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Explore the amazing Vanoise National Park from Tignes

The Vanoise National Park, in France's Tarentaise region, is one of the most spectacular places in the country, and offers loads in the way of stunning wildlife, breathtaking scenery and exhilarating sports, no matter which time of year you choose to visit.

Originally founded in 1963 as a conservation area for the local ibex - one of the most beautiful of all alpine creatures - it has become hugely popular with all types of visitors over the past 50 years, with some coming to marvel at the flora and fauna it contains, while others prefer to take advantage of opportunities it offers for adventure.

Which country should you head to on your next ski break?

However, while it's always nice to have this level of freedom to choose the perfect location for your holiday, it can also be pretty tricky figuring out which is the place for you. The first thing you'll need to think about is which country you want to visit, with each of the so-called big four - France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland - offering something different.

France, for example, is known for its enormous purpose-built ski resorts, with regions like the Espace Killy ski area, Portes du Soleil and Savoie Mont Blanc being full of these. If you choose to visit one of these destinations then you can be certain of having every type of facility and amenity you could possibly need right on your doorstep, with the drawback being that some of these resorts tend to be a little more crowded than other snowspots around Europe. Of course, this needn't be a negative, and if you'd rather ski somewhere that's full of life and bustling with people then France could be the country for you.

Why not try cross-country skiing in Obergurgl this winter?

Indeed, Obergurgl is one of Europe's top destinations for cross-country skiing - also known as Nordic skiing - so if you're looking for a slightly different challenge this year then this could be the perfect activity for you.

As the name suggests, the sport involves travelling across long distances of flat terrain, with a few uphills and downhills thrown in as well. Participants use a specific type of ski, similar to a Telemark ski, with bindings only on the front of the boot, therefore allowing the heel to lift off the ground in order provide extra thrust.

There are two different styles of cross-country skiing, with the classic and skating techniques each offering slightly different challenges, although both are sure to get your muscles working to their full capacity.

How to alleviate muscle soreness after a day on the slopes

Skiing is great fun, but it can also be tough, especially if it's been a while since you last hit the slopes, which means your body may not be used to the type of strain that the sport places on it. Because of this, it's not unusual to feel achy or suffer from muscle soreness at the end of a fun but exhausting day of skiing.

There are a number of ways that you can relieve these symptoms, and those who take measures to do so will find that their holiday becomes much more enjoyable, as it will allow them to recover after each day, ensuring that fatigue or stiffness is not carried over to the following morning.

Hitting the local spa is always a great idea at the end of a day of skiing, as here you'll be able to relax with a range of rejuvenating therapies. Massages, for instance, are always helpful in terms of loosening up any areas that have become stiff or tense, although simply sitting in the hot tub can be equally beneficial. The hot water will help to soothe your aching muscles, while the bubble jets will also have a massaging effect.

How to make the most of early season skiing

While most people relish the summer, those of us who prefer snow are just about at our wits end right now, with Europe's ski season having ended several months ago and not a single snowflake visible anywhere in the Alps. Fortunately, there's not too much longer to wait until the return of winter, although if you're planning on heading to the mountains for the start of the 2014/15 season, then there are a number of things you should be sure to do in order to get the most out of your trip.

Advice for skiing off-piste this winter

Firstly, it's essential that you don't head off into the un-bashed areas of the mountain unless you are an extremely competent skier, as doing so can be very dangerous for those who are not up to the task.

If you feel as though you're ready to make the leap, however, then you're in for a real thrill, although it's vital to take all the necessary safety precautions and be sensible. For instance, you should never head off-piste without an experienced guide, as you'll need to be led by someone who knows the local terrain and can advise you on where it is and isn't safe to ski. Even if you think you're a good enough skier and navigator to handle the wilderness, you won't have the specific knowledge that local guides are equipped with. For example, only someone who has spent the entire season in the area will know how much snow there has been, and therefore which spots are most likely to be solid enough to ski on or where the biggest risks of avalanches might be.

When's the best time to book a skiing holiday?

The biggest fans of snow will of course be suffering by now, as it's been several months since the white stuff fell over Europe, which is why the temptation can be to book a ski trip for the moment the pistes open. However, it's wise to think carefully about when to head to the mountains, as choosing the right time for your trip can really make or break a skiing holiday.

Alternative activities to try in Les Menuires

However, that's not to say there's nothing to do in this amazing resort during the warmer months of the year, and anyone who visits in the summer or autumn will quickly discover that there's a wealth of fantastic activities on offer that don't require snow.

Among the most exciting is the Speed Mountain toboggan run, which runs on rails and therefore doesn't require ice in order to operate. Open throughout the year, it really is a thrilling experience, and is just one of the many unique attractions that make Les Menuires stand out from the crowd.

For something a little more serene, meanwhile, you may want to take advantage of the warm weather to have a go at horse riding. This activity is typically available from the start of June until the end of August, with lessons and guides for less experienced riders. Travelling on horseback is a wonderful way to explore the amazing scenery around Les Menuires, which boasts some of the most awe-inspiring views in the Alps.

How to book the perfect romantic ski break

The great thing about skiing holidays is that they can be tailored to match any number of different needs. For example, if you're an adrenaline junky and are looking for some high-octane action then you'll have no trouble getting your fix of hair-raising excitement while bombing down slopes at one the many top ski resorts in the Alps. Alternatively, those who are looking for a relaxing trip with their partner will find this part of the world to be equally well-suited to their specific requirements.

For a start, the breathtaking scenery of the Alps provides the perfect backdrop to a magical romantic weekend away, so when it comes to setting the scene, most of the work is already done for you. On top of that, most resorts in the region offer loads of great facilities that are perfect for couples, so you won't be short of things to do together.

Tips for tackling steeper slopes this winter

If you're a beginner or intermediate skier and feel like taking the step up to the next level when you head off to the Alps this winter, then it's a good idea to start preparing yourself now for the challenge that lies ahead. For example, you may be telling yourself that this is finally the year to tackle those daunting black runs rather than sticking to the friendlier reds, blues and greens. To do so, you may want to spend your summer psyching yourself up and getting in shape, so that you're ready to take on those steep slopes from the moment you arrive in the mountains.

One thing you should certainly do over the coming months is work on your leg strength, as turning on steeper slopes often requires you to grip harder with your edges. It'll also entail using the edges of both skis at the same time, rather than just the downhill ski, and this can sometimes be quite demanding if your legs aren't in the correct condition to meet the challenge.

11/12/2013 - ZERMATT


Snowshoe treks will be on offer at the Swiss resort of Zermatt from Friday December 20th through to Friday April 25th 2014.

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11/12/2013 - VAL D'ISERE


The first yoga festival to take place in a French ski resort is coming to Val d'Isere from February 28th to March 2nd 2014.

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On January 5th, hoards of snowboarders will descend on Val Thorens to take part in the first leg of the 2014 Savoie Snowboard Tour.

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