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Our favourite winter holidays
The snow at the beginning of the week may have been an unwelcome surprise for many of us but whether you’re a winter sports enthusiast or love wrapping warm and exploring new destinations, winter holidays can be just as enjoyable as lying on a beach for a week.
So, to prove that sun and sand aren’t the only ingredients for a memorable break, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite winter holiday pictures.
Clare Francis: Being at the top of a mountain about to ski down when it’s crisp and cold but the sun is shining and the sky is blue, is the perfect winter holiday for me. It’s like being on top of the world! This is the view from the Saulire in Courchevel 1850, France.
Susannah Clark: The Isle of Skye is rugged, wild, beautiful and perfect for rugging up warm and heading for long walks, followed by plenty of red wine next to an open fire!
Gareth Morris: Exploring the ice caves of Franz Josef Glacier with an ice axe and a pair of crampons clipped to my boots was one of the best days I spent on New Zealand’s South Island. How I wasn’t cold wearing a pair of shorts that day I will never know.
Dave Oldacre: This picture shows me in “The Stash”, an eco-friendly terrain park in hidden among the trees of Avoriaz. All the features are made from wood, to complement the forests and tree runs.
Salome Millmore: This picture reminds me of a truly memorable day when I drank ice wine by a frozen waterfall in Canada for my birthday.
Danielle Petrie: A good winter holiday is about spending time in the outdoors for me, especially enjoying the sheer, scenic, raw beauty Scotland has to offer. This photo was taken while climbing Ben Macdui in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland before retreating back to a nice warm log cabin for the night.
Clare Walsh: Bull Bay on Anglesey is a beautiful spot, and this photograph was taken on a crisp, bright October morning on our return from a walk on the stunning coastal path.
Cathy Toogood: Budapest is the perfect destination for a winter city break. There’s something quite magical about sitting outdoors in one of the city’s thermal pools watching the steam rise around you, and nipping into an historic coffee house for a slice of cake and a hot drink is the perfect way to warm up after sightseeing. This photograph shows an ice rink just over the road from the famous Szechenyi Baths.
Have you got a winter holiday photograph that we should add to our list? Where’s the best place to go on a winter sports holiday? Let us know by leaving a comment or sending your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org