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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.

If you've only got a few days for a trip, go skiing!

Skiing mini-break: why hitting the slopes is a great way to spend a long weekend

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.

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.

Visit La Plagne for the ideal family ski trip

La Plagne: the ideal family skiing destination

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.

Get away from it all and enjoy a ski weekend

Get away from it all and enjoy a ski weekend

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 French Alps - which resort to pick?

Holiday skiing in the French Alps - which resort to pick?

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.

Consider a short skiing break this winter

How to reduce the cost of a short ski break

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.

Stockholm in winter

Best winter city breaks

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.

Enjoy amazing skiing at Courchevel

For a chic ski break check out Courchevel

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.

outdoor delights in Reykjavik

Most outdoorsy European cities

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 plenty of affordable skiing holidays available

How to find a great value for money family skiing holiday

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.

Unusual hotels abound in Europe

Feature: Europe’s most unusual hotels

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...

Meribel a snow hound's paridise

As Europe enjoys spring, skiers can prepare for next season

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.

New flight route makes a ski weekend easy

New air route makes ski weekends easy

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.

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.

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

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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?