Monday, February 2, 2009

Stand out from the crowds - 3 great alternatives to Skiing

Some snow based holiday ideas for those of you out there looking to escape in the next couple of months.......

It's that time of year when everyone (who still has a job that is) is taking off on their chalet skiing holiday to spend a week queuing for ski lifts, lugging skis around and being out-skiid by precocious 4 year olds. The next few months of dinner parties will be dominated by tales of apres ski and how talented little Johnny is, attacking black runs at the age of 6.  So instead of joining the throngs on the slopes this winter, why not try something a bit different?

Riding in Winter Wonderland - Spend the week exploring Southern Transylvania by horseback. Whilst riding through the snow, look out for the wild boar, red deer and lynx that inhabit this magical place. At night time, curl up in front of a roaring fire and listen out for the howling wolves..... (Prices from 850 Euros)

Snow-shoeing the Sierra Nevada - Explore the beautiful Sierra Nevada away from the crowds. Climb some of the peaks for breathtaking views and then descend through the magnificent forests. Trips are entirely tailor made, so no 2 holidays will ever be the same. (Prices from 70 Euros per day)

X-Country Skiing in the Pyrenees - Let James guide you along 130 km of stunning trails in the Pyrenees. The key to his holidays is flexibility, you can potter around at a slower pace, or push yourself, it's up to you.  After a hard days work, why not chill out with a glass of vin chaud and enjoy the fantastic views? (Prices from £645)

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