Everyone loves a white winter, but somehow when trudging through the snow or ice to get to work, you can be forgiven for wishing it would just melt away and allow you to get on with your day hassle free. A holiday in the snow is the perfect opportunity to enjoy its beauty without the stress of getting from A to B. You can relax off piste and enjoy a warm mulled wine or take to the slopes for an adventure holiday to remember. Here are our top destinations for snow holidays.
Beautiful Fieberbrunn is one of Tirol's best kept secrets and, with the greatest snow record in the Kitzbuheler Alps, you can see why. It's the ideal place for a winter break or ski holiday as it has great local skiing in the Schneewinkel area, modern bars and cute chalets off piste. Schneewinkel itself has a number of resorts within it such as St Johann and Waidring and with its very own micro climate. Guests can expect snow all year round and north facing slopes in charming surroundings.
If you are more of a snowboarder, Fieberbrunn is best suited to beginners and intermediates. If you are feeling brave, Austria's Big Mountain competition will be taking place here during peak season (January- April). But if you are thinking about travelling at this time of year, don't forget to take out travel insurance single trip worldwide in case of any injuries or ailments you might pick up.
Val d'Isere, France
Set in the heart of south-eastern France, Val d'Isere is a popular destination for those who love snow sports. The village itself spreads along a remote valley with its nursery slopes in the centre of the beautiful town. If you continue up the main valley you ﬁrst come to Le Laisinant, a peaceful little outpost with a fast lift into the slopes.
The winter seasons boast a variety of events like the classical music festival Classicaval Val D'Isere held in an old Baroque church. A music lover's dream, it features many timeless favourites by Beethoven and Schumann amongst others. A variety of restaurants, such as the French-Asian La Belle Etoile, are also a must after a hard day on the slopes.
Perfect if you aren’t into winter sports and are just keen to admire the beauty of the snow from your warm spot by the fire. With Swiss chocolate box charm, you can visit the world's largest glacier palace, which lies 15 metres under the surface of the ice. The region is also jam packed with spas if you fancy having a day of simply being pampered.
You could also try snowshoeing for a more sedate experience. Although it is largely unknown; snowshoeing is a winter sport in which participants wear specially designed shoes which distributes their weight evenly, allowing them to walk on the snow without breaking through it.
The stunning town of Matterhorn is a must see whilst visiting Zermatt too. Its centre is almost completely vehicle free except from horse drawn carriages - you will feel like you have been transported back in time.
Catherine Halsey writes for a digital marketing agency on a number of subjects. This article was written on behalf of Boots Insurance.