I'm considering skiing in the Alps during the first week of February, but I'm having some challenges choosing where to go so would love to hear recommendations based on the following criteria:
- Intermediate to advanced intermediate who mainly enjoy reds and easier blacks with some blue cruisers once in a while. Some off-piste can be fun, but isn't a master of moguls so would stay on groomed trails most of the time with varied terrain.
- Really don't like standing in lift queues or ride in slow lifts - hoping that the first week in February won't be as busy as later in the month
- Would prefer resort that you can easily get to from Zurich or Munich as I can fly direct to those two cities, other airports such as Geneva would require connections, but isn't a deal-breaker for the right place.
- Snow-sure for this week
- Prefer the traditional alpine village with nice scenery
- Prefer to have reasonably priced accommodations near lifts. Ski-in/ski-out is ideal, but if I can step on a bus outside the place that is runs frequently and is reliable without being too crowded that can work as well. Enjoy having a self-catered apartment, but being on half-board would be nice too as I'm looking for something for 2-4 people.
- Apres isn't important, but would like at least some options to have fun outside of the slopes even though the skiing itself is the most important experience.
So far I'm thinking of going either to St. Anton or Lech (maybe better suited to stay there and then go over to St. Anton a couple of days), maybe Zermatt (concerned about lift lines, far walks to lifts, closures), or the Three Valleys (Meribel-Mottaret where the big con is that I would have to go through Geneva and can't take a train), so I wonder how those compare on these criteria and if you have any suggestions for other areas?