Eight lesser-known ski resorts to e book for half time period and Easter 2021
With all the uncertainty and upheaval in the world of travel, your ski dreams may have to wait until later in the season.
And when you hit the slopes, avoid overcrowded mega-resorts and choose from one of these smaller ski resorts instead.
Here is our pick of the best resorts to book for Easter 2021.
With none of these countries currently on the FCDO’s safety list, there is a 99 percent chance that your usual travel insurance will expire. There are several specialist insurers and brokers that will insure you for winter holidays in countries where the FCDO has advised against travel. These include Voyager Insurance, Battleface and MPI Brokers. Don’t consider a ski trip without travel cover as any medical emergency will cost you thousands of pounds.
They’re also not on the government’s travel corridors list (at the time of writing), which means you will have to quarantine for 10 days on return unless you use the test to release.
Ruka, right on the Russian border in central Finland, is a real winter wonderland. There are only 15 miles of slopes, and you won’t reach the air-thinning heights of the Alps, but you will have loads of snow and charm in the log cabins dotted around the village. In addition to cross-country skiing and dog sledding, there are snowmobile and reindeer sleigh rides.
Crystal Ski offers one week of self-catering in the Aurinkorinne Apartments, a 10-minute walk from the center (with a drag lift to the main ski area). Prices start at £ 654 per person, including flights and transfers, as of February 7th (Crystal has not yet put its Easter packages on sale). ski.ruka.fi
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The largest ski area in Slovakia has only 50 km of slopes, but Jasna in the Tatra Mountains manages to offer a lot of variety and a good price-performance ratio. Easy and medium-difficulty slopes mix with the black slopes that can be found in World Cup races as well as a challenging freeride area.
Jasna Adventures operates its own Dragon’s Lair chalet, which also offers self-contained apartments as well as double and family rooms. B&B accommodation for seven nights costs from € 750 per person and includes ski passes, equipment rental, airport transfers, daily après-ski drinks and transport to and from the lifts. Flights not included. jasna.sk
Le Grand Bornand, France
(G Lansard Aravis)
Cheese and charm abound at Le Grand-Bornand in the Aravis Mountains. Just an hour’s drive from Geneva, this pretty little village has the rustic Savoyard ambiance you could want, as well as cheese factories where you can buy rounds of Reblochon. The 90 km of slopes include good beginner slopes as well as a few blacks and night skiing in neighboring Manigod. Get on the ski bus to La Clusaz for even more variety.
Peak Retreats offers one week of self-catering throughout the season from £ 1,515 for a one-bedroom apartment for up to four people at the four-star Le Roc des Tours hotel with indoor pool and spa. The price includes a Eurotunnel return trip. en.legrandbornand.com
Baqueira Beret, Spain
Baqueira Beret is located on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees and has 160 km of slopes in three ski areas: Baqueira, Beret and Bonaigua. There is something for every skier – from beginners on children’s slopes to experts interested in hardcore off-piste terrain. Ski tourists can escape everyday life on several demanding mountain tours in the Val d’Aran.
Ski Solutions is offering a week of skiing at Hotel Val de Ruda in March from £ 700pp, B&B, excluding flights. baqueria.es
Alpbach usually appears on lists of Austria’s most beautiful villages – all traditional Tyrolean architecture and snow-covered wooden chalets, combined with the equally pretty neighbors Inneralpbach and Auffach. It is located on the 128 km long slopes of Ski Juwel and offers a good range for all levels of difficulty. It is less than an hour from Innsbruck Airport. Non-skiers of the party enjoy the fact that the mountain restaurants and their open-air terraces can be reached by gondola and there is also a 5 km long toboggan run.
Inghams has a week’s B&B in Haus Edelweiss, which is handy for the children’s slopes. February prices start from £ 499 per person including flights. alpbachtal.at
Les Carroz, France
The Grand Massif ski area is often overshadowed by its larger, dazzling neighbors such as the Trois Vallées. Most skiers usually go to the large resort town of Flaine. However, if you prefer traditional Savoyard beauty to the brutalist architecture of Flaine, head to the attractive village of Les Carroz. You have wooded slopes directly above the village as well as the large bowls of the massif. When not skating or dog sledding, relax in the village’s Aquacîme spa center.
Erna Low offers a week of self-catering in the elegant Chalets de Léana in the center of the village with indoor pool and spa. Prices in March start at £ 1,022 for a one bedroom apartment and include a Eurotunnel return trip. lescarroz.com
Grumble Kandahar Races
(Image provided by writer Adam Ruck)
Mürren is exquisite, a beautiful little village with a wonderful view of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch. And then there is the Schilthorn run, the 88 percent gradient of which is the steepest in the Jungfrau Valley. But even if you are not a daredevil, you can enjoy a wonderful view from the top of the Schilthorn in Piz Gloria, a revolving restaurant that you know from Her Majesty’s Secret Service. While there are only 53 km of slopes, you can also ski to nearby Wengen.
Igloo Ski offers seven nights half-board at the central Hotel Eiger from £ 1,061 per person in March, including flights and transfers. muerren.ch
Monterosa Ski, Italy
Monterosa Ski is another underrated ski area and extends across the Aosta Valley south of Cervinia. There are three ski villages to choose from: Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna. You will have the resorts as good as to yourself the week leading up to the arrival of Italian weekenders on a Saturday. Monterosa’s big attraction is off-piste and heliskiing.
Inghams has one week half board at Hotel Dufour in Gressoney from £ 739 per person in March, including flights and transfers. visitmonterosa.com