New year celebrations can be great fun, but if you’ve grown weary of the token house party, messy night on the tiles or lack of excitement because you’ve had to stay in and babysit, consider mixing things up completely by heading abroad on a winter sports getaway.
Whether you book a break with family or friends, going away makes for a whole different new year’s experience. You might still have a party or venture out to the bars, but the enchanting setting will add a new and exciting element to the festivities.
What’s more, you can get a really good price if you choose a last minute ski deal from Sno or another holiday firm looking to fill any remaining places they have. If you’re not sure where to go for your new year getaway, keep reading.
Start browsing the web for new year deals now and you could find you make savings of more than a quarter on the original price if you choose a break in Austria. Seefeld in Tyrol is one such location offering impressive value currently, and it’s worth taking advantage of these special offers if you’re after a luxurious getaway – there are six five-star hotels here, making it the perfect destination if you want to celebrate new year in style.
Seefeld is renowned for its alpine and cross country skiing opportunities, and you’ll find 279 km of skiable terrain throughout the resort and the surrounding villages – including floodlit runs, adaptive pistes for skiers with physical disabilities and dog-friendly trails.
Snowboarding, karting and rafting are other activities that you might like to have a go at during your break, and there’s a cinema, bowling alley and a number of sports centres in the vicinity too. More than 100 restaurants can be found at the resort – ideal for a celebratory new year’s meal, and you can continue the festivities at one of the 17 apres-ski bars located in the vicinity.
The renowned resort of Tignes in France is an intermediate-level skier’s paradise. Located in the Rhone Alps, the high altitude resort provides access to the Grande Motte glacier and forms half of the large skiing area known as Espace Killy.
If you’re not too experienced on your skis, don’t worry – there are plenty of ski schools that offer tuition, and 22 of the runs on Espace Killy are suitable for novices. There are 68 blue graded trails, 39 red and 26 black runs, so whatever your ability level, you’ll find pistes to match your skills.
As well as the main runs, there’s a mogul field and nine slalom courses to tackle, and there are handy kids’ clubs onsite if you want to spend some time honing your skills while the little ones are kept busy.
Borovets is one of Bulgaria’s best-regarded winter sports destinations and has been in operation since the end of the 19th century. Beginners and intermediate skiers will be in their element here, as the majority of runs cater for novices and those with some experience on the snow.
In addition to the trails, you’ll find a snowboard park, bowling alley and a swimming pool in Borovets, and the resort has a lively apres-ski scene if the slopes haven’t tired you out! There’s a soundproofed nightclub and a variety of bars to visit if you feel like dancing the night away.