Although it’s finally warming up here in Europe, many people are already planning their next winter vacation. And to be honest, if you want to travel to a popular skiing spot when the snow starts, booking early (like now) is already a good idea. Not only will you lock in your spot at the hotels, but you might still be able to get some great deals.

It’s no wonder people contemplating a ski holiday are spoilt for choice. With so many resorts all over Europe and beyond, it’s easy to get snowed under with the selection. Narrowing down the options can be a difficult task, particularly if you don’t already have a favourite resort that you return to year after year, but that can be part of the fun of it.

Having the opportunity to experience various resorts is part of the fun of skiing, and Italian ski holidays should definitely be added to your annual trips as soon as possible. Although part of mainland Europe, with access to the Alps as well as the Dolomites, Italy is completely different to the other popular contenders of France, Austria and Switzerland. Take a look at these top reasons why an Italian ski holiday would be an awesome option for your winter 2013/14 break in the mountains:

Lower Cost

The cost of an Italian skiing break is incredibly appealing, with many of the facilities and hire costs being considerably less than its alpine neighbours. If you want a winter vacation that won’t overstretch your budget, Italy has plenty of great options available. You might have to travel a bit further, but airfare prices are often cheaper to the Italian hot spots that don’t get quite as many visitors.


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Beginners and intermediates are particularly well catered for, with a plethora of green, blue and red runs to sink their teeth into. Whether you’re a complete newbie or you want to brush up on your skills, Italy would be a perfect destination for it. The more advanced skiers, who would love a bit of off-piste action, would also feel right at home, with plenty of off-piste opportunities waiting for you to ride the powder.

The Views

Like any skiing break, don’t forget your camera. Of course, the experiences will be imprinted on your mind forever but when those memories fade a little and you can barely picture the incredible scenery you had the fortune to see, the photographs you took the time to take will come in handy.


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Whether you choose Italy or opt for any of the other fantastic resorts scattered across Europe and beyond, make sure you take a look at the offers from Neilson – you’ll be amazed at how far your money can go and, with some fantastic deals and discounts cropping up online all the time, you can save a pretty penny too.