Top 10 Ski Resorts for Guaranteed Snow
The very beginning or end of the season can be the perfect time to ski. The only problem being that the one thing worse than no ski holiday at all is a ski holiday with no snow!
You book your ski resort transfers, you pack, you travel and you arrive, only to be greeted with the realisation that skiing is largely out of the question.
On the plus side, there are ways and means by which these kinds of eventualities can be prevented. Specifically, by ensuring you head to the kinds of ski resorts where snow is pretty much guaranteed.
…the following 10 examples being among the safest bets as far as both early and late snow are concerned:
First up, Cervinia lies at the heart of the Valle d’Aosta – home to the famous and imposing Matterhorn. Perched at around 2,050m above sea level with lifts going all the way up to 3,820m, pre- and post-season skiing are both very much on the cards here.
Tignes/Val d’Isere, France
Two resorts for the price of one…sort of…with combined pistes of more than 300km and altitudes as high as 3,456m. Not only does this kind of altitude guarantee superb conditions throughout the season, but Val d’Isere is also home to Europe’s biggest artificial snowmaker!
Les Arcs, France
The handful of resorts that come together to form Les Arc serve up more than 425km of incredible pistes to explore. Which means there’s a huge amount on offer for skiers of all ages and levels, with lifts going as high as 3,250m.
Rich in history and unique local culture, Ischgl combines the quaint charms of a traditional mountain town with the OTT nightlife of a real party resort. Great snow, awesome events throughout the season and a great 1-hour ski resort transfer time from Innsbruck Airport.
Still with the party theme, Ortzal is known far and wide for its lively and uncompromising party scene – not to mention its two 3,250m glaciers for pretty outstanding ski conditions. Great for outgoing types, less so for the shy and retiring!
Val Thorens, France
Well, what else would you expect from Europe’s highest ski resort than great snow conditions? All with the added bonus of Val Thorens being a fundamentally epic resort in every sense of the word. Great for all levels, all ages, all tastes – highly recommended.
Lech is less a ski resort and more a picture-perfect postcard snapshot of a fairy-tale mountain hideaway. Put simply – it’s an absolutely gorgeous place with more than 275km of pistes on it doorstep and great conditions from early ‘til late.
Skiers flock to Courchevel every year for the off-piste experience, the shopping and the gorgeous luxury chalets. But you can’t deny the resort’s reputation for being extremely reliable for fresh powder. When the snow falls it comes thick and fast, with over 4m of cover during good years.
Enormous, exciting and unashamedly upmarket, Verbier is everything your exclusive Alps ski resort should be. Plus it’s not as if the world’s elite are happy to contend with the idea of poor snow conditions. Which is why you’d be hard-pressed to find any such problems here!
Les Deux Alpes, France
Last but not least, Les Deux Alps is definitely one of France’s first ski resorts and also probably one of the best. You’ll also find the biggest skiable glacier in its confines as an added bonus. A firm favourite among autumn skiers looking to kick the season off nice and early.