New to the Forum. Hi to all
I have never been skiing before and myself and my boyfriend would like to go next year preferably in March. I'd like to go somewhere that isn't going to break the bank but at the same time we would love to enjoy some of this Apres Ski fun that I've heard so much about. We're both in and around 30 and we're hoping to sell the idea to some friends if we can find some good deals. We're both based in Dublin.
Any informative idea's would be welcomed
Try Austria, Soll in particular. There is some 250km groomed slopes for all abilities, and plenty budget trips available out of the Uk.
Also, March is out of season, there may not be any snow.
Beginning of March is ok, but the 2nd part is “the end of ski-season”, so, for better snow conditions (its important!) u should check up height and temperature (statistic for some years online). Instructors are usually nice and friendly everywhere, so, it not supposed to b a prob. You need look for place with good après-ski facilities (easy transportation, hotel that comfortable enough to get a rest, and probably some nightlife).
Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland and Andorra – have all that you need to enjoy your winter vacation.
Belle, if you want to be sure of snow in March I would go for a resort that's at high altitude. The high bits of the French Alps (e.g. Tignes/Val D'Isere) are pretty much the most snow sure, and the French ski school have stacks of really good English speaking instructors.
If you don't want to break the bank, book all the bits yourself rather than a package. If you were to go to Tignes/Val D'Isere, for example, Ryanair it to Grenoble, train to Bourg St Maurice, bus to Tignes. Sounds like a faff, but you could potentially get the whole return trip for 50 Euros or so each.
Then there's the accomodation. You're very slightly out of season, so you could probably book a tiny apartment for less than 200 Euros. So, travel and accomodation from about 300 Euros total.
The pricey bit is the lift pass/tuition/gear hire. At a big resort it's going to cost you upwards of 80 Euros a day each if you have all three.
I went skiing in Austria in February of this year. I know it'll be slightly later when you go, but my friends and I enjoyed Mayrhofen so I thought I'd recommend it although I don't know if it's much different in March. We were two couples, all around 30 years old, including one experienced skiier, two beginners and one non-skier. We all had a great time - the non-skier kept herself busy everyday with other activities - quad biking in the snow, paragliding etc. You can also get the train to Innsbruck if you feel the need to see a larger city or go shopping. There are quite a few different ski resorts around, including one that has an "ice bar" - made out of ice, like an igloo apparently.
France. More specifically, Alpe D'Huez.
It has great snow, good beginner runs and is actually quite "French".
Consider the Bavarian Forest in the South East of Germany. In fact the border area with Bohemia in the West of the Czech Republic. Friendly slopes, not too high, so quite fit for beginners in skiing. Good accomodation and other facilities (both fairly cheap compared to Austria, Switzerland and France) around Regen, North East of Deggendorf. Mainly visited by families with young children, however, so on average the apres-ski evening & night life is far from exciting.
Success in choosing your definite winter sports destination in Europe for the coming season. Have a nice holiday then.
Thank you so much for all your replies. I think we're going to try change our dates around so that we can go in February instead. It opens a lot more doors for us. But i definitely have more of an idea thanks to you guys...