Whistler has become that much more kid friendly thanks to a brand new kids-only Riglet Park. Whistler Blackcomb has partnered with Burton Snowboards to build a kids-only Riglet Park at the Children’s Learning Centre on Whistler Mountain. Riglet Parks are built around the idea of giving young kids a fun introduction to the foundations of snowboarding through play, terrain-based learning and guided discovery. Kids experience the feeling of sliding on snow through interactive stations with features that help them learn the basic snowboard fundamentals of balance, movement and control in a safe, easy and fun environment. It’s basically a snowboarding playground. The Burton Riglet Park is open daily.
Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec – This spring, the tucked-away Quebecois ski region of Le Massif de Charlevoix will offer families a chance to ditch the sand and hit the slopes without breaking the bank. With the launch of the new Happy Parents promotion, guests can take advantage of tremendous savings with free lift tickets for their children, in addition to a discounted stay at the casually elegant Hôtel La Ferme. Families looking to skip the standard trip to the beach can experience fun bonding activities such as skiing, luging, ice-skating, snowshoeing, or enjoying the coastal mountain scenery Baie-Saint-Paul, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François on the Charlevoix Light Rail Transit.
Available for bookings now through February 12, the Happy Parents package allows for guests to receive one free “Summits of the St. Lawrence” day lift ticket per child (up to age 17) with every adult or senior day lift ticket purchased, and to enjoy a 15 percent savings on a minimum three-night stay at Hôtel La Ferme. The package starts at US $613 (approx. CAD $771) and is valid for travel from February 12 – March 22, 2015.
One of Canada’s most acclaimed properties, Hôtel La Ferme boats 145 rooms and lofts fanned out across five distinct pavilions. The pavilions’ architecture, décor and ambiance are all inspired from the area’s rich agricultural heritage with a focus on eco-friendly, sustainable living. The hotel is also home to two highly acclaimed farm-to-table dining venues, Le Bercail and Les Labours, as well as the world class Spa du Verger.
The Le Massif Ski Mountain offers a range of difficulties, providing easy rides for beginners and more challenging courses for experienced skiers. The peak of the mountain is 806 meters, making it the highest vertical east of the Canadian Rockies.
For more information or to book your experiences, please call (877) 536-2774 or visit www.lemassif.com/en/spring-break-at-le-massif-de-charlevoix/.
About Le Massif de Charlevoix
Le Massif de Charlevoix is a vacation destination that encompasses the Le Massif Ski Mountain, Hôtel La Ferme. It is the brainchild of Daniel Gaulthier, a rising star in the community development field who is best known for having co-founded Cirque du Soleil. Among numerous other accolades, Hôtel La Ferme was awarded first prize at the prestigious Retail and Leisure Interiors Awards 2012, in the Hotels and Service Retailerscategory. By virtue of a symbiotic combination of creativity, cultural authenticity and social sensitivity, Le Massif de Charlevoix allows its bucolic backdrops, inimitable experiences, gorgeous gastronomic opportunities and storied service to shine.
Take a moment and imagine yourself being whisked away in a helicopter to indulge in Arctic-like experiences just a few minutes from Whistler. Head-Line Mountain Holidays is Whistler’s latest luxury adventure and wilderness experiences provider who can make all your wildest dreams come true. Guests can enjoy half day to multi-day expeditions on the Pemberton Ice Cap where they can experience an exhilarating helicopter or ground based snowmobile adventures, explore natural and awe-inspiring ice caves, pamper themselves with spa packages at a natural hot spring, or delight in a gourmet meal complete with an overnight stay in a snow hotel. Customized special events and private experiences for groups as small as two are also available. Guests can build on activity ideas such as sled skiing/boarding, speed flying, mountain bonfire, wilderness yoga, hot springs, ice caves, heli-tobogganing, heli-rafting, paired with an exceptional six-course meal in the heart of an ice cave enveloped in live music and winter glamping with guides, naturalists, chefs and indigenous story telling.
FOLSOM, CA, 2014—California’s Gold Country, where gold was originally discovered in 1848 to set off the gold rush of ’49, is still a gold miner’s dream, with the six pound “Butte Nugget” unearthed just last summer. But the area’s reputation for all things outdoorsy and adventurous, no matter what time of year, is a more common find. As ski resorts begin to open, Northern Californians can get all that winter has to offer in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range (called the High Sierra by locals) beginning two hours east of San Francisco. The 400-mile long range runs north to south along the eastern part of California. Downhill, cross country skiing, and snowboarding options are joined by new adventures, such as snow biking, dog sledding, snowshoeing under the canopy of Giant Sequoias, and finding rarified air with a snow kite. At the end of the day, more than 100 wineries await, many with no-fee tasting rooms. Here are some winter sports suggestions in the Gold Country:
North – El Dorado and Nevada Counties
El Dorado County www.VisitEldorado.com
Snow skiers and boarders have access to three world-class resorts in this South Lake Tahoe region. Heavenly Ski Resort is home to some of the steepest, deepest and most scenic ski runs in the west. Lake Valley State Recreation Area and Sugar Pine Point State Park both offer cross country skiing in the High Sierras. Another way to experience Lake Tahoe in winter is to snowshoe right on the water’s edge at the iconic Camp Richardson.
Many argue that winetasting is a year-round sport; the Gold Country concurs. El Dorado wineries are renowned for making vibrantly flavorful, distinctly delicious wines that are grown in the dramatic elevations of the Sierra Nevada. For many of the vineyards at the higher elevations, winter marks the beginning of the winemaking season, where vintners get their first glimpse of the quality of the vintage. The region is uniquely situated above the fog and below the snowline. Weather is mild and the tasting rooms are uncrowded, allowing even more opportunities to talk one-on-one with the winemakers who pour their heart into their craft.
A noteworthy seasonal event is held annually at Miraflores Winery. The Wild Thing VIII (this year on Dec. 13) is a gastronomic experience pairing wild game with their wines. Past offerings include kangaroo, elk, wild mushrooms and turtle soup.
Nevada County http://gonevadacounty.com/
Nevada County, above El Dorado County and stretching east to the California border, is the home of Donner Summit, with some of the deepest snow in the continental U.S. and a range of winter options at each resort.
Boreal Mountain Resort is celebrating its 50th year of operations with significant renovations including the addition of a surface life and expanded learning terrain, three major events to mark the golden anniversary, and the opening of Neff Land, a pirate-themed terrain park with 30 ridable features. Night skiing is also available at Boreal Mountain, with lifts operating until 9 p.m. daily The Take 3, Ride Free encourages improving ski techniques and abilities – the season pass lift ticket is free with the completion of three lessons.
Woodward Tahoe, located steps from the slopes, is Tahoe’s only action sport training facility with indoor trampolines, foam pits, skate parks, ramps and more.
Planet Town at Soda Springs Resort has a wide viewing area that puts proud parents into the perfect spot to film their children’s first turns on skis or snowboards. Toddlers may start at 2 years old to age 8. Soda Springs rents pint-sized snowmobiles for kids ages 6 to 12 (under 100 pounds). The adventures take place on a circular track – no worries of heading off down the slope – and helmets are provided.
Donner Ski Ranch, another family friendly ski and snowboarding slope has a tubing hill that requires no experience or special equipment other than energy and gumption.
Cross country skiers have unlimited access at Royal Gorge, North America’s largest cross country resort on 200km (134 miles)of groomed trails across 7,500 acres of pristine terrain that crosses Nevada and Placer Counties. Winter enthusiasts can also enjoy snowshoeing, or snow biking on Surly Bikes equipped with overly-exaggerated “fat” tires for a great workout on a scenic loop. Snowkiting, winter’s new darling sport, harnesses the wind. World champion snowkiter Tyler Brown offers lessons, tips and techniques at California’s first established snowkiting school.
Nevada County is also the home to the Sierra Vintners wine region, known for their blue ribbon wines, hospitable vintners and tasting room experts. Many offer tasting and events at their vineyards like Pilot Peak, Sierra Knolls and Double Oak; while others are showcased in one of the many tasting rooms located in Historic Downtown Grass Valley or Nevada City.
Central – Sacramento, Amador and Calaveras Counties
Folsom, Sacramento County www.VisitFolsom.com
The city of Folsom, in Sacramento County, is a natural home base for winter activities throughout Northern California’s Gold Country.
Take a stroll down Historic Sutter Street and visit unique shops, quaint dining and historic bars. Lace up ice skates at Folsom’s Ice Skating Rink, located around the historic railroad turn table. This family favorite activity is open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., through Jan. 19. The traditional Historic Folsom Tree Lighting and Arts and Crafts Fair returns Dec. 5 and 6 to kick off the holidays.
World class productions, including the national tour of Disney’s” Beauty and the Beast” and “An Irish Christmas”, are performing on stage at the Harris Center Performing Arts Venue in November and December.
Visitors who book the Folsom Shopping Getaway package, available at six hotels, receive a $25 gift card to the Palladio at Broadstone Lifestyle Shopping Center along with a complimentary bottle of local wine, shopping and theatre discounts.
Amador County touramador.com
Located 45 miles southeast of Sacramento and 125 miles from San Francisco, Amador County is in the middle of Gold Country California, with Highways 49 and 88, providing north-south and east-west access.
Kirkwood Mountain resort’s unique location atop the Sierra Crest, 35 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, with elevations ranging from 7,800 to 9,800 feet, receives some of the lightest, driest, and most plentiful snowfall in the Lake Tahoe region. More than 2,300 acres of terrain, from calm beginner runs to hair-raising cornices and cliffs, including three unique terrain parks ranked by skill level, the “Wood” as locals call it, serves all ski enthusiasts. For more adventure, skiers can enjoy Expedition: Kirkwood for a more intimate experience, with private guides and backcountry offerings.
While everyone else is above ground, Amador County’s dazzling Black Chasm Cavern in Volcano, offers a below-ground wintery view of stalactites, draperies and helictites, and a beautiful turquoise lake. The Kennedy Mine, famous for being one of the deepest gold mines in the world, gives visitors an understanding of life in the Gold Rush era and how the precious gem changed lives. Tours are available, by reservation, year round. For hands-on gold panning, March through September, visit the Roaring Camp Mining Company in Pine Grove to see a gold mine in operation and join in to pan, sluice, dredge and dry wash – and keep the nuggets. (Members of the Dirt of the Month Club can receive bags of dirt from mining, with possible gold remnants, on the first of each month.)
Amador County’s fifty-five wineries offer every possible range of taste. One way to navigate the options is to end a winter sports week with the annual Behind the Cellar Door, by the Amador Vintners Association, on March 7 and 8, 2015, which offers educational seminars, including Bray Vineyard’s “Hone your Sensory Skills”, Drytown Cellar’s “Exploring the Link Between Wine & Spirits” and Sera Fina Cellar’s “Winemaker Want-to-Be’s Rhone varietal blending.
Sutter Creek’s Parade of Lights strolls down Main Street on the evening of Dec. 13. Mail trucks, dogs, horses, baton twirlers and marching bands, adorned in lights, move along the historic Gold Rush street past local businesses, open for wine tasting and holiday shopping.
Calaveras County www.gocalaveras.com
Calaveras County sits in the midst of California’s historic Gold Country with a history of inspiration for gold rush hopefuls in 1848 and later, Mark Twain and his story:” The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” It is located in the Sierra Foothills appellation featuring spectacular winter scenery at high elevations.
Bear Valley Mountain Resort is a friendly and relaxing High Sierra ski resort in the beautiful Central Sierra Mountains. Located just off Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway (Highway 4), this destination offers everything from relaxation to extreme adventure. Winter activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and sledding.
This area includes the only wilderness trail system in California with snowmobiles for rent from Bear Valley Snowmobile. World class cross country skiing with snowshoeing, sledding and tubing options are available through Bear Valley Cross County which maintains 38 groomed trails, 4 trailside huts and the trailside Meadow Café. Visitors with their own equipment may head to two U.S. Forest Service winter recreational snow play areas; Lake Alpine Sno-Park and Spicer Reservoir Sno-Park.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, featuring spectacular Giant Sequoia trees is a magical place to visit in the winter on a pair of snowshoes. Loaners are available free of charge from park rangers while supply lasts, but it’s best to bring a set and plan to take the Saturday guided tour (1 p.m. throughout winter.) A lovely and welcome amenity is a warming hut with hot chocolate and cider. The Annual Winter Wonderland Carnival in December features horse-drawn carriage rides and live music.
Two dates worth noting: the quaint town of Murphys’ Holiday Open House and Festival of Wines, Dec. 4 and Santa’s rappelling descent to the bottom of Moaning Cavern, Dec. 13. Multiple lodging options are available in the Arnold, Dorrington and Bear Valley areas including the Arnold Black Bear Inn and multiple cabin vacation rentals.
South – Yosemite Gateway Counties of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera, including Yosemite National Park
Tuolumne County www.yosemitegoldcountry.com
An easy two-and-a-half-hour drive east of San Francisco, Tuolumne County features beautiful terrain from near sea level to high elevations over 10,000 feet well and the closest entrance to Yosemite National Park from the Bay Area.
Dodge Ridge Winter Sports is a perfect family snow destination with a Family Lodge catering to the needs of children. Intro to Snow – Kinder Ski and Ride programs are offered along with adaptive lessons for all ages.
The iconic area of Pinecrest, at approximately 5,600 feet elevation, offers snowshoeing around the lake. Generations of families visit the year-round resorts. A must on the schedule is a visit to the Steam Donkey, an Alpine steakhouse at Pinecrest Lake Resort (named for the equipment which hauled logs to the railroad cars.)
Long Barn Ice Skating Arena, another multi-generational tradition, located in the town of Long Barn off Highway 108, offers skating every weekend from November through April, and daily during holidays and school breaks.
A winter highlight is being in the still, snow-blanketed forest with only the sound of wind in high branches and the thump-crunch of snowshoes. The Stanislaus National Forest, located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park, offers a full range of year-round recreation opportunities. A network of forest roads and trails encourages the discovery of nature for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.
This year, the popular Polar Express train ride, created after the book and movie, will roll through Tuolumne County, at Railtown – 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown. The chocolate pajama ride runs Fridays through Sundays during December. A range of accommodations, from affordable cabins, historic hotels, motels, bed & breakfast inns and hotel casino action, is available at the Tuolumne County website.
Mariposa County www.YosemiteExperience.com
Mariposa County, home of Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove, features world-class natural wonders along with charming, authentic Gold Rush-era towns and lush pine forests close to its western and southern border.
Mariposa County offers breathtaking beauty of Yosemite Valley, more than 20 miles of cross-country skiing on a groomed trail to the some of the most sublime views in the world, and snowshoeing in the majestic Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.
When the snows gather around Half Dome’s iconic north face, it’s time for a visit to Badger Pass Ski Area, the most affordable ski resort in California. At Badger Pass, parents can watch from the warmth of the sundecks as their kids hit the slopes. Badger Pass features 10 runs, many that are ideal for beginning skiers and snow boarders, plus a few that are reserved for the more advanced. Stay and Ski packages make it easy to experience the luxury of The Ahwahnee Hotel or the family-friendly Curry Village. Ski lift tickets are included with a two-night stay.
Visitors looking for an easy trip to the Yosemite Valley Floor might consider staying in the towns of Mariposa or Midpines, and let YARTS, the regional bus system do the driving. This is a no-hassle (and chain-free) ride that delivers visitors to the heart of Yosemite Valley, for walks around the valley trails, views of icy Yosemite Falls, the cozy fireplace at The Ahwahnee Hotel, or ice-skating at Curry Village, a seasonal tradition. Mariposa offers a range of great dining options, plus wine-tasting and breweries, and is home to the Pioneer History Museum, the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, and antique shopping in the Old Town district.
Outside the park entrance at Fish Camp, winter sports include daily horse-drawn sleigh rides, s’mores around a campfire, ice skating or spa treatments, at Tenaya Lodge.
Madera County www.YosemiteThisYear.com
Madera County, located in the San Joaquin Valley 60 miles north of Fresno, is known as “California’s Gateway to Yosemite” offering some of the most iconic spots along the way.
Dotting the landscape are a variety of restaurants featuring locally grown ingredients, award-winning wineries along the Madera Wine Trail, art galleries and museums that create the desire to slow down and linger a while. The Madera Wine Trail has 12 distinctive, hospitable wineries spanning from Madera to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
Explore the beauty and quiet of the Sierra National Forest on Whisky Snowmobile Trail, a 35-mile route through the forest following logging roads. Goat Meadow Winter Sports Area is a popular stop in a picture-postcard setting and is perfect for impromptu hill sledding on tubes, sleds and anything an active imagination can conjure up.
Winetasting is also a winter sport here. Explore the Madera Wine Trail’s February Wine and Chocolate Weekend, Feb. 14 and 15, for local wines, chocolate pairings, live music and foods.
Bass Lake, named by Sunset Magazine as one of the “West’s Best Lakes”, offers year round fishing, with lakeside cabins and boats for rent.
Before you go:
Up-to-the-minute snow information is available at http://www.onthesnow.com/sierra-nevada/skireport.html with listings of each ski resort’s snow base and lift availability. The site also offers a “powder alert” and notification of which resorts have received more than 8 inches of snow in the past 14 hours. Each county’s noted website provides lodging options, many dog-friendly, and activities information. For more information, go to www.calgold.org.
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Switzerland, Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the winter season is the reserve of downhill ski enthusiasts. The picturesque Swiss ski resort of Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland has plenty of other activities that allow visitors to get out on the snow to enjoy the crisp and invigorating mountain air, whatever their age or level of fitness.
Skibock; cross-country skiing
Adelboden may be renowned for its Audi FIS Ski World Cup races, which always take place on the second weekend in January, but it also has plenty of hiking paths, cross-country trails and snow parks, not forgetting its sledding routes and, of course, the skibock, which is unique to the resort.
Adelboden has 32 hiking trails, varying in length from 1km to 12km, which take from between 30 minutes and four hours to complete, so there is a suitable route for everyone. Many of these paths meander over snow-covered meadows, past picturesque old chalets, and through secret forests, before reaching a wooden bench at a spectacular vantage point, providing the perfect opportunity to rest, admire the views and soak up the meditative silence. The trails are well signposted and a hiking map can be picked up free from the local tourist office.
For those in search of an outdoor workout, there are several routes (signposted in pink) that allow snow shoe hikers to discover peaceful and secluded spots, well away from the crowds, while working up a good sweat! Others might wish to pursue the elegant art of cross-country skiing. Adelboden has several tracks, ranging in length from 2km to 9km of easy to moderate difficulty, two of which are snow-sure at a height of 2000m; English-speaking instructors can be hired at the Adelboden Ski School. Speaking from experience, snow shoe hiking and cross-country skiing are hard work, so a great way to burn up calories and build up a hearty appetite, while providing plenty of time to enjoy the stunning Alpine vistas.
For younger family members and, let’s face it, older family members, too, there are several sledding runs in Adelboden that provide an opportunity to simply let go and squeal with delight as the sled gathers speed and propels you down the mountain side. Traditional wooden sledges, bobsleighs and modern airboards can be hired at various mountain stations and in the sport shops in the heart of the resort. Similarly, the snow tube runs on Engstligenalp are perennially popular with kids and the young at heart.
Night-time sledding takes place every Saturday till the middle of March and every Wednesday in February – a great way to expend any left-over energy at the end of the day.
And for those who want to try something slightly different, there’s the skibock (a sawn-down ski with a simple seat) that’s quite unstable, but very popular and extremely good fun. Dating to the 1920s, when the original was made from old barrels, it’s a fun winter sports accessory that also has a practical purpose: local school kids use them as a quick and easy way to get to school in winter. Everyone should try a skibock at least once!
Finally, for the less active or those in search of simple relaxation, there are opportunities in Abelboden to tandem paraglide with a professional (unless you want to learn how to paraglide while on holiday, which is also possible), to sit back and enjoy the view from a husky-drawn sleigh or a horse-drawn sled, and tuck into a fondue while sitting on reindeer furs inside a giant igloo. And we haven’t even started on the luxurious spas to be enjoyed at many of Adelboden’s
Getting to Adelboden from south-east England is easy for snow sports enthusiasts with flights from London Southend to Berne (just a 45-minute drive from Adelboden) with Swiss airline Skywork (www.flyskywork.com), making even a weekend ski break a distinct possibility. Alternatively, a number of airlines fly from various UK airports to Zurich, from where it’s a 2 hour, 45 minute journey to Adelboden.
For more information on Adelboden, please visit www.adelboden.ch
In November 2014, Mountain Management Consulting and the University of Innsbruck asked 47,935 skiers and snowboarders “Where is the best place to ski?” Adelboden was revealed as the third most popular ski area in Switzerland – with Zermatt in first place – and sixth best in the Europe, beating several better known ski areas such as Saas-Fee and Val Gardena.
Adelboden, with a population of just over 3,500, lies in the west of the Bernese Oberland, at the end of the Engstlige valley. It is a traditional, south-facing Swiss mountain resort, filled to the rafters with wooden chalets that look over to the Engstligen waterfalls (the second longest falls in Switzerland). Adelboden’s main street lies at 1,350 m (4,430 ft), while the highest point in the area, the Grossstrubel, reaches 3,242 m (10,636 ft).
If you weren’t skiing over the holidays, you missed back-to-back storms that dropped six feet of snow on Vail between Dec. 14 and Dec. 31! With a few more accumulations in January, Vail’s season snowfall total has topped 14 feet! With six more inches last night, all that snow has set up great conditions, and the storm track is heating up as we close out the month. It’s time to book a Colorado ski trip.
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Get excited for a Colorado ski trip with the biggest ski racing event of the season! Tune into the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships where the fastest men and women in the world speed through the courses at Vail and Beaver Creek. If you feel the need for speed, you too can zoom down the same runs as the pros on a Vail or Beaver Creek ski trip.
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For Australian skiers who are perhaps thinking right now of where to ski during the northern hemisphere winter, then Gangwon province in Korea is a good choice with Pyeongchang playing host to the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics.
Not only is it a great place to ski but Gangwon Province have published a free coupon book offering visitors big discounts on accommodation, restaurants and places to visit in the region. The discount coupons in the free booklet are valid until 31 March, 2015.
Yongpyong (Dragon Valley) Resort is already very popular with Australian skiers and the nearby Alpensia Resort are the two main resorts which will be the centre of the main competition venues at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Phoenix Park Resort which is further down the mountains near Wonju is also a great place to ski, especially for families. Phoenix Park as well as many of the ski resorts in Korea offer skiing at all hours of the day and night, so skiers can enjoy a wide variety of activities and ski all hours.
Skimax Holidays in Australia have very good packages to Yongpyong Ski Resort with seven night’s accommodation and a six day ski pass for less than $1,000 ($989 per person for quad share) up to $1,319 for a deluxe room at Dragon Valley Hotel (per person twin share). Both rates do not include airfare to/from Korea.
For more information on Skimax Holidays great ski packages to Korea please visit their webpage: http://www.skimax.com.au/southkorea/ski-yongpyong.htm
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Alpe di Siusi is Europe’s largest high altitude Alpine ski plateau and you would have to suppose, one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places on earth!
An easy 90 minute transfer from Innsbruck airport, this is a winter (and summer) gem is yet to be discovered by the British family skier. The beauty of Alpe di Siusi, also known as Siser Alm in the local Ladin language, has held people spellbound for Millennia. Once a feature of the ‘Grand Tour’, the plateau formed a main route from Austria through the Brenner pass to Venice. Today’s visitors don’t just pass through, they ski, toboggan, walk, drink, eat, sunbathe, cross country ski or take a horse and sled across this Heidiesk setting. Roger Fulton, editor of SNOW Magazine wrote of this place, “A scene that is quite the most idyllic I’ve seen in any winter landscape”.
The ski slopes are comfortable for beginners and intermediates alike and surprisingly quiet given its convivial skiing environment.
The plateau, which sits at the western extreme of the Dolomites Superski region, is an area of some 22 square miles, offering 37 miles of ‘alpine ski slopes’, 49 miles of cross country ski track and seven official toboggan pistes! If you have yet to experience the thrill of a purpose built toboggan and piste, this is ‘the’ place to sit astride these wonderful, authentic wooden contraptions and let yourself go!
Take a winter walk along mile upon mile of wonderful winter track revealing an abundant selection of restaurants liberally dotted across the Alpe and each looking perfectly placed.
Access to the plateau is from Ortisei in the famous Val Gardena, setting for the World famous Mens Downhill race or take the long bubble lift from Siusi village itself, sitting beneath the spectacular Dolomite double pinnacles of the Scillar mountain that stance sentry at the western edge of the Dolomite region. There is a third slight less orthodox access option – the craziest bus ride that you will ever experience! A perfectly ordinary service bus, fully dressed in snow chains and huge open ski rack hanging from the rear of the bus, running a perfectly normal looking bus-timetable along a single track, off-road, logging trail! The bus follows the track as it twists, turns, rises and falls until the driver receives a radio message from his opposite number, upon which, the bus rests at one of the few available pull-overs where you sit and wait for the opposite bus to pass.
There is not much to challenge any competent skier on the plateau with only 1 mile of black runs. Skiing Alpe di Siusi is fun, relaxing and cruisey, with around 58k of blue and red pistes served by 23 modern lifts.
Siusi is steeped in its own mystical and rich history. Speak with locals who will share with you childhood summer stories of cowboys tending family cattle, climbing the Scillar to prove their manhood, of operas, Witches and Warlocks.
Alpe Di Siusi is a magical place. And at €252 for a six day adult, high season ski pass, well worth investigation for your family ski holiday.
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