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Key Differences Between Snow Holidays in the USA and Europe

Posted on 01. Jan, 2013 by in Destinations

Winter snow holidays are the perfect way to enjoy colder weather, spend time outdoors in nature, keep active and have the opportunity to be with family, friends and loved ones. When choosing the perfect destination for a winter snow holiday, many travellers from the United Kingdom have to decide between trips to the United States and trips to Europe. While ski resorts in both of these destinations certainly have some similarities, they also have a number of key differences. Ultimately, every traveller needs to identify what is most important to them in order to pick the ultimate destination. Read on to learn more about the major differences between snow holidays in the United States and Europe and how to pick the perfect resort to meet your needs.

Peak Sizes and Average Drops: In North America, there is a big emphasis on how high the peaks are and how big the descents are. The biggest drops are in Big Sky, Vail and Stratton, but none even get close to the elevation of Europe’s biggest peaks. Cortina, in Italy, boasts a vertical drop of over 6,600 feet, and Les Arcs in France is similar. The sheer size of the mountains is what makes the difference. In terms of majestic beauty and peak size, Europe has the upper hand here.Skiing in the Alps - Elegant Resorts

Popular Skiing Times and Lift Lines: One major difference between skiing resorts in North America and in Europe has to do with the popular ski times. In the United States, lift lines are already busy when they open first thing in the morning. Each day is packed with skiers and snowboarders, and people are eager to rack up as many runs as possible. In Europe, the ski lifts are empty in the morning. Most skiers start their day on the slopes after first enjoying a leisurely breakfast and coffee, and busy nightlife is far more common on European holidays.

Facilities for Children: There is a noticeable difference in the level of instruction available for children and new skiers in resorts in Europe and in North America. In places like Vail, classes are designed to teach children of any age the basics of skiing, and many instructors are both elementary school teachers and skiing professionals. In Europe, the classes can be more limited and the facilities are not always ideally situated to new skiers.

Best for Expert Skiers: Hotel Arlberg
Expert skiers often look for things like access to multiple terrain areas, uncrowded lifts and plenty of snow. Hotel Arlberg, located in Lech, Austria, is the perfect place for serious skiers to enjoy a holiday. Lifts can take you to the more challenging slopes or to the nearby ungroomed trails.Hotel Arlberg, Austria - Elegant Resorts

Best for Families: The Lodge at Vail
The Lodge at Vail is the perfect place for families to enjoy a winter holiday together. A shuttle services brings guests right to the slopes, something that parents with children will appreciate. Vail boasts some of the best children’s ski lessons in the world, and several small carpet lifts help young skiers ease into the process.

Best for Couples: Mont Cervin Palace
There can be no doubt that this luxury hotel in Zermatt, Switzerland is romantic. However, it is also a great place for couples to hit the slopes. Spend the day skiing around the base of the Matterhorn and taking in the breathtaking scenery and then spend the evenings relaxing in the jacuzzi or enjoying meals prepared by a personal chef.

Best for Beginners: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort
This hotel in Colorado is great place for beginners. The ski facilities boast great lessons and there are plenty of easy runs to get started. In addition, there are other winter activities to enjoy in the area such as sledding, ice skating and snowshoeing.

While there are some major differences between winter holidays in the USA and in Europe, destinations in both places are wonderful choices for a skiing getaway.

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