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1 August 2011
Whoever said skiing is a pleasure reserved for the middle class was wrong. The sport (in its modern form) may have originated as a strictly upper class pursuit, but it’s fair to say that these days it crosses all class divides.
One of the reasons that family ski holidays are no longer predominately upper or middle class affairs is that (as with many other types of holiday) they have become much more affordable; you don’t need to save for months on end to be able to find the Pounds to pay for the experience.
Skiing is a great family activity and most resorts will cater for kids and adults alike, allowing you to have a truly memorable time together. It doesn’t matter how big your brood, there are ski chalets of all sizes available. Take your pick from resorts in Canada, Finland, France and Switzerland, as well as many others that are scattered across the globe.
If you want a romantic holiday, which also gives you the chance to ski France is a great option. The resorts in the French Alps are surrounded by many pleasant villages, any of which would be the perfect location for a romantic meal, or, even better, a bit of shopping.
Alternatively you could always stay in and cook for yourself; there are few experiences as romantic as eating a meal in front of a crackling log fire, in a chalet in the middle of the mountains.
If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a lads' weekend away you could try Austria or Bulgaria. Similar to France, they
both have exciting towns and villages surrounding the resorts and most have a great nightlife too.
Even a girl’s weekend can benefit from hitting the slopes. Finland (or more specifically Lapland) is guaranteed to provide you with a magically girlie weekend away.
If you’re heading out with the kids, most resorts will have a nanny service and children’s clubs so that you can get five minutes’ peace to relax.
Maybe you’re one of the hundreds of people who are yet to take to the slopes. Nearly all ski resorts run beginner’s classes, where trained instructors will help you improve your confidence. So if you don’t have the time to learn to ski at home, don’t be worried, you can learn whilst on holiday.
It doesn’t matter how much you earn or what class you consider yourself to be in, these days everyone has the chance to hit the slopes. Skiing holidays have become so popular for this very reason: they are incredibly versatile. Whether you are looking for the perfect holiday location for your family, or travelling with friends, you are sure to find excitement on
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