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Spring into a winter holiday

26 January 2009 11:02

Spring into a winter holiday

Early spring might just be the best time for a winter holiday, travel experts at Express Jet Airlines are saying.

American resorts are increasingly catering for non-ski times of the year with activities such as dogsledding, snowshoeing and kayaking popular at resorts like Lake Tahoe, which was voted by Orbitz as the number one ski destination in 2007/08.

Ski guide Mike Doyle advised snow lovers to research their destination for non-ski events that will make the holiday more enjoyable.

"If you're going to take a ski vacation, it's always a good idea to consider other activities that the ski resort or the ski resort town has to offer," he added.

Renowned ski filmmaker, Warren Miller, says that spring is an ideal time to engage in favourite winter sports - especially when a good snow cover is still present on the runs.

"Very few people ever experience the wonderful snow and almost deserted runs that are available in the spring. There's no standing in line for five, ten, or twenty minutes just to get a seat on a chairlift," he said.

Experts say that travellers jetting off on a late winter vacation are reminded to check their travel insurance policies for adequate cover, especially if they are planning on skiing off-piste.