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On the surface, it might seem illogical for travellers to shun sun-kissed Mediterranean getaways in favour of weeks on snow-laden slopes. After all, if you crave temperatures in which a Thinsulate jacket and woolly socks are required, you could rely on getting them through much of the year in Blighty. But a ski holiday is about more than just cold weather: as anyone who’s ever hit the pistes will attest, it’s the thrill of careening downhill, and convivial atmosphere associated with après-ski culture, that makes for an unforgettable trip. By Sophie
The wait for summer holidays can seem endless as the rain and cold of the miserable British winter drags on week after week. However, it doesn't have to be like this! Instead of enduring the bleak British weather, this year you could be sitting on a beach basking in glorious sunshine on a fantastic winter sun holiday. Truly indulgent and hugely enjoyable, winter sun breaks are the perfect way to beat the winter blues.
December in Britain: the only things going for it are Christmas and New Year! Yes, we all get excited at the prospect of snowmen and sledging, mulled wine and merriment, but by the time the climate cools and we’re well and truly into winter, the promise of some sunshine doesn’t go amiss. Some prefer skiing and enjoy short breaks in France and Switzerland, but most of us want to head off to warmer, sunnier climes! A well-deserved break in the sun may be just what you need when December rolls round, but where to go for the very best weather?
Ski passes in Austria don’t come cheap, but there’s a reason its resorts are full to the brim with boarders: Germans, Brits, Russians, the Dutch—this is a land of seriously great piste. But it’s also a country seemingly made for skitouring: many a boarder’s happy to hike up an untracked hill, bomb down, and hike up again! By Sophie
Let's face it: ski holidays can be very expensive. But with a little travel planning, exhilarating ski holidays don't have to end up devouring your summer holiday budget as well. The key to a cheap ski holiday is finding the right destination at right time of year.By Russ