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7 Sensational Ski Retreats

Thursday Nov 26, 2015

Panoramic View Dolomites

From its practical roots of creation for facilitating travel over wintry landscapes in conditions otherwise difficult to navigate, skiing has evolved into one of the most actively participated in recreational and competitive sports in the world. Whether you’re a greenhorn on the bunny hills or your athletic prowess leads you down double black diamond trails, here are 7 snow-capped destinations Kemwel recommends for your next winter retreat.

FRANCE – Val Thorens
French alpinelift resorts represent one of the largest segments of European ski travel during winter months. The Pyrenees, the French Alps, the Vosges, the Jura and the Massif Central Mountains—France is undeniably a paradise for skiers from around the world. According to the World Ski Awards held recently in Austria, Val Thorens in the French Alps was recognized as the number one international ski destination to stick your ski poles into. Centrally located between Geneva Airport, Lyon Airport and Chambery Airport, you can easily pick up your Kemwel car rental and be at Val Thorens within a few hours. With close to seventy runs and a landscape cultivated for all levels of skill, experience for yourself why Val Thorens is the place to be this winter.

AUSTRIA – Innsbruck
innsbruckAustria is another winter-weather titan with an array of attractive ski destinations. Nestled among the Austrian Alps, the infinitely charming city of Innsbruck has a level of elevated prominence having hosted the Winter Olympics on two separate occasions. Traditional alpine and nordic skiing are chief among the wealth of sporting activities and events at hand to keep you and your party continuously engaged. When you visit Innsbruck outside of the holiday peak weeks of Christmas, New Years and spring break, you’re guaranteed to save money on everything from dining and accommodations to your Kemwel car rental. Prepare for a challenging ride on Patscherkofel’s Olympic downhill and bobsled courses, or try the more sedate and family-friendly resort in nearby Seefeld. First-time skiers and veterans alike can find a ski school for a ski lesson, or to increase their existing skill-set.

Zermatt SwitzerlandSwitzerland’s most distinctive landmark, the Matterhorn, offers an exquisite backdrop for your next ski vacation destination, Zermatt. Imagine days of speeding down carefully groomed trails, or schussing over miles of fresh powder, then savoring a warming cup of Glühwein at a slope-side bar or restaurant. Zermatt offers reliable, snow-covered pistes all year long, securing its place as a top destination for international skiers who can appreciate its extended season of cool conditions. Rent a luxury SUV with Kemwel  and prepare for your next epic adventure to beautiful Zermatt, Switzerland.

ITALY – Dolomites
While most travelers make their plans to visit Italy during the summer months, there are still memorable moments to be had when you travel out of the “peak” season. Bordering Austria, the Dolomites are home to one of the most comprehensive ski resort networks in the world, including the Vaile Isarco, Civetta and the exclusive CortinaDolomites d’Ampezzo resorts to name a few. Pick up your Kemwel car rental at the Milan Malpensa Airport and drive the Sella Ronda loop route which accesses many of the twelve Italian ski resorts that are part of the Doomite Superski Pass. Then when you’re ready for experience some of Italy’s scenic beauty off the slopes, you can take your rental car along the complete Sella Ronda Route in one day for some fine wines, cuisine and more casual culture.

GERMANY – Berchtesgaden
The idyllic town of Berchtesgaden is located in the southeast part of Germany and cradled on three sides by its neighbor, Austria. While it may have been off your radar in the past, it has many things that will commend it to you in the future over more prominently known European ski cities. Close proximity to the Austrian border and numerous airport locations, such as the Salzburg Airport, mean you can readily pick up your Kemwel car rental and be on a one-way adventure that will have you zig-zagging through the Berchtesgaden Alps in no time. Because Germany is not as actively sought out for ski holidays, you’ll have less touristberchtesgaden traffic to contend with, as well as cheaper costs compared to the more cosmopolitan resorts. Tailor your experience to your particular travel needs by choosing a resort for its family-friendly atmosphere (Göetschen), depth of powder (Jenner Koenigssee), well-lit pistes offering extended hours of operation (Obersalzberg), or exceptionally stunning vistas (Rossfeld). A Bavarian ski holiday is exactly what you need for an exciting and fun-filled getaway!

SPAIN – Sierra Nevada
Rent a car from Granada and gain a wider scope of travel options on and off the peaks. Sierra Nevada in Spain, the southernmost ski resort in Europe, may seem like an odd choice for a ski vacation until you hear about the perks. First, you have left the more popular Spanish Pyrenees, which will decrease crowding and pricing, but you also gain access to the nearby Mediterranean coast. Thanks to artificial snowmaking machines, even on days where the natural snowfall is not as plentiful, you can still expect diverse trail availability. There is an active nightlife at the resort, or you can drive back to Granada to explore and soak up some authentic Spanish culture. From its snowy peaks to the sunlit beaches, Spain is an alluring multi-faceted choice for a sun/ski vacation. While you’ll want to still dress sensibly as it’s not shorts, or bikini weather, if you had the choice to ski all morning, then take a quick siesta on a beach in the afternoon sun, wouldn’t you?

cross country skiingCross-country skiers will have a lengthier season of skiing in Levi than their alpine counterparts, but those with a downhill preference may still enjoy at least six months of generous snow cover. The diversity of the trails lean in favor of beginner and intermediate skill levels, but for those that require a more challenging course the three black diamond trails that are available will not disappoint. Skiing instruction for newbies and folks who’d like to build on basics, or brush up on safety techniques can be had at the local ski schools.  North of the Arctic Circle, this Lapland resort is near the Levi Ice Hotel & Ice Gallery if you haven’t had enough wintry goodness yet. Another luxury of this Finnish resort is that the likelihood of you seeing the Northern Lights increases putting this mountain in the must-see category. Don’t miss the selection of activities on and off the slopes. Pick up your car rental in Kittilä at the Kittilä Airport and prepare for an epic winter vacation in Finland’s largest ski resort.

With your Kemwel car rental and the spirit of adventure you can explore these ski destinations and more cool winter retreats throughout Western Europe. Kemwel guarantees the cheapest rental car rates in the travel industry. We offer international driving information  and car rental guides for additional convenience! Contact Kemwel toll-free at 1-877-820-0668 to speak with a reservation specialist, or confirm your car rental reservation online today!

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