I have a confession to make. I have never been skiing. Initially, I just couldn’t be arsed with the cold – actually, that coupled with the fact that I’m not the most graceful person on ice generally put me off wanting to ski! Over the past few years, the desire to ski has grown in me more and more and now, I can whole heartedly say I am definitely up for a skiing holiday!
Now that little hurdle has been crossed, the next and I guess biggest question is, where do I go skiing? I’m pretty open with regards to location and so I have cast the next far and wide and this is what I have come up with as my top 10 locations to potentially go on my next (i.e. first) skiing holiday!
1.) Banff, Canada: Even without the excuse of going skiing, Banff is a place I’ve always wanted to visit and so having the opportunity to not only visit this amazingly beautiful gem in Canada but to also get to ski here would be pretty brilliant!
2.) Kranjska, Slovenia: Resplendent in lush green landscape which is quite frankly, not synonymous with anywhere that has lots of snow, Kranjska appears to be a breathakingly beautiful place to ski on some days and go for long leisurely hikes on the other days.
3.) Chamonix, France: This is probably one of the most famous skiing location for most British people. Pretty much everyone I know has been here and I’m inclined to think that there must be a reason for that!
4.) Kandersteg, Switzerland: This is a pre-cursor to another post but encompasses so many places I want to visit. The landscape is so beautiful that this is not only a winter skiing destination but also a rather picturesque summer holiday destination too!
5.) Levi, Lapland: To be entirely honest, the main reason Lapland came to mind is a childish dream of heading off skiing with Santa (perhaps even coupled with the remote possibility of bumping into Rudolph the red nosed reeeeeeeeeiiindeeer).
6.) Voss, Norway: I remember this name from the bottle of water I keep seeing in shops (I love the bottle as it’s one of the few bottles out there that is glass and you can actually keep as a water bottle for ages after) but this got me interested in looking at Voss and from all indications, skiing in Voss is a must do (in fact, it was so good, it got a water franchise named after it – the water is not actually bottled in Voss).
7.) Livigno, Italy: Set 1,816 metres (5,958 ft) above sea level, Livigno is one pretty high ski resort area. Parts of it are considered one of the highest inhabited places in Europe.
8.) Jackson Hole, USA: The fact that this is Grand Tetons region is enough reason to come visit but Jackson Hole also poosseses a diverse range of wildlife! Definitely a place to visit for a truly authentic American holiday experience it appears whilist enjoying the original plan of also going skiing!
9.) Ischgl, Austria: I mean look at that white landscape covered in snow! This is a great place to ski as it caters to a diverse range of audiences – ranging from first-timers to experienced skiers! The little village here is pretty cute and quaint too so this is a great place to pop into after you’ve been skiing (or if you turn out to be really awful at it).
10.) Cerro Catedral, Argentina: The GAP year’s student’s ultimate skiing paradise, located in Patagonia in Argentina (which has strong Welsh connections – as a random aside), this is one of those places you apparently have to visit when in the area! I imagine this to be a good place to start to learn skiing due to the influx of fairly new skiers.
Those are my thoughts and inclinations anyway. Have you got anywhere that isn’t on this list that you would recommend? Or indeed, if you have been to one of these places, how did you find it?