It may be the start of ski season in New Zealand and Australia, but for the rest of the world summer is in full force. That doesn’t mean you can’t still get your fill of fresh powder on a skiing holiday though. There are many places that offer super slopes, no matter what the weather is. In honour of that, here are some tips for where you should go, and what you should do to get that skiing fix.
There is no shortage of great places to have a ski holiday, but a hidden gem does stand out from the rest. Austria has long been known as a snow paradise, but since they have so many resorts it can be hard to choose. A relatively unknown Obergurgl might be the best out of all of them. A small village in Tyrol, Austria, Obergurgl has some of the most diverse routes on the Alps, where you can scream down the mountain on a double black, or take it easy on one of their many beginner courses. After a long day you can relax to views straight out of a storybook, all while reminiscing about what a wonderful holiday it’s been.
Because the weather can fluctuate so much at the main European ski destinations, you want to make sure you can actually wear the gear you bring. That thick, down jacket may look nice, but won’t do much good when it’s 15°C outside. It may seem obvious, but make sure to check the temperature at the base of wherever you’re going. It’ll save you a lot of hassle and discomfort in the long run.
While you’re going to spend the majority of time on the slopes, there still should be enough time for sightseeing. We only get to holiday once in a while, so we might as well make the most of it. Pick a place not only because of the great slopes, but also for the surrounding sights and sounds you can experience outside of the mountain.
There’s nothing like staring down a mountain before zooming and carving down, but it’s made all the better when it’s done in a brand new place.