With winter approaching, you may be thinking that the holiday season is over; it has come to an end, but not for those who love the snow, sharp cold weather, and winter sports. Winter is an excellent time to go on holiday and change your frame of mind in a stunning natural location. In this post, we look at five great locations to discover for winter holidays and some great activities to keep you occupied while you’re there.
Skiing, The Alps
The Alps are one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world and excellent for skiing in the winter. Picture icy blue skies and brilliant white slopes; imagine yourself at the summit looking out, ready to wind your way down. A skiing holiday in the Alps is perfect whether you’re an individual, a couple, or a family wanting to create the lasting memories. If you want to go to the Alps, you may need to check restrictions, but in general, gateway airports include Geneva and Grenoble, and flights can be found on Skyscanner.
Popova Shapka is a number one destination for Macedonians interested in snowboarding and skiing. Although the lifts are somewhat antiquated, the area has excellent snow coverage and gives you that magical winter wonderland feeling. Macedonia’s slope is an excellent alternative to the Alps, where you might grow tired of the crowded slopes and similar terrain. In Macedonia, you can ski somewhere that’s a little bit different and take a tour to the back country where you can trek through perfectly spaced pines.
Cross-country skiing, Austria
Austria is another excellent ski and snowboarding region that is easily accessible and sports fantastic snow coverage. This area is a little more flat than the Alps and Macedonia, due to this the cross country skiing is more popular. If you want an alternative to downhill skiing, for a slower pace, to enjoy the scenery, or with a small family, the cross country skiing in Austria is a perfect choice. Other popular destinations close by include Black Forest in Germany and the Tyrol in Austria.
For those who want the outdoor winter mountain experience but don’t like the idea of downhill skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing is a great alternative; more options are available at Markus Wischenbart. Put on your snowshoes and tour with a guide or follow your own trail through snow-covered mountain passes and valleys, smell the fresh pines in the air and enjoy the stunning landscapes. Popular destinations include Minnesota in the US and British Columbia in Canada, so if you don’t have the stomach for downhill skiing, you don’t have to miss out.
Husky mushing, Scotland
OK, so husky dogs are more associated with the far North, Finland, Norway, and Iceland, but in Scotland, the annual sled dog rally takes place in Aviemore. The area is lovely in the winter with stunning landscapes, friendly people, and toasty log fires. The annual sled dog rally involves husky dogs pulling sleds in a race. If you love dogs and traveling to a place that knows how to create comfort in winter, then check out Scotland’s husky mushing rally.