The Best Places to Travel in Europe in Winter

The Best Places to Travel in Europe in Winter
If winter sports and European travel are your passions, you have a distinct advantage over other avid travelers. Come winter, airfares to Europe are often less expensive. Additionally, some European ski packages offer a better value than those found in the United States.

Chamonix, France

Chamonix is situated in the northwest section of the Alps. Its proximity to the French, Swiss and Italian borders makes it a fascinating ski and cultural experience. In fact, you can ski the Vallée Blanche from the Mont Blanc area of Chamonix into Courmeyer, Italy. Since both countries are part of the European Union, no passport is needed. However, this is advanced skiing. Hiring a guide is recommended.

Chamonix Mont-Blanc
85, place du Triangle de l'Amitié
BP 25
F-74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc
+33 450 53 00 24

Snowkiting in Norway

Snowkiting is a sport that combines the thrills and skiing and snowboarding with the excitement of flying a kite. Since it does not involve the use of a chairlift, it is considered and eco-friendly sport. The kite is attached to the skier or rider via a harness. Wind power is used for locomotion. While there are many snowkiting destinations in the United States, if you've always been fascinated by Norway, the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau is one of the top snowkiting destinations in the world. Fluid Feeling is a United Kingdom company, that offers all-inclusive snowkiting vacations. Lessons, lodging and equipment rentals are included in the packages. While you are in Norway, the town of Telemark is a few hours from Hardangervidda. Since telemark is known as the birthplace of recreational skiing, it might be worth a visit.

Fluid Feeling
+44 (0) 207 193 4258

Spanish and Skiing in Spain

Apple Languages offers a unique program in Grenada, Spain. The two-week programs combines Spanish with skiing. You'll take an intensive Spanish language course during the first week. then, in week two, you'll head to the slopes of the Sierra Nevada with a Spanish ski instructor. In 2009. prices for the course and accommodations ranged between 1,091 and 1,530 euros, depending on when you go and the type of accommodations.

Apple Languages
67-71 Ashby Road
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 3AA
England
+011 44 1509 211612

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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