What does camping look like in winter?
In fact, camping life in winter is the same as in summer. It often has the same amenities as in summer, because in winter , camping in Austria and camping in Italy also have high season - especially in the mountains and ski resorts . In this article, I will try to answer all your bothering questions about how to live in the bosom of nature in winter. But think about it, if you need to book a place at a campsite in winter well in advance because it is so popular, it means that there are plenty of people willing to spend time there and you can be sure that you will like it too. Remember that nowadays camping is not an ordinary campsite as we remember from years ago.
What to do at the campground in winter?
If you like going camping, you probably like to relax outdoors, regardless of the outside temperature. Winter camps offer a lot of such possibilities. Most often they are located in the mountains and there are ski lifts nearby, so if you like skiing, you know that you can spend the whole day in this way, well! Even a whole week.
After returning from the mountains, the most popular entertainment is relaxing in the swimming pools or in the sauna, because camping sites often have them on their premises. Sometimes these are outdoor thermal pools .
If you are not skiing or snowboarding, you can try your hand at cross-country skiing, rent snowshoes or just go on foot. There are always many paths suitable for winter hiking in the mountain resorts. Often, campsites offer rental of winter bikes, even electric bikes, and even snowmobiles.
In the evening, try some regional food in the restaurant on the campsite or in the nearby village.
I encourage you to ask the reception desk about any attractions that are available there in advance or even on the day of your arrival at the campsite. At most campsites, the front desk staff will also advise you on what to do in the immediate area. Perhaps they even have special individual or group offers, such as an evening out with torches to a nearby shelter.
Where to dry clothes and store sports equipment?
In year-round cottages there is usually a special small room for drying clothes and sports equipment. Each cottage has its own room. For those who sleep in campers, there is an insulated room for storing equipment and clothes.
Of course, if you want to dry, for example, wet towels around the pool, you can use tumble dryers, which, together with washing machines, are available in every building with sanitary facilities.
Do i need to reserve something?
And here you may be surprised - this is how you need to book a camping space in winter. The best ones even well in advance. If you do not know the exact date of arrival, call the day before departure and ask about the current occupancy. There is no point in going camping without knowing if it will be possible to put a camper on it. Try to choose the sunniest lots when on site.
Advance booking is necessary if you want to rent a cottage in the mountains . Campsites in such places do not have many of them on offer.
What to take for a winter camping trip
If you are driving a camper, be sure to read the article about the necessary accessories for a winter camper trip .
If you are going to a Dutch cottage or a caravan , you do not need to take anything more than if you were going to an apartment or hotel. I recommend maybe taking a flashlight , because it gets dark quite early in winter. Not all campsites have good lighting in the streets or between the houses.
You can of course take your skis and other equipment, but if you do not have space for them in the trunk - don't worry - there are sports equipment rentals on site. Remember to take your bathing suits and bathrobes, because, as I wrote, many campsites have swimming pools in their area, and if not, there is probably a municipal swimming pool nearby.
Also take appropriate warm shoes , clothes. You will spend most of the day outside, so thick-soled shoes are the basis for a successful trip.
Will I be bored? Are there any attractions for children?
It seems to me that there is even less room for boredom in a winter camp than in summer. If you come here for typical skiing, you will spend most of the day on the slopes, and in the afternoon you will not have too much energy for anything else.
You can then relax in a restaurant, spa, swimming pool or simply in a camper.
If you have children who do not ski, check if there is a place on the campsite where they can play during the day. Usually, winter campsites have special playrooms among their amenities, where children can play all day long, sometimes even under the supervision of animators. Some campsites even offer a children's cinema.
If you don't feel like doing anything else, you can plan a trip to nearby towns, and even a helicopter or paraglider flight over the area.
On sunny days, many tourists rest on deckchairs in front of their motorhomes or caravans, because you have to remember that there is no bad weather - there is only bad clothing!
Do you want to go camping in winter?
If you want to go camping in winter, but you are afraid that you will be bored there, write to us at [email protected] or [email protected] because this year, between March 13 and 20, we organize a winter camping trip. We already have a whole week plan for your stay at Caravan Park Sexten, which we will gladly send you by e-mail. The trip is suitable for families with children and will appeal to both skiers and snowboarders as well as those who prefer to do something else. The schedule of the day is so packed that there will be no time for boredom, and at the same time there will be a lot of time for rest and integration.
Caravan Park Sexten - camping in the Dolomites
All photos in this article come from the Italian Caravan Park Sexten campsite. You can read more about this campground and its winter side in this article .
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