Best Ski Resorts For Christmas
If you are the sort of person that spends most of December watching all the Home Alone movies followed by Elf only to be let down by a non-existent white Christmas, then you should spend Christmas in a ski resort and make your holidays magical again. The mountains will guarantee your chances of seeing snow when you pull back the curtains and put another log onto the fire in the chalet. To make Christmas even better, you could even be skiing on Christmas day. That is the dream. The flickering Christmas lights, torch lit parades, sled rides, Santa, the cold nighttime air all set in an idilic alpine village. It will feel like you are in a Christmas movie this year.
St Moritz is Switzerlands first and one of the most iconic ski resorts which arrived as a tourist destinations over 150 years ago. St Moritz is skiing and everything more you could want for a Christmas ski holiday. The towns glamour is unrivalled around the world, attracting the rich and famous who gather around the lake to spend their Christmas in the Swiss Alps. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel celebrate Christmas in style below it’s castle walls, with stunning lights and a tree bigger than your house. If you want to have a once in a lifetime Christmas celebration this could be the place. Enjoy all the other activities St Moritz offers, breath in the cold winter air for a stroll around the frozen lake, the family ice skating or marvel at the last standing natural bob run in the world.
Escape life’s hustle and bustle and head to Bad Gastein in Austria where you can experience a serene Christmas at the Gruner Baum Hotel and the local ski area. The family friendly hotel is often used by the famed looking to hide away in the mountains. Their huge winter activities selection puts families at the top of the list. Guests are made to feel welcome and invited into the Christmas spirit to help decorate the tree. A live band is plays to assist your carol singing exploits and there is even a nativity play that includes live animals.
Aspen becomes a winter wonderland at Christmas with it sense of community spirit and small(ish) town celebrations. There is always plenty going on with events throughout December which often include live music, classic carol singing and, if you’re lucky, a few free hot chocolates to warm you up. During the day, the town glistens amongst the snow whilst as night falls twinkling Christmas lights, torch-lit parades and fireworks will fill your senses. Keep the kids entertained on the cute outdoor ice rink and then take a horse-drawn sleigh ride. The St. Regis Aspen Resort will fill your heart with joy when Santa comes to town amongst their choir, warming drinks and Christmas tree centre piece.
If skiing is your main game while you have some precious holiday time for Christmas, then the snow sure resort of Val d’Isere will be perfect. With lifts rising above 3000 metres and links into Tignes, means it is one of the few resorts that can open as early as November every year. Even if it hasn’t been snowing, their snow making ability is up there with the best in the world. The valleys will be filled with Christmas lights, markets and vin chaud throughout December, and you will definitely be skiing the Espace Killy on 25th December.
Banff is a village made for Christmas, especially once it transforms into a festive paradise under a snowy blanket. The main street is decorated and glowing bright in the evenings with over 150 years of Christmas Tradition. There is world class skiing on offer that does not break the bank compared to other resorts and a myriad of activities to enjoy including Lake Louise just 40 minutes away. The Christmas market, inspired by local mountain culture, is perfect to find any late gifts you have forgotten, and the Banff Springs Resort will add a touch of class for the adults and fun for the kids. A traditional white Christmas set in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Whether you are looking for a Christmas ski holiday in North America or Europe, there are perfect spots for the Christmas that you always dreamt about. Cozying up around a log fire with the family, feeling at peace in an alpine setting and throwing in some ski days, there can not be many better ways to celebrate the holidays. Keen skiers should look for resorts with higher altitude such as Val d’sere and whilst those looking to hide away in the mountains can look into Austria or Germany. And if you want some glamour with the mulled wine St. Moritz is calling.
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