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Skiing in Belgium?

post #1 of 20
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A good friend of mine will be working in Belgium from early December through the summer. I've already been invited out for spring break.

Is there any good skiing in Belgium? I'm not sure of the exact town she will be in yet, but I will post when she lets me know.
post #2 of 20
Belgium is to mountains what water is to single malt whisky. When you get out of your chair at the pub you will be the highest point for miles around.

The only reason to go to Belgium is the beer.

OK, and the moules. Oh, all right, and the frites.

Visit your friend, have moules frites with one of their unbelievably fantastic triple-brewed monks' ales ... and then go to France, or Austria, or Switzerland, or Italy, or Spain, or Andorra, or even Scotland because even Scotland has better skiing than Belgium.

Sorry about that.
post #3 of 20
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Thanks sandgroper.

I thought she was full of it. Belgium Alps. Sheesh.
post #4 of 20
It's considered one of the Low Countries (Benelux, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg). Doesn't sound like any skiing there unless you want nordic. It would be pretty cool to ski in the Ardennes....lots of ghosts there.
post #5 of 20

bELGIUM Alps

About as close to snow as your going to get is ice rinks, ice rinks everywhere. Can even skate on the canals if cold enough. About closest skiing would be straight south to Garmisch, not really that far, not like driving to Co. from LA or anything like that.
post #6 of 20
Yeah yeah, all that's true... but like what Pete said... it's real easy to hop on a train and get thee to a mountain.... hundred at your whim from a central location like Belgium. Here's to good snow when you're there
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
It would be pretty cool to ski in the Ardennes....lots of ghosts there.
Actually, I remember a Belgian ski-racer once telling me that there are a few small ski areas in the Ardennes, and sure enough, Google came up with this story about them:
http://www.expatica.com/actual/artic...&story_id=5054
They are apparently open, on average, 20 to 40 days per season so Spring Break would be unlikely. According to this site, the country also has 3 indoor snowdomes:
http://www.idearts.com/magazine/dossiers/ski/index.htm
post #8 of 20
Well aren't you lucky that I'm here. I actually live a 5 minute walk from a Belgian ski hill.

OK, it's not the alps but it is a sub-alpine climate and I live at 2000 feet, which although is low we usally get a few feet of snow and this winter is gearing up to be a BIG one (first year I lived out here I didn't see the grass for 5 months - nobody ever things of Belgium as being snowy - but believe me it is!). The locals are all in a tizz and buying up firewood by the truckload.

It's not a massive resort by any means, but if you just want a day out of Brussels (75 minute drive) then it's great. The pistes are probably 75m wide and maybe 1.2km long. There's a green, a blue and a red run and the red is actually surprisingly steep (for Belgium!). Put it this way, I tried to ride my horse up it and the saddle slipped a foot backwards and I nearly slid off over the tail!

Lift ticket is one euro per go which is great.

Website here: http://www.skialpin-ovifat.com/

Alternatively at Landgraaf in The Netherlands (again 75 minutes from Brussels) there lies the "best" snowdome in Europe, if not the world. 520m pistes, 6-man chair lift & genuine piste-bashers.

http://www.snowworld.nl

Or... you get in your car - 8 hours to Geneva, ~7 to Val D'Isere. Or you take the ski train from Brussels & spend 10 hours being trodden on hundreds of foreigners.

We didn't get much snow last winter - very warm in Europe all over - maybe 5 days tops. It's been below zero here at night for around a week and the animals are looking distinctly hairy already and it's only mid-September! This winter is going to be HARSH!
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by krp8128 View Post
A good friend of mine will be working in Belgium from early December through the summer. I've already been invited out for spring break.

Is there any good skiing in Belgium? I'm not sure of the exact town she will be in yet, but I will post when she lets me know.
Skiing in belgium ?







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Sorry...
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by philippeR View Post
Skiing in belgium ?







Bwahahahahaha, bwahahaha, bwahahahahahah !!!



Sorry...
Ok, is this directed at me, or my friend?
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
About closest skiing would be straight south to Garmisch, not really that far, not like driving to Co. from LA or anything like that.
You could stop driving long before you get to Garmisch to go skiing in Germany. I'm not saying it's great, but Winterberg and Feldberg would be considerably closer, and they aren't tiny hills, either. I believe there are some ski hills in Saarland as well, which if my geography isn't completely off actually borders Belgium.

But yeah, don't bother. Get a cheap flight and do it right. Book now and you'll be surprised how cheap it is.
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by krp8128 View Post
Ok, is this directed at me, or my friend?
Just kidding, 'mkay ? No offense meant.

Belgium is notoriously flat.
They even wrote songs about it.



It's also a great country to visit. So, enjoy belgium and forgot the ski, if you ask me !
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by philippeR View Post
Just kidding, 'mkay ? No offense meant.

Belgium is notoriously flat.
They even wrote songs about it.



It's also a great country to visit. So, enjoy Belgium and forgot the ski, if you ask me !
No offense taken.

When she told me about the job in Belgium and sking, I really didn't give it much thought, as I hadn't seen her for a few months...

Later that day it occurred to me where Belgium is actually located in relation to the mountain ranges (i.e. Alps).
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
About as close to snow as your going to get is ice rinks, ice rinks everywhere. Can even skate on the canals if cold enough. About closest skiing would be straight south to Garmisch, not really that far, not like driving to Co. from LA or anything like that.
I don't have a map handy, but I think due south from Belgium would put you in Switzerland or the French Alps...and that ain't bad.

I lived in Bavaria (almost due north from Garmisch) and Belgium was an 8 hour drive west by northwest.
post #15 of 20
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IIRC, she said she was going to be 25 minutes outside of Brussels.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by philippeR View Post
Belgium is notoriously flat.
They even wrote songs about it.
You must be confusing "Belgium" with "Flanders".
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by bumblebee View Post
You must be confusing "Belgium" with "Flanders".
You're technicaly correct, Brel was from Flemish descent and the song is about flanders.
I've traveled many times in Belgium and I know the ardennes. Quite a lot of EC US resorts could use their elevation actualy. This is not the netherlands.

But you'll agree with me, I think, that "Ski Belgium !" sounds like an oxymoron. To most europeans anyway.
post #18 of 20
Man am I ever geographically ignorant. I really thought Belgium had good skiing. Always pictured going there some day to ski and drink great beer and enjoy moules and frites apres' ski. Ah well.
post #19 of 20
Richie - you're not alone, I once shared a chair at Lake Louise with an older American couple who exclaimed "wow - you're from Belgium? Cool skiing!" - I think at that point I fell off the chair in shock!

As for the beers, moules et frites - that's all there - maybe the skiing is better after the beers? :

Edit: If your friend is to be working 25 minutes outside Brussels, chances are it's Leuven (Louvain) which is home of Stella and an absolutely fantastic place for a night out. Enjoy your trip!
post #20 of 20
Depending where you are in Belgium, if your in the east then its not to far to go to Sauerland in Germany

http://eng.willingen.de/
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