I’m not really one for the cold, to say the least, however if it involves a holiday and/or skiing then I’m the first one there! Up until 2009 I’d never set foot on a ski slope, except the artificial one at Xscape in Milton Keynes, and since then I’ve tried to ‘hit the slopes’ as much as feasibly possible.
Seeing as its the time of year when snow trips are being booked I thought I’d give you the low-down on where I have been:
Val D’Isere, France – my first ever ski trip (the year that I lost my passport 4 days before departure doesn’t count, obviously) was to VD which is located in the Tarentaise Valley in the French Alps and offers both fantastic runs for all abilities plus a vibrant night life. As this was my first week of skiing it was pretty nerve-wracking and I ended up opting for lessons after a day or two of going for the ‘I’ll just throw myself down a mountain’ approach.
Val Thorens, France – pretty much the same as above but maybe 5% less lively night life, skiing equally as good and I was more confident has already had a week under my belt.
Bansko, Bulgaria – this is a small resort in comparison to the Alps however it is the largest in Bulgaria and offers an array of slopes and a good selection of bars although a lot tamer than either of the Val’s.
Chamonix, France – at the base of Mont Blanc is this vast French resort with both excellent on piste and off piste options. The week I was here it seemed very quiet in terms of aprés ski – of which I am a big fan – which was a little disappointing but the runs more than made up for that. I even tried my hand at boarding…man that’s hard work, here I am standing for approx. 3 seconds!
If you haven’t given winter sports a go before, try it, you might like it!