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Winter fun in a holiday home
It will soon be winter, because the starting signal for the 2017/2018 ski season has been given! We will let you know which ski areas are particularly popular and what to take into account when searching for the right holiday accommodation.
The most popular travel dates for winter holidays usually fall in the week between Christmas and New Year. Those who want to spend a cosy festive time together with family or friends in their own snow-covered mountain lodge would be well advised to look around now for suitable offers. Since most holiday homes and apartments can be booked from Saturday to Saturday, the 23 December and 30 December are the arrival days on which you can find the most deals for a holiday over the Christmas and/or New Year periods.
By way of example, we have preselected accommodation for you that is available during Christmas and New Year in Austria, which has traditionally been one of the most popular travel destinations for a winter holiday-home vacation. Just click on one of the following buttons and then refine the search settings according to your needs (number of bedrooms, with or without pets, sauna yes / no, and so on). If you prefer a different travel destination, you can also easily adjust the country and region settings.
Holiday homes in popular ski areas
Whether it's Christmas, New Year, or any other travel time in winter – one thing that should not be missed out on is, of course, fun on the pistes. Pretty much every winter-sport enthusiast will find the right travel destination among the many large and small ski areas in the Alps and beyond – regardless of whether the focus is more on fast-paced ski runs, exciting cross-country excursions, amusing tobogganing fun, or colourful après-ski activities.
A wide range of holiday homes and apartments in all the well-known ski areas awaits you at TUI Villas - whether that’s for a cosy family holiday in a rustic mountain lodge, a trip together with friends in an extra-large holiday home, or a romantic holiday for two in an apartment that is located directly on the ski piste. Simply enter your desired travel destination into the search engine and have a look at the offers.
And we have compiled a few travel tips for all those who do not yet know exactly where they should go on holiday.
Ski vacation in a holiday home in Austria
The huge Ski Amadé region with over 750 kilometres of downhill piste, almost as many well-maintained trails, and more than 270 lift systems, is just one example of why Austria is the number one winter travel destination. Large and small ski areas attract people to all over the alpine region with the greatest variety of offers. For example, there are many small, family-friendly ski areas, which are also suitable for beginners. However, what is particularly impressive is the high number of ski areas which are in a class of their own - with all kinds of entertainment, such as fun parks or night skiing.
The advantage is that many ski areas in Austria are combined into large ski networks. This makes it possible to discover several ski areas with a single ski pass during a holiday-home vacation. The Arlberg ski area on the border between Vorarlberg and Tyrol has, for example, recently become one of the largest contiguous ski networks in the world, as the ‘Flexenbahn’ cable transport, which opened in 2016, connects the individual ski areas between St. Anton, Warth Schröcken, and the Lech Valley, and allows you to commute from ski area to ski area without any difficulty. With TUI Villas, you’ll be able to find holiday homes for your winter vacation in all the ski areas in Austria - whether that’s in the party ski area of Saalbach-Hinterglemm, in fashionable Ischgl or in more tranquil Obergurgl-Hochgurgl in the Ötztal.
Ski vacation in a holiday home in Germany
Fun on the pistes and in the snow attracts people to Germany - both in the Alps and in the Central Uplands. However, the Alps and, above all, the Garmisch Classic ski area with the Zugspitze and the nearby Oberjoch ski area are of particular interest here. The Feldberg lift system in the Black Forest has always attracted skiers of all ages, while Skiliftkarussel Winterberg and the Willingen ski area with its famous ski jumping hill tempts tourists to the Sauerland. In contrast, the small yet superb Braunlage ski area in the Harz mountains knows how to win people over as the northernmost ski area in Germany.
Ski vacation in a holiday home in Italy
Italy offers great ski areas in the Alps and the Dolomites for every target group and all budgets. One definite highlight is the large ski network, Dolomiti Superski, which is home to famous ski areas such as Cortina d'Ampezzo, Alta Badia and Val Gardena. Everyone will find the right downhill run here on more than 1,200 km of piste, and certainly find the right holiday accommodation from among more than 600 holiday homes and apartments in the Dolomiti Superski. The Ortler Ski Arena in the Italian Alps, which includes the ski areas of the Merano region and the Vinschgau, is especially attractive to visitors, as is the Matterhorn Ski Paradise on the Swiss border. One of the most famous winter-sport resorts in Italy is Sestriere, where the alpine competitions took place during the 2006 Olympic Games. The resort is located in Piedmont and is part of the Via Lattea ski area, which is only around one hundred kilometres from Turin.
Ski vacation in a holiday home in Switzerland
If someone wanted to sum up the tradition of winter sports in Switzerland in a name, it would probably be ‘St. Moritz’. The well-known winter-sport resort has already held two Olympic Games, served as a film set numerous times, and recently hosted the international World Ski Championship in 2017. It is hardly surprising that the associated ski area of St. Moritz-Corviglia, which has more than 350 kilometres of downhill piste, ranks among the most popular travel destinations in Switzerland.
But, of course, Switzerland also offers countless other great ski areas, which will make the hearts of every winter-sport enthusiast beat faster. The largest ski networks in Switzerland, where you will also find a large selection of holiday homes and apartments c/o TUI Villas, encompass the Jungfrau Ski Region, Matterhorn Ski Paradise, Quatre Vallées and Les Portes du Soleil.
Ski vacation in a holiday home in France
The Les Portes du Soleil ski network seamlessly extends across the border from Switzerland to France. With a single ski pass you can enjoy yourself on the slopes in both countries. In other respects, ski vacationers will get a great deal out of France in particular, as Val Thorens and Chamonix on Mont Blanc are home to the highest ski areas in all Europe. One of the most famous ski resorts in France is, of course, the legendary L'Alpe D'Huez, which has not only made a name for itself in the sporting world as a fast downhill course, but also as a difficult mountain climb during the Tour de France.
Tips for booking the right ski lodge
No matter what travel destination you choose, you should keep a few things in mind when selecting the accommodation:
1. Distance to the nearest ski slope
Take note in the description of the holiday accommodation of how far away the nearest ski run or ski lift is. If you want to go on the piste every day, you might find it hard to have to constantly commute by car or ski bus. It is much more convenient to be able to strap on your skis at your accommodation and race off directly, or just walk a few metres to the piste.
When searching for a holiday home on TUI Villas, you can filter the results according to various scales of distance from the nearest ski run and cross-country ski trails. But please note that holiday homes and apartments usually become more expensive, the closer you get to the piste. Incidentally, those who are looking for holiday homes in the immediate vicinity of the ski piste, should take a look here.
2. Travel period and snow conditions
Christmas and New Year are the most popular travel periods for winter holidays, as we have already explained to you above. Not only is the demand at its highest then, but so are the prices in general. If you do not have to travel over the festive period and are not dependent on school holidays, you should focus on the winter off-peak season, if possible. The prices are significantly lower then, and the range of available holiday homes and apartments is much wider.
In any case, it is advisable to get advance information about the snow conditions when choosing the travel destination. Many ski areas have a winter season from the beginning of October to the end of April, but there can be no guarantee that the pistes will really be covered with a thick layer of natural snow. There are relatively good snow conditions in the Alps, especially between the beginning of December and the end of February, and the same is true, of course, with the increasing altitude of the respective ski area.
3. Arrival at the holiday home
If you are travelling with your own car, you must, in any event, have suitable winter tyres and you should be used to driving on snowy roads. During the journey, you will also have to expect congestion on the mostly single-lane mountain roads in the Alps on popular travel dates. Therefore, make sure you leave home early enough so you won’t arrive at the property in the dark. If you are delayed, please contact the owner to ensure that the keys will be handed over.
It is also important to note that some properties that are a little out of the way are sometimes difficult to reach because they are only connected via a narrow and/or steep access road with limited snow clearance service. In such cases, it is advisable to get information about the local conditions before your arrival, and take snow chains with you. However, the owner will also often help out and deal with the transport of your luggage to properties where the last part of the journey cannot be made by car.