The top 10 ski breaks for 2019!

TakeMeAway is the card-swiping travel inspiration app - available to download for Android and iOS.

Hello and welcome to our first blog post of 2019. On behalf of the TakeMeAway team, we wish you a happy new year and hope all your travel adventures are fulfilled this year!

The first such adventure on my wishlist is an epic winter sport holiday. Living in the big city, I cherish the fleeting moments when I can venture out to the mountains. The idea of waking up to a bright sunny morning after a nightfall of fresh snow is one of those delightful moments I yearn for whenever I go skiing (or snowboarding!). I am however not always the most organised individual and more importantly on a spending budget (a 2019 New Years resolution….), so I have to scramble and hunt down a last minute deal for my mountain escape!

Thankfully Europe has such a diverse amount of destinations for winter sports, that there are most certainly deals to be had. To showcase the breadth of opportunities, our huge list covers 10 cities linking to 15 ski areas! Most resorts are within a couple of hours drive from the airport - to ensure you maximise your time on the slopes.

We hope you enjoy chasing the freshest powder in Europe this season. All the destinations are available in the TakeMeAway app (forAndroid and iOS) - simply set your budget and swipe to see which of the following destinations fit your budget. You will be surprised!

 

The Alps loom in the background...

The newest destination in our app, Grenoble is the gateway to some fantastic skiing in the French Alps. Many resorts are accessible within a couple of hours of the airport ensuring you do not waste precious time travelling. Our pick is Alpe d’Huez (1.5 hr drive from Grenoble airport) which includes possibly the longest black run in the world 'La Sarenne'; at 16km long it is not for the faint hearted….

 

Enjoy the views of Mont Blanc as you ski!

Geneva is one of our favourite weekend break destinations because there is so much to do in and around the city. But we’re going to recommend leaving the city (and country!) immediately after landing and head straight to France and Chamonix. If you do not want to hire a car, there are many transfers available when you land at the airport.

What makes Chamonix so great is it has the feel of a proper town but with the idyllic setting of a ski resort (including views of Mont Blanc). With a cluster of ski areas (and excellent buses to get you to them) there is something for all level of skiers!

 

The Swiss Alps are simply breathtaking!

French ski resorts are undoubtedly popular and provide amazing skiing options, but they can be a bit crowded. Switzerland will offer you something different and Zurich has over 10 ski areas within 90 minutes of the city. Set a base in Zurich, hire a car (or even use public transport) and go explore! Flumserberg is only an hour away and even has a night slope for those wanting to try some night time skiing!

 

One of the many ski areas close to Salzburg

Austrian ski resorts tend to be cheaper than their French counterparts while still  offering classic Alpine skiing. Salzburg is also a great base to explore the various ski areas around the city - most are accessible within a few hours. Depending on how long you are going for, it maybe worth checking out Salzburg Superski Card which also gives you flexibility and access to the resorts in the province including the more famous resorts such as Zell am See, Saalbach and Obertauern.

 

Mayrhofen - for the skiers who need some apres to go along with their skiing

No list is complete without a few resorts where the focus is just as much on the ‘après’ as it is on skiing! Whether it is a piste side cafe or winding down with a few drinks after a hard day on the slopes, the Austrians definitely know how to party! There are two excellent examples close to Innsbruck - Mayrhofen and St Anton. Really we can’t pick them apart - with party options for everyone. If you do visit St Anton, be sure to stop by the legendary Krazy Kangaruh and Mooserwirt to enjoy some dancing on tables in ski boots!

 

The iconic Matterhorn in all its glory!

Turin is another new destination in the TakeMeAway app! Nearby Cervinia is the highest pisted ski area in Europe meaning you are pretty much guaranteed snow. Sharing the Matterhorn massif with Zermatt (on the Swiss side), you have some of the best scenery in Europe. In addition you have great pistes for all levels as well as the famous Italian ski hospitality when you need to unwind. If the weather holds it is possible to link to Zermatt and Valtournenche.

 

Can someone take me there?

We cannot mention Italy and not feature The Dolomites! The resort we recommend is Cortina d'Ampezzo (2 hours from the airports near Venice) - also known as the ‘Queen of the Dolomites’. I enjoy my landscapes, and skiing on the slopes around Cortina is simply jaw dropping. Drink in nature at its finest! If you fancy something a bit different, try some bobsleigh on the old Olympic track in town….

 

Try skiing in Eastern Europe for something a bit different!

Bulgaria might not be the first place you think of for skiing, but the resort of Bansko is quietly building a reputation due to the combination of great snow and being quite a bit cheaper than the Alps. The top of the ski area may only be 2600m, but the cold conditions mean you get some thick, lush snow Situated only 90 minutes from Sofia, getting to Bansko is dead easy too. Our only advice - wrap up warm!

 

Make sure you take a detour and visit the home of Dracula!

Romania is home to some amazing mountains. Yours truly was fortunate to do some hiking and exploring over the summer. Whilst there I discovered that the country also has a vibrant skiing scene during the winter months. Brasov is the most popular resort being only 2 hours from Bucharest. There are a few smaller resorts close by including Predeal. Don’t forget to visit Bran’s Castle (the home of Dracula) as well!  

 

Go cross country touring through the idyllic forests near Oslo for the weekend.

Not everyone is a fan of downhill skiing and we’ve been guilty of neglecting the cross country skiers amongst you with this list. So our last feature is the king of cross country destinations, Oslo! Why not give it a go this winter and learn why our Scandinavian cousins are totally made for it! With more than 2,600 km (1,600 miles) of prepared cross-country ski trails in the forests of Oslo alone you won’t get bored exploring. Totally crazy and you can easily go on a weekend touring adventure while stopping off at cabins along the way. Epic!

We hope you have enjoyed this feature. Let us know in the Facebook comments how many of the ski areas you've visited as well as your other favourite snow adventures! Stay up to date with all our latest developments through our Instagram!

Download for Android and iOS.