Like other tropical countries, the Philippines doesn’t have snowy weather. The absence of snow lit up our imagination. What would it be like to walk in cold weather? What would it be like to lie down and make snow angels? What would it be like to throw snowballs at friends? And for the brave, what would it be like to do adventures in the snow?
Seeing skiers and snowboarders do adrenaline-pumping stunts—thanks to channels such as ESPN and YouTube—have enticed Filipinos to travel to snowy countries and try out the sport. It’s not a surprise; we have lots of young skateboarders here. Then there are lovely dunes in Laoag for sandboarding. We have the skills and the venues, so all we need is snow.
Another challenge is that most Filipinos are not used to freezing weather. However, nothing comes in the way of a determined skier who just can’t wait to get on those freezing slopes. So go ahead and book amazing and fun family ski holidays and enjoy a great skiing experience at the top resorts with reliable snow and latest amenities. Here are some of the best skiing and snowboarding slopes across the world.
1. Les Bruyeres, France
Look ahead for a family-focused ski holiday in Les Bruyeres that allows easy access to the pistes of 3 Valleys. The range and terrain of the slopes suit all levels of skiers. This is a perfect base for skiers looking for convenience, great amenities, and spectacular views. One can enjoy bars, restaurants, pools, spas, and other facilities. You can also enjoy sumptuous French cuisine in traditional Savoyard surroundings.
2. Chalet Delphine, France
Located in Plagne, the Chalet offers one superb facility and family’s space. Spacious suites are available for families with children. And everywhere you look, you can see the stunning French Alps. In fact, the slopes start a few meters away from the lovely chalet! Children can learn ski lessons at a ski school minutes away. This is an ideal location for the whole family who wants easy access to high altitude skiing.
3. Furano Ski Resort, Japan
Furano in Hokkaido, Japan is well known for its long runs, making it a great skiing destination. In fact, Furano boasts of the longest fall line skiing in Japan and has fresh snow all the times. The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is often held here. If you’re new at skiing, you can enroll in the resort’s international ski school. There’s also a wide variety of restaurants and bars here. Indeed, one can enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine, charm, history, and culture in Furano.
4. Chalet Grand Mouflon, France
Furnished with traditional alpine décor, Chalet Grand Mouflon has always been popular with skiers. You are minutes away from the lifts, but if you want to go to farther skiing areas, you can take their free resort shuttle buses. The Chalet has something for kids too—a child-friendly ski school, a large dedicated playroom, and a ski room with heated boot warmers. An exceptional team at the chalet offers professional services and create the best experience for the guests.
5. Chalet Eva, France
Spacious Chalet Eva is located right smack on a prime location just minutes away from the slopes. Located beside a formidable piste at 2,000 meters, it is an excellent area for a superb ski experience. Of course, you can enjoy amazing views over the surrounding mountains and evergreen forests. The Chalet is a contemporary property but with traditional touches like open fireplaces with plenty of logs for firewood. The guests can pick from a variety of room choices, and the airy playroom is popular with children.
6. Yabuli Ski Resort, China
With its northern parts covered in snow most of the time, China is a top ski destination. Yabuli Ski Resort is the largest ski resort in China, and it has the largest ski jumping facility in the country. Yabuli also hosted a variety of international events such as the 1996 Winter Asian Games, the 2008 National Winter Games, and the 2009 Winter Universiade. With these superlatives, it’s safe to say that you’ll definitely have an incredible ski holiday in Yabuli. The ski resort boasts of varied terrain and slopes, so both beginner and advanced skiers can have the time of their lives. To mitigate hassles, they offer all-inclusive packages. So all you need to do is to concentrate—and enjoy—on your skiing.
7. Chalet Aigle, France
Bringing your family to a skiing adventure? Then head off to Chalet Aigle. It has fantastic amenities such as its childcare service, a kitchen that serves home-cooked meals, and a hot tub on the terrace of your lodge. You can look forward to a perfect family skiing holiday in this spectacular luxury family chalet. Make it a base for your family skiing holiday and enjoy a magnificent view of the facility.
8. Chalet Faucon, France
The impressive ski chalet offers high-quality accommodation as well as a memorable ski holiday. You can take chairlifts or cable cars to quickly get to your starting location. And yes, they’re just minutes away. The location of Chalet Faucon is also convenient; it’s near ski schools and shops. As of the resort itself, there are family suites and facilities such as lounge areas, hot tubs, and playrooms. The Chalet also offers childcare services and cooks delicious home-cooked meals.
9. La Plagne, France
With 2.5 million visitors a year, La Plagne is touted as the most popular ski destination in the world. A wide range of ski options and easy access to high altitude skiing make this alpine valley immensely popular, especially among more advanced skiers. The resorts are close to slopes, lifts, and ski schools. During springtime, evergreen and pine forests paint the valley in stunning hues of green.
10. Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt is a traditional resort that boasts of iconic mountain peaks with the most stunning backdrops. With different slopes and ramps, it is a beautiful location for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers. If you want more than just skiing, ask the local tourism office for itineraries and guides for off-piste routes. Non-skiers can hike to Klein Matterhorn and enjoy some great views from the highest glacier palace in the world.
Ready to strap on your skis and realize your dreams of having fun in the snow?
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