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La Sella Ronda is a circuit of ski lifts and slopes in the Italian Dolomites which connects the ski areas of Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba-Marmolada and Val di Fassa, forming a huge mega area. These four ski areas contain hundreds of pistes and more than a dozen villages, so there is an almost bewildering choice of where to ski and stay.
The highest ski resorts in Europe are in the Alps and have slopes above 3,000m and accommodation at around 2,000m. This gives them reliable snow conditions, wonderful views, ski-in and ski-out convenience, car-free environments, fast access to snow-sure runs, and a longer ski season.
Ski resorts in the Pyrenees are less famous than their Alpine counterparts, but they also tend to be less expensive and less crowded. So here is our pick of the best ski resorts in Spain, Andorra and the French Pyrenees for every standard of skier; and advice on where to go on holiday for the après-ski and nightlife, or for the mountain scenery and views, or for a ski weekend.
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.
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.
Weekend ski breaks need convenient flight times, short transfers and flexible accommodation. We advise when and where to go, selecting 10 ski resorts in Europe for mini-break ski holidays for all skiers, from expert freeriders to those wanting easy blue runs, nice mountain restaurants and plenty of apres-ski.
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 coming back to them, are very similar.
If 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?
A 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.
Whether you call it “off-piste”, “freeriding” 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.
How could 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 overlooked the obvious.
Ski 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.
Here 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.
Which 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 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.
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.
Nothing beats skiing hard all day and 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.
Driving to the Alps can be cost-effective and gives you freedom once you’re in a 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.
Relaxing, 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.