Hi - we are from Australia/NZ and wanted to go to Europe and possibly ski at the end of the year but we have no idea about the European slopes
I have a few questions...
Firstly - what is the snow like in Nov/Dec?? If we wanted to go in mid-late Nov would there be decent cover anywhere?
Also - we would like to go to Austria mostly (but if somewhere else would be better we are easy) - what resorts are the best value for money? (I am still a student and so we don't want to go anywhere insanely expensive - especially now the aussie dollar has gone down so much) - we are both really good but not expert skiers so we want to go somewhere a little but not too challenging
Finally - because we will be traveling around for a couple of months we don't want to bring all our ski gear from home - is it easy to rent clothes? and how much would we be looking at?
thanks for any help
If we wanted to go in mid-late Nov would there be decent cover anywhere?
There are a few places, mainly very high up in the Alps and up north in Scandinavia.
The problem is that weather in Europe is pretty unpredictable, 2 years ago we didn't have any real snow at all, last year we had the first snow very early (late Nov) but almost nothing in Jan, this year it was warm until Christmas and no snow, now it is very cold and we got a ton of snow even in the lower regions like the Harz.
I would say that if you fly in early Dec and leave a few months later you'll have a pretty decent chance to ski. On a budget I would focus on the skiing regions in Eastern Europe, say Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, ...
It is usually easy to rent clothes in the skiing regions in Western Europe, but in Eastern Europe service is less prevalent. I would recommend that you bring your skiing clothes, if next winter gets as cold as this one you'll need them anyway (as winter clothes in the cities, what else were you planning to wear?).
thanks - we hadn't considered eastern europe for skiing - but that seems like a good idea!