[Holiday Snapshots] Winter Getaways!
EL Singapore|July 2020
It’s a great time to go through old photos of past trips, whether you just want to reminisce or you’re keen to plan afresh. Last month, we checked out some ideal spots for a beach getaway. Now, we’re highlighting a few favourite cold-weather locations. Read on for some great ideas from our readers and staff for a cool (literally!) post-coronavirus getaway.

CANADA

I’ve been lucky enough to spend two Christmases in Canada now and I don’t think you can get much more festive! In Winnipeg, you’re guaranteed a white Christmas. It’s absolutely breathtaking and there’s so much to do. We went tubing and snowmobiling, spent a day at the hot springs, and even rode in a one-horse open sleigh.

We stayed in the city for a few nights and went to see the Assiniboine Park Zoo, which was a real highlight of the trip. The zoo only takes in rescues and you can see up to seven polar bears in a huge exhibit. Besides seeing the animals, there’s a Zoo Lights festival at night. It was stunning but make sure to wrap yourselves up as it was minus 18 degrees when we went – not that we could tell once we got a beavertail pastry (look it up) to keep us warm!

Another highlight of the city was Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature – such a great spa day. We had a giggle running from pool to pool in minus 25 degrees and watching our hair freeze. If you have time, head out to one of the lakes and rent a cottage. Nothing like it – it’s magical. I stayed with family for the trip, so unfortunately I don’t have any recommendations for accommodation, but I’ve heard that there are some great spots in the city.

Michaela Bisset

ITALY

Our favourite winter destination is Alpe di Siusi in the Dolomites in Italy. We fly into Munich directly from Singapore and from there it’s about a four-hour car ride. We recommend staying at Alpina Dolomites – it’s an amazing five-star ski-in/ski-out boutique hotel with a touch of wellness. Offering views of the UNESCO-listed Dolomites, the hotel also has a kids’ club so parents can enjoy the amazing five-course dinner every night!

Winter here is all about skiing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. You’ll also have easy access to Val Gardena and the Stella Rhonda, so there is so much snow to ski. In the summer, you can do plenty of hiking and climbing, as this is Europe’s largest high-altitude alpine meadow.

Natalie Dau

Last Christmas , we went to Abruzzo in Italy, a region bordering Lazio – it’s just a two-hour drive from Rome’s Fiumicino airport. We rang in the New Year on a snowshoeing adventure in the mountains of Passo Lanciano at Majella National Park. It’s a unique place where you can be in the snow while looking at the ocean at the same time!

The walk lasted for about three hours, going up and down footpaths bordering the slopes. It was a sunny yet cold day and once the walk was over, we were rewarded with some delicious polenta. For those not interested in skiing, snowshoeing is a fascinating way of being able to spend some hours exercising in the snow.

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