on exploring somewhere overseas – there are many ways to cut the cost of your trip and stick to a strict budget. For instance, self-catered apartments will cut costs if you’re happy to make your own meals, travelling outside peak times may be more cost-effective, and certain resorts may have cheaper lift passes.
You may also need to consider accessibility. Travelling to resorts within the UK may be much easier and quicker than jetting off abroad – and time saved travelling means more time on the slopes! Plus, with the ongoing restrictions around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s essential to check current restrictions before you book anything.
Whichever you choose, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience on the slopes!