first_imgPhoto: stmoritz.chBest for: curling and cross-country skiing. Why: of course, not all snow-lovers dream of hurtling down a mountain at 70mph. If you’re looking for a less adrenaline-soaked adventure, fly to Zurich and take a spectacular, three and a half hour journey to St Moritz. It too has plenty of skiing, as well as the famous ice track of the Cresta Run. But at the bottom of its spectacular mountains you’ll also find the long and broad Engadin valley. Cooled by a chilly climate, it’s the best place in the Alps for winter sports that require flat ground, and is the setting for Switzerland’s most famous cross-country skiing race – the Engadin Ski Marathon. In fact, so reliable is the winter in St Moritz that it hosts the Snow Polo World Cup every January on the frozen surface of the local lake. So, obviously, cross-country skiing is a must. But so too is curling. The first ever curling tournament on mainland Europe was held here and there are “sheets” not only in St Moritz, but in neighbouring villages, such as Celerina, too. You can also try Bavarian curling: simpler, more informal and (whisper it) more fun, too.Don’t miss: high tea in the lobby of the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. If anything, it’s posher here than the Savoy in London.Where to stay: yes, St Moritz is upmarket. But not every hotel is a five star. On the valley floor, close to the frozen St Moritzersee, the three-star Laudinella offers neat and sunny bedrooms as well as doorstep access to the Suvretta Sports ski school.Further information: engadin.stmoritz.chLillehammer, Norway – return flights in March from £39 Innsbruck, Austria – return flights in March from £48 Photo:© David McColmBest for: a breathless week of everything.Why: Whistler is the great all-rounder of the winter sports world. Here, a couple of hours from Vancouver airport, a buzzing resort sits beneath two giant mountains, with a sprawl of cross-country trails and a bobsleigh track on its doorstep. At weekends, and during the Christmas holidays, it’s heaving. But there’s no doubting it’s infectious, adrenaline-hungry atmosphere.But where do you begin? Do you start on skis, with a devil-take-the-hindmost descent of the Dave Murray Downhill? Or maybe the GMC Race Centre on Blackcomb? Here, skiers race each other in pairs through well-spaced gates on an intermediate-friendly piste (with their times recorded so there’s no argument about who came first). Drop back down into the valley and you can also sign up for a blast on the bobsleigh, a whizz along a zipline, a snowmobile safari, or the unique challenge of biathlon – a Nordic discipline which mixes cross-country skiing with target shooting. It stretches both mind and body in a way few other winter sports can match.Don’t miss: Whistler’s rich mix of ski terrain includes some of Canada’s best lift-serviced off-piste. Anyone who fancies a crack at it should book a lesson with the top-notch instructors at Extremely Canadian.Where to stay: for the best mix of price and skiing convenience, you can’t beat the apartments at the Crystal Lodge & Suites – five minutes’ walk from the lifts up Whistler Mountain.Further information: whistlerblackcomb.comSt Moritz, Switzerland – return flights in March from £53 Photo: tyrol.comBest for: scaring yourself silly on a 70mph bobsleigh.Why: Innsbruck isn’t near the Alps. It’s in the middle of them – as you’ll see as soon as you walk off the plane at the city’s airport. On your left, almost within touching distance, are the hair-raising slopes of the 2,637m Nordkette – home to the some of the steepest lift-serviced skiing in Austria. Straight ahead are the gentler, intermediate-friendly pistes of the 2,246m Patscherkofl. Both look straight down onto Innsbruck’s elegant streets. But you don’t have to be a downhill skier to enjoy it here. Jet in for a long weekend and you can mix shopping and bar-hopping with every winter sport imaginable. A scenic, 30-minute train ride will take you to forest-fringed Seefeld for a cross-country skiing lesson, as well as ice-skating on one of Austria’s prettiest outdoor rinks – set beneath an onion-domed church. Meanwhile thrill-seekers should jump on the J-line bus to the villagey suburb of Igls, and join a professional pilot and brakeman on a four-person bobsleigh (see main image, above). It’s properly terrifying: like being strapped to a bullet and fired out of the barrel of a gun.Don’t miss: some of the best chocolate cake in Central Europe, courtesy of the Café Sacher in the city’s medieval centre.Where to stay: the Grand Hotel Europa is comfy, plush and just a little bit kooky, with a distinctly 1970s vibe. It’s 10 minutes by cab from the airport and next to the railway station and key bus stops: so day-tripping to the slopes is easy. Further information: innsbruck.infoPark City, USA – return flights in March from £507 Photo:© Michael ErikssonBest for: anyone in who thinks a 70mph bobsleigh is boring.Why: “Surely there’s nothing scarier than a four-man bobsleigh?” Actually, yes there is. Grab four friends, head to Lillehammer, (two and a half hours’ drive from Oslo), and sign up for a skeleton experience. Here, with guidance from a professional coach, you’ll learn how to slide down the same hair-raising ice track as the bobsleigh – lying face-down on a tiny sledge. At 45mph it’s a bit slower than the bob. But with your nose only inches from the ice, and nothing to protect you but a helmet and some lycra, you’re unlikely to get bored. Don’t miss: a soothing, 6km husky safari at Sjusjøen when your descent is done. Where to stay: at the Hunderfossen Hotel and Resort. It’s only 1km from the ice track. Further information: en.lillehammer.comPublished February 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. center_img Photo: © Justin OlsenBest for: ego-boosting pistes and giant terrain parks.Why: jump on a shared transfer bus from Salt Lake City airport, and within 45 minutes you’ll be checking into your hotel at America’s biggest ski resort. Based around the former silver-mining town of Park City, it spreads over the smooth, tree-covered slopes of the Wasatch Mountains, and serves up slopes for every kind of skier. Intermediates in particular will love the 13 groomed trails that fan out from King Con Ridge. They’re as wide as motorways and just as smooth. Ski them all in a single day, and you’ll think you’ve turned into ski-racing legend Ted Ligety, who grew up here.Meanwhile, aspiring acrobats will love the resort’s world-class offering of terrain parks. There are eight in all, offering everything from diddy little jumps and bumps for the first-time freestyler, to the towering 6.7m walls of the competition-standard superpipe. Just to stand beneath this giant structure is a thrill. But magine racing up the side of its walls on a snowboard and turning a double overhead somersault at the top…Don’t miss: a night out on Main Street, Park City. Life is a lot tamer in its Wild West bars since the silver miners left town, but it’s still home to some America’s buzziest apres-ski.Where to stay: at the ski-in, ski-out apartments of Marriot’s Mountainside. Each has its own kitchen, but the Main Street restaurants are only half a mile away if you can’t be bothered to cook.Further information: parkcitymountain.comWhistler, Canada – return flights in March from £421 ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedDreaming of a white Christmas?Skyscanner’s top 5 Christmas ski holiday destinationsTop 10 Ski Jumping CompetitionsTop 10 Ski Jumping Competitions9 ski resorts where snow is guaranteed9 ski resorts where snow is guaranteedlast_img read more