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

Where to stay and ski in the 3 Valleys

No other ski area gives you so much choice. Les 3 Vallées has 600km (about 375 miles) of runs and over 160 lifts, connecting Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, San Martin de Belleville, Orelle and Brides les Bains. But with so much to choose from, it’s easy to get distracted, so here’s our guide to getting the most out of your ski holiday.

The Best of Aspen Snowmass

For many skiers, Aspen is an intimidating place with an extreme reputation. I was deep into my list of “places I’ve skied” before I even considered going to Aspen, and boy, what a mistake that was. Looking back, I should never have waited so long. Going forward, I will likely never miss a season without a trip back to the Roaring Fork Valley. In short, Aspen is a world-class town, with world-class skiing.

Arc 2000 and Arc 1950: ski resorts with a purpose

Arc 2000 and Arc 1950 are separated by just 240 metres but also by 24 years. Ideas of what a purpose-built ski resort should look like changed radically in that period, so the two villages appear very different. But the reasons why they were built, and why skiers keep on returning to them decades later, are very similar.

Visit Park City

How can it be that I hadn’t been to Park City in so long? There’s no more convenient destination in North America and yet it had been since the late ’00s that my skis had slid on the “Greatest Snow on Earth.” With so many new, direct ski flights popping up out of the NYC metro area, I had satisfied my wanderlust over the past decade or so – with mixed results. In my quest for the new, I had forsaken the obvious.

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 crispier and the slopes are less crowded. But some ski resorts only get into their stride later in the season, so choose your destination carefully.

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?

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 12 of the best ski areas in the Alps. 

Extreme Off-Piste Descents

Off PisteHere is our choice of twelve 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.

First ski trip from USA to the French Alps

val thorens ski tripWhich ski destinations in France offer the best skiing and the most fun early season over Christmas and New Year: the Espace Killy, the Three Valleys or Chamonix Mont-Blanc? Will it be truly memorable and how does skiing in France compare to skiing in the USA? Jules Gansl was determined to find out for herself…

Carinthia’s Hohe Tauern National Park

AT Kitzbuhel 3s Gondola Ski Lift © Kitzbuhel Tourismus 170x96Carinthia’s Hohe Tauern National Park offers great skiing on uncrowded slopes, more than 30 peaks above 3,000m and spectacular panoramic views including Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner at 3,798m. You can ski here in summer too: the Molltaler Glacier is open for skiing 330 days each year.

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.

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.

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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