© Jean-Pierre Noisillier / OT Megeve 

Make the most magical time of the year even more so by going skiing! Here are our five favourite reasons to spend Christmas in the Alps.

1. Skiing on Christmas Morning

Can you think of a better way to spend Christmas morning than coasting down some ski slopes, enjoying the fantastic views over the mountains? No, we can't either. The main benefit of going to the Alps over the holidays is the fact that you can go skiing and snowboarding every day, including Christmas day. Plus, the slopes are generally a bit quieter on the 25th so you won’t have to deal with overcrowded pistes and long lift queues (although you may spy a few skiing santas).

Skiing Santa on a Chairlift in Les Gets

© N Heu / OT Les Gets

2. Fantastic Food (Without the Guilt!)

Let’s face it – food is an integral part of the holiday celebrations. Luckily, in the Alps you have the fantastic Savoyard-style delicacies to enjoy. From fondue to tartiflette, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice. Plus, thanks to the fact that you’ll be skiing all week, you don’t need to feel guilty about eating so much on Christmas Day!

Enjoying fondue in Val Thorens

© C Cattin / OT Val Thorens

3. A Snowy White Christmas

If you head to the Alps over the holidays, you’ll be able to actually experience a white Christmas rather than just dream of one. Christmas Day might fall early on in the ski season but you can still be fairly certain of a snowy Christmas morning, particularly if you head to a high altitude resort such as Tignes, Val d'Isere or Val Thorens. So you can Instagram your snowy white Christmas celebrations to your heart’s content, and make all of your friends very, very jealous.

Snowy Val d'Isere Village

© andyparant.com / OT Val d'Isere

4. Two Christmas Celebrations

Spending Christmas in the Alps also means you get to celebrate it twice. Across Europe, celebrations take place on the 24th, and ski resorts in the Alps are no exception, with parades, carols and, of course, a visit from Santa. Many hotels also offer a gala dinner on Christmas Eve. After that, you’ve still got your own celebrations on the 25th to look forward to!

Santa visits Courchevel

© Patrick Pachod / OT Courchevel

5. Entertainment for Everyone

Ski resorts in the Alps always offer great entertainment for the whole family, with activities such as dog-sledding, ice skating and snowshoeing available throughout the season. However, Christmas is a particularly special time of the year, with many resorts starting the celebrations at the beginning of December, by switching on the lights and putting up Christmas trees. Throughout the rest of the month, the evenings are often filled with festive markets and live music. Make sure you check out what entertainment your chosen resort is offering over Christmas to ensure you don’t miss out.

 Christmas Entertainment in Megeve

© Simon Garnier / OT Megeve

So what are you waiting for? Book that Christmas ski trip to the Alps today.


Posted on Wednesday 27 Jul 2016

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