It’s the end of the Staycation as 2.5 million Brits leave the rain behind and head off for the Snowcation.
Ski holiday sales are up 60% on last year as lastminute.com witnesses a mass exodus this winter
With early weather predictions indicating that this Christmas is set to be another wet wonderland, rather than winter one, it’s little wonder Brits are jetting off. Latest figures show a 60% increase in Brits taking ski holidays this year, indicating that the Staycation is well and truly over for this Christmas.
“The end of the Staycation can be accredited to a number of factors, such as the country’s recovery from the recession, and the incredible value and range of ski holidays on offer. However, the weather forecast for this winter also gives the Brits a good reason for wanting to leave these shores,” says Mark Bower, Lifestyle Expert, lastminute.com.
Michael Fish, weather expert and lastminute.com’s official Winter Weather advisor adds, “It is unlikely – yet again – that the UK will have a white Christmas. The latest forecasting shows that the next couple of months will be milder and wetter than last year. It’s little wonder customers are heading off to practise their skiing rather than endure another rainy little Christmas”
For those looking for the best snow this Christmas, Michael Fish advises the following, “The high levels of snowfall that were seen across Europe’s ski resorts last year are unlikely to be replicated again. For the deepest snow I recommend heading for the highest peaks, Canada is a promising option.”
For more Sun and Snow holiday options, the lastminute.com holiday experts have issued these additional recommendations:
- Winter holidays overall have increased by 49% (both sun and ski)
- Canada is receiving the highest number (110% increase) of ski holiday bookings.
- Classic ‘winter wonderland’ bookings, such as Christmas shopping weekends and city breaks have seen an increase of 45%
- Lapland is the ultimate winter wonderland – the home of Santa with Christmas markets and winter activities to suit all the family. For those looking for a white Christmas, Cologne, Munich and Dusseldorf are good options
- The coldest place to holiday this winter, offering the classic snow scenes, will most likely be Fairbanks, Canada with temperatures as low as – 45°C. Alternatively try, China (- 28°C) and Tromso, Norway (- 20°C).
- For winter sun, lastminute.com recommends Egypt, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Tunisia
- For those looking for some real heat, the hottest place to go this Christmas will be Alice Springs with temperatures predicted to soar to 40°C