Best places in the world for snow sports

Winter is a season for celebration, festivities and generally having a great time. Snow sports are becoming increasingly popular, and to enjoy them at their best you have to head for places where they’re the speciality, with world-class facilities and services to make your stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Whether you prefer winter activity holidays in Lapland or skiing on the slopes of the Canadian Rockies, here’s a quick rundown on the best spots for snow activities this winter and some fantastic videos to show you what its really like!

Lapland

Lapland is ideal for all sorts of snow sports. The winter season lasts from October until almost the end of April, allowing ample time to indulge in your favourite winter activities. There is a wide range of ski slopes and resorts throughout the country and downhill skiing is particularly well catered for. Yllas alone has over sixty well-maintained slopes to choose from, as well as classes for all levels and ready availability of rental equipment. You can also do skidoos / snowmobiles and also dog sledding with a team of trained huskies with rides of varying length across the fabulous countryside of Lapland. Ice fishing is a real treat too, catching fish through a hole in the ice, and you don’t even need a fishing permit.

Courchevel 1850

This resort is at the highest point of the famous Three Valleys skiing area of France and offers a wide range of entertainment as well as a great choice of après ski slopes at Kudeta and Le Tremplin. With nightlife hotspots such as La Grange and Les Caves right on the doorstep you could spend weeks here testing yourself on the slopes by day and in the clubs by night. See here for more information.

St Moritz

St Moritz features the famous Cresta toboggan run where you can reach a top speed of over 140kmp. If you prefer natural ice, there’s one of the last remaining runs of that kind here as well in the shape of the Bob Run, which will speed you from St Moritz to Celerina, a distance of more than 1700m. The St Moritz World Cup Polo on Snow is the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. It takes place in the second half of January so check the dates for a fabulous winter sports experience this winter. Check their website for further information.

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen in Colorado is the winter sports playground of choice for the rich and famous, but it has plenty to attract the rest of us too. There are four different mountains dominating this world-class resort, offering different terrains for everything from snowboarding and skiing to tobogganing and trekking amongst some of the majestic scenery on the continent. With a range of fine dining opportunities and excellent hotels to base yourself at, Aspen is the premier winter sports destination of the USA.

Whistler – Blackcomb

This resort in Canada is ideal for families, and even toddlers can learn the rudiments of skiing thanks to the excellent classes and instructors working here. Many of the facilities have been especially designed with small children in mind, and there are ‘Family’ and ‘Go Slow’ zones along with kid centres. There’s even an adventure park for children featuring a ski-through castle and a Big Easy Terrain Garden in Blackcomb, so there’s no chance of anyone getting bored here and the whole family will love it. Go here for more details.