Would You Be Up For Ski Lessons In Obergurgl?
Europe is known for many things, from the diverse range of cultures to the gorgeous architectural city landscapes. But for those looking for a thrill, Europe is also the perfect place to go for a ski holiday. The snow is plentiful, the mountains are endless, and there's plenty of fun for beginners. Here are three tips to make your next trip to the slopes memorable (and budget friendly too!)
Things To Plan
If you’ve never been on a ski holiday, know that there are plenty of other things to do besides just skiing. From apres ski after a day on the slopes, to hiking trails that wind around the mountain, to chalet spa services, to visiting the village restaurants and bars, there is so much more to a ski holiday. That’s why it’s important to bring the right clothes for the trip, as you'll likely be doing much more than just sports! There’s nothing like getting out of your snow soaked clothes and hitting the town to unwind.
Where To Go
Europe has so many world renowned ski destinations it’s unfair. Among the best of the best are the Otztal Alps in Austria, where resorts like Obergurgl draws in tourists from all over the world. To add to the experience, Obergurgl is also home to the highest parish in the country, at 1,930 m. Moving along to western Austria lies St. Anton, a village and resort in the Tyrolean Alps. Frequently mentioned as one of the world’s best ski resorts, due to its combination of skiing and apres-ski entertainment, thrill seekers can start from as high up as 2,811 m on the mountain before they carve down the slopes. It’s certainly a test for anyone’s ski skills.
For a French ski experience (and for those with a lot of skill and confidence!) the Val-d’Isere might be the most advanced resort in the world. Located within the Rhone-Alps region in south east France, this resort boasts summer skiing, high volume gondolas, and high powered snow cannons to make sure the snow is perfect every day. It is so well renowned that World Cup alpine ski events are regularly hosted there, including the world championships in 2009.
How To Save
All this fun doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, a ski holiday in Europe can be downright inexpensive if you know how to snag the right deals. In order to ski you need a lift ticket, but you can save on that through buying online instead of at the resort (which also saves you time). Also, if you are able to ski midweek, then you’ll see even more substantial savings.
After a few hours on the slopes, you’re bound to get tired and hungry. Unfortunately, just like at an airport, food is going to be more expensive at the on-site restaurant. That’s why if you want to save money, you should pack your own food. It’s going to be healthier, and it will bring the cost down.
Ultimately, no matter what your style or skill level, the most important thing is to ski safe and have fun! Don’t get too serious on the slopes, don't be afraid to fall down a few times, and don't hesitate to take in all the area has to offer.
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