Be it skiing on the snow or surfing on the sea – the best holiday destinations to exercise after the Christmas feasts:
Why pick January to go skiing in Europe - If you’d rather go at a less busy time, the best month to go skiing is January, which is also quiet and more peaceful, as people find they need to save money after an expensive Christmas! Importantly, fewer skiers on the slopes means that there are much smaller queues for ski lifts, which is a definite bonus as queues at peak times can be quite an annoyance for the eager skier! -
TOP 5 destinations:
1. St Anton, Austria –
St. Anton, in the Austrian Tirol, is one of the world’s best known resorts. It is also one of the few ski areas that can claim to be where it all began: the Arlberg Technique of downhill skiing, which developed here over a century ago, is basically the style we’re all skiing now. Pioneer and local boy Hannes Schneider took the technique on a world tour to Japan and the USA, spreading the sport of skiing around the planet, the rest, as they say, is history.
2. Mürren, Switzerland –
Stashed in a remote corner of the Swiss Alps and accessed only by train or cable car, Mürren is a car-free village that offers only 33-miles of slopes, but delivers huge backcountry. The best part? Unlike Cham or Andermatt, Mürren remains largely undiscovered by the international freeride scene.
3. Montgenèvre, France –
Think of the Via Lattea and the most obvious resorts are Sestrière and Sauze d'Oulx. But one of the more humble destinations in the linked Italy/France ski area is Montgenèvre, on the French side. It's a little powder pocket, family-friendly and good for beginners and intermediates, with access to the Milky Way's 400km of tracks.
4. Madonna di Capiglio, Italy –
It was in 1910 when an expedition of British skiers first came to Madonna di Campiglio by sled – they appreciated the beauty of the region and passed on the message, more than 100 years on we are still travelling there to see the beauty of the area.
In June 2010, the Dolomites were included in the World Heritage List because of their exceptional beauty and unique landscape, together with their scientific importance from the geological and geomorphologic point of view
5. Jasna, Slovakia –
With flights remaining cheap and a first class train ticket from Bratislava airport to this Slovakian resort a steal, Jasna is a great destination for those looking for a late cheapy!
Jasna by far is the most well known and developed resort in Slovakia, with it, having the best reputation for both quality of skiable area and services provided. Set near to the city of Liptovsky Mikulas, the area provides services for both summer and winter adventures with stunning scenery to match.
The Origins of surfing – Surfing is one of the oldest practiced sports on the planet. The art of wave riding, is a blend of total athleticism and the comprehension of the beauty and power of nature. Surfing is also one of the few sports that creates its own culture and lifestyle. The act of riding waves with a wooden board originated in Western Polynesia over three thousand years ago. The first surfers were fishermen who discovered riding waves as an efficient method of getting to shore with their catch.
Where to go for a January surf – our TOP 5 destinations:
1. Morocco, Taghazout -
The best time for surfing in Morocco is during the winter - from September to April - due to the bigger swells, as a result of storms on the North Atlantic Ocean. The Taghazout area in the Agadir region of Morocco has been attracting surfers from across the globe since the free-living 60’s for its phenomenal right-hands
2. Mexico Sayulita -
From Baja California to Oaxaca, the Pacific Coast of Mexico is home to some of the planet’s most sublime surf. The water is warm, there are waves everywhere and much of the coastline is largely unexplored. Fast cementing its reputation as one of Mexico’s hippest surf towns, Sayulita, north of Puerto Vallarta, is all good vibes and great beaches. An entrenched surf community gathers for the dependably good waves, particularly the north swell from December through April.
3. Hawaii Oahu -
Where else but in Hawaii can you call a local phone number and receive today's current surf report? Oahu's south shore is perfect for beginning surfers – the Waikiki area offers newcomers a chance to rent boards and take lessons in what are usually very non-intimidating surf conditions. Winter (November – April) is the season of big surf on Oahu's rugged North Shore, with wave heights often topping 20 feet (7 m).
4. Australia, Gold Coast -
Australia is renowned as one of the world’s premier surfing destinations. Its 37,000km coastline is blessed with beach, reef and point breaks to challenge the most experienced board-riders. For the less adept, there are countless easy-rolling swells that beginners can paddle onto safely and with confidence. As well as an international party destination, the Gold Coast boasts some of Australia’s best, most consistent waves and hosts many international surfing competitions. The 35 beaches are patrolled year round by professional lifeguards and have surf to suit all levels of experience. If you’re a surfing novice, the Gold Coast is an ideal place to learn.
5. Bali, Keramas beach -
Bali doesn't really have an off season with year round waves depending on the location that you place yourself around the island. Catering from beginner to professional surfers with sand bottom beach breaks through to heavy hollow reef breaks, Bali has a range of waves for any level of surfer. Keramas Beach is located in the Keramas Village, Sukawati District, Gianyar Kabupaten and Bali Province – Indonesia. The best time for surfing at Keramas Beach is during the rain season because the wind flows from the west to the east and creates the big waves that are suitable for surfing activities.
Date Created: 09 January 2015 by Vittoria Soddu