Even though skiing in Scotland is about the only place in the British Isles where one can hit the slopes, CainGorm Mountain, Glencoe Mountain or Glenshee just cannot compare to the stunning resorts and ski facilities that one finds in the Alps of central Europe.
No wonder then that ski holidays leaving from Edinburgh are high on the list of winter breaks booked by sporty Scotsmen looking for a real skiing challenge.
Edinburgh airport as you would expect is of course the busiest airport in Scotland and offers ski holidays leaving tomorrow and at later dates to a wide range of ski areas and resorts, with plenty of choice for all levels of skier and boarder, and packages to suit all budgets.
Low-coast carriers such as easyJet, Flyglobespan and Jet2.com operate services to Geneva, Lyon and Chambery, with Thomson Ski offering charter flights serving the Alps.
French resorts accessible on a skiing holiday leaving from Edinburgh include those in the Chamonix Valley, Grand Massif and the Three Valleys such as Chamonix Village, La Tania, Meribel, Courchevel and Flaine.
The enchanting Chamonix valley for example is ideally placed at the foot of several peaks that are over 4000m in height and is home to a string of ski-bases that include Chamonix village itself, Argentiere, Les Praz and Les Houches.
The Grand Massif ski area on the other hand is situated in between Geneva and Mont Blanc in the Haute Savoie region of France. It features over 250kms of ski runs and is made up of a number of charming and quaint villages such as Samoens, Morrilon, Six-Fer-a-Cheval and Les Carroz d’Araches. Flaine is the most well known and only modern purpose built ski resort in this area.
Alternatively, if France is not your ideal destination, you can catch skiing holidays leaving from Edinburgh to Austrian, Swiss and Italian resorts include Soll, Mayrhofen, Villars, Saas Fee and La Thuile.
Soll for example, in the Ski Welt area of Austria, is a popular ski resort filled with English skiers. A small, typically quaint European location, its pedestrian-only streets are lined with shops and restaurants to keep you well occupied apres-ski. A good value ski resort for mixed ability skiers, Soll is situated at 700m at the foot of the Hohe Salve mountain and features over 150kms of cross country skiing trails.
So if you are looking for a ski holiday leaving tomorrow or in the near future, consider Edinburgh as a port of departure if it is convenient for you.
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