The snow has fallen on many of Europe’s most popular ski slopes, with some of the best early snow recorded in years! As the ski resorts prepare to open their doors early this year, low-cost airline Norwegian highlights where thrifty skiers can still bag a bargain to some of the coolest pistes around…
Grenoble, French Alps
Many of the French Alps have opened the slopes earlier this year thanks to the early snow which has left some resorts with as much as 75cm of snow already and more predicted for this weekend! Norwegian fly direct to Grenoble which provides the perfect gateway to some of the best snow filled slopes in the Alps, including the well-known resorts of Chamrousse and Villard-de Lans plus internationally-renowned Alpe d’Huez and the off-piste playground of La Grave.
Fly direct to Grenoble with Norwegian from London Gatwick from £29.90 one-way departing December to March.
For skiers who are looking for something a little ‘off-piste’ then Norway is the place to go. Home to cross-country and telemark skiing, Bergen offers the ideal access point to some of Norway’s best ski slopes. Fly direct with Norwegian to Bergen before heading to the resorts of Myrkdalen and Voss which opened on the 19th November. Both resorts are located in Western Norway and offer a high number of easy and intermediate runs, perfect for beginners looking to avoid the crowds.
Fly direct to Bergen with Norwegian from London Gatwick from £41.50 one-way in December.
You might not automatically associate Malaga in southern Spain with winter sports, but the city is situated just 90 minutes away from the Sierra Nevada ski resort. The season traditionally starts at the end of November running right through to the beginning of May, with the resort offering a mix of green, blue, red and black runs. Norwegian flies direct from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick and Manchester offering a total of 15 weekly direct flights to Malaga.
Fly direct to Malaga with Norwegian from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester from £29.90 one-way departing December to March.
While Rovaniemi may be traditionally known as the home of Santa Claus, this winter wonderland is a fantastic place for skiers and snowboarders looking for guaranteed snow. There is permanent snow cover from late November until April and sometimes even early May. The family friend ski resort of Ounasvaaran is just minutes away from Rovaniemi offers easy and intermediate runs, which is now accessible via Norwegian’s newest direct flight launching on the 2nd December.
Fly direct to Roveniemi with Norwegian from London Gatwick from £59.90 one-way in January.
Not surprisingly Austria offers a wealth of choice when it comes to winter sports and activities, with Salzburg making an excellent base to explore the surrounding mountainous countryside. Norwegian fly direct to Salzburg throughout winter, which offers access to some of Austria’s best ski resorts including Schladming, Obertauern and Zell am See.
Fly direct to Salzburg with Norwegian from London Gatwick from £29.90 one-way departing December to March.
Under an hour away from Trondheim lies the hidden Nordic ski resort of Vassfjellet, the perfect place to enjoy the snow without the masses. This quiet resort is extremely snowboarding friendly making it an ideal location for beginners to test out their skills. Norwegian is the only airline in the UK to fly direct from London Gatwick to Trondheim, with four weekly flights departing throughout winter.
Fly direct to Trondheim with Norwegian from London Gatwick from £41.50 one-way in January and February.
Across the pond, California offers a variety of options for skiers and snowboarders, with easy access to some of America’s most impressive slopes. Flying into Oakland with Norwegian gives easy access to the popular Lake Tahoe region, with over 22,000 acres and nine ski resorts. To the south lies Mammoth Mountain offering plenty of winter activities, such as snowmobiling and tubing, alongside fantastic skiing and snowboarding.
Fly direct to Oakland with Norwegian from London Gatwick from £149 one-way from December to March.
Norwegian Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Ramdahl said: “With the early snow and Norwegian’s low-cost fares to top destinations, cost-conscious skiers and snowboarders now have plenty of chances to hit the slopes without seeing their bank balance go downhill!”
Award winning airline Norwegian now serves over 40 business and leisure winter destinations from London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham. All short-haul flights are all operated by a fleet of brand new 186 seat aircraft that will keep passengers connected in the skies with free inflight Wi-Fi. Norwegian’s transatlantic routes are served by state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring two cabins – Premium and economy.
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Notes to editors:
Fares are charged per person, per one way flight and include all mandatory taxes and charges.
Norwegian in the UK:
- Norwegian first launched UK flights in 2003 and now operates from London Gatwick, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester Airports to more than 40 destinations worldwide
- Norwegian is the third largest airline at London Gatwick, with 3.9 million yearly passengers, and with more than 700 pilots, cabin crew and staff working from its Gatwick base
- In 2014, Norwegian introduced the UK’s first low-cost, long haul flights to the U.S. - the airline now flies to 8 U.S destinations with fares from just £135 one way
- Norwegian is the only airline to offer free inflight WiFi on UK flights to more than 30 European destinations
- The airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world with an average age of 3.6 years, including next-generation Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Boeing 737-800s
- Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s best low-cost carrier’ by passengers for four consecutive years at SkyTrax World Airline Awards from 2013-2016, along with being awarded the ‘World's best low-cost long-haul airline’ in both 2015 and 2016