Winter Wonderland: why your next Christmas should be on the slopes

Some of the reasons why going on a Christmas ski holiday is a great idea.

From stuffed turkeys to beach barbecues, Christmas traditions vary greatly for everyone. But have you ever thought that it’s about time to start a brand-new tradition? How about a Christmas ski holiday?

Whisking your family or friends away for the most festive time of the year might seem daunting, but if you think about it, what could be more Christmassy than watching your loved ones open presents in a beautiful traditional chalet, next to a snow-covered mountain?

There are so many reasons why going on a Christmas ski holiday is a great idea. Here’s just a few of them:

You can experience different Christmas traditions

Sure, your local town might put up a massive tree and get a slightly famous name to turn on the Christmas lights, but that’s nothing compared to the traditions of some ski towns.

Visiting a ski resort at Christmas means you can experience a whole different culture to what you’re used to. For example, on Christmas Eve in the town of Val d’Isère, France, a street parade takes place full of costumed characters, before Santa (Père Noël) arrives on his sleigh to offer children gifts. And in the fairy-tale town of Ischgl, Austria, the big Christmas tradition is the Krampus Run, where around 50 terrifying Krampusses trek through the town to a car park for a mystical show.

You will finally have a white Christmas

Let’s face it, even the biggest Christmas scrooge would find it hard not to get a bit excited if they woke up on Christmas morning, pulled apart the curtains and saw that it was snowing outside. It’s a cliché that often appears in Christmas films, but rarely in real life.

The one place where this is pretty much guaranteed to happen, however, is during Christmas ski holidays. Waking up in a winter wonderland is a truly magical feeling, especially if you’re with children or on a romantic break. Being able to make snow angels and snowmen on Christmas day is just as much fun as it sounds.

You can get heaps of exercise

When you’re eating a huge Christmas dinner at home, it’s usually followed by lying on the sofa, watching TV specials for a few days. But when you’re on a ski holiday, you’re likely to be going skiing every day, meaning you’ll be burning off the calories.

Fitness isn’t something you’d usually associate with the Christmas period, but that’s the great thing about a Christmas ski holiday; you’re getting high level of exercise without even noticing. It’s been proven you can burn up to 400 calories an hour during a big ski session, so you don’t have to feel guilty when the cheese board comes out.