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The number of travellers booking for holidays trips is increasing gradually as we approach charismas festive. However, most people are looking for better ways to spend the holiday with their family. Since skiing is one such activity preferred by most travellers, this article identifies top ten Christmas holiday resorts for ski vacations. 1 Ischgl, Austria
The old farming village has been converted into a fascinating tourist centre with cavernous bars and smart hotel. Even though the ski area of the resort lacks glacier, a combination of altitude and sophisticated snowmaking provide sufficient snow cover in seasons for travellers. In addition to skiing activities, the resort has access to mountains which feeds into a network of runs and shifts stretching across the Swiss Frontiers to the villages.
2. Wengen, Switzerland
This resort sits on a sunny shelf and shares its ski area with Grindelwald but most sloes are above its neighbor. Wengen streets are usually decorated for Christmas and it probably designed for families as it is usually packed with Swiss families from the eve of Christmas after attending midnight mass. Essentially designed for families, the heart of this resort is covered with snows and serves as both a gentle nursery slope and playing field for children. There is also a cog railway leading up the mountains and access to the village down in the valley. The resort is also offering a number of family-friendly long runs in addition to curling and outdoor skating.
3. Lech, Austria
This resort has an exclusive image than most resorts. The resort is commonly visited by royal families including the late Princess Diana, the Dutch royal family, the Jordanian royal family and also the Caroline the Princess of Monaco. Despite the blue-blooded guest frequenting the resort, Lech has retained its original farming village. Lech is located at a modest altitude and receives as many flurries of snow compared to French rivals. The resort is offering close to 180km of slopes with friendly terrain courtesy of the best-suited pistes to the intermediates.
4. Beitostolen, Norway
The unspoilt village of Beitostolen is located at the edge of Jotunheimen National Park. The resort is barely 45 minutes drive from Fagerness Airport which makes it easily accessible by travellers. The northern latitude of the resorts makes it possible for the coming snows to stay. There are two separate ski areas in the resort as well as 21 pistes, ski schools and gentle slope which all make the Beitostolen an ideal ski resort for beginners. It is also appealing to families with children who want to try a wide range of winter activities such as husky sledging, snowmobiling and skiing trails.
5. Courchevel, France
This resort is situated at one of the largest lift-linked ski area in the world, the Trois Vallees, which also has more than 170 lifts and 600km of Pistes. Since local lopes of the resort are facing northwards, the snows are some of the best in the entire ski area. The terrain also suits virtually everyone including beginners and experts as well. Just like pistes and lifts, the villages are well linked to frequent free bus service. Courchevel is frequented by rich Parisians and Russians among other blue-blooded guests
6. Megeve, France
The farming village of Megeve was transformed by Maroness in 1914 ultimately turning into hotels, restaurants and glittering boutiques as well as twinkling Christmas tree. Megeve is now home to several five-star hotels and first-class restaurants and is also hosting several finest mountain spas in the world. The slopes of Megeve are extensive with gentle slopes for skating and related activities. There are three main ski areas in the resort all accessible by cars. Megeve is ranked the best ski resorts in France and is also one of the best places for peace and quiet.
7. Obergurgl, Austria
Situated at 1,930m altitude at the brink of the Otztal Valley, Obergurgl resort offers one of the highest ski villages in Europe. This is non-glacial snow resort in Austria and is linked to Hochgurgl at 2,150m with glaciers going as high as over 3000m. This has boosted the image of the Obergurgl as the most reliable resorts covered with snow for seasons starting mid November. The resorts has top mountain checkpoint in Hochgurgl, motorbike museums and smart mountain restaurant. This small traditional village is synonymous with families who come here during winter season to experience intermediate slopes which are ideal for everyone including beginners. They also enjoy snow sure environment between December of April and friendly village conditions. The four star hotel within the resort offers affordable and all inclusive package for families and other guests.
8.Monterosa Ski, Italy
Monterosa Ski is located in the un-spoilt area beneath the famous Monterosa massif dividing Switzerland from Italy. This resort extends over three valleys each with its own small resort. The most charming of the three villages is Champoluc with amazingly beautiful scenery, decent bars and typical Italian laid-back atmosphere. The beginners can enjoy skating in slopes in the gondola up to the crest. Free shuttle buses are in place to provide access to the resort. The guest Affordable package inclusive of ski guiding, airport transfers, six day lift and free buss are offered at Petic Toumalin family run hotel.
This is the most famous resort in Switzerland bringing together every Alpine cliché and a view of the most photogenic mountain in the world, the Matterhorn. The festive season is usually marked with glowing shop windows and horse drawn sleighs. Zermatt has high altitudes up to 3,800m, snow sure slope from the late November, exemplary mountain restaurants and a slick system. It also has three lifts stations providing access to different parts of the mountain resort. The packages are quite extensive but you can enjoy modest designer hotels, camouflaged McDonald and Kebab stands.
10.Val Thorens, Italy
Val Thorens is the highest resort not only in the ski area of Trois Vallees, but also the highest in Europe. It is marked by lofty altitude meaning the snow cover is guaranteed right from the doors from November onwards. Even the vast majority of guests are intermediate; Val Thorens terrain is suitable for virtually everyone from beginners to experts. You will enjoy world class terrain-park as well as national and international events. Visitors can enjoy discounted all inclusive packages comprising meals and drinks, lift passes and lessons and children below four years are stay free of charge.
Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens ® Christmas Town ™ in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming showsmake the spirit of Christmas come alive.With many of our park rides and attractions still open during this Christmas event, adults and children of all ages can join in the festivities. Enjoy kid-friendly(or KIDsiderate ®, as we like to say) areas, thrill rides, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate as world-champion figure skater Elvis Stojko brings the magic of Christmas to life on ice in ‘Twas that Night ™. Meet Santa Claus in the North Pole and capture an unforgettable memory with a Christmas photo. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family.
Fly over nine air-time hills, including a 74-foot plunge that reaches speeds of almost 50 miles per hour on the park's first wooden roller coaster.
Come meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Bumble in Holiday Hills ™.