Christmas Ski Vacations
Christmas ski packages are a great option for a festive holiday vacation, with plenty of time spent either out on the slopes, in beautiful ski resorts, or enjoying traditional holiday festivities with your friends and family. Choosing the best Christmas ski vacation spot depends on which part of the world you’d like to visit, as there are great ski areas around the US and throughout Europe, as well as what level of ski slopes suit you.
A Christmas ski package in Austria is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with a classic ski getaway. The resorts in Austria are some of the world’s best, and skiing at Zell Am See or Tyrol is sure to be unforgettable. The packages typically include transportation, accommodations, lift tickets, and equipment rentals, and it’s also possible to get ski lessons as well should you need them. Resorts such as the picturesque town of St Johann in Tyrol and Westendorf in Austria offer snowboarding activities along with downhill skiing options for experts and novices.
If you’re interested in visiting a different part of Europe, Christmas ski packages can also be found for resorts in Switzerland, Spain, France, and Italy, from the Alps to the Pyrenees. These slopes are some of the most challenging in the world, in some of the most beautiful settings imaginable, so if you’re looking for a challenge and excited for a white Christmas in Europe, it’s worth booking a trip here. The resort town of St Moritz, in Switzerland, is one of the best, both for the quality of its ski runs and the luxurious accommodations in the ski chalets.
If you’d rather stay in the US, Colorado is a popular destination for Christmas ski packages and for packages at other times of the year as well. The Rocky Mountains are an amazing place to visit and to ski, and there are dozens of famous resort areas, including Vail, Aspen, Loveland, Powderhorn, and Telluride, among others, and all have great accommodations. For instance, the Peaks Resort & Spa in Telluride Colorado has elegant rooms, cabins, suites, and penthouses to suit individual travelers’ needs. The skiing at Peaks includes both downhill and cross-country, as well as snowmobiling, and snowboarding providing some of the best powder and slopes for all levels of skiers.
There are also resorts in the East Coast area that have great skiing as well, if you’d rather not travel out to the western US, or if you’re interested in less-challenging runs. If you’re interested in visiting the best Christmas ski vacation spot in New Hampshire, Bretton Woods is a strong contender, while the Mount Washington Resort, located in the White Mountains, opened in 1902 and is listed as a National Historic Landmark. During the holiday season, the resort features sleigh rides, and Nordic and Alpine skiing.
The Trapp Family Lodge is considered the best Christmas ski vacation spot at the Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont. Situated on 2400 acres, the luxurious resort is perfect for families during the holidays, as guests can choose among comfortable rooms in the Alpine Lodge or stay in a two-bedroom chalet or three-bedroom villa. The ski center includes equipment rentals for snowshoes, skies, and backcountry gear for traversing the numerous trails. A favorite treat at Trapp is a ski or snowshoe excursion to the Slayton Pasture Cabin where you will relax by a warm fireplace and enjoy homemade soup and sandwiches topped off with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.
Canada’s Big White Ski Resort is one of the best options for families with younger children ,as they can start off the season with free pictures with Santa at the Village Center Mall located beside the Kids Center, then celebrate Christmas Eve with church services at the Mall, a visit from Santa, free fireworks, and the sparkling torchlight parade.
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