La Plagne, 3 hours from Geneva, is part of one of the largest ski regions in France and offers 225 km of slopes. At this resort you can try skiing or go to the Olympic bobsleigh track. This sports facility was built as part of preparations for the Winter Olympics in 1992 and always has been a great treasure for winter sports fans. Austrian Kitzbühel, located 3 hours away from Munich, also has an amazing offer. There is the legendary Hahnenkamm, one of the most dangerous and demanding slopes. The picturesque Tyrol region offers not only extreme ski attractions, but also relaxing hiking trails.
3 hours from Tbilisi, the Georgian Gudauri is a great center for skiing and snowboarding beginners. If you plan to spend winter holidays with children, consider this place - the youngest can take advantage of the special routes, where they start an adventure with winter sports. Swiss Hochstuckli, 80 km from Zurich, is another child-friendly place. The youngest guests can have a nice time among comics characters and learn the basics of skiing in the company of an instructor or parents.
If you are passionate about night skiing, go to Flumserberg - this resort near Zurich opens the slopes in the evenings. If you like to spend time actively after skiing, choose the French Val Thorens, 200 km from Geneva, which offers concerts with a variety of music, crazy discos and numerous pubs.
Close to the city
Mountainous Armenia also offers excellent ski conditions. Tsakhkadzor is known for its winter center. About 60 kilometers from the capital city of Yerevan, you can ski on naturally snow-covered slopes. 16 routes with different levels of difficulty are served by 5 lifts. An attractive proposal for fans of winter sports is also Bulgaria with upland and mountainous terrain. Local resorts provide great routes with excellent views. The Vitosha is located only 10 km from Sofia and offers routes for both beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders.
Carpathians Without Borders
Another place ideal for winter recreation are the mountains in Romania - Romanian Carpathians attract a lot of tourists. A 3-hour drive from Cluj-Napoca, picturesque trails encourage short walks on light ascents as well as hikes through all-day routes of varied difficulty levels. Great tourist facilities and amazing hospitality will meet the expectations of even the most demanding winter sports fans.
Slovak Ore Mountains is another region attractive for avid skiers - there are numerous ski centers nearby. Kavecany, a district of Košice, are famous for their trails and lifts that are ideal for family trips. More advanced winter sports fans will definitely enjoy a visit to Kojsovska Holi, offering more difficult routes and a snow park with numerous obstacles.
Between Two Worlds
You can not decide whether you prefer to spend winter holidays skiing or swimming in the warm sea? Fly to Lebanon and enjoy the snow-covered slopes in the morning and bathing in the Mediterranean in the afternoon. Its water temperature often exceeds 20 degrees Celsius. The Faraiya, Bakish, Cedars and Zaarour ski resorts are just an hour from Beirut and offer attractions for skiers of all levels.