Winter is well and truly upon us, and undoubtedly the best time of year for fans of skiing or snowboarding. By this point, the mountains are well and truly covered with snow and the apres bars are packed with both newbies and seasoned pros.
If you’re on your year abroad, take the chance to head to the nearest ski resort for a long weekend while you still can. Even if you’ve never tried winter sports before, the mountains are worth a visit in themselves and you might well discover your new
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St Anton, Austria
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No doubt the most popular resort in Austria, if not the whole Alps, and renowned for its fantastic après ski scene. Check out the Mooserwirt, the Krazy Kangaruh and the Heustadl for some of the best parties and live music on the slopes. It's also a great place for beginners to learn and the town boasts of being home to the world’s oldest ski school. While a bit pricier than some of the other resorts in Austria, it’s worth splashing out on a trip here for the atmosphere alone.
How to get there: Arlberg Express provides scheduled bus services between Zurich airport and St Anton by bus on Fridays, Saturdays
Val d'Isere, France
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With some of the best snowparks going, such as the one at Bellevarde under the Mont Blanc chairlift, Val D’Isere is great for freestyle skiers or snowboarders who want to improve their skills. In terms of après ski spots, perhaps the most popular in town is Cafe Face, with reasonably priced drinks and some of the best house music you’ll hear in the Alps. Dick’s Tea Bar and Le Jack are also great options for a more relaxed evening after a day spent hitting the slopes. You can usually be guaranteed great powder in Val D’Isere and the nearby resorts, and there are plenty of fantastic restaurants here offering the best dishes the mountain has to offer, such as L'Ouillette and La Peau de Vache.
How to get there: Geneva and Chambéry-Savoie Airport are the closest airports, and there are many companies that offer transfer services, such as Mountain
Unlike many other resorts, Morzine is a functioning mountain town all year round so has plenty on offer, including plenty of cute cafes, nightclubs
How to get there: Morzine is just 75 minutes from Geneva airport, check out Alpy Bus for bus transfers.
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With around 150 bars, Livigno has more après choices on offer than any other resort in the world and the Baita Del
How to get there: The nearest airports are Milan, Bergamo, Zurich
At the base of Mont Blanc is Chamonix - famous for holding the first Winter Olympics back in 1924 and having some of the best off-piste
How to get there: Cham van offer reasonably priced transfers from Geneva airports.
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