It’s that time of year to start thinking about making tracks in the fresh snow; hit the slopes this ski season and feel on top of the world.
Fly to Verona
Verona might not be your first thought, but it’s a well-connected ski gateway that takes you to some of the best, most breath-taking routes across the whole of the Dolomiti Superski area.
You’ll find Madonna di Campiglio in northern Italy, surrounded by the Brenta Dolomites mountain range. From Verona Airport it’s around 176km - a short distance to take you to the ski resort.
The resort has around 150km of bright white snow, is suitable for both beginners and intermediates, but also with some challenging black trails. The long and simple slopes are worth a run and you can wash down a top day on-piste with a glass of wine as the sun goes down in the picturesque town.
If you’re looking for a ski destination with a reputation for sought-after après-ski, great shopping and a car-free, cobbled town, try Cortina d’Ampezzo. This wintertime retreat is around 270km from Verona Airport.
Set to be the host of the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, this impressive network of pistes is one of the oldest ski resorts in Europe, so it’s just the right place if you want a great patch for practicing snow sports.
You can fly to Verona with Jet2.com, Ryanair and TUI from Birmingham Airport.
Fly to Innsbruck
You might think of Innsbruck as a city, not a ski destination. In fact, Innsbruck is a true winter sport paradise. The picturesque capital, Tyrolean, is burrowed right in the centre of several ski areas and seems to be tailor-made for a winter holiday.
Nine ski resorts around the city have joined together to form the Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck, offering a huge range of options for skiers and snowboarders with each resort offering its own personality. If you’re looking for a family-friendly resort, try Muttereralm or Rangger Köpfl. If you want to ski in the tracks of champions, try Patscherkofel where the Innsbruck Winter Olympics were held in both 1964 and 1976.
If you’re looking to mix skiing with other activities, stay in a downtown hotel, close to the shopping centres and historic attractions.
You can fly to Innsbruck with Jet2.com and TUI from Birmingham Airport.
Fly to Salbuzg
Salzburg, well known for hosting the production of The Sound of Music and for being Austria’s fourth-largest city.
You’ll find Obertauern ski resort just over an hour’s drive from Salzburg Airport. It sits in within the mountains and is divided into two areas – Tweng and Untertauern.
Obertauern is the highest resort in the state of Salzburg, sitting on the edge of the tree-line, and is now known as Austria's snowiest winter sports destination. The village itself is made up mainly of hotels, bars and restaurants and the area has a bustling après ski scene.
Possibly one of Austria's most underrated ski areas, Schladming lies within the beautiful Dachstein Mountain region. It’s just under 100km from Salzburg Airport.
Schladming hosted the World Ski Championships in 2013 and invested heavily in new ski lifts. This investment has been well worth it - queues are kept short and speedy lifts give you more time for the downhills. Plus, with so many heated seats, you'll be kept cosy even on the chilliest of days.
With a high proportion of runs rated red, Schladming is preferably suited to intermediates.
You can fly to Salbuzg with Jet2.com and TUI from Birmingham Airport.