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There are not many more exhilarating experiences in life than hurtling down a ski slope – on a knife edge between being in complete control and taking a snowy tumble.  Revel in the hiss of your skis as they slice through the soft, powdery snow.  Be mesmerised by the dance of skiers as they seemingly effortlessly speed down the mountain in graceful elegance.

After a thrilling day on the slopes, the evening entertainment and après-ski beckons enticingly.  Relax in a cosy restaurant, sip a Glüwein, hot chocolate & rum or a cold beer in one of the many pubs or dance the night away in a club … whatever your preference, a ski holiday offers it all!

                                                         
                                                           

Skiing Austria

AUSTRIA                  Back to top

One of the reasons that Austria is one of Europe’s top skiing destinations, is that the European Alps cover most of this small and beautiful country. Austrian ski villages are still “postcard traditional” and picturesque, centring round an onion-domed church rather than a coach park. It also has a reputation for having high standard accommodation that will not cost an arm and a leg.

     

The Austrian slopes tend to be well laid out, offering excellent and modern mountain facilities.  Their lift systems and pistes are extensive, and tend not to get too clogged with skiers (except for peak season when the whole of Europe goes skiing). Many resorts have pretty, tree-lined slopes, even if they aren't all that long.

Austrian ski resorts:

Neustift

Neustift boasts 4 ski areas ranging in height from 1000 metres to 3210 metres.  The Elfer ski area is above Neustift, while the Schlick lift and Series lift are a 10 minutes away.  At the end of the valley is the magnificent Stubaier Glacier, Austria’s largest all-year round ski and snowboard area. 

Neustift promises to win you over with its winning combination of friendly locals and quaint village atmosphere, coupled with a distinct international flavour and superb variety of skiing.  Situated in the Stubai valley between Innsbruck and the Italian border town of Brenner, Neustift is a welcoming paradise for both skiers and non-skiers alike.

Great beginner and intermediate skiing. 

St Johann

This vibrant and charming traditional Tyrolean village coupled with an international flavour, make it one of Europe’s most popular skiing areas.  This, together with the friendly and casual atmosphere on the slopes, ensure a great snow holiday.  Located on the north side of the Kitzbϋheler Horn, the St Johann ski area is known for being gentle, relaxed and ideal for beginners and families.  While St Johann is normally recommended for first time skiers, even seasoned pro’s will have a super time here.  This popular resort offers warm hospitality, value for money and a remarkably reliable snow record. 

Beginner to intermediate skiing

 

Kitzbühel

Framed by rugged mountains, Kitzbühel dates back to the ninth century, when it landed on the map as a copper mining and trading town. 

This is the skiing Mecca of Austria, famous for the men’s downhill ski race on the Hahnenkamme.  But you don’t have to be a World cup contender to enjoy Kitzbühel.  This lively, sophisticated resort has something to offer everyone – from young to old, from beginner to expert and entertainment for non-skiers too.  Equipped with state of the art technology, the slopes of Kitzbühel provide the best-groomed runs from December to March.

All skiing – from beginners to advanced

Skiing Austria

 

Skiing Austria

Saalbach ~ Hinterglemm ~ Leogang (Ski Circus)

The Ski Circus consisting of Saalbach, Hinterglemm and Leogang, is renowned for its excellent range of ski pistes and efficient, inter-connecting lift system. 

The Ski Circus area is one of the largest ski networks in the whole of the Alps and boasts 200 km of best prepared slopes, 55 modern cable-ways and lifts, 10 km cross-country tracks, a carving fun park, half-pipes, GS race courses, flood-lit slope, moguls un-groomed and snow parks. 

A free ski-bus system connects all three villages.

 
Saalbach is unquestionably the après-ski capital of Austria.  This traditional-style village offers lively and varied nightlife, coupled with a very extensive circuit of slopes on both sides of the Valley. The Schattberg X-press gondola system offers efficient access to the Ski Circus, which links the resorts of Saalbach, Hinterglemm and Leogang.

In picturesque Hinterglemm, the village located next to Saalbach, the hotels are larger and the village fans out over a wider area. Because it is as central to the main ski crossroads of the valley as Saalbach, and because it has more mid- to upper-level hotels with full amenities, Hinterglemm loses some of the cosiness that you find in Saalbach.

Leogang is the smallest and quietest village of the three, and offers peace and relaxation amidst spectacular landscapes.  Here nature, culture and cuisine come together to create a world of paradisiacal holiday delights.

All skiing – from beginners to advanced

Zell am See

This attractive and rustic village has a scenic lakeside setting and offers a wide variety of amenities. Zell am See offers easy access to Kaprun for glacier skiing, along with loads of activities like swimming, ice-skating, ice hockey, sleigh rides, curling, ice surfing, horse riding, and Nordic skiing.  The town has a superb pedestrian area with a wide variety of excellent shops.  Beautiful walks across the frozen lake Zeller or excursions to the surrounding cities and sights means that there is plenty to keep the non-skier happy.

Intermediate to advanced skiing

 

Westendorf

Once voted the most beautiful village in Europe, Westendorf is part of the Ski Alpen Ski Area.  This pretty winter ski resort is set on a sunny plateau in the Brixental Valley in Tirol.  It offers over 670 km of ski runs with over 260 cable cars and lifts.  This small, quaint and charming resort is not only reasonably priced, but is the ideal destination for a family ski holiday, offering typical Austrian charm and culture.    

All skiing – from beginners to advanced

Skiing Austria

 
FRANCE                  Back to top
 

With over 8000 kilometres of pistes, France has one of the largest ski areas in the world.  There is something for everyone; from family-orientated village resorts to the purpose-built resorts where you can ski form your doorstep.  There is alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, all the new snow-riding techniques, as well as a large range of ‘natural’ activities (snow shoes, dog sledding, tours following marked routes…). 

France’s ski resorts are spread out through 7 major ski areas:  The Northern Alps, the Southern Alps, the Pyrenees, the Vosges, the Jura, the Massif Central and in Corsica. 

 

Skiing France

French ski resorts:

Alpe D’Huez

Alpe D’Huez is a large south facing winter sports resort.  The Pic Blanc is the highest peak of the Grandes Rousses Massif (3330 m), offering a breathtaking panorama.  The high altitude guarantees snow coverage of the 100 000 hectares of ski area and the 236 km of runs.  It is possible to ski back to the main resort and other surrounding villages thanks to the 700 snow cannons. 

 

Beginners and children can learn at their own pace on the gentle, lower slopes.  The more technical black runs can be found around the Pic Blanc area and are sure to provide thrills and excitement:  from here you can discover the whole ski area:  by using the Chateau Noir, the La Fare and the Sarenne (16km long, the longest in Europe) runs, it is possible to ski for 1½ hours without using any ski lifts!

All skiing – from beginners to advanced

 

Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Chamonix is situated at the foot of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain reaching to almost 16 000 feet.  Chamonix Mont Blanc became famous in 1786 with the first ascent of Mont Blanc and was very proud to host and organise the First Winter Olympic Games in 1924.  A work climbing capital in summer and paradise for powder fans in winter, Chamonix Mont Blanc is the meeting point for real mountain lovers.  Chamonix is within easy reach of two international airports: Geneva and Lyon.

Intermediate to advanced skiing.

Courchevel

Courchevel is renowned throughout the world and is situated just 2 hours from Geneva and Lyon airports.  The resort is set over 5 villages with a varied range of accommodation right next to the slopes.  From luxury hotels to top quality restaurants, everything is done with your comfort in mind.  Courchevel is part of one of the largest skiing areas in the world and with 373 miles of runs and 200 fast lifts, the ski itineraries are extensive.

The resort is designed and organised for your safety, whether young or old.  Over 700 ski instructors teach different styles of skiing in the language of your choice and artificial snow equipment means that Courchevel can open for the first weekend in December every year.

When you take off your skis at the end of the day, not only will you find shops and bars waiting for you, but also concerts and a multitude of entertainment and leisure activities.

All skiing – from beginners to advanced

 

Les Arcs

Les Arcs/Bourg St Bourg is 4 resorts rolled into one, boasting a ski area that ranges form 1200m to the summits of the Aiguille Range Glacier at 3226m.  With a fantastic view of the Mont Blanc there are 200km’s of slopes with over 117 marked and maintained runs that are open to all snow sports.

With its easy access, Les Arcs/ Bourg St Maurice is a car-free resort with hotels and residences offering ‘doorstep’ skiing – allowing families to have carefree holidays with facilities at their fingertips.  From snowboarding to speed skiing, not forgetting the traditional mountain activities, you can take advantage of all 4 resorts, easily accessible by car or the free inter-resort shuttle busses, ski lifts or ski runs.

All skiing – from beginners to advanced

Skiing France

 

Les 2 Alpes

Les 2 Alpes is situated between the Northern and Southern Alps, at the heart of the Oisans region.  Set in exceptional natural surrounding the resort offers a vast ski domain that stretches from 1300m to 2600m.  Les 2 Alpes welcomes all the forms of gliding: from the most traditional to the “new school” new gliding techniques, for whom especially designed areas have been created.

Whether you want to discover the mountains from another angle or have even more fun, Les 2 Alpes offers endless possibilities:  snow shoe walks, paragliding, climbing ice waterfalls, quads, snow bikes …. Not to mention the unique panorama that you will discover aboard the tracked white snow cruise minibus, the Ice Caves dug out of the glacier and the traditional villages nearby.

To relax at the end of the day, what could be better than a dip in the swimming pool, a sauna, Turkish bath, or Jacuzzi … unless of course you would prefer to linger over a drink in one of the resort bars or pubs and mull over the day’s events.

In the evening more than40 different restaurants await you for dinner.  Whether you prefer mountain specialities, Indian, Thai, traditional or gastronomic cuisine, they will offer you the same warm welcome. 
Afterwards, why not dance the night away in one of the nightclubs or if you prefer, listen to live music in a professional studio-concert club.

All skiing – from beginners to advanced

 

Skiing France

Méribel

Méribel is famous for its charm and refined way of life.  It has managed to preserve the architectural style of its valley’s original villages, as can be seen with the chalets made of mountain stone and honey coloured wood and covered with double slanting slate roofs.

Located at the very heart of the “3 Vallées”, one of the world’s largest ski areas, Méribel itself boasts over 90 miles of groomed and marked ski runs, serviced by a state of the art lift network.  The valley’s North to South orientation allows the visitor to ski in the sun all day and the variety and possibilities of off-piste skiing seem nearly endless.


The resort offers a wide range of cultural and sport orientated “après-ski” activities: A public swimming pool and an Olympic ice rink, an indoor climbing wall, a blowing alley, snow-shoeing and pedestrian footpaths, nightclubs, movie theatres, etc … as well as three ski kindergartens, to introduce children as young as 3 to the pleasures of skiing.  Méribel’s warm hospitality and pleasant atmosphere await you – from the cosiness of its self catering condos to its many hotels, where luxury and quality meet comfort and friendliness.

All skiing – from beginners to advanced

 

Val Thorens

Val Thorens is situated at the heart of a magnificent cirque overlooked by 6 glaciers.  At an altitude of 2300 metres, it is the highest ski resort in Europe and is located at the top of the 3 Valleys, one of the largest ski areas in the world, boasting 600km’s of pistes, over 200 ski lifts and 25 mountain peaks. 

Val Thorens offers exceptional snow quality, guaranteed from November until the beginning of May, with 8 skiable peaks or passes above 3000 metres. 

Skiing France

The ski area is suitable for all levels and offers an excellent lift system.  The other major benefits of this Savoyard resort are its successful architectural changes and it large selection of sporting and cultural activities.  Val Thorens combines modern and traditional living with the facilities and ski area of a large resort.

All skiing – from beginners to advanced
 
ITALY                  Back to top
 

Italians see skiing as a friendly and relaxed affair, involving eating, drinking and sunbathing. Add to that a stylish and sophisticated nightlife, and you have all the makings of a relaxing and fun ski holiday. Italian ski resorts have some great skiing and après-ski, packaged in a more laid-back fashion than elsewhere in the Alps.  

Skiing in Italy was traditionally considered to be the cheap option for those wanting a ski holiday in the Alps, but while it still offers good value, prices have begun to creep up. This does not mean, however, that Italian ski resorts are in any way inferior. Italy's ski resorts span some of the world's great domains, with the Super Dolomiti region and the Milky Way offering hundreds of kilometres of lift-linked slopes.

Most of Italy's ski resorts are perhaps more suited to the beginner and intermediate skier, although certain resorts do have a number of challenging slopes for more advanced skiers.

 

Skiing Italy

Livigno

This rustic ski resort is not one to be missed by the adventurous skier.  It has become one of the top skiing areas in Italy with over 100 kilometers of skiing.  The entire ski area is linked by a reliable ski-bus service, which is free with the lift pass. 

Livigno, due to some strange legal and geographical reason, has tax-free status.

 

Isolated in its own valley, across the border from St Moritz, Livigno is located at 1815m, and this high altitude means it has excellent snow conditions.

The town is rather sprawling, so it is vital to choose your accommodation carefully if you want to be near the lifts.  Livigno is one of the Italian resorts that offers a wide range of blue, red and black slopes, and the longest run available is about 8kms – the longest cross country run is about 45km.  In the evening, there are plenty of vibrant restaurants, bars and nightclubs to keep visitors entertained.

All skiing – from beginners to advanced
 
SWITZERLAND                Back to top
 

Skiing in the Swiss alps…… it's not for the faint hearted. The Swiss are marginally less obsessive than the Austrians about skiing, however the sport is still central to the Swiss way of life, and alpine traditions remain strong.

Ski resorts such as St Moritz and Zermatt, beneath the mighty Matterhorn, are some of the most famous ski holiday destinations in the world. Glaciers dot the skyline, offering snow-sure skiing, with ski descents from glaciers often running down to the immaculate ski resort villages.

Skiing Switzerland

 

Après ski can be stuffy compared to other European resorts, however ski resorts such as Verbier offer après ski in abundance, which is generally as good as anywhere else in Europe. The Swiss ski holiday resorts tend to be well served with local airports and whilst the south of the country is riddled with massive valleys, the immaculate transport system ensures that journeys are as short and enjoyable as possible
 

Swiss ski resorts:

Verbier

Verbier has a well-earned reputation as one of the best ski holiday resorts in Europe.  Located high in Switzerland’s most Southern Alps, famous for its fantastic powder snow and with breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc and Matterhorn mountains, Verbier is a cosmopolitan, chic ski resort, which is known as a playground for celebrities.
 
A huge ski area, challenging ski terrain and great après ski, make Verbier a truly outstanding ski destination. With a glacier and around 120km of ski pistes, the ski area at Verbier is impressive. Additionally skiers staying in Verbier can access the huge 4 Valleys ski area, with over 100 lifts and more than 400km of ski pistes.

Away from the slopes Verbier offers some of the best après ski anywhere in Switzerland. Après ski Verbier – style kicks off at the numerous terrace bars and clubs heave late into the night. There is also luxury living on offer in Verbier, with exclusive hotels and restaurants in abundance in Verbier.

Verbier also offers a vast array of designer shops, boutiques, and spa’s for those lazy afternoons off or for the non skiers delight.

All skiing – from beginners to advanced

 

Skiing Switzerland

Zermatt

A traditional Swiss ski resort surrounding the world’s most iconic mountain in Europe, the Matterhorn. 

Fantastic intermediate and advanced skiing, coupled with its old world charm, horse drawn sleighs and car-free streets, means that Zermatt is in great demand, attracting visitors from all over the world. 

Zermatt’s ski area is vast and stretches to a total of almost 400km of ski pistes.

Runs down to Cervinia, on the Italian side of the Matterhorn add to the quality and abundance of the advanced skiing that makes Zermatt one of the worlds greatest ski holiday destinations. And for those who tired of traditional lifts and skiing, why not try heli-skiing? Zermatt shares a ski pass with the nearby Saas Fee and accesses a glacier to ensure snow reliability.

Après ski in Zermatt is extensive with bars, clubs and fine dining on offer. Prices can reflect the demand for ski holidays in this world class resort, but Zermatt is amongst the best anywhere.

Intermediate and advanced skiing

 
 
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