. Nothing says Christmas like snow, but in recent years we haven’t had much luck with a White Christmas. One way of including that lovely white stuff at Christmas time is to go on a skiing holiday. Kids are bound to love snowboarding, skiing or snowball fighting as part of the holiday, while you can still enjoy some quality time with the family.
Christmas might also be lovely at home, but let’s face it – it can be a little bit boring, and can lead to an awful lot of dieting in the New Year. Consider an active skiing holiday where you are entertained throughout. Most ski resorts are family-friendly, and a great place to spend the festive season. Slopes in France, Norway, Italy, Austria, the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia are all open over the period.
France is generally considered the most popular ski destination in Europe thanks to many different resorts which have been established for a number of years. It is well worth considering more obscure destinations, as this may be the best way of finding the best deal.
Part of the family-friendly service can be to provide less tricky snow-based activities for young children or the inexperienced to enjoy. There is lots of entertainment, including a visit from Santa himself usually. And you know how much the kids love that jolly fat man that brings them their presents each year.
Despite a bad reputation, ski holidays don’t have to be expensive, and you don’t have to be proficient at skiing or snowboard to enjoy them. Obviously a holiday needs to be within your budget so do consider the full cost of food, transportation, entertainment and gifts. There is also the issue of ski clothes. Whether you decide to buy or rent is up to you, but make sure that you’re not going to bankrupt yourself just to provide a few presents on Christmas morning.
Remember just because you’re going to a ski resort, it doesn’t necessarily mean the skiing conditions will be ideal at Christmas time. Research the climates of your possible destinations and give yourself the best possible chance of getting that snow. Look for high altitude resorts to ensure that Christmas morning powder.
There is a lot of planning involved, and some friends or relatives might even be upset that you won’t be home for Christmas, but ski holidays are a great way of taking advantage of the festive period for something more than eating three times as much as normal and watching hour-upon-hour of television.