Here at Owners Direct we have a huge range of holiday chalets on offer from around the world in the very best skiing and winter sports destinations. Whether you want adrenaline-fuelled winter sports, or just to bask in the shadow of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges, a stay in your private chalet will ensure that you have the very best winter experience possible. With this in mind we’ve taken a brief peek at some of the best winter sports destinations available to you.
The Alps are undoubtedly one of the best locations for winter sports enthusiasts of all persuasions. The facilities on offer and the infrastructure make the Alps simply superb, with some of the world’s most famous ski resorts and most beautiful mountain landscapes. There are a plethora of great options; choose from Chamonix with its large ex-pat community and miles of pistes, family-friendly Val d’Isere or Tignes, and quiet, peaceful, and idyllic resorts like Vars-Risoul or Meribel.
Switzerland lies almost entirely in the Alps, so you can guarantee incredible chalet options throughout most regions. The best place to ski in Switzerland is undoubtedly Zermatt, which sits almost at the base of the Matterhorn and offers year-round skiing as well as some of the finest slopes and other activities on offer. Switzerland has some of the most beautiful resorts and locations in the world, including glitzy St. Moritz, challenging Saas-Fee, and the great all-rounder Verbier.
The Austrian Alps offer brilliant resorts and chalets with a great diversity of resorts for different ages and capabilities. St. Anton is perhaps the most famous and boasts a great nightlife, world famous après-ski bars, and some incredible slopes. For families, Ellmau and Filzmoos are the best destinations with the former offering lots of child-friendly facilities and the latter catering to a more mixed age range. For beginners and older skiers, Oberau or Westendorf offer great skiing and helpful schools.
There is something forever appealing and enjoyable about the Pyrenees, with a more unique and local feel than other mountain resorts. Andorra, as one of the smallest European countries, has its own distinct identity and fantastic skiing. The biggest and best resort is undoubtedly Baqueria-Beret, which attracts a wide range of skiers. For families, Formigal offers a quiet atmosphere, while La Molina is equally enchanting and its proximity to Barcelona makes it a great place to enjoy some sightseeing at the same time.
Canada is beautiful, picturesque, and elegant, and the skiing is possibly the best outside Europe. Canada’s best ski resort is Whistler-Blackcomb, which offers over 200 trails, modernised infrastructure, and the best après-ski entertainment anywhere in North America. Banff is another popular destination and covers a large area, with the most popular resorts being the sunshine village and Lake Louise. There are some world class expert resorts on offer, from Kicking Horse Mountain resort to Red Mountain.
Holiday chalets are always in high demand throughout the winter months, but with thousands of options available it is easy to find something to suit your tastes and needs. With Owners Direct you can save 33 per cent on the cost of holiday accommodation when compared to hotels, giving you extra funds for better winter equipment or just a nice meal when you arrive at your resort of choice.