KAYAK travel alert - Skiing destinations
Thursday 15, September 2011
Summer may be coming to an end, but for many, winter is the best season of the year as it is finally time to put on your skis and shoot down the slopes.
For Winter 2011-2012, there is a number of far-away skiing destinations that snow enthusiasts may not have yet considered. Please see details below with flight and hotel prices from travel search site KAYAK.co.uk
Ylläs - Finland
Say hello to Santa and visit the Lapland grotto in this magical winter destination. The large resort (463 metres of vertical descent) is a real pleasure for amateur skiers with its abundant snow and varied choice of slope levels. You will need to pack warm gear though, as the temperatures can drop as low as -15 °C in January. But who knows you may spot an aurora borealis!
Banff / Lake Louise - Canada
Not only a great place for adventurous skiers, the Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which attracts three million visitors each year. The area offers a wide range of activities beyond the traditional skiing and snowboarding: ice skating, sledging and tobogganing, horse drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing, ice diving and snowmobile tours.
Glenshee – Scotland
Glenshee is the largest resort in the UK, covering more than 2,000 acres, extending over four mountains and three valleys and boasting 21 lifts and tows. The resort also offers lessons of telemarking or ‘free heel’ skiing which offers a snowsport experience with a twist.
Mountain Niseko - Japan
One mountain, four resorts. Niseko Hanazono on the east side, surrounded by virgin forest, is renowned for its extra dry snow. Niseko Grand Hirafu offers a vast ski area with amazing views of Mt Yotei. Niseko Village on the Southern side offers a huge variety of options for the most adventurous skiers. Niseko Annupuri offers long, gentle and wide open slopes for those who prefer a relaxed run down.
Gulmarg – India
India is becoming less of a niche destination for adventurous skiers and snowboarders. Gulmarg offers the highest gondola on earth and guaranteed Himalayan snow. You won’t be bothered by hordes of tourists, and have all the time you want to enjoy the epic scenery and unrivalled snow quality at 4,000m.
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