Best time to visit Belgium

Skiing and Snowboarding

Belgium satisfies both experienced riders and beginners

Belgium is not the first destination that comes to mind when you think of skiing. But, this country has a hidden treasure—the Ardennes. Even though the Ardennes are not the highest mountains in Europe, they offer several excellent spots that would please those who want to go skiing, snowboarding, sledging, snow scooter racing, and ice-skating.

The majority of resorts are concentrated in the province of Lüttich. Mont des Brumes is the main spot to check out in the Ardennes. It reaches 530 m (1739 ft) and has around 1 km (0.6 mi) of slopes. Mont des Brumes is equally suitable for both—experienced skiers and newbies—as its slopes vary in their difficulty and length.

The other two destinations worth visiting are Ovifat and Val de Wanne. Ovifat is one of the highest peaks in Belgium: it reaches 600 m (1969 ft) and offers 1.2 km (0.7 mi) of slopes. Val de Wanne is lower with just 480 m (1571 ft) in height, but it has reasonably long slopes that stretch out for 1.4 km (0.9 mi).

Baraque de Fraiture is the other resort to keep in mind as it is one of the most popular winter destinations in Belgium. It is located in the province of Luxemburg and has a very well-organised infrastructure. Its peaks reach 650 m (2133 ft) and visitors may find their ideal route on over 2 km (1.2 mi) of slopes.

Aside from the Ardennes, Belgium can also offer the Hautes Fanges (The High Fens)—the perfect place for cross-country skiing. It is an upland area in the province of Liege, between the Ardennes and the Eifel highlands. Being surrounded by mountains, the Hautes Fanges are an excellent location to enjoy scenic and picturesque landscapes.