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Skiing is a great way to get the most out of a long weekend

Maximise your time off by taking a skiing holiday

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.

Neuschwanstein Castle provided the inspiration for Disney's Magic Kingdom

Great day trips from Munich

When most people think of Germany they tend to imagine Bavaria, with this region of the country being famous for its beerhalls, castles and sporting prowess. However, the truth is that Bavaria is in fact atypical of Germany and has more in common with its alpine neighbours Austria and Switzerland (with the exception of the sporting success!). To really get the most out of your time here, it's a good idea to get out of Munich and enjoy the stunning mountainous scenery.

The Matterhorn, overlooking Zermatt, provides an impressive backdrop for a spot of autumn skiing

Where to ski in autumn

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.

Choosing the right resort can help you have the perfect skiing holiday

Top tips for the ultimate ski weekend

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.

Glamping is great fun

Feature: Fantastic European glamping sites

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.

A Tour de France stage will end in Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d'Huex - a perfect summer destination

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…

Enjoy the mountain seclusion of a Swiss break

Ski and carnival breaks in the Swiss Alps

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.

Choose an Alpine break for your Easter getaway

Easter delights at a five-star Austrian resort

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.

Zermatt offers great views of the Matterhorn

Get 20% off a luxury Swiss ski break

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.

It's not too late to book a New Year ski break

Ski France for New Year and save £120

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.

Ski off your Christmas calories in Morzine

Make the most of your time off with a ski break

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.

Race round the Alps on a whistlestop tour

Conquer the French Alps on a ski safari

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.

Get great views of the Swiss Alps from Adelboden

Take a romantic mountain break for Valentine's Day

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.

Zermatt is the highest resort in the Alps

Exclusive Swiss luxury now available for weekend breaks

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.

Get three days skiing for one day off work

Ski Weekends adds a third resort

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.

Head off piste with Salomon Grom ski camps

Learn freestyle skiing from the best in the world

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.

Ski Solutions offer weekend skiing trips

Alpine weekend getaways with Ski Solutions

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

Warm up for the ski season with a VIP mini-break

Stretch your ski legs with an early season break

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.

rudechalets come kitted out with high-end technology

Xbox Kinect arrives at rudechalets this winter

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.

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam

Amsterdam

This week IdealShortBreaks.co.uk is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?