Christmas is over, you’ve got through January and you want something to look forward to… that’s where skiing comes in. Yep, February’s the ideal month to go away and enjoy Europe’s top ski resorts, with fantastic snow depth and quality guaranteed.
Across France, Italy and Austria, we’ve picked out some of the best resorts geared up for skiing and snowboarding. Each one also has a variety of excellent après-ski on offer, alongside thrilling events to watch or immerse yourself in as well. So whether you’re planning to take the kids away during February half-term, want to hit the slopes for a long weekend or even make a dent in your annual leave, you’ll be sorted with fab flights from Jet2.com.
Though it’s roughly an even split between the two, Morzine tips the scales just slightly for beginners over intermediates. So if you’re on the lookout for a base that’s brilliant for starting out on the slopes, this is the place to be. For challenging runs or terrain parks, the resort’s connected to the wider Portes du Soleil ski area, so you’ll have the option of a more nerve-shredding experience. It’s also been a winner for winter sports since the 1900s, which makes it a sought-after destination too. Plus, throughout the season, the famed La Folie Douce will be the ultimate après-ski hangout.
Right in the middle of the epic Three Valleys, Méribel is poised to enchant you. While you’ll be greeted by cheery hamlets filled with classic chalets, it’s also a solid choice for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Take on easy blue runs, more exciting reds and daring blacks at your leisure. And, when you aren’t carving up the slopes, there’s an ice rink and a couple of pools dotted around for seriously active types. Add that to a sprinkling of chic shops, gourmet restaurants and pizzerias, and nocturnal skiing events, you’ll be in your element.
They say it’s Italy’s oldest ski resort, so you can bet that Sestrière comes highly recommended. For starters, it’s particularly simple to reach from Turin Airport, which isn’t always the case with ski resorts. Bonus. While boasting a wealth of runs for all levels, it’s got more than 100 red pistes to tackle. There’ll be no slacking here! You’ll have indoor golf, ice skating and paintballing at your fingertips too. Off the slopes, how does pizza for dinner sound, followed by a few casual drinks in a local bar?
In western Austria, connecting to the renowned SkiWelt area, Söll offers laid-back charm in spades, alongside old churches to explore, late-night discos and around 30 bars and eateries. But when it comes to fun on the snow, rest assured you’ll be well catered for too. While there are designated areas for kids, alongside ones for seasoned snowboarders, you can also put tobogganing on the agenda. It’s about even in terms of the number of beginner and intermediate pistes, but there are still quite a few branded advanced-level. Seeking somewhere that nails facilities for everyone? Here you go!
St. Anton, Austria
The high-altitude, uber-cute St. Anton is one of Austria’s knockout ski resorts. Museums and fine dining digs won’t be hard to come by, while Stanton terrain park is way up there in the snowboarding stakes. If that’s not enough, one of its slopes was even used in that hilarious Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason scene! Floodlit skiing events and even the Audi Ice Experience will be held here in February.
Think you know where you’ll go? With Jet2.com’s fab flights throughout February and the whole ski season, you can learn the ropes on the slopes and really push the winter sports boundaries with ease. What are you waiting for?
Posted: 11th Dec 2019.