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13 Mar, 2014

Five reasons why ski holidays are better than beach breaks

Panorama of snow covered slopes

In these austere times, finding the money to go on holiday can be a real stretch for many people. As a result, you might well be in a position where you have to choose between a summer beach vacation and a winter ski getaway.

Of course, we're a bit biased at here, but nonetheless, we think we've come up with five pretty compelling reasons why ski holidays are better than beach breaks, to help you make up your mind:

1. The Skiing

The first and most obvious benefit is that you can't ski on a beach holiday. Skiing is one of the most fun and exhilarating sports on the planet, but you can't really say the same about beach cricket, volleyball or pedalos.

Granted surfing is pretty cool, but it's seriously hard to master, and there's always snowboarding if you want to carve like Kelly Slater on the piste.

2. The Scenery

While there are undoubtedly some beautiful beaches in Europe, with lovely golden sand and clear blue waters, all are surely trumped by the sight of the majestic snow-capped Alps, whose sheer scale can't fail to leave your jaw on the floor.

Zermatt, which sits in the shadow of the iconic Matterhorn, is arguably the most spectacular of them all.

3. The Weather

With the exception of days where it's a total whiteout, you can ski regardless of whether or not the sun is shining. However, if it's cold, wet or windy down by the coast, it can completely ruin your beach getaway.

And for sun worshippers, late in the season, it's often so nice in the Alps that you can sit in just a T-shirt on the mountainside soaking up the rays with a cold beer in hand – bliss.

As long as you visit a snow-sure resort, you're pretty much guaranteed to get some skiing in during your holiday, but on a beach break, the amount of time you'll be able to spend sunbathing is really down to luck and the weather gods.

4. The Apres Ski

Another concept that is unique to skiing is that of apres ski – the epic drinking and partying scene that takes place at mountainside bars in the afternoons after a morning spent skiing.

Forget about the sunburnt British teenagers downing brightly coloured cocktails you'll find in the typical European beach resort and think stylish international 20-something crowd dancing on the tables to Europop with bellies full of Jagermeister.

5. Ski Holidays Are Unique

A skiing holiday is unlike any other kind of vacation you can take, and that is perhaps the most compelling reason of all for those who have never been before.

Why take yet another sun, sea and sand vacation when you can experience something completely out of the ordinary in the form of a snow, ski and sun holiday? The feeling of gliding along on skis, the sight of the high peaks, the hearty flavours of mountain cuisine – these are all things that will be totally alien to you.

How's that for exciting?

We can also promise you that once you've experienced it all, you'll want to book up your next ski weekend before you've even set foot back home.

To find out more about how you can book a short ski break, call one of our ski experts on 023 8020 6971 or email