Originally Posted by Jarrod
I am in Europe at the moment and will be here until early January. I am trying to fit in a quick ski week somewhere probably in Switzerland or France. At the moment I am just trying deiced where to go and am sort of overwhelmed with all the options, I have always wanted to go to Chamonix and Verbier but am concerned about early season conditions. Does any one have any suggestions for places to go that will have decent conditions and are affordable. I will be in Konstanz, Germany before I set out for my skiing so places places that are not more than a than a days travel from there would be best.
This will be my first time skiing in Europe, I have spent the past 4 winters living and skiing Revelstoke BC and will be going back there from Jan to May. So I guess this european trip is less about amazing skiing and more about seeing something different. I am certainly open to going off the beaten track as well, as long as organising accommodation is not too difficult. It would be great to go somewhere less commercial. There is also the possibility of spending a few days at one place and a few at another.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
France has the most snow at the moment as far as I can see. Val d'Isere has a really pretty village that you'll probably like, and the available terrain is great. It's my choice whenever I can do an early season trip.
Engelberg and Andermatt also have good conditions, good terrain, and nice villages. And, they'll fit your not-so-commercial criterium.
St. Anton also has pretty good conditions, a nice town, and a lot of terrain. It's also a bit lower at the base level, so you'll have more terrain below tree line, which will be handy if the mountains keep getting hit with early-season storms.
Tough choices. If I knew the weather would clear up the week you're skiing, I'd definitely recommend Engelberg. Andermatt might not keep you entertained the full week, so you'd probably want to also ski Disentus and Sedrun right next door. But, I'm not sure how difficult the accommodation is to book there. Val d'Isere is probably farther than you're willing to travel and might feel too commercial. St. Anton might feel too commercial as well.
Chamonix might not be fully open for you, and conditions aren't as good in Verbier at the moment as the others for some reason.