There are few more liberating experiences then gliding down the slopes of a snow-carpeted mountain.
Surrounded by breathtaking alpine vistas, and from the soaring peaks of the Swiss Alps, to the powdery landscapes of Hokkaido in northern Japan, across the world there are myriad awe-inspiring destinations to choose from.
One of the highest and most famous resort towns on the planet, Zermatt is situated high in the Swiss Alps, at an elevation of some 1,600 metres, and is home to an array of bars, eateries, shops and hotels, along with an incredible 360km of ski-runs.
One of the best skiing destinations on the planet, the surrounding alpine landscapes are truly breathtaking and include one of Europe’s highest and most iconic mountains, the Matterhorn, home to the highest ski area in Europe.
In Europe, the ski season generally runs from late November to the middle of April,However, this can vary considerably, with some destinations offering snow from as early as late September and all the way through till May, whilst a few, such as Zermatt, have limited runs open all year round.
Most resorts offer the hire of all necessary equipment, such as skis, boots and poles, so all you will need is plenty of warm clothing and eye protection.