Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

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Okay, so it’s still September but the supermarkets have got mince pies on their shelves already so we think it is ok to prepare for the winter. Don’t worry though, we aren’t going to be giving you a countdown to Christmas. Instead we are going to be looking at our picks for the best European ski resorts so you can plan any ski holidays you were hoping for in 2015 and 2016.

Now is a perfect time to start planning for a Ski holiday (or Snowboarding we don’t discriminate) because we are starting to see some good deals appear on the market for those that are flexible enough to take advantage of them whereas those forward thinking planners out there can snap up dates and locations for the exact date they want in 2016.

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France

Le Grand Bornand is found in the French Alpes and is home to a great resort that is perfect for families. If you are looking for something a bit more serious you could try Tignes where the resorts are open an incredible 9 months out of the year. If you really want to sample something special you could visit Val Thorens, once crowned the best Ski resort in the world and current holder of the European title this resort has everything you could ask for.

Italy

If you fancy trying the Italian pistes there are a number of great options available to you including the popular La Thuile where you can live for the moment with a spot of heliskiing. Just 3 hours from Milan is the wonderful Livigno resort that not only offers excellent skiing but is also a duty-free zone. For the more serious skiiers you might want to consider Dimaro linked to the Val di Sole ski area. With over 50km of pistes you will not run out of snow.

Austria

You always get value for money in Austria and the resort of Mayrhofen lets those on a budget enjoy a great skiing experience. If you are as interested in the night life as the skiing you might want to visit Saalbach whose reputation proceeds it. Lastly there is the Gastein resort, ideal for those that want to combine a winter getaway with a spa break.

Of course this only covers 3 countries, Sweden, Scotland and Andorra also have some great options not to mention the countless other resorts across Europe. Booking ski holidays for 2016 gives you a lot more option in regards to location and time whereas booking quick deals limits options but can mean getting a great deal.

No matter where you go make sure you have researched fully the costs including flights, accommodation, lift passes, gear rental and other costs that can mount up if you don’t think things through.

For more information on Ski trips around Europe, and in particular France, visit – http://www.markwarner.co.uk/ski-holidays/france/les-deux-alpes.