Chamonix, France

Chamonix is a really special place to ski – Located at the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix has pretty much endless amounts of off-piste and freeride skiing. For some of the best views of the highest peak in the Alps head up to the Aiguille du Midi viewing platform before taking on one of the longest and most challenging runs in the world, the Vallée Blanche. Unlike many other French resorts, it’s a large, vibrant town with lots of shops selling the latest ski tech as well as a huge selection of restaurants and bars.

Depending on how many days you have, you can get a pass that crosses to Italy too!

  1. Stay near La Flagere lifts which I felt was a better route up compared to the main town centre which was extremely crowded. Useful slope map here
  2. Tour the town centre and enjoy all its shops and restaurants everyday!
  3. Enjoy the wide space, the fresh air, views and company16387968_10156087996318849_4586955480622012357_n12439383_10154863374618849_2195353030105444772_n12729222_10154861590843849_1415024739483737050_n10392092_10154854686613849_8671394586096002960_n.jpg
  4. Wear a onesie because it’s pretty hilarious on the slopes

Bansko, Bulgaria

The town of Bansko is situated at the foot of the Pirin mountain in the south-western Bulgaria, 160 km from Sofia. It is the newest and most well-known winter resort in Bulgaria with the longest runs. It is extremely cheap to do a ski/snowboard season here compared to the Alps! No crazy queues but you might have to put up with a few smokers ruining the fresh air your meant to get on the slopes.

I was there in Feb and managed to catch the Snowboard world cup! Good sign that it’s a great place to be snowboarding.

  1. Stay at mountain dreams lodge. You can ski down to the gondola and ski home from the slopes with a short walk. You did need to walk up hill for about 10 mins from the town centre but it was a really nice accommodation with great views. It would have probably been too noisy right in the town centre anyways since there was a big drinking scene
  2. Enjoy the high street with shops, restaurants and plenty of clubs if you fancy it. Make sure you try their orange juice, extremely refreshing after a work out on the slopes.
  3. Enjoy the open space and powder snow. I finally learned to carve and attempt jumps! So grateful to have had this trip.