Take an alpine staycation
The prospect of getting a ski fix this season is changing on an hourly basis. Countries are opening then closing, rules are forever changing and although some are willing to take a chance, equally many of the more sensible among us are just not up for the uncertainty this season.
But taking the responsible option leaves a big heart breaking void for mountain and snow lovers. Aside from the skiing, there is so much more to a winter ski holiday. Cruising through pine forests, warming up by a roaring fire, thermal baths under the stars, vin chaude. It’s all a bit heartbreaking and it’s going to be hard to get through winter ski season with no snow for those who decide to stay at home.
But put your tissues away just for now, if you do decide it’s too risky to book just yet. Although we may not have the snow or altitude here in the UK, we do still have a lot of winning alpine like experiences to help us through the winter without leaving our UK shores.
Here we have some pretty decent plan B’s. From adrenalin hits in pine forests, to thermal baths under the stars, we can make the most of what we have right here and now and who knows, maybe we can make some amazing discoveries of places hiding in plain sight.
Fforest toboggan ride Wales
Take a summer toboggan ride in the winter and hurtle through the pine forests of Wales on the Fforest Coaster. 1 km of bone shaking downhill adventure to boost your adrenalin levels in this alpinesque North Wales setting. (A part of Zip World).
Outdoor thermal pool and spa at Bath Spa
Relax under the stars in a rooftop thermal pool and enjoy herbal spa treatments and massages in this impressive setting above the city of Bath.
Cable car, Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath
Missing the view from the bubble? The Heights of Abraham in the Peak District have cable cars to whisk you up to the hilltop park where you can also explore caves and enjoy lunch on the terrace with a lovely craggy hilltop view.
Heights of Abraham
Authentic Italian pizza, London
Only an authentic Italian pizzeria can get this absolutely right, and when they do it’s pretty special. Well priced slices of Italian heaven are served in this central London bustling restaurant.
Mountain biking at Rushmere
Fly through the ferns and pines on the bike trails of this forest park situated an hour from London. Get your kicks on the downhill zone which offers some great jumps for brave kids and rusty bmx pros alike.
Rushmere Country Park
Log cabin forest holidays Scotland
A roaring fire, hot tub and views over lakes and mountains is a pretty good place to start. These log cabins tick lots of boxes and are beautifully situated for those who love to immerse in a bit of rugged nature.
St Moritz fondue restaurant in Soho
Cheese plays a big part in many people’s evening alpine adventures and it definitely needs a mention here. This is a place to indulge in some authentic gloopy dairy debauchery in the form of swiss fondue.
Just stay in and get cozy with some Vin Chaude
If you don’t feel like you want to go anywhere and fancy a bit of winter hibernation you don’t have to miss out. Here’s a winning recipe for Vin Brule Piedmont style to make at home.
Vin Brule Piedmont style
2 bottles of Northern Italian red
Peel of one lemon
Peel of one lime
Peel of one orange
Juice of one orange
Cup of sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 ground nutmeg grated
2 vanilla pods
5 bay leaves
1 cup of water
Mix the water, sugar and juice together in a saucepan on a low heat until the sugar has melted and you have a syrup.
Add the rest of the ingredients together minus the wine and stir thoroughly.
Add the wine slowly to the mix stirring and simmer for fifteen minutes until the flavours are blended through. Leave to cool for 1 hour then gently reheat.
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