UItimate-Ski.com features bring you insights into many aspects of the wonderful world of skiing.

    Where to ski in January in the Alps

    AT Kitzbuhel 3s Gondola Ski Lift © Kitzbuhel Tourismus 170x96Ski holidays are cheaper in January because there are plenty of January deals and special offers; the snow is crisper and the slopes are less crowded. But some ski resorts only get into their stride later in the season, so choose your destination carefully.

    Family Ski Resorts in Europe

    Family SkiA key factor in making a family skiing holiday effortless is the choice of resort; pick wisely and everything will fall into place. Here are 10 great ski resorts in Europe for you to consider when planning a family skiing holiday.

    Best Off-Piste Skiing in the Alps

    Off-Piste in Val d'Isere 170x96Whether you call it “off-piste'', "freeriding”, "piste hors", or “backcountry skiing”, more and more skiers and snowboarders are venturing onto the ungroomed slopes beyond the safety of a ski resort's piste markers. Here's our pick of 10 of the best ski areas in the Alps. 

    Best French, Swiss and Italian ski resorts near Geneva Airport

    Chatel Ski Area WIDE THUMBNAIL Jf Vuarand Chatel TourismeIf the roads are good you can be on your skis within an hour of leaving Geneva airport. But which resorts have the shortest transfers? And which are the best for families, for high snowsure runs, for beginners, for off-piste or for a romantic weekend? 

    Ski Juwel, Austria

    Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschonau 170x96Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau – Austria’s premier ski resort is gearing up for an exciting season ahead with a large number of new attractions for families, skiers and snowboarders to enjoy.

    Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis Family Ski Resort

    Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis 170X96Families love the award-winning Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis! Among the best ski resorts in Tyrol, these three historic mountain villages are also a popular destination for freeriders, freestylers and après ski fans.

    Budget Ski Resorts

    Budget Taking a skiing or snowboarding holiday needn't cost the earth. We've chosen ten ski resorts for their high proportion of self-catering apartments or good value hotels, and also for their reasonably priced lift passes.

    Val D'Anniviers - Switzerland's hidden jewel resorts

    Vercorin3 170x96Due to its proximity to some of Switzerland's most illustrious ski resorts, Val d'Anniviers has managed to stay under the radar, but with five traditional Swiss resorts - St Luc, Chandolin, Vercorin, Zinal and Grimentz – and a total of 220km of marked pistes, this hidden jewel is well worth visiting.


    Luxury Ski & Spa Hotels

    LuxuryNothing beats skiing hard all day then treating your aching muscles to all the massage and hydrotherapy they can take. Here is a selection of some of the most stylish and luxurious spas the mountains have to offer.


    Self-drive ski resorts in the Alps

    Self DriveDriving to the Alps can be cost effective and gives you freedom once you're in resort.  Many resorts are less than 1,000km from Calais - under 10 hours on the road.  We've chosen 10 great ski resorts in Europe easily reached by car. 


    Ski Resorts for Weekends & Short Breaks

    Weekend SkiWhen planning a weekend ski break key factors include convenient flight times, short transfers and the availability of accommodation for 3 nights. Rebecca Miles selects ten ski resorts in Europe for weekend ski holidays.


    Extreme Off-Piste Descents

    Off PisteHere is our choice of ten classic extreme off-piste descents in Europe and North America. But we recommend you do not attempt these descents without safety equipment or unaccompanied by a recognized local mountain guide.

    Ski Resorts for Terrain Parks

    TerrainParksIf you're a freestyle skier or a boarder your choice of resort may depend on the existence of a really good terrain park for practicing your latest tricks. Here's our starter for ten of the best terrain parks in Europe and North America.

    Getting to Ski Resorts by Rail

    TrainRelaxing, enjoyable and a good way of reducing your carbon footprint, getting to your ski resort by train can be comparable in door to door time with flying. Daniel Elkan selects 12 resorts in Europe that you can reach easily by train.

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    • Ten Best Self-Drive Ski Resorts

      Self-Drive Ski Holidays

      Driving to the Alps can be a cost-effective way of travelling to ski resorts in the Alps. Here's our pick of ten of the best ski resorts for self-drive ski holidays.

    • Avalanche Awareness

      Avalanche Awareness

      When snow's falling in your favourite ski resort you probably can't wait for perfect powder conditions, but heavy snowfall also brings avalanche activity.

    • Ski Helmets

      Ski Helmets

      Nowadays more and more skiers wear a helmet and in some countries and in many ski schools helmets are mandatory for children aged 13 or under.

    • Snow Science

      Snow Science

      Snow falls in soft crystals of infinite variety, but as the pioneering avalanche researcher Monty Atwater writes, "snow seems averse to being studied.

    • Nutrition for Skiing

      Nutrition for Skiing

      Regardless of ability, nutrition plays a key, yet frequently overlooked, role in skiing, especially as you adjust to different climates, altitude, or exercise level.