When the snow falls, the skiers meet in St Moritz. That’s according to Club Med’s latest ski season report, which indicates European tourists will be staying closer to home this year.
The pandemic continues to shape our travel choices, and nearly half of 2,000 people surveyed said they were considering a new destination for their winter sports vacation.
Many resorts are set to welcome winter vacationers for the first time in two years. In addition to the impatient (albeit a bit rusty) skiers returning to the slopes, there will be a new crowd that will be learning about the sport, the new report of the vacation package offered by the pioneers.
Skiing holidays are back in fashion
62% of those surveyed said this year would be their first ski or snowboard vacation compared to just 40% in 2020. The majority of these novice skiers choose a winter sports vacation because their usual type of travel is not available due to COVID-19.
When it comes to destinations, Switzerland ranked first (37%) for British travelers, followed by France (33%) and Austria (24%), with the three countries recording increases from Last year.
As well as traditional alpine destinations are back in high demand, one in ten say they would now consider a winter break in Scotland.
“The past two ski seasons have been filled with disruption and we understand that people are more eager than ever to hit the slopes,” said Estelle Giraudeau, UK and Northern Europe Managing Director at Club Med.
The tourist company’s spots in the French Alps – including Val Thorens Sensations, Alpe d’Huez and Les Arcs Panorama – are its current “bestsellers” for the February 2022 semester, New Year’s week and Easter holiday periods.
Where else have skiers set their sights?
Aspen, United States
Colorado Ski Resort was actually the number one place skiers have, or would like to book for their winter sports vacation, according to the report. Aspen Mountain in the Rocky Mountains of North America is an undeniably majestic place to slice up white matter.
But given the delay United States travel restrictions lifted, that’s not where Club Med thinks most people will end up.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Tourists are booking their vacations later and later, due to uncertainty over travel rules, and the Alps may be due to a late surge.
The most popular resort in the Alps was the much sought after and elegant St. Moritz. Two French alpine ski resorts, Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez were finalists and also deliver traditional altitude glamor.
Le Massif de Charlevoix – Canada
Canada is the number one long-haul destination for a winter sports vacation, according to Club Med. The all-inclusive specialists have just opened their very first Canadian resort, Québec Charlevoix, in the Massif de Charlevoix sector.
It is billed as “the premier Club Med mountain resort with waterfront views” due to its location on the St. Lawrence River, and spots for December are filling up quickly.
The Cairngorms – Scotland
The breathtaking topography of the Cairngorms is a great place for skiers, beginners or not. With more people on vacation in Europe, the mountain range three ski resorts are sure to see a lot more action.
The Lecht is the best option for beginners with its easy-to-climb magic carpet, while Glenshee and Cairngorm Mountain offer more challenging terrain for advanced skiers.