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The 10 Most Beautiful Ski Resorts in the World

The 10 Most Beautiful Ski Resorts in the World

The winter period can be somewhat daunting if you’re stuck in a place that has little to offer in terms of outdoor activities. What’s the fun in having time off work when you’re stuck inside the house due to a lack of things to do in your local area?

If skiing is your thing, then you may want to consider one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world as your next holiday destination.

Whether you’re a dedicated mountaineer, an enthusiastic snowboarder, or a sucker for all things wellness, these resorts guarantee an unforgettable holiday experience for the whole family. If you’re on in search of inspiration for your next winter getaway and you want somewhere with stunning scenery, then take a look at these exquisite resorts.

1. Avoriaz, France

Avoriaz France

    Referring to Avoriaz as a mere ski resort wouldn’t really do it justice – it’s so much more than that. The right term might be something along the lines of “leisure resort,” seeing as it offers activities beyond skiing and other winter sports. During the summer months, tourists flock to Avoriaz and the Morzine community to hike, mountain bike, or enjoy a round of golf with spectacular views of the surrounding beautiful mountain range. The Aquariaz, a stunning water park that opened its doors in 2012, has become a major attraction, and sports a large variety of tropical plants and trees for an exotic experience throughout the whole year.

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    2. Cortina d’Ampezo, Italy

    Cortina Dampezzo Italy

      The scenic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo has established itself as one of the most popular destinations for international jet setters, and it’s not hard to understand the attraction. This ski resort offers its guests a well-rounded holiday experience the whole family can enjoy. Organized ski tours through the Dolomite Alps will take you past icy waterfalls, picturesque mountain farms, and breath-taking views of the Lagazuoi. Youngsters who crave a little more adventure will have a blast ice-karting their way down a track specifically designed for this new winter sport trend. The evenings invite leisurely strolls through Cortina to visit the many shops and museums before getting dolled up for the nearest après-ski party.

      3. Lake Louise, Canada

      Lake Louise Canada

        Located in the Banff National Park in Alberta, the Lake Louise Ski Resort is equipped with one of the largest terrain parks in Western Canada, and a large learning area for adults and kids alike. If you’re not all that confident about your skiing skills just yet, you can book private lessons or join a group while the kids spend a day of fun and games at the resort’s daycare center. The resort offers excellent summer and winter deals and a whole list of exciting activities, such as a sightseeing Gondola trip that takes you over the Canadian Rockies – keep your eyes peeled for Grizzly bears!

        4. Meribel, France

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        Meribel, France

          The Meribel ski resort’s extensive slopes cater to all levels of experience, thus making it a family friendly winter sport destination. The Olympic Centre is open throughout the entire year and is equipped with all the features necessary to make your holiday memorable, and above all, relaxing. Whether you’re looking to take up a new activity such as rock climbing or ice-skating, pamper yourself in the spa area, or just keep the kids entertained on the water slide, it’s all possible here. Book one of the many traditional wooden chalets to capture the cosy spirit of the French Alps.

          5. Wengen, Switzerland

          Wengen Switzerland

            If you have always pictured yourself spending the cold winter months in a charming little mountain village, book your holiday to Wengen now. This is a car-free resort that can be reached via rail or gondola. It is extremely popular for its “Swiss Snow Kids Village,” where children (above 3 years of age) are invited to spend the day playing games, learning how to ski, and taking turns on the snow carousel while their parents brave the adult slopes.

            6. Morzine, France

            Morzine France

              If you’re looking for a ski resort with real character, Morzine is it. Around 650 kilometers (about 400 miles) of ski slopes guarantee an active winter holiday, and once the snow has melted away, the beautiful landscape turns into a natural paradise for all those who are looking to spend their summers hiking through its dense forests and along the river gorge. Settle into one of the luxurious chalets with views of Lake Geneva to the north, and the Mont Blanc alpine range to the south, and you will return home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

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              7. Val D’isere, France

              Val Disere France

                When even the totally un-sporty but Absolutely Fabulous Edina and Patsy take to a winter skiing resort, you know it is hip and happening – and that is most certainly the case with Val D’Isére. At only five kilometers (3 miles) from the Italian border and that of the Vanoise National Park, it has been cited as the “Most Beautiful Ski Area in the World.” The majority of the resort is made up of chalet-style houses and hotels, all of which are illuminated with mesmerizing light fixtures bathing the snowy streets in a warm, welcoming glow.

                8. Zermatt, Switzerland

                Zermatt Switzerland

                  In Zermatt, winter sports are possible all year long in the highest ski resort in Europe. Surrounded by the Pennine Alps and offering 360km (about 220 miles) of skiing and snowboarding opportunities along Klein Matterhorn, Schwarzsee, Gornergrat and Sunnega, Zermatt is one of the most popular winter sport destinations in Switzerland. Like some of the other ski resorts mentioned on this list, Zermatt prohibits the use of combustion-engine cars, and runs almost entirely on battery-driven transport to ensure a smog-free view of the Matterhorn.

                  9. Niseko, Japan

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                  Niseko Japan

                    When we think of countries famous for its ski resorts, Japan doesn’t immediately spring to mind; but as it turns out, the Abuta District in Hokkaido attracts skiing enthusiasts from around the world. Made up of four resorts, a variety of groomed slopes, tree runs, obstacle parks, and the largest lit area for night-skiing in Japan, Niseko guarantees an exciting holiday stay. To round off the experience, book yourself into one of the site’s beautiful lodges decorated in Japanese or Western style.

                    10. Alpbach, Austria

                    Alpback Austria

                      The Tyrolean Mountains and their traditional farm and guesthouses are absolutely enchanting during the height of the winter months. When the entire area is covered in crunchy, white snow, it’s difficult not to feel as though you have just stepped onto the scene of a romantic Christmas movie. Alpbach may be one of the smaller ski resorts on this list, but it has more than plenty to offer, including at least 18km (11 miles) of black runs, great walking tracks leading past wonderful waterfalls, and traditional mountain restaurants where you can kick back with a beer and a delicious helping of Käiserschmarn.

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                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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