Surf And Ski On The Same Day At These Holiday Destinations

Coming out of the holiday season, we are already thinking about the next vacation we are going to take. The question is though, do we use your precious annual leave on a surf or ski trip? 

We have done some digging and have listed 3 destination below that allow you to do BOTH. Yep, imagine waking up and doing a morning on the slopes and then finishing off the day charging and carving it up?

 

1. Saint-Lary-Soulan, Biarritz, France

It approx a 2.5 hour drive between the destination, so you could technically get up for a sunrise surf before heading to the slopes. 

No one can’t deny that France is renown for skiing. But also for its surf spots! Biarritz is Frances famous surf capital and hosts International Competitions each year. However, it’s one of the busiest in the world, with thousands of surfers descending onto the beaches each summer. If you want to get away from the crowds, the Basque coast will give you less crowds, more opportunities to surf, and all types of waves.

During winter, some gigantic waves are generated. The Landes is considered as the best beach break of Europe, but to enjoy that kind of conditions you also need to face a powerful current which will force you to paddle for hours to only take 3 waves. The mythical Belharra wave (one of Europe’s largest waves) can reach 50ft.

 

2. Valle Nevado, Reñaca, CHILE

Chile is known world wide for both amazing snowboarding and surfing.

Here, surfers will find an infinity of spots (4,300km of coasts), perfect waves and small crowds. For goofyfooters, Chile is your paradise on earth (nearly all lefts waves). With a national average of 300 days a year of surf, it’s very rare to fall on a long flat swell. All over Chile you can find powerful and hollow waves which are commonly around 5ft, but can reach 12ft on a regular basis.

Because this country is squeezed between the Chilean Andes and the Pacific Ocean, it’s really easy to go from one to another. From Reñaca, a seaside resort near Valparaíso, to Valle Nevado it’s only 200km/120miles. The Andes are the second highest mountain range in the wor, so you’re assured of the best quality snow and fantastic views! The annual snowfall average for Chile is around 6/7m, but the weather is very fickle, so you won’t be enjoying dry powder everyday. Anyway, when the bluebird days arrive, you’ll forget all about it.

In Chile you can surf 12ft bombs at Reñaca in the morning, and then ride deep powder at Valle Nevado before sunset… How can that not be perfect?

 

3. Bear Mountain Resort, Malibu, Los Angeles

So this isn’t one you could realistically do in the one day but you could break your holiday up into SURF and SKI. We would suggest arriving in LA and experience the iconic Malibu Beach and LA surfing culture before driving approx 3hours to Bear Mountain Resort.

Whether you’re a first timer or a pro looking for LA’s best breaks, everyone will be satisfied at Malibu. If you’re a novice, the mellow waves of Venice beach is for you, but if you’re a bit adventurous, try Topanga beach- there the swell is perfect for the beginner’s longboard. If you want to prove you’re a pro, go straight to Malibu beach, where you’ll find long, lazy point breaks and ideal wind. During LAs winter (Nov-Mar), Manhattan beach is the place to be: think big waves!