30 January 2014
Affordable ski resorts still exist with the same après-ski ambiance, comfortable lodgings, and powder snow environment without steaming up your goggles or making your teeth clench. While enjoying the skiing and snowboarding activities, remember to get winter sports travel insurance as a safeguard in case you figure in an accident or any other untoward incident such as theft of belongings or any injury sustained in winter sports.
A short drive (about 10 minutes) from the Peyragudes, Piau Engaly, and St. Lary ski resorts at the Pyrénées National Park’s edge, L’Ancienne has languished in the dreary shadows of the Swiss Alps because of its location in the French side of the Pyrénées. It boasts of quaint villages and restaurants serving traditional French provincial and Swiss specialties tucked between plenty of pristine powder. Your £614pp includes two days of snowy bliss with a qualified ski instructor and mountain guide. St. Lary’s £192 lift pass can bring you to L'Ancienne Poste while EasyJet has flights to Toulouse for £74.
It may not have the same fame as that of Kitzbühel but it does share the same expansive ski area. Right in the centre of the terrain where the Kitzbühel, St Johann, Alpbachtal and Wildschönau converge is Söll with more-or-less 1,000km of piste and a lively atmosphere. A six-day stay in a double room with complimentary breakfast at the Apartments Sport Mayr will cost an unbelievable £23 a night. The only downside is you need take a ski bus or a car to get yourself to the slopes. Check out Thomas Cook flights to Innsbruck and for every adult pass that you purchase at Crystal, they offer free lift passes for children 15 years and below.
On the other side of the Atlantic, ski resorts tend to be expensive and lumped in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. The exception is Jay Peak in the state of Vermont on the eastern seaboard which has been giving Stowe and Killington ski resorts a run for their money since 2010. Although Jay Peak is a long drive from Boston, Massachusetts, the effort is worth it, if only for its yearly estimated 279 inches of snowfall. Check out Ski Safari’s £1,399pp package of a seven-night stay at the Hotel Jay inclusive of a week’s lift pass, return flight to Boston, car rental, and a 2-hour ski lesson daily for the duration of your stay.
This little pocket of ski resort on the border between France and Italy remains family-friendly and excellent for both beginner and intermediate skiers with ready access to 400km of pristine piste. A 6-day lift pass, transfer from the Turin airport, accommodation in a modest apartment, and ski and boot hire will cost only £360pp for the entire month of January of 2014.
Ogden used to be known mainly as the land of the Osmond Brothers, but it has become one of the best value for money resorts fit to be on any ardent skier’s list. For an amazing value of £11 per trip, you can go cat-ski on 700 acres of powder snow, and for £40 you get a one-day lift pass inclusive of a shuttle ride from the city proper to either Wolf Creek or Powder Mountain to ski endlessly of 7,000 acres of excellent skiing terrain.
As with any physical activity that tends to be intensive, engaging in winter sports will necessitate safety precaution, and what better way to have one than to get a winter sports travel insurance to cover not only against injury to your body but theft of your belongings while at the resort. Go ahead and enjoy your skiing or snowboarding holiday but do ensure that you do with complete peace of mind.