Ivica Kostelic, of Croatia

Croatia, one of the newly emerging European nations in the tourism industry, has seen an astounding reversal in fortunes over the last decade. Since it has become more involved with the European Union, and European integration, it has gone clearly more tourist friendly, and is a great place to spend a holiday with your family on a budget. With a number of comfortably positioned mountain resorts, Croatia is ideally suitable for skiers of all skills and ages, making it a great all-around holiday destination.

If you are looking for a skiing holiday which mixes excellent snow with a warm, friendly climate, Croatia is ideal for you. With several strategically located ski resorts, Croatia is a nation of ski buffs, and this is reflected in their awe-inspiring facilities. When in Croatia, you would be mad to miss the Bjelolasica. The Bjelolasica is the schooling centre for the Olympic skiing team, situated in the Zagreb region. It brags amazing facilities, and is plainly a great place to go skiing. As you might anticipate, the standard of training there is utterly world class, and this is the reason why the Croatian national team are so prolific. On top of this, the hotel facilities are surpassing value for money, and you will find that with any Croatian holiday, you'll be spending less than you might imagine. As a growing nation, Croatia is becoming a progressively popular skiing destination, for enthusiasts of all ability and age.

Another really popular Croatian skiing resort is Platak, situated nearer the Adriatic. A bit more expensive, and somewhat more remote than Bjelolasica, Platak is still a really popular resort, and is oftentimes rated the best place to ski in Croatia. The whole resort is built around the naturally perfect ski centre is of a top-grade, and it is easy to see why tourists go back year after year for their skiing vacations. A resort very much on the grow, there are projects to introduce numerous new ski lifts, and a dozen added snow cannons by 2010. Platak looks to be a promising resort for the future, and is definitely great for a skiing holiday with a family.

In addition, Platak's skiing and snowboarding instruction centre is well adept at giving exceptional quality training, across multiple languages, making up for substantial betterment to your skills, no matter your nationality. Also, with its high tech features, Platak could easily fit in with any European resort, and for so much a low price, it's really great value for money.

When in Croatia, do as the Croatians' do, and try visiting Zagreb. The bustling city of Zagreb has a lot to offer by way of Croatian culture and history, and is a perfect chance to break off from the slopes for a couple of days. It's genuinely a cultural hotbed, and the hustle and bustle will betray the long and gruelling past. Towering above Zagreb is Mount Medvednica, and the Sljeme resort with both day skiing, and the option of hitting the floodlighted slopes at night. Along side extremely technical snow cannons, Zagreb benefits from perfect snow coverage at this altitude, and is a marvelous city for a ski resort. Also, there is so much by way of added complimentary facilities which make skiing at Sljeme an ideal aspect.

A lot of people are surprised to think that Croatia in reality borders Italy. However, the culture is very different from the Italian culture. With an totally different history and culture, the Croatians definitely lay heavy emphasis on their food, and this is pondered in the top-grade gourmet restaurants around. In addition, you will note precisely how cheap the entire country is, with your ordinary pint of ale priced at less than a dollar. In Croatia, your pocket money will go a lot further, and so will your holiday, which is why a lot of families choose it as an ideal destination for their skiing vacation. So why not prefer to go to Croatia, and benefit from world class skiing, at a fraction of the cost.