Ultimate Ski Guide to Ski Resorts & Accommodation was launched in 2006 with a simple mission: to give skiers and snowboarders the information they need to decide where to ski, where to stay and to get the most out of their winter sports holiday.
Explore our site and you can find out the best ski resorts for beginners, intermediates, experts and mixed ability groups; which ski areas offer seemingly endless miles of perfectly groomed trails; and which have plenty of vertical, steep slopes and great off-piste terrain for freeriding?
Which ski resorts are perfect for families, après-ski, sun-seekers and for those who enjoy relaxing lunches in traditional mountain huts? Which ski resorts are naturally snow-sure and which resorts offer good skiing early season or in the spring and in summer even? Looking for spectacular mountain scenery, charming Alpine village resorts, superb dining on- or off-the-mountain with great skiing in lively internationally renowned resorts or hidden gems you may have never heard of, we can help you find the resort that’s best for you.
Whether skiing on a budget or searching for more luxurious accommodation, our pick of best ski accommodation includes dedicated pages on over 1,000 recommended hotels, apartments and chalets with character and style and mostly conveniently located for the ski lifts. Better still you can check availability with trusted partners such as Booking.com at no extra costs to you. Book online now with price guarantee and pay when you stay.
Our resort reports include in-depth travel information to help you chose resorts that are easy to get to and ideal for weekends and short-breaks. Which are the nearest airports and alternative means of getting from the airport to the resort together with links to reliable transfer partners offering door-to-door private transfers as well as cheaper public transport alternatives.
And it doesn’t stop there. As well as helping you choose the right resort, where to stay and how to get there, Ultimate Ski resort reports include our pick of the best après-ski bars, restaurants and nightlife for party goers as well as quieter options for couple and families and other activities for non-skiers. We also help you save money on ski rental equipment and ski school lessons and guiding by comparing prices and booking online with carefully chosen partners.
Independent, impartial and trusted, our ski resort reports are written by internationally renowned ski journalists and other contributors including ski patrollers, mountain guides and other experts and enthusiasts with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Explore Ski Resorts to browse reports on over 150 ski resorts in Europe and North America including most internationally renowned resorts as well as little known gems offering great skiing, uncrowded ski areas and more affordable lodging options. To date, the majority of ski destinations covered are in Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland, USA & Canada. Others include countries that people often overlook when planning a ski holiday, such as Spain, Germany, New Zealand and Argentina and other country destinations such as Japan still on our wish list but coming soon hopefully.
Explore Features to discover our pick of the best ski resorts by region including California, Colorado, Utah and Vermont in USA; Alberta and British Columbia in Canada; Carinthia, Tirol and Vorarlberg in Austria, Espace Killy, Paradiski, Portes du Soleil and Three Valleys in France; the Bernese Oberland, Graubunden and Valais cantons in Switzerland; or check out the Best Family Ski Resorts, Best Ski Resorts for Skiing on a Budget or for Luxury as well as articles about Planning Your First Ski Trip and special features on Avalanche Risks and Mountain Safety and Heli-Skiing.
Information is provided freely to our international audience of skiers, boarders and others with a passion for holidaying in the mountains. Our income comes from Advertising and increasingly from Affiliate partners such as Booking.com who pay us a share of their commission at no extra cost to you.
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David Holyoak – Publisher
David has a passion for all things skiing, especially ski resorts in Switzerland and Austria. most notably St Anton and Lech-Zurs in the Arlberg region of Austria, which he has visited year-in, year-out for over 30 years, always taking regular tea breaks between turns! Publisher & Editor of Ultimate-Ski.com, but with other business interests, David is invariably too busy to have much time to write, so better writers than him get the opportunity to do so.
Will Holyoak – Sub-Editor
Will first ‘learned’ to ski the hard way, on a dry ski slope in Esher where he missed his first turn and broke a leg, but he has since had plenty more fun earning his turns mostly in Austria, America and New Zealand. Awarded a first in Politics & International Relations from the University of Manchester, he now works with the Civil Service mandarins in Whitehall. His free time is spent skiing and writing about ski resorts. Will has yet to decide on a favourite ski resort, but ask him about football and only one team matters – Crewe Alex FC.
Rob Gibson – Sub-Editor
Currently studying history at Aberdeen and a member of the University ski club, Rob learned to ski in Saalbach, Austria at the age of four and has been a convert ever since. After spending the 2012/13 ski season in Banff he qualified as a CSIA ski instructor (Level 2). When not studying, sleeping or skiing, he is busy improving our resorts content and writing about hotels.
Ski Author, Editor and Editorial Contributor to Ultimate-Ski.com, Arnie spent 15 years in television before becoming the Financial Times ski correspondent in 1986. In 2001 Arnie switched to became editor of Ski & Board magazine, but still writes for the FT now and then. In 1994 he skied every day for a year – a feat that took him to 240 resorts in 13 countries around the world, and into the Guinness Book of Records. Arnie has now skied in almost 700 resorts and has no plans to hang up his skis until he has made it 1,000. His most recent mission, completed in Arizona in 2011, was to to ski in all 37 of America’s “skiing states”. Our most experienced ski writer by far and a true gent!Geoffrey Riddle
Writer, photographer and skier, Geoffrey first caught the skiing bug when ushered towards a piste in the Sierra Nevada aged five. Put at the top, he was amazed at how easy it was to come back down – call it youthful fearlessness and ever since he’s been searching for ways to remain in the mountains without resorting to the lengths undertaken by Arnie Wilson. His professional career has seen him tackle ski areas as far afield as Russia and Turkey. When not writing about skiing and boarding, Geoffrey covers rugby and racing for the Times, Sunday Times, Reuters and the National in Abu Dhabi.
An attorney at the law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus P.A. specialising in business and ski-related law and a legal commentator for numerous USA ski publications including First Tracks Online and the Ski Channel, David still finds time for 30+ days each year on snow. In addition to his legal work, David is General Counsel and an Editorial Contributor to Ultimate-Ski.com and oversees our USA & Canada content. An East Coaster by birth, he has skied extensively throughout North America. His favourite resorts are Sugarbush in the East, Snowbird in the West and the Arlberg in Europe
Ski journalist, Rob Freeman has been lucky for many years that the ski trip he is always about to go on is work, not a holiday. He believes it’s only fair to readers that every run on the mountain should be explored, every bar visited and every restaurant tested for quality. That’s the aim anyway. A staff journalist on the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper and a qualified ski instructor, Rob writes for magazines, newspapers, ski websites and Ultimate-Ski.com. Thankfully there’s always another run to be checked out, he says, and always another traverse to be made to find the best snow.
Eric has been writing about and photographing adventure sports for fifteen years. He has skied in Europe, North America, South America and New Zealand, writing about his adventures for newspapers and magazines in the UK and beyond. In summer 2007, Eric and wife Penny, relocated from London to their new home – an Auberge at 1,500m in Zinal, Valais, Switzerland which they have fully renovated are now busy hosting guests both on and off the slopes. A recent count left Eric woefully short of Arnie Wilson’s resort tally, though of course he’s not nearly as old.
Ruth is co-owner of Echo Travel, a specialist Tour Operator, offering affordable tailor made ski and board holidays in the Italian mountains. Anything from a simple family holiday to an adventurous group heli-ski or ski touring excursion can be organised to suit individual requirements. An Area Manager with Crystal Holidays for many years, Ruth has in-depth knowledge and experience of Italian ski resorts and is able to offer advice on most aspects of a ski holiday! Ruth divides her time between Italy and the UK. A keen Alpine skier and Cross Country ski enthusiast, Ruth enjoys spending any free time writing about great Italian ski areas for Ultimate Ski.
Working seasons and quickly realising she wasn’t good enough to make a career as a pro skier, Rebecca got into ski journalism and has forged a fledgling career, writing and editing for a string of snowsports publications, including the Ski & Snowboard magazine, Where to Ski & Snowboard, Natives, MetroSnow.co.uk and Ultimate-Ski.com. French resorts are her first love – especially Serre Chevalier – but she has recently been discovering more of Austria (loving the prices and the après ski) and Italy (loving the food and flattering slopes). When she’s not frantically typing on her laptop, she’d rather be up to her knees in powder, of course.
The former editor of Snow magazine, Christine always hankers after more two-planked action. She has been far and wide on the quest for a story, including resorts in Poland, Sweden and Canada. Working as a ski host one winter, she showed off Val D’Isère’s cruisy blues, ungroomed freshies and knee-rattling bumps, and on her days off learnt to dodge trees and shoot down couloirs. She properly learnt how to ski aged eight when her parents pointed to a gourmet lunch-stop halfway down a very steep, icy run with moguls the size of old minis.Vince ShuleyVince Shuley is a published journalist and photographer currently residing in Whistler, Canada. He has been responsible for providing resort reviews for many of our featured Canadian resorts as well as providing feature articles during the winter seasons. He has experience in both online and print media, writing and shooting for numerous Australian magazines. Vince has worked as ski instructor in the US, Canada, Australia and Chile. An avid backcountry enthusiast, Vince is constantly planning the next trip to experience more and more ski destinations and helps look after our Canada content.
Graham Austick, mountain guide and expedition leader, is the owner and leading guide at Piste to Powder, the ski guiding company based in St Anton, Austria, where he has been guiding off-piste in the Arlberg every winter for nearly 20 years. He also offers tuition for skiers wanting to improve their deep snow skiing skills.The rest of his year is spent mountaineeing and leading ski expeditions including first descents in Alaska, Greenland and the Himalayas. Graham now divides his time between St Anton and the Lyngen Alps in Norways Artic Circle where he has built a swish log cabin as a base for guided ski tours by boat.
Giorgio is an ISIA qualified ski and board instructor with a life time of ski and mountaineering experience. Passionate about the mountains, in addition to climbing the north face routes up many of Italy’s highest peaks, he has also climbed mountains in South America and the Himalaya, at a time when it was a real adventure to do so! Former director of the Livigno Ski School, he now co-owns Echo Travel, a specialist tour operator, organising ski and board holidays in Italy. Giorgio’s invaluable contribution to our Aosta Valley resort reports, offers readers accurate and detailed descriptions of the ski areas – both on- and off-piste.
A ski guide and expedition leader, Henrik has 20 years experience arranging trips and guiding groups around most of the best ski resorts of the Alps and since 2001 he has been based in Saint Jacques, Monterosa, Italy, where he also runs the B&B Sherpa Prasec. The last year Henrik became a partner with new ski tour operator Alpine Legends, based in Stockholm. Except for skinning up the hills of Valle d´Aosta hunting the longest powder runs, Henrik also enjoys a good glass of fine grappa in his Grappabar and writing about great skiing areas for Ultimate-ski.com
Doug Krause is the Snow Safety Director and lead patroller and heli-ski guide for Silverton Mountain Ski Area in Silverton, Colorado where he runs the avalanche forecasting and control program. Doug also teaches avalanche and backcountry skiing courses, is an emergency medical technician and a big fan of argentine meat. For the past eight years he has spent his summers skiing in South America, as lead guide for South America Ski in Las Lenas with extensive knowledge and experience guiding expert skiers on and off-piste all over Argentina and Chile.
A mountain guide and expedition leader, Nick Parks has been an IFMGA mountain guide since 1987. He got into ski racing as a junior and was an instructor in Scotland before his addiction to off-piste. He founded the guiding company Mountain Tracks in 2000 following 10 years as Director of Outdoor Education at Marlborough College. He has been leading mountain expeditions on skis and on foot for almost 20 years, taking clients to some of the most remote corners of the globe. Today Nick is equally at home on alpine and telemark skis and is getting there on a snowboard.
Warren Smith is the founder of Snowsport Synergy Ltd and our Verbier off-piste expert. He is one of Britain’s leading professional freeskiers and an internationally certified performance coach. He has spent many years teaching recreational skiers, developing ski instructors and coaching racers all over Europe, and has earned a name for getting results with his students. Warren and his partner, photographer Melody Sky, live in the Swiss resort of Verbier where they have spent 15 years skiing some of the world’s best ski terrain and diving his time between coaching for his Academy, filming and organising events.
Thanks also to Tim Colman, Steve Angus, Celia Fielder, Siôn Ishmael, Penny Kendall, Richard McGibbon, Felix Milns, James Morland, Isobel Rostron, Graeme Spratley, Leslie Woit, Kevin Wolff & Kasey Moore.