Ski Trips for Winter: 5 Must-Ski Resorts

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Fancy escaping the wet, windy British weather for a winter ski trip to remember? I asked five top travel bloggers with a passion for skiing to recommend their favourite places for a spot of winter skiing, and here’s what they said.

1) Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Known as the Pearl of the Dolomites, Cortina d’Ampezzo in Northern Italy is one of the best destinations in the country for ski trips, and the ultimate place to spend a winter weekend. The town itself is a pleasant place to visit, packed with lovely characteristic buildings in the typical style of the Dolomites. The destination is also home to a few small, yet interesting museums; luxury boutiques; small cosy cafés and an excellent selection of hotels and restaurants serving delicious local food.

Yet, it’s the slopes that make Cortina a fabulous destination for ski trips. Depending on the weather conditions and the level of expertise, one can pick from a variety of ski stations located around town which can all be easily reached by public transport. Each station has a nice restaurant to stop at for a hot drink and a good meal before continuing skiing – not to mention the picturesque views of the valley and the town below!

– Claudia Tavani, My Adventures Across the World

Cortina ski resort in Northern Italy - a top choice for winter ski-ing destinations

2) Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt is one of the most beautiful destinations for winter ski trips in Switzerland. One of the reasons it’s so pretty is because it wasn’t designed for mass tourism, like so many alpine custom-built resorts. Due to this, most hotels in the area are just traditional Swiss mountain buildings with added amenities. 

What also makes Zermatt one of the best ski resorts in Switzerland is that you can ski all year round. This is thanks to guaranteed snow conditions in the highest ski area in the Alps – 4000 metres above sea level.

This romantic and car-free mountain village is also one of the best developed and most extensive ski areas in the world. You can find over 360km of slopes and about 52 installations, including gondolas and ski lifts. Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, there are a lot of activities waiting for you, like riding the Gornergrat mountain train up to a height of 3084 meters. There, you can enjoy a hot chocolate while you soak up the views of the majestic Matterhorn and its neighbouring peaks.

– Thomas and Sarah, Trip Gourmets

Zermatt, Switzerland is one of the best winter ski-ing destinations

3) Borovets, Bulgaria 

Skiing was always on my bucket list, so when a friend asked me to book my first ski trip at a few days notice, despite not even owning any ski wear or equipment, I jumped at the chance. I may have had a few too many wines when I agreed and I spent the next few days running around like a headless chicken getting everything I needed!

We were both beginner skiers and wanted to experience ski-ing without going bankrupt, so we opted to visit Borovets in Bulgaria to keep the costs down.

When I arrived, it was the snowy winter wonderland I’d imagined with alpine huts everywhere and people sipping on mugs of mulled wine as they sat on the balconies in their cosy ski wear.

Whilst I never really ‘mastered’ skiing, I had the most brilliant week mostly falling over and making a fool of myself before spending the afternoons and evenings getting the most from the après-ski experience!

There was plenty of things to do for non-skiers too – I took a ski mobile and a horse riding trip and we visited some local hot springs to sooth our achy muscles. Borovets is the perfect destination for beginners’ ski trips.

– Leanne, The Globetrotter GP

Borovets in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe is an excellent option as far as winter ski-ing destinations are concerned.

4) Oslo, Norway

Many people don’t realise this, but the word ‘ski‘ comes from Norway.  It’s often said that Norwegians are born with skis on their feet and after my experience of living there for four years, I fully agree!  While Norwegians are avid outdoor enthusiasts and tend to excel at all winter sports, perhaps the most popular of all in Norway is cross-country.

However, Norwegians don’t always head too far to show their love for cross-country  they can often do it right in their own backyard! In Oslo, the capital of Norway, cross-country skiing is immensely popular and you can see locals taking to the slopes via the Metro on weekends to get some exercise by skiing through the forests on the trails.

The snow sticks around Oslo for many months, but when summer arrives and it finally melts, it’s not unusual to see locals ‘skiing‘ through the city streets on summer skis, which are actually more like skates. I’ve lived in many places, including multiple places in Norway, but I don’t know any other destination whose citizens are so passionate about putting their feet into a pair of skis quite like the locals of Oslo, Norway.  And rightfully so, as Norway is the birthplace of skiing!

– Megan, Megan Starr

Oslo, Norway is a top winter ski-ing destination

5) Alpe Cermis, Italy

Having visited Canada and the ski resorts of Banff and Lake Louise some 15 years ago, it was great to introduce our two girls to the Italian pistes of Alpe Cermis in 2018.
With perfect skiing conditions, excellent tuition and the mighty snow-capped Dolomites for as far as the eyes can see, it’s easy to see why Alpe Cermis is popular with Europeans. As first-timers, we instantly fell in love with this fantastic resort, which, as a destination for ski trips, is actually practically unknown to British tourists.

The well-groomed slopes of Alpe Cermis are exceptional and thankfully are always at their best, even if there is no natural snow, as the resort has invested money in snow-canons to ensure perfect conditions for the whole season. Alpe Cermis is one of 12 ski areas that are available within the Dolomiti Superski area, with over 1200km of slopes – plenty for beginners, novices, expert skiers and snowboarders.

For a day-off from skiing, you can always visit the nearby resort of Obereggen for sledding, or Ski Center Latemar to race down the Alpine Coaster Gardone. Alpe Cermis has something for everyone, but don’t take our word for it – go and see for yourselves!

– Lynne Callaghan, Around The World In 18 Years

Alpe Cermis in eastern Trentino, northern Italy is a favourite destination for winter ski trips
Have you ever been on any memorable ski trips? Share your experiences below. 

Winter skiing trips can be such a great adventure! Check out this post on the top 5 winter skiing destinations, featuring photography from leading travel bloggers. #skiing #winterskiing #adventuretravel #wintersports

Winter skiing trips can be such a great adventure! Check out this post on the top 5 winter skiing destinations, featuring photography from leading travel bloggers. #skiing #winterskiing #adventuretravel #wintersports

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26 Comments

  1. December 2, 2018 / 12:16 am

    I’ve never attempted skiing and would likely die knowing me, but I like the *idea* of it and the scenery! Especially Switzerland. Lovely post x

    • December 2, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Switzerland would probably be my favourite choice if I’m honest – it looks so enchanting!

  2. December 2, 2018 / 12:33 am

    I don’t ski but I love a winter landscape, so these all look gorgeous to me! I would like to try cross-country one day though – maybe a trip back to Oslo is in order…

    • December 2, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      I’d love to go to Norway one day too – still haven’t been at all yet.

  3. tpeskin
    December 2, 2018 / 2:54 am

    Wow these resorts look amazing. I have only skied in the US but will definitely put some of these on my list. Zermatt looks incredible!

    • December 2, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      I love the look of Zermatt too. It would be the perfect destination for a festive stay.

  4. December 2, 2018 / 5:31 am

    Wow! Your post is tempting me so much to plan a trip to one of these countries! Love the photos you’ve posted!

    • December 2, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      That’s great to hear Fatima, good to know I have inspired you!

  5. December 2, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    I wonder if you ever get used to how pretty those views are? My middle daughter is the first of us to go skiing next year. Its amazing that even if there is no natural snow that it is still possible to ski.

    • December 2, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      Nature never ceases to amaze me 🙂 Hope she has a great time on her first skiing trip!

  6. December 2, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    Not been skiing for ages, this post has given me inspiration for sure xx

    • December 3, 2018 / 12:55 pm

      That’s lovely to hear Melanie – glad to have inspired you.

  7. December 2, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    All of these look and sound amazing. It’s definitely on my bucket list to go to at least one of these places!

    • December 3, 2018 / 12:54 pm

      It would be lovely to go at Christmas time – I bet it would be so festive and enchanting!

  8. December 3, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    I’ve never skied and to be honest it doesn’t interest me all that much but I’d love to visit these places just for the views x

    • December 3, 2018 / 1:07 pm

      I know how you feel. I would love to ski but I was born with club-foot so I can’t really do it as it’d be a nightmare if I happened to break my feet…. bu I’d happily sit in a little ski lodge with a hot chocolate and admire those views!

  9. December 3, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    I’ve always loved the idea of skiing, and I’d really love to go one day (even if it’s just me falling on my face/enjoying the views alternately!)

    • December 4, 2018 / 2:39 pm

      Haha I know how you feel Sarah 🙂

  10. December 4, 2018 / 7:45 am

    It’s been over 25 years since I last skied! I need to remedy this – you’ve inspired me with this post!

    • December 4, 2018 / 2:39 pm

      Aww that’s great to hear Elizabeth 🙂

  11. December 4, 2018 / 11:07 am

    I’d be the person who sits in the Chalet just drinking to keep warm. I have never skied, I hate the feeling of walking on snow x

    • December 4, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      Haha, I’d be spending a lot of time in the chalet too!

  12. December 4, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    I’m really keen to try skiing – I’ve yet to but like the idea of the Alps or Oslo 😀

    • December 6, 2018 / 2:34 am

      Same here, this post has really inspired me to start thinking about a potential ski trip 🙂

  13. December 8, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    Norway is somewhere I would love to visit, I want to see the Fjords but to ski as well would be amazing

    • December 9, 2018 / 8:22 pm

      A friend of mine recently went to Norway and he loved it – it’s really made me want to go myself!

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