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.
If you're planning on going a way for a long weekend then you need to make sure you choose the right type of holiday and really make the most of every moment. After all, time is of the essence and the last thing you want to do is waste it not enjoying yourself. For that reason, we'd recommend a skiing trip, as there are few activities more exhilarating than hurtling down a mountain surrounded by stunning alpine scenery.
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.
Short skiing breaks offer a fantastic opportunity for families to spend some time together in a scenic setting, while also getting plenty of exercise. La Plagne in France is a particularly popular resort for family skiing holidays - read on to find out all about it.
Enjoying long days of hitting the slopes followed by evenings warming yourself next to a log fire or hanging out with friends in a bar might sound like an ideal break to you. If so, skiing holidays could be your idea of a perfect getaway. Read on to find out why.
Skiing in the half-term holidays is one of the best ways to make the most of the school break. Not only does the short escape give you enough time to enjoy swishing down the slopes, but late winter also makes for some great skiing opportunities you can experience.
If you would like to jet off for a short break on the slopes but are concerned about the cost, check out our top tips for cutting the price of your holiday. There are numerous ways to reduce the expense of a skiing trip, so read on to find out more.
Some cities just do winter better than others. They know how to wrap up warm, have fun in the cold and make the most of the snow. They’re prepared; don’t come to a standstill with the smallest scattering of snowflakes and know how to do winter in style. Here is our pick of the best winter city breaks.
As France's first purpose-built winter sports resort, it should come as little surprise Courchevel is one of Europe's most popular destinations for skiing holidays. On a getaway here you will not only find fantastic snowboarding and skiing facilities, but also get the chance to relax in chic chalets and check out the amazing apres ski scene.
Sometimes when you’re on a city break you feel like you just want to get away from it all, take a break from the hustle and bustle and get to the outdoors. City breaks don’t all have to be about museums, shopping, eating and nightlife, they can be about nature and the open-air too, so here’s our list of the most outdoorsy European cities.
There are few better choices for a break with the children than a family skiing holiday. You will be able to spend hours engaging in fun activities together on the slopes, as you learn to ski and suffer all the inevitable thrills and spills.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sleep in an igloo? Or how about a 1970s jumbo jet? All this and more is now very possible due to a growing number of unusual hotels opening up all over the world. From treehouses to caves...
Spring skiing is at the forefront of many keen skiers and snowboarders minds as conditions across Europe make for some ideal spring piste action. However for those looking forward already to next season, Jet2.com has announced some new flight routes to entice snow hounds for the 2011/12 season.
A combination of fresh snow, a new air route and free transfers make The Cambrian an irresistible choice for a late season ski weekend. Skywork is now offering flights from around £50 each way between London City airport and the Swiss town of Berne, less than an hour's drive from Adelboden.
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.
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