What about skiing?

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 22-02-2012

The economy might not be doing too well, and many of us are finding it necessary to tighten our belts at least a little whilst simultaneously trying to pay off our credit cards, so unfortunately some things just have to go. If you are accustomed to enjoying a winter break in the Alps skiing, then it might be the last thing on which you wish to scale back.  However you don’t need to travel overseas to enjoy skiing; there are plenty of excellent ski venues in the UK that will allow you to enjoy your sport at a fraction of the cost of skiing abroad, that is as long as we get the snow.

There are a number of slopes in Wales, the Lake District, Northumberland and County Durham, many of which are run by local ski clubs. When the conditions are right these slopes provide excellent skiing with runs of up to 800 meters.  Admittedly, rather than skiing amongst craggy peaks on runs that are several kilometres long, you will be skiing mostly on farmland whilst hoping to avoid the occasional encounter with a mountain sheep. Nevertheless, some of these slopes have permanent T-bar lifts, and there are even occasional ski lodges.

Naturally skiing in Scotland is more reliable and there are some excellent ski centres there. The five major ones are Cairngorm, the Lecht, Glenshee, the Nevis Range, and Glencoe. Many of these offer challenging sport in beautiful surroundings and with excellent facilities; during most winters the snow conditions are good but ideally you need to be flexible.

There is one Scottish ski resort where you can guarantee snow the year round and that is at SNOzone in Glasgow. Overnight, artificial snow (1,500 tonnes of it) is manufactured and shot onto indoor ski slopes using snow cannons. It is ideal if you are learning to ski, but even the more skilled skier can enjoy some fun sport there. If the real snow should fail at the natural resorts, then you can pop down to Glasgow and stay at one of the excellent Glasgow hotels whilst filling in the time skiing on some of the artificial variety.

If skiing in Great Britain really is not your thing and you still want to take a foreign skiing holiday, than an excellent way of saving some money is to look for some last minute offers. Travel agents and hoteliers, desperate to fill flights and empty hotel rooms, frequently offer huge discounts on the normal prices. Whatever the situation of the economy, you don’t need to skimp on your skiing.

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