Things To Know About When Skiing In Europe
What It’s Really Like To Ski In Europe
Skiing in Europe isn’t just about clicking into your skis and schussing down some of the most famous slopes in the world. It’s part of an experience that can check every box of a dream trip.
Dancing the afternoon away on a sunny deck in ski boots during après ski, glühwein flowing and music bumping. Staying in a hotel that has been owned by one family for generations, and feeling like one of their long- lost relatives by the time you leave. Having delectable local dishes on the mountain that will make you reevaluate what on-mountain dining should be.
This is all before you even talk about the skiing. There’s a reason the Alps have provided the backdrop for numerous movies. The iconic mountains reach skyward above the villages below, the peaks breaking through the clouds above. Once you get to the top of the mountain after taking the gondola, tram, funicular, lift, or even train up, you get to see what the skiing is all about. Most of the resorts lie above tree line, which means the entire mountain is free rein. You won’t see the big fences that reinforce boundaries at other resorts. You go where your skis can take you; whether it’s an untouched powder field, or a cruiser that can take you to a neighboring town or even crossing country borders.
Skiing in Europe is an experience unlike any other. While you can have days on the mountain that can only be classified as epic, it’s the people, the food, and the culture that will make it a ski trip you will never forget.
Early season in the ski resorts
Why I love an Early Season Ski Trip
One of the most underrated times of year to hit the slopes is nearly upon us: early season in the ski resorts. These are the few precious weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas where you can find the amazing combination of uncrowded slopes and killer deals. Resorts will be starting to gear up for the holiday crowds, but the only people you will be sharing the slopes with prior to the holidays are locals and some in-the-know tourists looking to get their first turns of the year.
Since the properties aren’t as busy, you can score some unbelievable bargains coming to the mountains before Christmas. Anything from budget hotels and condos to the luxury resorts not only offer rates that are a fraction of the price you’ll find later in the year, but many of them will throw in a free night or additional discount to really sweeten the deal.
If you’ve never been skiing before because you think it’s too expensive, December beckons. Everything from lodging and lift tickets to ski rentals drop in price, and make that winter wonderland for you and your family within reach. There is no better way to prepare for winter than to spend your days surrounded by snow, and your nights curled up by a fireplace, hot drink in hand.
For those that love the five star experience, but would rather spend their money on living the dream with spa treatments, fine dining, and the famous mountain nightlife than all on lodging, the early season lets you have it all. Stay in a high end hotel where the service levels and ski access mean that the hardest thing you’ll have to do is decide where to après.
Whoever said you can’t have it all?
Who is ready for fall?
Team Alpine visiting the Ranch at Rock Creek
Fall makes many people think of changing leaves, crisp temperatures, and finally having an excuse to occasionally sidle up to a fireplace. There is no better place to fully embrace everything about fall than by visiting the Ranch at Rock Creek, an all-inclusive luxury ranch in Montana that has something special to offer throughout the year. The Ranch is ringing in the season by throwing Autumn Harvest festivities the weekend of October 15-18.
If the thought of scenery so picturesque that it looks photoshopped isn’t enough to entice you, the Ranch does have a few other tricks up its sleeve. Fine dining with a Montana twist can satiate any foodie’s palate, and they have wine and cocktails aplenty to find just the perfect pairing. For the upcoming weekend festivities, the chef has concocted a special menu to celebrate the season with local purveyors supplying the ingredients. Montana breweries and a local distillery will each have a night to showcase their wares, which will supplement wines brought in from the Pacific Northwest.
When you’re not embarking on a culinary journey with Chef Josh Drage, fill your days with outdoor adventures; everything you can imagine doing in Montana is at your fingertips. Horseback riding, target shooting, and mountain biking are just a few activities offered up for the adventurous, and of course, if you need to relax, the spa can cure what ails. Just to take the weekend to another level, the Ranch is wrapping up the festivities with an intimate acoustic performance by Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes the final night.