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Forever Memories Made in the Chamonix Valley

At the foot of Mont Blanc lies the Chamonix Valley and one of the greatest ski vacation locations in Europe. This great value vacation is your chance to make memories of a lifetime for your family. With a great hotel location, close to everything, you are bound to have a great time with this reasonably priced vacation. Ski now, ski here and save your ski memories.

The Chamonix valley cuts deeply through Europe’s highest mountains and glaciers. The views are stunning and the runs are everything really tough runs should be – not only steep, but high and long. If you like your snow and scenery on the wild side, give Chamonix a try. But be warned: there are those who try it and never go home – lots of them.

Great Location! Hotel de l'Arve Chamonix, FranceThe Hotel de l’Arve is located in the center of Chamonix/ Mont Blanc next to a bus stop that will take you anywhere in the Chamonix valley. Also nearby is the Aigulle du Midi cable-car. Shopping and dining are close, but far away enough to allow a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. The Hotel de l’Arve has a lovely terrace which overlooks the water and has great views of the mountains.

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Ski Value and Olympic History Meet in Innsbruck, Austria

There are few ski resorts in Europe with as much to offer as Innsbruck, Austria. Culture, history, multiple ski areas and great transportation add up to a great ski vacation in a great ski location. Don’t miss the ski vacation of a lifetime at the right time.

Hotel Maximilian (4-Star), Innsbruck, AustriaInnsbruck is cultural. Innsbruck is historical. Innsbruck is beautiful. When not on the slopes, Innsbruck will keep you entertained with culture, excellent cuisine, shopping and nightlife. Culture vultures will be happy with world-class opera, gorgeous architecture, and superb museums. Innsbruck is great for anyone seeking an international skiing holiday adventure with value added at every turn.

Innsbruck is one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful ski centers. Nestled in the Tyrolean Alps, the area has some 200 trails covering 500 kilometers (310 miles) and is perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers. It’s located three miles from the airport and has six ski areas located within one hour of the city.

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Style and Sport in Stunning St. Moritz, Switzerland

The ski season is in full swing and you don’t want to let another year pass without visiting St. Moritz, Switzlerland. This ski resort has been hosts to European royalty, the fashionable and famous of Europe. Ski now, ski here.

Turn your next ski vacation into a romantic experience? Bundle up in a horse-drawn sleigh, take the funicular to the most beautiful vantage point in the ski area, or do a little moonlit mountain cruising. Window shop the fashionable boutiques and grand names of style. Stroll through numerous art galleries or the museums, or through the exclusive five-star hotels. St. Moritz has it all has all the romance you are looking for.

Hotel Hauser, St. Moritz SwitzerlandThe St. Moritz area also has terrific skiing for all ability levels. There are five well-known ski areas in the immediate vicinity plus many smaller local favorites. All five of the major resorts can be accessed by a general ski pass, which is also valid for the local sports bus transportation system. Continue reading

Interlaken; A Great Ski Base For Your European Ski Vacation

It’s hard to beat Interlaken, Switzerland for a great mix of skiing and European vacation adventure. Surrounded by ski mountains. Interlaken is close to the action, yet far enough away to engage your other interests. Add to that a great price and you have a great ski vacation in Europe.

Interlaken’s winter resort status became official however with the launch of The Jungfrau Top Ski Region, containing more than 100 miles of trails in ski centers above Grindelwald, all linked to Interlaken by a mountain railway included in a ski pass. The average length of runs in the area is a remarkable four miles.

Chalet-Hotel-OberlandIt’s possible to ski a different ski area every day for a week. Interlaken shares the Jungfrau Top Ski Region with the triumvirate of Wengen, Mürren, and Grindelwald. The largest ski area is Kleine Scheidegg-Mannlichen, which spans the area between Wengen and Grindelwald. This area has some 35 marked trails, and will please the intermediate skier or boarder.

Chalet-Hotel Oberland offers guests modern and spacious rooms. Rooms are equipped with a TV, alarm-clock radio and mini-bar. The Mercato restaurant offers a wide choice of Italian specialties for lunch and dinner. The Chalet restaurant offers a choice of delicious hot meals throughout the day. Luncheon menus and a variety of a la carte dishes are served at this hotel restaurant.

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Ski Lovely Cortina, Italy Nestled in the Dolomites

Cortina’s aprés-ski activities rank among the best and most varied in all of Europe. After an evening stroll through the quaint pedestrian center, dining, dancing, and drinking keep the fun rolling into the night. With the alpine charm of a Tyrolean village, all the style of Milan, and all the typical art and architecture of Italy, Cortina is not to be missed.

Hotel Olimpia, Cortina ItalyCelebrities, students, and honeymooners alike come from around the globe to take advantage of the resort’s excellent nursery slopes, profusion of intermediate runs, and challenging expert courses. Cross-country skiers enjoy a variety of trails. Snowboarders find the slopes here friendly and off-trail adventurers seek rugged terrain in the pristine backcountry.

Hotel Olimpia in Cortina d’Ampezzo is a stylish and recently renovated bed and breakfast hotel. It is situated in the center of Cortina, yet the hotel is in a quiet area away from traffic. The hotel is within walking distance of the ski lifts. All rooms have a bath or shower, telephone and satellite TV. The hotel has a sauna and jacuzzi to help guests relax after a day on the slopes.

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Ski the Beautiful Chamonix Valley in France

The Chamonix valley is not a ski vacation to be missed. At the foot of Mont Blanc, it offers one of the best ski experiences in Europe. Add to all that, the near perfect location of the Hotel de l’Arve and you have a great ski trip experience for a great price.

The Chamonix valley cuts deeply through Europe’s highest mountains and glaciers. The views are stunning and the runs are everything really tough runs should be – not only steep, but high and long. If you like your snow and scenery on the wild side, give Chamonix a try. But be warned: there are those who try it and never go home – lots of them.

Great Location! Hotel de l'Arve Chamonix, FranceThe Hotel de l’Arve is located in the center of Chamonix/ Mont Blanc next to a bus stop that will take you anywhere in the Chamonix valley. Also nearby is the Aigulle du Midi cable-car. Shopping and dining are close, but far away enough to allow a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. The Hotel de l’Arve has a lovely terrace which overlooks the water and has great views of the mountains.

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Olympic Innsbruck – Great Value and Great Skiing!

If your planning to ski in Europe for the first time, Innsbruck Austria is a great place to start. With over 200 trails in multiple ski areas, it’s a great place for skiing. Cultural opportunities abound and history is at your beck and call.

Hotel Maximilian (4-Star), Innsbruck, AustriaInnsbruck is cultural. Innsbruck is historical. Innsbruck is beautiful. When not on the slopes, Innsbruck will keep you entertained with culture, excellent cuisine, shopping and nightlife. Culture vultures will be happy with world-class opera, gorgeous architecture, and superb museums. Innsbruck is great for anyone seeking an international skiing holiday adventure with value added at every turn.

Innsbruck is one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful ski centers. Nestled in the Tyrolean Alps, the area has some 200 trails covering 500 kilometers (310 miles) and is perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers. It’s located three miles from the airport and has six ski areas located within one hour of the city.

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Stunning, Stylish St. Moritz. A True Romantic Ski Experience

Turn your next ski vacation into a romantic experience? Bundle up in a horse-drawn sleigh, take the funicular to the most beautiful vantage point in the ski area, or do a little moonlit mountain cruising. Window shop the fashionable boutiques and grand names of style. Stroll through numerous art galleries or the museums, or through the exclusive five-star hotels. St. Moritz has it all has all the romance you are looking for.

Hotel Hauser, St. Moritz SwitzerlandThe St. Moritz area also has terrific skiing for all ability levels. There are five well-known ski areas in the immediate vicinity plus many smaller local favorites. All five of the major resorts can be accessed by a general ski pass, which is also valid for the local sports bus transportation system. Continue reading

Ski The “Mighty Matterhorn” in Lovely Zermatt, Switzerland!

Zermatt has everything you would want for a Alpine ski experience. Magnificent scenery, loads of ski village charm, great cuisine and more. Don’t miss this exceptional ski vacation in Zermatt, Switzerland.

Ski connoisseurs like the fact that there are no gasoline-powered cars in the village of Zermatt. Or maybe it’s the tiny village and its traditional Swiss architecture that’s so attractive to vacationing skiers. Twenty-eight mountains, including the famous and spectacular Matterhorn, stretching as high as 4,478 meters (14,687 feet), surround Zermatt.

Family run, Hotel Perren, Zermatt.The three skiing mountains here are above 3,100 meters (10,200 feet) and are accessible not by the average ski lift, but numerous trams and gondolas. Plus, some trails stretch for over seven miles. And it’s hard to find a ski area that has a longer season–you can ski here all year long.

Hotel Perren was built between 1937 and 1939 by Hermann and Alfred Perren. It has been added onto over the years and is now a 115-bed hotel. The “Rothornstube,” the hotel’s rustic a la carte restaurant, was added in 1982 and serves gourmet Swiss cuisine (known especially for its fondue). The hotel is now owned and operated by the Bregy-Biner family.

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The Amadé Sports Region; Skiing, Culture and More Skiing

A winter vacation in Salzburg is more than a ski vacation. This picturesque old city offers an extraordinary cultural experience and serves as a fantastic base for skiing more than 100 resorts throughout “Land Salzburg.” Salzburg is located on the site of the Roman town Javavum, once an important crossroad in the empire. The beautiful baroque city that you see today was built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Museums and palaces bear witness to the city’s fascinating history.

Salzburg is a city, not a resort. But the surrounding area offers skiers and snowboarders just about any type of terrain that they could want. There are a number of different ski areas to explore. The Amadé Sports Region includes the scenic resorts of Altenmark-Zauchensee, Wagrain, Filzmoos, and Kleinarl. The Gastein Valley is home to three popular resorts: the spa resort of Bad Gastein, the quieter town of Hofgastein, and the family-oriented Dorfgastein. The Europa Sports Region includes the well-known resorts of Zell am See and Kaprun, and the scenic Hohe Tauern National Park provides many resorts at lower elevations. There are also ski safari programs that make it easier to ski several of the resorts in one trip.

The ski season in Land Salzburg generally runs from mid-December to mid-April, with year-round skiing available at the Kaprun glacier. About 60 percent of the resorts in the overall region are best suited for intermediates, with over 80 mountains to ski. Advanced skiers find fun off-trail terrain at Bad Gastein, Leogang, and Saalbach and for an even greater thrill there are off-trail glacier tours at Altenmarkt/Zauchensee, and the Kitzstein Glacier near Zell am See. While most of the resorts in the area are small, skiers will find challenging, varied terrain within a short distance of Salzburg.

The Salzburg Super Ski Card is valid in 22 ski regions in Land Salzburg covering 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) of trails. Passes are available for anywhere between three and 14 days. The Amadé lift pass is valid in 28 ski destinations covering 860 kilometers (538 miles) of trails and skiers can travel by ski shuttle between different resorts.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm is one of the most popular resorts in the area for snowboarders. There are two half-pipes, a boardercross, and a funpark that is lit at night. There are 12 kilometers (eight miles) of terrain dedicated only to snowboarders. There are also funparks at Bad Hofgastein, Flachau, Saalfelden, and Grossarl. There’s plenty of off-trail terrain, but boarders must be aware of avalanche risks. There are lessons available to instruct boarders on survival techniques as well as the finer points of snowboarding.

Cross-country skiing enthusiasts enjoy over 220 kilometers (137 miles) of trails in the Wagrain Region, 76 kilometers (47 miles) of trails at Abtenau, and over 200 kilometers (124 miles) of cross-country trails in the scenic Hohe Tauern National Park. Ice climbing is available for those who prefer to scale the frozen stuff rather than ski down it. Climbers can sign up for tours and receive instruction before heading out. Advanced climbers love the Salzach Gorge and waterfalls located 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Salzburg.

Most resorts in Land Salzburg have toboggan runs. Some of the best in the area are at Bad Hofgastein, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, and Wagrain. Most resorts also offer horse-drawn sleigh rides. Many companies offer sleigh rides in the Grossarl Valley and in Bad Gastein, some of which include a stop for snacks at a mountain inn.

Après-ski is lively throughout Austria and the Salzburg region is no exception. Saalbach has a reputation as the best of the resorts for rowdy nightlife. There are almost 40 bars keeping the night alive. Zell am See is also a good spot for those who like to party. Bad Gastein draws an older, more serene après-ski clientele. In Salzburg itself, there’s a wide range of nightlife opportunities. In the bars that line the left side of the Salzach River, you’ll find everything from Irish music to heavy metal. Along the Steingasse are numerous bistros and bars, among many others in the Old City.

One of the main perks of staying in Salzburg is the abundance of cultural events and activities to experience. Salzburg is known for being the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the city celebrates his life in many ways. From Mozart Square to Mozart’s birthplace, there are ample opportunities to learn more about the composer. Salzburg’s Old City is listed on UNESCO’s list of world cultural heritage sites and is always popular with sightseers. There are excellent museums in Salzburg including the Museum of Natural Science in the center of the Old City.

With so many Austrian traditions to learn about and enjoy, Salzburg is the perfect choice for vacationers looking for a cultural experience in addition to first-rate skiing.

This post is a reprint from the “Classic” version of the SkiEurope Report Newsletter.  The article gives a great overview of the region’s attractions and various ski resorts.