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If you only could do it once

post #1 of 15
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I have a chance to ski somewhere in Europe, it will probably be a once in a lifetime event. I doubt I'll ever make it over there again.

 

If you had to pick a resort for a onetime shot, where would you suggest?

 

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post #2 of 15

To narrow the search a bit...

1) Glacier required - there is snow... allways..

2) As big as possible under one ski pass. The owner of appartament house can tell you about weather... One resort can be cloudy or foggy while another has clear sky... It all in less than 10 mile range...

post #3 of 15

Step 1: Buy "Where to Ski and Snowboard". Keep it in bathroom. Read and memorize Europe section.

Step 2: Make a shortlist. That will include resorts like Chamonix, Zermatt, etc.
Step 3: Go to St Anton.
Step 4: Post Trip Report, dedicated to me for the awesome advice.
Step 5: Plot a way to get back there.

post #4 of 15

I would go to either Austria or France, in Austria I'd choose St. Anton In France: Chamonix, Avoriaz or Les Arcs. All these resorts have excellent skiing and all the rest you need for a good skiing experience.

This is highly subjective of course, and I'm sure you'll get many other suggestions. I've skied all these resorts ( and others ) but of the above I'd choose St. Anton, it's a cosy village and everything is within walking distance. I would also opt to have a day in Vienna and see the sights there.

 

If you'd like to ski new lifts and slopes every day, Avoriaz is part of the "Port du Soleil" system with 650 km marked pistes and about 200 lifts. Les Arcs is also huge.

 

Good food and drinks can be had at all these destinations.

 

 

post #5 of 15



 

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Originally Posted by prickly View Post

Step 1: Buy "Where to Ski and Snowboard". Keep it in bathroom. Read and memorize Europe section.

Step 2: Make a shortlist. That will include resorts like Chamonix, Zermatt, etc.
Step 3: Go to St Anton.
Step 4: Post Trip Report, dedicated to me for the awesome advice.
Step 5: Plot a way to get back there.



To expand on Step 3:

 

3a. Fly to Zurich

3b. Take the direct train to St. Anton and enjoy the lovely scenery of Switzerland and Austria.

3c. Ski all day and party all night.

3d. At the end of the week, take the train to Vienna and spend a couple of days there before flying home.

 

If for some reason Step 3 doesn't work for you, try Val d'Isere instead.

 


Edited by CerebralVortex - 8/19/11 at 1:19am
post #6 of 15

I'd say Lech am Arlberg, but it's almost the same as saying St Anton. Just go to the Arlberg. Pick which base is right for you out of Stuben, St Anton, St Christoph, Zurs, Lech or Oberlech.

post #7 of 15

Yeah, when I say St Anton, I mean the whole valley. I like the skiing at Lech a lot. I think I'd stay in St Anton myself, but all the villages are nice.

post #8 of 15

I agree with the rest of you, all of Arlberg is nice. I'd stay in St. Anton as I like that village the most. Malazan, make sure to try the "rösti" potatoes if you go there ( or anywere else in Austria ).

post #9 of 15

What would be the longest course one could ski through the Alps? Many towns and ski resorts are connected. Is there a ski trail that goes from one side or end of the Alps to the other? Some people make a once in a life time ordeal out of hiking the Appalacien trail. It would be cool to plan a trip to ski across the Alps for a week, see how far of a route you can come up with.

post #10 of 15

You mean touring or lift-served? Lift-served, probably the Sella Ronda is the biggest. Touring would be pretty much infinite.

post #11 of 15

La Grave, but that's just me.  Maybe Chamonix.  Think adventure and scenery.  

post #12 of 15

I'd probably go with Chamonix...

post #13 of 15

If you want the most crazy, extreme, epic terrain, from what I hear that's at Chamonix.  But you need a guide and skills to get to it.

 

Zermatt is very nice, as pretty much everywhere in town has a picture-postcard view of the Matterhorn.  ex:

 

 

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You can also ski over into Italy from there.  Zermatt's a big town, on the ritzy side, lots of fine dining and hotels.

 

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Malazan, make sure to try the "rösti" potatoes if you go there ( or anywere else in Austria ).

 

They've got those in Switzerland too.  That stuff is great.

 

Haven't made it to Val d'Isere or the St. Anton area yet (or Chamonix; weather/snow was bad the last time I was in Europe.  Went to Zermatt instead.)  Someday...

post #14 of 15

Of the places I have been,  Chamonix has been the most impressive mountain wise.  Some of the smaller, off the radar villages I have been to have been the most fun.  My brother returns to Val every year (I have not been there) & says it is huge & never disappoints.  La Grave sounds like an adventure that could be memorable.

JF

post #15 of 15

I have only been to Europe once and don't know if I will ever get back.  We chose St Anton and I don't regret that decision.  Stayed right in the village and could walk to lifts.  Everyone from every country was super friendly towards this American Gringo.  You must sign up for on the off piste tours that will take you up an off the back side of the mountain to the little villages peppered through out the area.  Very cool, so cool I did if for 4 of the 5 days I skied there.  I don't even know what the groomed slopes are like there and I don't care because I skied the natural Alps, the birthplace of skiing.

 

Good luck,

 

Rick G

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