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Top Winter Breaks - Ski Destinations

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    Many people assume that a ski break is going to be expensive. Here at Hostelworld.com we beg to differ and we’ve compiled a list of top winter break destinations where you can enjoy a budget ski holiday.

    1. Whistler, Canada

    Whistler

    Visited by huge numbers of people each year, Whistler in British Columbia, Canada is a skier’s paradise. Whistler itself is a pedestrian-only town with plenty of other attractions for when the day’s skiing ends. When it comes to the slopes, the Whistler Blackcomb ski area covers over 8,100 skiable acres spread out across two mountains. This encompasses in excess of 200 trails, 38 lifts and even some glaciers. It’s no wonder that this winter wonderland was the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    Book ski hostels in Whistler

    2. Interlaken, Switzerland

    Interlaken

    One of the most traditional resorts in Europe, Interlaken is situated in the heart of the Swiss Alps, between the lakes of Thun and Brienz at the foot of a famous trio of peaks, namely the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau. The Junfrau region provides 113 miles of downhill trails served by 45 cable cars and lifts. For the extreme-adventurer there is heli-skiing, heli-boarding, ice hiking and many other activities to get the adrenaline pumping.

    Book ski hostels in Interlaken

    3. Sapporo, Japan

    Sapporo

    One of the world’s most famous Asian ski resorts, Sapporo was the host of the 1972 Winter Olympics. Some of the popular skiing areas here include Sapporo Teine, Sapporo Moiwayama, Sapporo Kokusai, Mokomanai and Rusutsu Resort. From beginners to experts, all levels of skill are catered for and there’s a huge variety of runs to try. Sapporo is also the home of the popular Snow Festival, one of the largest events of its kind in Japan. Taking place each February, this festival attracts around 2 million visitors from around the world.

    Book ski hostels in Sapporo

    4. Carrbridge, Scotland

    Scotland Skiing

    Not many people would think of the UK as a ski destination but Carrbridge in Scotland is just that. When the snow is good in Scotland, Scottish skiing is right up there with some of the best in Europe. Cairngorm and Aviemore offer skiers and boarders some of the best and most challenging runs in Scotland and there is also plenty of off-piste skiing which is popular with snow boarders. The tops of the mountains are relatively flat so if cross-country is your thing there are plenty of routes for you to follow. If you need a break from the slopes, the Cairngorm Sleddog Adventure Centre offers you the chance to experience a few adrenaline-filled hours of handling a team of dedicated sled dogs.

    Book ski hostels in Carrbridge

    5. Breckenridge, USA

    Breckenridge

    At Breckenridge Ski Resort, you can enjoy quality skiing on 155 different trails which are suitable for various different levels of proficiency. There are plenty of other winter activities to enjoy here too, including ice skating, sleigh rides and sledding. After you’ve spent some time sampling the skiing, you can also check out the town of Breckenridge which has plenty to offer in terms of shopping, bars and restaurants. It also boasts some interesting historic attractions including the Barney Ford House Museum.

    Book ski hostels in Breckenridge

    6. Chamonix, France

    Chamonix

    Based in the heart of the Alps and with the stunning Mont Blanc for a backdrop, Chamonix is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world and is rightly considered one of the best spots for a skiing holiday. It offers a multitude of fantastic runs based in three main areas and three smaller areas. A number of world-class events take place throughout the ski season in Chamonix adding yet another dimension to this exciting resort.

    Book ski hostels in Chamonix

    7. Salt Lake City, USA

    Salt Lake City

    The Wasatch Mountains are just a short drive from Utah’s Salt Lake City and are home to seven top-notch ski resorts. These include the Alta Ski Area which is a favourite with locals, Powder Mountain Resort which is one of the largest ski areas in the US and Snowbird, one of the biggest resorts in the area. Popular with both skiers and snowboarders, the numerous slopes near Salt Lake City provide wonderful winter fun for everyone from beginners to experts.

    Book ski hostels in Salt Lake City

    8. Bad Gastein, Austria

    Bad Gastein

    Bad Gastein is one of Austria’s skiing gems. With 200 kilometres of slopes and optimal skiing conditions, this is a resort that deserves to be visited. Winter sports enthusiasts, families with children, casual winter hikers and athletic ice climbers can all find their slice of paradise here. The numerous hot springs that feed the spas of Gastein offer the perfect place to relax after a day of skiing.

    Book ski hostels in Bad Gastein

    9. Rossland, Canada

    Rossland

    One of the top ski resorts in North America, Rossland’s Red Mountain Resort has 88 different runs and six lifts. Skiers and snowboarders will both be happy at this resort, with something available for beginners on up. The town of Rossland, which is located very close to the US border in the province of British Columbia in Canada, has plenty of après ski activities to offer visitors consisting of numerous shops, bars, restaurants and more.

    Book ski hostels in Rossland

    10. High Tatras Ski Hostels, Slovakia

    High Tatras Mountains

    High Tatras in Slovakia is a spot where budget skiers can enjoy great skiing and cheap beer (preferably not at the same time). The best known slopes here are around Strbske Pleso and Tatranska Lomnika. The former offers some of the best cross-country skiing in the world as well as night skiing, while the latter remains more low-key but offers some of the more difficult runs in the region. When you’re there make sure to take a cable car ride up to the summit of Lomnicky Stit for spectacular views of a glacial lake and a dramatic view of all the Tatras.

    Book ski hostels in High Tatras

    11. Lillehammer, Norway

    Lillehammer

    Host to the 1994 winter Olympics and just two hours from Oslo’s airport, Lillehammer offers ski lovers a wide range of unique opportunities including off-piste skiing and hundreds of miles of Olympic cross country trails through forested or mountain terrain. For the less extreme skier, there are numerous less advanced runs to suit every level of ability. The bustling town of Lillehammer also offers an abundance of alternatives for those not wishing to take to the slopes including adrenaline filled bob sledding and bob rafting. Four-man bob sledding is the ultimate experience - riding on a genuine Olympic style bob sled that reaches speeds of 120km/hr.

    Book ski hostels in Lillehammer

    Thanks to The Ridge Resorts , Tambako the Jaguar, Waltham Photo, Grayskullduggery, ines saraiva, Carlos Scheidegger, bez_u, a tea but no e, danielthornton and fo.ol for the images.

    Skiing holidays

    Want to win a trip to Whistler, plus two MORE amazing travel adventures? Enter our HUGE new competition My Awesome Escape >here< and you and a friend could be jetting off round the world with all expenses paid by us. What are you still doing here?! Click and #EscapeNow, go go go...!

    Many people assume that a ski break is going to be expensive. Here at Hostelworld.com we beg to differ and we’ve compiled a list of top winter break destinations where you can enjoy a budget ski holiday.

    1. Whistler, Canada

    Whistler

    Visited by huge numbers of people each year, Whistler in British Columbia, Canada is a skier’s paradise. Whistler itself is a pedestrian-only town with plenty of other attractions for when the day’s skiing ends. When it comes to the slopes, the Whistler Blackcomb ski area covers over 8,100 skiable acres spread out across two mountains. This encompasses in excess of 200 trails, 38 lifts and even some glaciers. It’s no wonder that this winter wonderland was the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    Book ski hostels in Whistler

    2. Interlaken, Switzerland

    Interlaken

    One of the most traditional resorts in Europe, Interlaken is situated in the heart of the Swiss Alps, between the lakes of Thun and Brienz at the foot of a famous trio of peaks, namely the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau. The Junfrau region provides 113 miles of downhill trails served by 45 cable cars and lifts. For the extreme-adventurer there is heli-skiing, heli-boarding, ice hiking and many other activities to get the adrenaline pumping.

    Book ski hostels in Interlaken

    3. Sapporo, Japan

    Sapporo

    One of the world’s most famous Asian ski resorts, Sapporo was the host of the 1972 Winter Olympics. Some of the popular skiing areas here include Sapporo Teine, Sapporo Moiwayama, Sapporo Kokusai, Mokomanai and Rusutsu Resort. From beginners to experts, all levels of skill are catered for and there’s a huge variety of runs to try. Sapporo is also the home of the popular Snow Festival, one of the largest events of its kind in Japan. Taking place each February, this festival attracts around 2 million visitors from around the world.

    Book ski hostels in Sapporo

    4. Carrbridge, Scotland

    Scotland Skiing

    Not many people would think of the UK as a ski destination but Carrbridge in Scotland is just that. When the snow is good in Scotland, Scottish skiing is right up there with some of the best in Europe. Cairngorm and Aviemore offer skiers and boarders some of the best and most challenging runs in Scotland and there is also plenty of off-piste skiing which is popular with snow boarders. The tops of the mountains are relatively flat so if cross-country is your thing there are plenty of routes for you to follow. If you need a break from the slopes, the Cairngorm Sleddog Adventure Centre offers you the chance to experience a few adrenaline-filled hours of handling a team of dedicated sled dogs.

    Book ski hostels in Carrbridge

    5. Breckenridge, USA

    Breckenridge

    At Breckenridge Ski Resort, you can enjoy quality skiing on 155 different trails which are suitable for various different levels of proficiency. There are plenty of other winter activities to enjoy here too, including ice skating, sleigh rides and sledding. After you’ve spent some time sampling the skiing, you can also check out the town of Breckenridge which has plenty to offer in terms of shopping, bars and restaurants. It also boasts some interesting historic attractions including the Barney Ford House Museum.

    Book ski hostels in Breckenridge

    6. Chamonix, France

    Chamonix

    Based in the heart of the Alps and with the stunning Mont Blanc for a backdrop, Chamonix is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world and is rightly considered one of the best spots for a skiing holiday. It offers a multitude of fantastic runs based in three main areas and three smaller areas. A number of world-class events take place throughout the ski season in Chamonix adding yet another dimension to this exciting resort.

    Book ski hostels in Chamonix

    7. Salt Lake City, USA

    Salt Lake City

    The Wasatch Mountains are just a short drive from Utah’s Salt Lake City and are home to seven top-notch ski resorts. These include the Alta Ski Area which is a favourite with locals, Powder Mountain Resort which is one of the largest ski areas in the US and Snowbird, one of the biggest resorts in the area. Popular with both skiers and snowboarders, the numerous slopes near Salt Lake City provide wonderful winter fun for everyone from beginners to experts.

    Book ski hostels in Salt Lake City

    8. Bad Gastein, Austria

    Bad Gastein

    Bad Gastein is one of Austria’s skiing gems. With 200 kilometres of slopes and optimal skiing conditions, this is a resort that deserves to be visited. Winter sports enthusiasts, families with children, casual winter hikers and athletic ice climbers can all find their slice of paradise here. The numerous hot springs that feed the spas of Gastein offer the perfect place to relax after a day of skiing.

    Book ski hostels in Bad Gastein

    9. Rossland, Canada

    Rossland

    One of the top ski resorts in North America, Rossland’s Red Mountain Resort has 88 different runs and six lifts. Skiers and snowboarders will both be happy at this resort, with something available for beginners on up. The town of Rossland, which is located very close to the US border in the province of British Columbia in Canada, has plenty of après ski activities to offer visitors consisting of numerous shops, bars, restaurants and more.

    Book ski hostels in Rossland

    10. High Tatras Ski Hostels, Slovakia

    High Tatras Mountains

    High Tatras in Slovakia is a spot where budget skiers can enjoy great skiing and cheap beer (preferably not at the same time). The best known slopes here are around Strbske Pleso and Tatranska Lomnika. The former offers some of the best cross-country skiing in the world as well as night skiing, while the latter remains more low-key but offers some of the more difficult runs in the region. When you’re there make sure to take a cable car ride up to the summit of Lomnicky Stit for spectacular views of a glacial lake and a dramatic view of all the Tatras.

    Book ski hostels in High Tatras

    11. Lillehammer, Norway

    Lillehammer

    Host to the 1994 winter Olympics and just two hours from Oslo’s airport, Lillehammer offers ski lovers a wide range of unique opportunities including off-piste skiing and hundreds of miles of Olympic cross country trails through forested or mountain terrain. For the less extreme skier, there are numerous less advanced runs to suit every level of ability. The bustling town of Lillehammer also offers an abundance of alternatives for those not wishing to take to the slopes including adrenaline filled bob sledding and bob rafting. Four-man bob sledding is the ultimate experience - riding on a genuine Olympic style bob sled that reaches speeds of 120km/hr.

    Book ski hostels in Lillehammer

    Thanks to The Ridge Resorts , Tambako the Jaguar, Waltham Photo, Grayskullduggery, ines saraiva, Carlos Scheidegger, bez_u, a tea but no e, danielthornton and fo.ol for the images.


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