If you're pushed for time but fancy getting away from it all then you may want to consider heading to the Alps for a ski trip. Even if you've only got a few days to spare, you'll find that you're able to squeeze loads of action – and relaxation – into a weekend on the slopes, and will probably get more benefit out of a couple of days in the mountains than a whole week lounging around on a beach.
Most people associate skiing with winter, but if you can't wait that long then you may be interested to hear that there are several places in Europe that start receiving significant snowfall from September onwards. Naturally, anyone who fancies a spot of alpine action at this time of year will find their options slightly limited, although this isn't necessarily a bad thing, as we'll explain in this guide to autumn skiing.
If the thought of hurtling down a snow-covered mountain surrounded by pine trees appeals to you then the chances are you'll have a great time at just about any ski resort in the world. However, there are lots of little details that can really improve a winter sports holiday, and choosing the right location and type of accommodation are among the most important.
Mongolian yurts, African safari tents and tree houses connected to ancient sentinels: glamping is taking the world by storm. Offering a more luxurious alternative to camping, these pre-erected tents and wooden constructions are brilliant fun.
Think of the Alps and many people will say they are simply a wintertime destination. Well nothing could be further from the truth, for the Alps offer stunning mountain views and fun activities no matter what the season. It’s the Alps but not as you know it…
The late-season skiing in Switzerland is predicted to be excellent, although that's not the only reason to visit this Alpine country this spring, with a range of exciting après-ski and spa packages on offer in the resort of Pontresina.
Treat your partner to a truly luxurious Easter break with the special new package from Aurelio Lech. This two-night deal includes champagne reception, a spa treatment and a five-course gourmet dinner.
Short-break lovers looking to live the high life in the Swiss Alps this year will be glad to learn that Chalet Zen is offering 20 per cent off luxury breaks in Zermatt. These three-day breaks offer a truly indulgent ski experience.
Last-minute travellers with Ski Weekends can make massive savings on a four-night break in France's Three Valleys, which is reduced by 30 per cent, meaning you can get two nights half-board accommodation in the Alps for just £279 per person.
The days between Christmas and New Year can be easily wasted, with seasonal calories weighing heavy on your waist, but skiweekends.com is urging Brits to get on the pistes and make the most of Twixmas.
Every day is a new experience with the new ski safari experience from Savoie Mont Blanc. Discover different valleys, with opportunities for heli-skiing, meaning you can pack even more into your long weekend.
Swiss hotel, The Cambrian has become the latest addition to boutique hotel guide Mr & Mrs Smith's collection, offering a classy escape for love-struck skiers this winter in the heart of the Alps.
Short break skiers can now enjoy the ultimate in Alpine luxury, with a weekend at Chalet Zen in Zermatt. The exclusive catered chalet normally only takes reservations for a minimum of one week, but this season it is opening up for two long weekends and two midweek breaks.
Short break ski trip specialist, skiweekends.com has added Morzine to its range of ski resorts in the French Alps, which also includes Meribel and Chamonix, with three-night packages starting at £249.
If you're looking to take your skiing up a level, then this year's Salomon Grom Camps may be an ideal opportunity. Take a five-day break to the Alps and learn from some of Europe's top pros.
You don't need to take a whole week off work to enjoy the great skiing conditions on offer in January, with short break holidays to Isola 2000 available from Ski Solutions
Dust off your skis and squeeze into your salopettes, as VIP Ski is offering early season trips to help you get back up to speed before your main skiing holiday. Packages start at £499 for a four-day break.
Experience the latest in gaming technology after a long day on the pistes, as rudechalets is installing Kinect motion-sensor systems for the Xbox 360 is all of its properties.