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Mountains of Fun

The snow-white scenery of the Dolomites is an ideal destination for those who love skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, climbing, snowshoeing and trekking. Internationally famous for its ski resorts, it’s a magic realm offering numerous slopes in one track for hundreds of kilometers while being surrounded by magnificent heights and enchanting landscapes. There are so many sports to practice on Mount Rosa and its valleys; the three valleys of Ayas, Gressoney and Valsesia have some of Italy’s biggest ski resorts.

 

Savor your ski lift ride because it provides some of the absolute best views of the Alps.
Kopaonik – Skilift

 

Austria offers great weather, unbelievable vertical drops, excellent resorts, amazing cuisine, and warm hospitality. A picturesque Tyrolean town and “Hahnenkammrennen,” the world’s most famous ski race, define Kitzbuehel, a major alpine skiing center. Visit the Stubai Glacier for more than 50 kilometers of downhill skiing, carving and boarding, or for some easygoing cross-country skiing.

Slovenia has some of the most dazzling mountain scenery in Europe. Surrounded by Alpine peaks, take in the fresh winter air and enjoy heart-pounding sights as you ski. Delve into snowy forests and glide across high meadows on Nordic skis. Try night sledding, skating on natural rinks or going to ice hockey matches. Skiing is a deeply embedded tradition in Slovenian culture; as far back as the 17th century, people living on the Bloke plateau developed a special technique for moving on snow using special skis called smeče. The equipment may have changed, but the love of skiing is as ardent as ever in Slovenia.

 

The Dolomites provide some of the best mountainside adventure in Italy.

 

No matter how you like to play in the snow, Switzerland has what you’re looking for. Snowshoeing, tobogganing and winter hiking are just a few of the numerous activities that are well worth discovering when the snow falls. The most spectacular toboggan runs and the most attractive slopes and pistes are yours. More than 100 winter resorts throughout Switzerland now offer a wealth of marked snowshoe trails to provide visitors with a very natural way to experience the stunning winter landscape.

 

The view of Kitzbühel is especially from the top of Hahnenkamm.

 

With more than 300 winter sports towns, Germany is fantastic for cross-country and alpine skiing, snowboarding, racing toboggans, curling, and snowshoeing. Thanks to a superb infrastructure and excellent local services, winter sports areas are easy to reach. Beautiful chalets, lovely evenings by the fire, and delightful moments with the family all round out your winter sport experience in Germany.

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Touring Europe as a Senior Traveler

Post-retirement is an excellent time to go see the world, as you’re less likely to have pressing engagements and can spend more time at your destination. Europe is a great option for seniors as many of the top destinations are not too far from each other cutting down on travel time, while still providing an exciting and enriching travel experience. It’s also relatively easy to find a tour group that goes to the specific destinations you want to see in Europe, and travel in comfort at the same time.

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Best European Summer Getaways

If you’re looking to spend your summer vacation in Europe, look no further. The weather in and around the Mediterranean and the Iberian Peninsula is perfect in summer; it’s just warm enough to remind you what season it is without roasting you. The Douro valley in Portugal is famous for its wines, and what better time to sample it than summer? Mild temperatures make for ideal for sipping outside or on a cruise ship. Port wine was once shipped on the Douro River, from the steep wine valleys inland, to Porto. Difficult to navigate in the past, the river is now a smooth ride for cruise boats that offer breathtaking views of the Douro Valley, topped with visits to regional monuments, folk music and, of course, wine.