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Written by Brankica Jaksi

January 7, 2018

I decited to write something really different this time, merging sport like Skiing and tourism, nature to be more precise. If you love skiing or you plan to try for the first time, here are some destinations that I find really amazing and beautiful.

1. Madesimo, Italy

This is an attractive old village situated above Lake Como, a 2.5-hour drive from Milan and Bergamo. It’s much loved by Italian families in search of high-quality slopes at realistic prices. The runs are mainly intermediate, but there are plenty of challenges for experts, including one of the top 10 classic runs in Europe – the ungroomed Canalone itinerary, which descends 1,000 vertical metres. Madesimo’s ski area isn’t extensive, but there’s plenty of variety in the terrain. The resort tends to get very busy on high-season weekends, due to its proximity to Milan and Bergamo, but during the week it’s blissfully uncrowded outside Italian holiday times.

2.  Steamboat Springs, USA

Named for its famous hot springs, Steamboat Springs is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure junkies. This Colorado city is surrounded by working ranches, but its plethora of outdoor pursuits are what entice visitors. Fishing and camping are popular things to do in the summer, while the winter months are ideal for snowshoeing and snowmobiling. But the city’s most well-known activity is skiing. No matter what time of year you visit, start with a ride on the Steamboat Gondola for panoramic views. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike to Fish Creek Falls, hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort or bike the Yampa River Core Trail, while those in search of some rest and relaxation can unwind in Strawberry Park Hot Springs’ mineral pools.

3. Kopaonik, Serbia 

The ski resort Kopaonik is located in Šumadija and Western Serbia (Serbia, Serbia-South). For skiing and snowboarding, there are 55 km of slopes available. 24 lifts transport the guests. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 1,057 and 2,017 m. The Serbian Kopaonik ski resort is located on the mountain range of the same name on the border to Kosovo. It stretches up to the peak of the Pančićev vrh at 2017 m. Multiple 6 and 4-person chairlifts (some with seat heaters) make this one of the most modern winter sports resorts in the country. Comprehensive artificial snow production and normally plentiful natural snowfall ensure a long season for skiing and snowboarding. Kopaonik mountain is especially beautiful for its distinctive landscape of dense coniferous forests (spruce and fir) at higher elevations and mixed beech and oak forests on its slopes, pastures and meadows and prominent peaks from which views extend to the Šar Mountains and the Komovi and Stara Planina mountains.

4. Banff, Canada

If you’re itching to experience the lifestyle of a Swiss skiing village, but don’t want to fork over the cash for a trans-Atlantic flight, consider Banff. Thanks to its location in the heart of the Canadian Rockies near the southeastern border of Banff National Park – Canada’s first national park – taking trips here will decrease not only your flight time from the U.S. but also your expenses (although only marginally). Banff caters to intrepid explorers who prefer to end the day in a nice hotel rather than roughing it at the campgrounds (though, there are plenty of those, too). Opportunities for adventure abound, so pick your sport: Ski down Mount Norquay, hike to the massive, free-standing limestone pillars known as the Hoodoos, “scramble” up the face of the Stoney Squaw Mountain or bike along Healy Creek. When you are exhausted, retreat to your cozy (and warm) resort, and replenish yourself with a hefty helping of bison meat.

5. Méribel, France 

There’s no denying that the thousands of international visitors who migrate each winter to this the geographical centre of the giant Trois Valleés ski area know how to party in style. A branch of the French on-mountain après experience La Folie Douce, at the mid-station of the main Saulire gondola, gets loud at 3pm with a DJ and tabletop dancing. The clientele tend to migrate after 5pm to the Rond Point, better known as The Ronny, just above the main village and the must-visit après venue. It has live bands and a fantastic, up-for-it atmosphere. On a good night, you could be crowd surfing by 6pm. Alternatively, Jack’s Bar has comedy and live bands every evening from 5pm and Barometer has a pleasant English pub atmosphere. Later on, La Taverne and Le Pub are good warm-up spots for the main clubbing action even later at O’Sullivan’s or Les Saint Pères. Méribel’s local slopes are extensive and mainly intermediate. They give easy access to the rest of the Trois Vallées ski area.

These are my few ski destinations. If you love skiing then I hope you visit this places soon. I hope you all had a blessed time during this winter holiday. Let the New Year start as good as possible. Let’s make new travel plans for 2018. Till then LIVE, DREAM, EXPLORE.

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