Great skiing is not only about good snow and piste*
Ski travelwithus blog post
but also about the warm
Apres-ski** fun during icy evenings

Finding the right resort isn’t that easy
Deciding on a resort is very personal
Seasonal options to choose from
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When you travel, you’ll find that you might relate better with the Scandinavian people than with central Europeans, or prefer the Irish above the English.

The same will apply with your choice for a ski holiday:

When choosing a ski resort, your decision will be quite personal – which fits one person will not necessarily suit another. When with a group of friends, you would look for après- ski** resorts and won’t consider a family-oriented resort. If you are a beginner, a resort with plenty of black runs will not suit you. It is essential that you will have enough information on your ski destination in order to make the correct choice where to go – whether it’s the first time or you are already a ski addict. It is also important to understand that a particular ski environment will differ from year to year, due to varying weather conditions.

When to go skiing or snowboarding is almost as important a factor to consider as where to go, but both are just part of the equation that makes a skiing holiday. So are companions, accommodation and travel arrangements even as crucial. You do, of course, also need lots of snow and abundant sunshine; too little of each will be disappointing. And last, but surely not the least major consideration is the popularity of the resort at peak times: too many skiers means teeming lifts and pistes*.

Although we will focus on Central Europe, we can also assist in the choice for ideal ski destinations in most relevant countries: Canada, Alaska, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Argentina and Chile.
**A piste is a marked ski run or path down a mountain for snow skiing, snowboarding, or other mountain sports. This European term is French ("trail", "track") and synonymous with trail, slope, or groomed run in North America.

Increasingly, North Americans employ its common European antonym, off piste, to describe backcountry skiing, especially when referring to skiing outside officially approved areas of a ski resort.
Individual trails on pistes are graded by difficulty using ski trail ratings.

*Après-ski (French: after skiing) refers to going out, having drinks, dancing, and generally socializing after skiing. It is popular in the Alps, where skiers often stop at bars on their last run of the day while still wearing all their ski gear. The concept is similar to the nineteenth hole in golf. This can also happen anywhere in the world where there is snow. In the United States, the term is used more broadly to describe the atmosphere of ski resorts and ski culture, ski themed architecture and decor, and the ski oriented lifestyle in general.

Après-ski is particularly popular in Austria for example, the Austrian ski resorts St. Anton, Ischgl, Sölden, Saalbach-Hinterglemm and the Zillertal. In the Netherlands, après-ski huts are found in many clubs and bars. In these huts, après-ski music is played, which is mostly covers or parodies of old songs. These huts are aimed primarily at young adults and teenagers.

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