Europe – miles upon miles of tremendous skiing
Thanks to Flybe, some of the best snow and après-ski is on your doorstep. Short-haul resorts in France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy offer access to the greatest and most renowned pistes in Europe. In the shadow of Mont Blanc, the French Alps is home to the largest linked ski area in the world, Les Trois Vallées;
Austria has big resorts with big personalities; the iconic slopes of Switzerland offer a more refined, quieter ski break whilst the Dolomites Superski area in Italy boasts the most runs in Europe. The only problem will be deciding which resort to visit first!
Vancouver - the gateway for winter adventure
A little further afield, but still departing from Southampton Airport, Vancouver is the gateway for your holiday on the white stuff.
Whilst the city itself isn’t adorned with much snow in the winter, you don’t have to go far as the trio of local mountains (Mount Seymour, Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain) boast ample fresh powder.
Host to the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, there are endless opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
To ski or not to ski?
If you prefer your feet to be on less-slippy terrain, there’s still plenty to do.
Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city with a thriving art, theatre, music and fine dining scene, so take a stroll through the city’s urban wilderness, visit the aquarium, pick up tickets for a show, sample the portfolio of local wines and beers or go on a horseback adventure with a real cowboy!
In Europe, hit the alpine boutiques, chill out in a luxury spa, try your hand at mountain climbing or hiking or just enjoy the gorgeous mountain views from mile-high cable cars.
Did you know
- Speed skiing is one of the fastest non-motorised sports on land. Italian skier Simone Origone currently holds the world record for the fastest downhill ski, clocking 156.2 miles/ hour!
- Snowboarding only became an Olympic sport in 1998 in Japan • According to the Telegraph, the creator of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was the first Englishman to write of the thrill of skiing, saying it took you “as near to flying as any earthbound man can”.
- Skiing was a mode of transport 4000 years ago
- A crew member of Apollo 17 said that astronauts heading to the moon should learn the art of cross-country skiing. He believed that the technique involved in skiing helped walking on the moon!
- Mt. Baker ski area in Washington State has the world record for snowfall at 1,140 inches of snow in the 1998/1999 winter season.
- When Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010, Canada set the record for most gold medals won by a country in a single Winter Olympic games.
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