Picture this: you’re gracefully cruising down a white powdery slope against a pure blue sky, before gliding into a charming chalet to warm up with an indulgent hot chocolate or spiced mulled wine. Sound good? Then get away from the drizzly rain and head to one of Europe’s stunning ski spots. These may be a little further out that the usual destinations, but you’ll be surprised how much you can save on a family ski trip when you travel by car. Add to that the flexibility of not being tied to flight schedules – and breathtaking mountainous terrain to boot – and these are sure to become a regular favourite of the holiday calendar.
Following a stunning trail that cuts through the French and Swiss Alps, the Haute Route (High Route) is one of the most famous long distance walks in the world. Also known as an excellent course for skiers and cyclists, this epic pathway connects the two alpine towns of Chamonix and Zermatt and contains some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenery on the planet. The 12-day summer trek passes through two distinct cultural regions of France and Switzerland, taking ramblers by glaciers and pretty villages before ending at the foothills of the iconic Matterhorn peak. To inspire your own adventure, take a look at what you can experience on this breath-taking journey.