With the 2010 Winter Olympics underway in Vancouver, the whole world once again has come down with Olympic fever. If you fancy imagining yourself skiing to glory, why not find a bargain break to one of these former Winter Olympic host countries? All you need is some friends with cowbells and a sleek ski suit and you too can live the Olympic dream.
Oslo (from £9 return)
After hosting the 1952 Winter Games, Oslo inherited the state-of-the-art Holmenkollen arena and ski jump, which is where the FIS Nordic World Cup is to be held in mid-March. The facility is constantly being updated to keep it ahead of the times, and the museum and tower are must sees for some Olympic history and one of the best possible views of the city.
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Chamonix (from £51 return, Geneva)
Chamonix was the site of the first-ever Winter Olympics in 1924, as well as one of the earliest ski resorts in the world. It tries its hardest to keep in touch with its roots and preserve the small-town charm, but the world-class venues that were created for the Olympics have been meticulously kept up and beefed up, and major worldwide competitions like the Ski World Cup are regularly held here.
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen (from £47 return, Munich)
Home of the 1936 Winter Games, this region’s tourism has been constantly increasing ever since. This positive outcome has led to an application to co-host the 2018 Winter Olympics, and with a newly-opened ski jump and other investments always making the news, this resort is one you can be sure you’ll never get bored with.
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