If you’re tired of sweaty backyard cricket and a sizzling hot Christmas holiday, then treat yourself to a white wonderland at some of the best ski resorts in the world.
5 of the best ski resorts in the world:
Zermatt, Switzerland and Italy
Renowned for having the most photographed mountain in the world, Matterhorn is home to the magical mountain village of Zermatt that straddles the border of Switzerland and Italy.
One of the highest summits in Europe, the 4,478-metre elevation makes it idyllic for avid skiers – a peak conquered by Lucy Walker who became the first woman to climb the mountain in 1871.
Dubbed the Mountain Village of Records, Zermatt sits at the foot of the majestic mountain offering a peaceful escape.
Val Thorens, France
Perched atop of the French Alps, overlooked by six glaciers, is the highest ski resort in Europe – the ultimate playground for mountain lovers.
Val Thorens at Les 3 Vallées is home to the largest ski area in the world with more than 600 kilometres of runs, making it a pristinely white wonderland.
For breathtaking 360° panoramic views of more than 100 Alpine summits across France, Switzerland and Italy, this award-winning resort is the place to enjoy a special Christmas.
St Anton am Arlberg, Austria
Glistening in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps is St Anton am Arlberg – the gateway to the Arlberg ski region.
Steeped in history, the Austrian village boasts traditional chalets with quaint pathways and whimsical lampposts sprinkled in snow.
At 1,300 metres, the charming paradise is home to 2,680 residents, and the crisp, clean air is sure to provide a rejuvenating holiday.
Whether you want to snuggle down in a traditional wooden chalet and admire the stunning mountains, or ski at one of the world’s largest resorts, Meribel has you covered.
Tucked away in the forest of Les Allues, you can gain plenty of skiing experience in the French Alpine valley that boasts 150 kilometres of pistes.
If you’d rather relax than take to the slopes, revel in the bi-weekly street market or enjoy a glass of vin chaud – the nation’s rich mulled wine.
One of southeastern Europe’s most famous ski resorts, Pamporovo will not disappoint with its Norwegian forests blanketed in white.
Recorded as being the sunniest resort in Bulgaria, the destination is nestled in the Rhodope Mountains and features rounded slopes and summits ideal for beginners.
Snow falls about 200 days a year, making it the prime location for a white Christmas or mid-year escape.
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