Alta Badia ski – 130 km of pistes, 6 villages, UNESCO world heritage status and a gourmet food festival in the mountains. Read on for why Alta Badia in Italy should be your next ski holiday destination…
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A ski holiday in Alta Badia in Italy means 130 km of well-groomed pistes, an altitude that ensures good snow conditions and a variety of terrain. It’s also on the sunny side of the Alps with access to 500 kilometres of connected slopes in the Dolomites. You’ll find excellent food, world-class local wines and endless views of the Italian Dolomites. There’s also a large offering of Ladin culture and the best of hospitality. A stay in any of Alta Badia’s villages will put you in pole position to explore the area.
Alta Badia in Italy presents skiers with a delicious dilemma. Each season the culinary festival ‘A Taste for Skiing’ dishes up 130 km of beautifully groomed pistes paired with first class chefs, gourmet food and excellent Tyrolean wines. With ten mountain huts taking part and activities like ‘Breakfast with Powder Snow’ and ‘Sommeliers on the Slopes’, snow-goers are spoilt for choice. After a few days of eat, ski, repeat bigger ski pants may be required.
Alta Badia Org | Photo: Freddy Planinschek
Filzmoos Balloon Week takes place each January in Filzmoos, Austria. This pretty Austrian village nestles in the “ski amadé” region of Salzburgerland.The village lies in a pine-clad valley at the base of the Bischofsmütze Mountain surrounded by a winter wonderland of wooden chalets, fir trees and sparkling alpine scenery.
Filzmoos has so much more to offer than skiing, snow-boarding and hiking. It’s also known as Austria’s Balloon Village. I went along to Filzmoos Balloon Week to find out all about it.
Updated January 2020
Filzmoos in Austria’s largest ski area, the Ski Amadé, is the sort of town you’d expect to see on the pages of a fairytale book. Wooden chalets tumble their way down the hillsides, snow-laden forests of fir trees line the valley against a backdrop of majestic mountains. As well as alpine picture-book perfection Filzmoos ski resort is also the perfect place for a first family ski holiday.
Filzmoos ski has plenty of runs for beginners, intermediates and many other activities besides skiing. You’ll also get good value for money in Austria, some fabulous Austrian mountain food and the warmest of welcomes. Read on for my Filzmoos Ski review.
Skiing in The French Alps in January is always going to be a lot colder than skiing in March or April without that gorgeous spring sunshine. This year as we’d be going in winter I wanted to make sure I was completely warm on the piste. I packed for the cold with thermal undies and lots of layers to keep me toasty but I needed something extra for my feet. I’ve got some great walking boots but they’re only ankle height and take ages to get on and off. The time had come for a pair of waterproof snow boots.
Enter the boot of choice – Berghaus Women’s Jura AQ Insulated Waterproof Winter Boots
Waterproof Snow Boots
I needed a longer, waterproof, boot that would keep my feet warm and dry. It’s no fun balancing on one foot in a snowy car park while trying to get your après ski boot on so they needed to be easy to slip on and off and with good grip for icy conditions. They also needed to have a bit of style and look good for après ski with jeans or leggings. Those are my gorgeously soft, woolly socks peeping out the top…
These boots come in a durable, water-resistant, nylon ripstop fabric with a waterproof lining to give complete water protection outdoors. They feature a warm insulation which keeps feet and legs warm when the temperature drops. A faux fur trim offers extra warmth and style to this cold weather boot which comes in black to match any outfit.
Berghaus have included in the design of this boot their patented OPTI STUD® technology which increases traction over rough terrain. This feature has been created through a floral pattern to add style and definition. The boot has a front lacing system which improves fit and comfort whilst a concealed zipper makes getting them on and off easy.
What’s to love?
Lots. These comfortable boots kept my feet warm and dry and looked great too – the fluffy detail made me feel like a proper snow-bunny! They were really easy to get on and off using the full-length zip at the side and the lacing at the front could be loosened to fit thick ski trousers or tightened for evenings when I was wearing leggings or jeans. The grippy sole provided great traction in the snow and they weren’t heavy to wear. Even when I was knee-deep in snow the boot remained totally dry without letting any moisture soak into the fabric.
What’s not to love?
The boots come up a bit small so I went for one size bigger – especially as I knew I’d be wearing thick ski-socks with them. Not a problem if you’re buying in-store and trying on but if purchasing on-line this could be an issue.
Overall I’m very pleased with these boots – they look great, they’re waterproof, warm and grip well in the snow. They’re very well made so should last several ski seasons and will also be perfect for the cold weather in the UK, although if this rain carries on I’ll have webbed feet before long!
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Every winter the mountains start calling and I begin to yearn for our trip to Morzine Avioriaz in the Portes du Soleil area of the French Alps. There’s a whole host of reasons that I love a week in the mountains, none more significant than any other, it’s all wrapped up together; a feeling of being at one with nature, insignificantly small in a vast mountain landscape and more alive than I feel anywhere else. Here’s some of the reasons I’m drawn back each year…
1. The Views and the wide open spaces. White-topped peaks, soft, billowing drifts contrasting with rocky terrain and the bluest of skies I’ve ever seen. I’ll let the views speak for themselves…
Looking down on Avoriaz
2. The Air is cleaner, fresher and more invigorating than anywhere I’ve ever been and it’s the only place I can really breathe properly – I have allergies but the air is so pure in the mountains they all seem to disappear.
3. The peace and stillness. It’s so, so quiet at times with just the faint sound of skiers schussing through the powder, a muffled laugh in the distance, the breeze, and the sound of my own breathing and I want it to last forever.
4. ‘Jubilee de Neige’ is a french term which I heard for the first time this year which describes the sparkles of sunlight dancing on the snow in the sunshine. Lovely.
Ski Tracks, Avoriaz
5. Hot Vin Chaud. You knew that was coming didn’t you!
6. Evenings cosied around a roaring log fire with friends, wine, comfort food and feeling like you’ve really earned it after a hard day’s skiing.
Back at the Morzine Chalet
7. Ski lifts – I love the journey to the top of the piste – time to really soak up the views and that fresh mountain air.
8. The fact that you can just ski over the border to Switzerland without checking-in or going through security. No passport required.
The top of Avoriaz
9. Cheese, oh yes the cheese! The alpine shops are full of gorgeous, tasty, gooey, smelly cheeses! Comte is my favourite.
Alpine Cheese Shop
10. I love the sense of achievement at the end of the day when I’ve kept up with all the others who’ve been skiing for 10 years longer than me!
What do you love about the mountains…?
Avoriaz, The French Alps
Fun Ski Bunnies
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