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The allure of downhill skiing and snowboarding shows no signs of slowing up: gliding over soft powder, with the smell of the pine trees, the wind in your hair and the sun kissing your face as dramatic panoramas of the mountains open up before you is an unrivalled bliss and thrill.

The stunning scenery and world-class resorts of the Swiss Alps remain amongst the most popular ski and snowboard destinations, and are easy to get to by train from the UK; but there are also plenty of other fantastic destinations across Europe, offering wonderful skiing in beautiful scenery for all levels and at a range of prices.

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Featured below is our selection of the best skiing and snowboarding holidays, all reachable by train.

Valais vista

Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Bella Tola, St-Luc

For relaxing but first-rate downhill skiing, the majestic and largely undiscovered Val d’Anniviers is unbeatable. Here, the 4-star Hotel Bella Tola offers fittingly elegant accommodation, wonderful cuisine and spa facilities.
From £1375 per person (from £1298 incl rail) based on two...

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Skiing in Austria, Hotel Seerose, Fuschl am See

reviewed by greentraveller
For a true get-away-from-it-all holiday amid the mountains of Salzkammergut, it's hard to beat the Hotel Seerose in Fuschl am See. Located at the head of a lake, pretty Fuschl offers myriad ways to enjoy the snow while retaining a quiet atmosphere.

From £760 per person (including flights)

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from November to March
Cross country skiing

Skiing in Switzerland, Castle Hotel, Blitzingen

Choose this truly hospitable and tranquil 4-star hotel to enjoy Switzerland’s best cross-country and downhill skiing, in a tranquil valley offering something for all levels. Fully catered, perfect for families.

From £1180pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days/7 nights
Various departures from December-March
Hotel le Grand Chalet Favre - dining room

Skiing in Switzerland, Grand Chalet Favre, St-Luc

For the classic downhill skiing experience from a Swiss chalet on the ‘quiet side of the mountain’, look no further than Le Grand Chalet Favre in the delightful village of St-Luc. Perfect for the whole family

From £1125 per person (including rail from UK)

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from December to April
Valais vista

Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Bella Tola, St-Luc

For relaxing but first-rate downhill skiing, the majestic and largely undiscovered Val d’Anniviers is unbeatable. Here, the 4-star Hotel Bella Tola offers fittingly elegant accommodation, wonderful cuisine and spa facilities.

From £1375 per person (from £1298 incl rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from DecemberApril Saturday/Sunday
Dog sledding - Lake Inari and the Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland

Lake Inari and the Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland

Winter in Finnish Lapland brings with it polar nights and the elusive Aurora Borealis. The village of Inari perched on the edge of the Lake Inari is the setting for an active winter experience for all the family deep in Finnish Lapland.

From £1095 per person

This is a tailor made trip of four days or more
The trip is available between October and April
Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau

Skiing in Austria, Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau

On the shore of Lake Achensee there are many scenic cross-country ski trails and ideal downhill skiing for beginners and families. Small but lively, the village lies at the foot of the Karwendel Mountains perfect for winter walkers to explore.

From £1150pp (including flights)

6 days, 7 nights
Saturday departures from December to March
Downhill skiing above the chalets

Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Edelweiss, Engelberg

Engelberg offers excellent pistes – and delightful cross-country trails – but what really makes the place is its refreshingly laid-back atmosphere – this is the quiet side of skiing. The 3-star Edelweiss is every bit as relaxed as the village.

From £920pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days/7 nights
Various departures from December April
Husky rides, Norway

Geilo Winter Activity, Norway

A real taste of Norwegian life on this fabulous week long trip to Geilo where you can have a go at downhill skiing, cross country skiing around the gorgeous lake, snowshoeing and husky dog sledding in a trip the whole family is sure to remember.

From £1129

7 days
Sunday departures from December to April
Budget New Year Family Ski Yoga and Circus Holiday

Budget New Year Family Ski Yoga and Circus Holiday

If you are looking for an unusual family skiing holiday over New Year, our Family Ski Holiday is the best possible value New Year Family Ski Trip! You have free access to the best skiing in Europe, ice caves, the highest cable car in Europe etc.

£655 12 and up £525 7-11 (Chamonix Unlimited Ski pass included!) £395 3-6

Saturday the 27th Dec 2014 to Saturday 3rd Jan 2015
27th December 2014

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