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Megan Hughes

14 Oct 21

Let’s Get Back to the Mountains

Megan Hughes

14 Oct 21

As mountain resorts prepare to welcome skiers back to their slopes, this winter has so much to give.

A 2021/22 winter ski holiday offers a chance to experience all we’ve been devoid of for so long: social interaction, new adventures, incredible and unfamiliar landscapes and a true feeling of freedom.

Get Active in the Fresh Snow

There’s no better feeling than seeing those thick, white flakes coming down heavy under the lights of the resort, knowing an epic powder day is on the horizon.

After being cooped up in our homes for so long, there’s no wonder that more of us than ever are itching to get outdoors and get active again. 

This year, there will be no such thing as a fair-weather skier … We’ll all be out getting our heart rates up, even as the temperature drops. Forget dreaming of perfect bluebird days. This winter, we’re just as excited to feel the heavy snow on our faces and fresh powder under our skis. 

Chill Out With Chairlift Chats

After a year in which being within talking distance of anyone felt like a crime, it seems strange to think back on chairlift chats, particularly those with strangers.

But for us skiers, the chairlift provides a place to chat away about the one thing we all love. Whether you’re hearing all the stories from your mate’s morning at ski school, or asking a local for advice on where to head for lunch, a chairlift is never simply a way to get from A to B; it’s an opportunity to interact. 

Plus, if you are lucky enough to get a lift to yourselves, it’s a chance to have a real conversation with friends and family, with no one distracted by checking their emails or scrolling social media. That’s an opportunity almost unheard of in 2021! 

Rediscover Your Dancing Shoes at Après-Ski

Ahhh après, an undeniable staple of many winter ski holidays. Though certain après-ski institutions may seem worlds away at this point, the carefree, social atmosphere of late mountain afternoons will always stand the test of time! 

Whether you’re dancing on tables singing Europop classics, testing your ice-skating skills, relaxing in the spa or simply sipping local wine in a cosy resort bar, après offers a true escape from the stresses of everyday life – something we need now more than ever!

Discover New Cuisines With Mountain Lunches

From long, cosy lunches by the fire when the weather’s not quite playing ball to topping up your goggle tan on a deckchair in the sun, a good mountain lunch is a surefire way to level up your ski day. 

After months of home-cooked meals and tried-and-tested takeaways, we could all do with expanding our taste buds a little, and what better way than with some delicious Alpine cuisine. Wherever you decide to ski this winter, you can be sure that the local specialities will be a welcome treat, fuelling you up nicely for an afternoon’s adventure. 

Share Slope Stories and Special Memories

One undeniable lesson the past year has taught us is to make every moment with your loved ones count and to truly appreciate the experiences you are able to share.

Sure, carving down freshly groomed slopes is an incredible feeling, but a winter ski holiday also gives us the simple joys of spending quality time with your loved ones. 

Whether you’re making memories in the powder, or sharing ski school stories over a delicious dinner, these are the small moments we so often take for granted. 

A winter ski holiday offers the unique opportunity to do both, in the best possible way. When else do you get to have a family reunion over fondue and fine wine? Or catch up with a group of friends, while racking up the miles from first lifts to last, making incredible memories along the way? 

We certainly can’t think of any better way to put the social distance behind us! 

Protect Your Holiday With Financial Security

This year, it’s more important than ever to make sure you book with a reliable company, to ensure your money is protected in case of changing circumstances.

With over 100 resorts to choose from, Crystal Ski Holidays have a long tradition of providing high-quality, great-value ski holidays, with a simple booking process and friendly staff to assist you every step of the way. Flights, transfers and accommodation are all included when booking, as well as the ability to add lift passes, equipment hire and ski school, so everything’s ready for when you arrive.

Most importantly, you can book and travel with confidence with Crystal this winter, with ABTA and ATOL protection. With Crystal, secure your booking for just £100pp deposit. Plus they’ve got you covered with their Crystal Holiday Promise, which includes fee-free changes up to 28 days before you travel (if you’re flying with TUI Airways), Covid-19 flexibility and their package refund guarantee.

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