Europe is arguably the best place to ski and some say globally.
UK skiers book more than half their ski holidays in Europe, as the resorts here are fantastic and the travel time from the UK is much shorter, so great for individuals, couples and families.
Here are 5 of the best ski resorts within Europe for 2013:
Meribel – France
This resort is very popular with Brits for its miles of ski pistes, the excellent après ski scene but it can be quite expensive.
Morzine – France
This pretty town is connect to the Portes Du Soleil ski area and has excellent ski facilities and all types of Winter Sports can be undertaken here.
Chamonix – France
This town is home to the world’s longest ski run, The Vallee Blanche (The world’s second largest glacier the Mer de Glace – “sea of ice”)
Zermatt – Switzerland
This resort is ideal for beginners but also has excellent intermediate & expert skiing runs. The Klein Matterhorn cable car is the highest in the world and can be found here.
Verbier – Switzerland
The ski area is high above the pretty town, with its fabulous views and nearly as good skiing as in Chamonix.
Here are 6 items which are a must have to ensure your skiing holiday is a success:
Gloves – To stop your fingers dropping off
Goggles – To keep your eyes clear of snow
Thermals – Not just for day wear but for those chilly après ski nights
Credit card – For those expensive shopping trips
Sense of humour – For all the times you may fall off the chair lift
Medical Travel Insurance – Always make sure you keep your specialist medical travel insurance documents with you – If you injure yourself you will need to call the emergency assistance company: Details will be in your policy booklet
If you purchase travel insurance for pre-existing medical conditions and select the Winter Sports option (if available), remember to check which activities are covered, to ensure you have full insurance cover at all times.
Specialist travel insurance for people with medical conditions and disabilities from Free Spirit can also cover travel companions, so the whole ski party can be covered.
Where ever you go, stay warm, keep safe and have a great skiing holiday.