Summer is quickly coming to an end and most of us have already returned from our sunny holidays. So, now it's time to think about winter season Passionate skiers and snowboarders already plan their trips, guess the weather, look for great ski resorts, grease and polish their gear.
So, if you're wondering which country you should spend your winter holidays in this year, think no more - go to Italy!
If I had to describe Italy using just one adjective, that would be "sunny". Sunny Italia sums it all.
Truth is, weather in January and February isn't very favourable in Europe. You can't really expect to have a nice sunny days all the week long in Austria or Switzerland. What you can expect is freezing cold and strong wind.
But it's different in Italy - country's geography guarantees nice weather. During our one-week stay in Livigno, we had only one cloudy day. Just one. And still, we enjoyed skiing and the views were great!
2. Ski resorts
Italy's got loads of fantastic ski resorts. Livigno, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Val di Fassa, Breuil-Cervinia, Bormio, Madonna di Campiglio, Sestriere - list of Italian skier's paradises goes on and on.
They are well-maintained, offer fast and efficient cable cars and, most importantly, provide winter aficionados with impressive number of ski slopes. Livigno itself offers whopping 110 km of ski runs!
Italians take care also about children and beginners - there's loads of easy wide pistes.
If you're into snowboard, I bet you'll also enjoy Italian snowparks.
We all need to top up our calories burnt on ski slope, don't we? And Italy's the best in that - delicious pizzas, mouthwatering pasta, cured hams, about 100 types of cheese - it'll all keep your spirits high and successfully stop your stomach from rambling on the slope!
If you're into Advocaat, you'll simply get hooked on Bombardino. I didn't like it that much but, if you're a sweet cocktails fan, it's simply a must. Bombardino will make you like skiing even more and you'll return to Italy for sure (even only to have this drink while skiing)!
Also, have I mentioned that wine in Italy tastes the best? I'm not a big fan of alcohol but the Italian atmosphere make me have a glass or two and it somewhat tastes better than anywhere else.
Also, Italians are truly hospitable folks. I felt like home in Italian restaurants - no rush, take it slow, enjoy your coffee as long as you wish to. Your friend has birthday today? Let's celebrate then!
I really liked the fact that I felt truly welcome in their restaurants and waiters didn't breath down my neck to finish my food as quickly as possible and go away to make room for other guests. That just never happens in Italy.
What about you, which European country would you recommend for winter sports?