5 Secret Ski Resorts9th January 2013
With winter well underway and snow scattered over mountain tops around the world, ski season is in full swing much to the delight of skiers and snowboarders. We probably shouldn’t tell you, but why not check out one of these secret ski resorts this season… (But ssh, remember to keep them to yourself!)
America has many ski resorts on offer so there are plenty that will slip through the net and so far, Mammoth is one of them. Boasting plenty of packed powder, Mammoth Mountain ski area offers the perfect winter wonderland for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Pros and improvers can head off and get started on the variety of pistes and terrain parks whilst beginners can get to grips with the snow at the ski and snowboarding school. With something for everyone, this Californian Mountain will set a smile on your face, as will the surrounding Yosemite National Park!
With just one ski pass, you can access the pistes of 5 alpine centres which together create Lillehammer; Norway’s premier skiing area. With consistent snow, fair prices, excellent trails and great scenery it’s hard to pinpoint why Lillehammer isn’t more popular. Downhill and cross country skiing are found in abundance with floodlit trails for night time skiing too. For non-skiers, there is plenty to keep you occupied from snow-shoeing to dog sledding and indoor entertainment such as museums and art galleries. Why not consider Norway for a skiing holiday?
It’s true that Iceland is seeing more and more visitors every year and that’s why it won’t be long before the well- kept secret of Oddsskard ski resort gets out! Often nicknamed the East Alps, the mountains here offer a variety of skiing for all abilities with accommodation on site and three ski lifts in action. Nestled between the villages of Eskifjordur and Nordfjordur, revel in the calm and snowy white landscapes and enjoy this perfectly petite alpine retreat.
Serra da Estrela, Portugal
Portugal, with its beautiful southern Algarve coast, is the epitome of a sun, sea and sand destination so it’s easy to forget to that it also has mountains and snowfall! That’s what makes the resort of Serra da Estrela such an extra special secret. You won’t be surprised to learn that it’s a small resort with no more than 3 lifts serving the 9 pistes but for keen skiers and snowboarders, any snow counts! Would you go skiing in Portugal or is it strictly a beach destination?
You may think that a country as popular for skiing as Switzerland holds no secrets but you’d be wrong, for the resort of Flims often goes under the radar, especially for British skiers. It is mainly frequented by locals and visitors from Germany which means this resort has a very friendly and village feel whilst still offering excellent facilities and great snow, despite its low position at 3,600ft. Ideal for intermediate skiers and families, enjoy the atmosphere of this traditional Swiss resort.
So there you have it; a pick of 5 secret ski resorts! We clearly aren’t very good at keeping secrets, are we? Where is your favourite ski resort?