But holidays on the snow are not reduced to sport and, in recent years, a new type of tourism is taking hold that tends to prefer those ski areas that can offer a more complete and transversal holiday experience. For this reason, entire geographical areas have been converted to multifunctional spaces, where it is possible to devote oneself to various hobbies, or to indulge oneself to rediscover the essential pleasures of life.
In Les Deux Alpes, in the Val d'Isère in France, there are sledge rides pulled by huskies, wine and food tours to the neighbouring countries of Venosc and Mont De Lans, and guided tours of the Ice Cave, a bizarre art gallery that hosts, among plays of light and reflections of ice, beautiful sculptures sculpted by artists from all over the world.
Not only sport during a skiing holiday, but also relax and wellness
The real luxury during a skiing week is to be able to enjoy an integrated snow experience immersed in a landscape of rare beauty.
In the mountain herb-flavoured bio-sauna, the beneficial qualities of the sauna meet those of the steam bath. The same alpine essences fill the atmosphere of the herbal bath room, with its dry climate, and that of the Turkish bath, with its more humid climate, which is excellent for freeing the respiratory tract and favouring the transpiration of the skin through the dilation of the pores.
Relax at the spa with a breathtaking view
In the QC wellness resorts of Bagni di Bormio, the pearl of the Aosta Valley, and Prè Saint Dider, in the heart of Mont Blanc, you can enjoy an extraordinary variety of spa practices and immerse yourself in the outdoor pools in the heart of the Stelvio National Park, or in the presence of the regal snowy peaks of the Alps, for twelve months a year. Panoramic pools, sensory pools, natural waterfalls, Kneipp paths, Vichy showers.
As in Trentino, where the trend is for gourmet snowshoeing, walking on snowshoes followed by lunch at the alpine cottage, where you can taste traditional dishes such as dumplings or stew with polenta, and drink excellent wines of local production. Several lodges have stipulated agreements with the ski facilities to allow customers to purchase, together with the ski pass, a refreshment break based on local food and products representative of the culinary tradition of the place. Because if Paradise exists it is probably right there, between the Alps and the sky.