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Where To Start For European Vacation?

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Thread Starter 

A bunch of us are planning on a trip to Europe in March 2013. All NorthEast based skiers/snowboarders, but skied all over the US. All black and double black skiers/boarders with backcountry experience. We are looking for some advices on narrowing down some areas. We know nothing about European ski destinations other than the famous names like Charmonix, St Anton.

We are fairly flexible in terms of locations, but three main criteria in order of importance.

1. Major airports (direct flights from JFK) and easy local transportation.

2. Ski/board options for back/side country stuff.

3. Cheap accommodations.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 11

Fly to Zurich, take the train to St Anton, stay in like Stuben or St Jakob or even Pettneu. We're done here. 

post #3 of 11

Or fly into Geneva, visit Chamonix or Val d'Isere or Verbier.

 

HIRE A GUIDE!

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Fly to Zurich, take the train to St Anton, stay in like Stuben or St Jakob or even Pettneu. We're done here. 

 

Damn it! You beat me to it!

 

The first European trip for advanced skiers should be St. Anton. It's easy to get to (with a scenic journey), it's a nice town, and it has loads of great terrain.

 

Hire a guide at least one day to take you to all the best off-piste areas, including the back side of the Valuga.

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks! Looks like we'll go with St Anton.

post #6 of 11

I flew overnight into Zurich and was skiing St Anton by 1:15pm that day.  St Anton and Lech are huge, about 90 lifts I think. 

Look up and make sure you ski the White Ring in Lech,

http://www.ultimate-ski.com/Ski-Resorts/Austria/Lech-Zurs/intermediate/index.html

On the way  home I skied half a day in St. Anton, then took the train after lunch back to the airport for the flight out the next am. 

post #7 of 11
O.k. ... First of all ... welcome to Europe! Here there plenty of oportunities for a great skiholiday. How much time do you want to stay? One week? Two or three? Austria is great with St. Anton and Ischgl ( take a transfer cab from St. Anton and stay here for a few days). You van fly in from Zürich or Innsbruck. From Geneva you could go to biggest skiarea in the world .... Les Trois Vallees with Meribel and Val Thorens. You can spend a full week at least:D. Also the area Espace Killy with Val d'Isere is close at hand ( take a cabtransfer and stay here also à few days) .
Perhaps make a combination between both? For March .... from the second week of you will be missing the crowded holiday period. Meaning less crowded and cheaper prices. Check the internetsites of resorts and they can help you online getting accomodation. Have fun .... I' m planning a Utah trip in 2014!smile.gif
post #8 of 11

St Anton is the great place to start-up for the European trip.

horseback riding trips

post #9 of 11

Oh, more advice for you. You'll have more accommodation options if you arrange to stay Saturday to Saturday. Most of the B&B's in/around St. Anton prefer 7 night stays starting on Saturdays, and some places don't even take any other types of bookings.

 

That means booking flights that leave Friday evening and arrive in Zurich Saturday morning.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for the tips! We are looking for one week trip. Some people might stay longer depending on their vacation schedule. We are planning on the second or third week of March right now. Any idea on ski touring or ski mountaineering around St Anton? A few of us are climbers as well. Sorry to be so vague!

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Thank you all for the tips! We are looking for one week trip. Some people might stay longer depending on their vacation schedule. We are planning on the second or third week of March right now. Any idea on ski touring or ski mountaineering around St Anton? A few of us are climbers as well. Sorry to be so vague!

 

The Arlberg area trail map has a lot of routes marked as touring routes, so there are plenty of opportunities in the area. For this, I would definitely recommend a guide. There's plenty of off-piste terrain that you can easily scope out from the lifts, but the touring routes can definitely lead to cliffs and other such dangers that you can't see until you hit them.

 

There are several guide companies that you can talk to in town. The Arlberg ski school is the biggest, but there are others as well. You'll probably want to ski one or two days around the area to get a feel for the place and then check out guides for the last couple of days.

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