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One feature we have noticed looking at all these woodland builds is that they complement their surroundings.

Some blend in using naturally sourced materials to camouflage themselves into the nature around them others offer a sharp contrast and it is this juxtaposition that creates such a strong statement. Either way the idea is to not create something which disturbs the natural surroundings.

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That’s right, even a structure built out of metal and glass that sounds so out of place in a woodland setting can work, as long as the execution is right they can add to the appeal.

Another popular type of build that compliments its surroundings is the good old lodge, whether it’s a hunting lodge in Alaska or a ski lodge in Europe, they tend to be at one with their surroundings. In fact, it’s the latter that we are going to look at as the popularity of skiing and snowboarding in Europe rises every year.

For a long time the realm of skiing was pretty much left to the more affluent, people that could afford to take winter holidays as well as summer holidays and had the money for all the latest, exclusive gear. Now, with dry ski slopes and centres opening around the UK it is easier than ever to learn.

With the popularity of snowboarding and other extreme sports also increasing it will come as no surprise to learn that the tourism industry is capitalising on this. With more and more options prices are starting to come down for people, we looked at some exclusive deals here – http://www.markwarner.co.uk/late-deals-ski – that would be affordable for anyone hoping to hit the slopes this year in 2015 or 2016.

This brings us on to the accommodation you can find for European ski holidays in Italy, France and Austria. If, like us, you always pictured a wood cabin with a roaring fire, hot chocolate and marshmallows and heavy snowfall outside you won’t be far from the mark.

A lot of the accommodation in Europe’s top ski resorts resembles something from  film and with saunas, steam rooms and indoor pools you can really make a great holiday of it even when you aren’t on the piste.

The nightlife is always something to behold with great restaurants, bars and clubs keeping holiday makers entertained into the early hours of the morning.

A lot of the package deals include flights, transfers and even meals so all you have to concentrate on is being in some of the most beautiful locations Europe has to offer, relaxing and enjoying your holiday.

Take a look at some of the great ski lodges that we found in Italy, France and Austria and see if any make you want to book up. The Italian resort of Courmayeur is a particular favourite of ours so if you like what you see head over to http://www.markwarner.co.uk/ski-holidays/italy/courmayeur.

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