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Poll Results: What is Europe's best winter resort?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Courchevel, France
  • 16% of voters (1)
    Lech, Austria
  • 33% of voters (2)
    Chamonix, France
  • 16% of voters (1)
    Zermatt, Switzerland
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Alpe D'huez, France
  • 0% of voters (0)
    La Plagne, France
  • 50% of voters (3)
    St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
  • 16% of voters (1)
    Kitzbühel, Austria
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Verbier, Switzerland
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Saas Fee, Switzerland
6 Total Votes  
post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I've poured my heart into writing this article, read almost everything there is about skiing resorts in Europe, and it's safe to say that this list is preety close to everybody's favourite places in Europe. At least some resorts should rank high among your personal favourites.

 

NOTE: This list is not ranked (from worst to best), just top 10 of people's favourites I came across on various blogs and websites (and some personal experience).

 

So here it is. Read, comment, share if you liked it. Would love to hear your feedback, and if it's good maybe I'll include it into article so we'll get a top 20 list :)

 

http://blog.adventuretrotters.com/skiing-season-is-ahead-top-10-of-europes-trendiest-winter-resorts

post #2 of 7

This list would probably work if you are after, as link says, trendiest resorts. If you are after good skiing, I would most likely pick something completely different, especially for Austrian, and pretty sure also for French part. ;)

post #3 of 7

A fairly random choice with many inaccuracies and omissions in the resort descriptions.

 

EG only a few will arrive in Courchevel airport. Watch this and you will see why.

 

 

No mention of the Vallee Blanche in the Chamonix blurb.

 

The resorts in your list are all good and will not disappoint the average US visitor.

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by primoz View Post
 

This list would probably work if you are after, as link says, trendiest resorts. If you are after good skiing, I would most likely pick something completely different, especially for Austrian, and pretty sure also for French part. ;)


Yep, that's the deal, this was supposed to be the list of most 'by the book' winter resorts, the ones that will not disappoint. While writing this piece I was pretty sure there are dozens of maybe better places but these are not the ones most people will pick for their winter holiday.

 

Btw, I would really love to hear your thoughts about Austrian and French picks? Maybe I'll include them into the article :)

post #5 of 7

Well it depends what it means "they won't dissapoint". If it means "you will feel like part of elite" then yes, they won't dissapoint. If it means "I want to ski the hell out of that time I have there" then they are close to dissapointing thing. I don't know maybe I look at all this a bit different and too much straight from skiing thing, but personally I would never pick Kitzbuehel or St. Anton/Lech as skiing location. It's great location to be seen, and to brag around, but just for skiing they would hardly qualify in top 10 in Austria for me. Saalbach/Hinterglemm/Leogang, Soelden, Ski Amade (Flachau, Zauchensee, Reiter Alm, Schladming, Haus), Ischgl, hell even Nassfeld and Obertauern are much much better options then Kitzbuehel, St. Anton or Lech. Some of them have next to great terrains and lift systems (Kitzbuehel has nothing of that, except for great name of Streif) also some apres ski, while some are really pure skiing place, but I agree none of them has such fancy name and presence of celebrities as Kitzbuehel and St. Anton have. So as I wrote, if you want to be around celebrities, then this list works perfect. If you are after good skiing, then I would rather pick other places.

For France I don't have all that much experiences as most of places I have seen were those where races stop, but for skiing in free time, France is just too far for me to go really often (1000km drive for French resorts against 40-50km drive to nearest one in Austria or 10km in Slovenia makes a bit of difference). But personally I would still rather pick Val d'Isere, Les Deux Alpes and Courchevel.

post #6 of 7
Quote:
Well it depends what it means "they won't dissapoint". If it means "you will feel like part of elite"

 

No I meant that the skiing will be better. More lifts more vertical and longer runs.

 

I never had any interest in the glitterati.or the quality of the après ski. I was more interested in the time of the first lift and if they had a first tracks program.

 

Although I have aesthetic objections to some resorts. I wince every time I see la Plagne - Multi Story Car Parks on the snow. I much prefer to stay in Bellecote. and ski back down  the Sache at the end of the day.

 

Still the 100 plus lifts and 6700 ft vertical makes up for it a little.

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by primoz View Post
 

Well it depends what it means "they won't dissapoint". If it means "you will feel like part of elite" then yes, they won't dissapoint. If it means "I want to ski the hell out of that time I have there" then they are close to dissapointing thing. I don't know maybe I look at all this a bit different and too much straight from skiing thing, but personally I would never pick Kitzbuehel or St. Anton/Lech as skiing location. It's great location to be seen, and to brag around, but just for skiing they would hardly qualify in top 10 in Austria for me. Saalbach/Hinterglemm/Leogang, Soelden, Ski Amade (Flachau, Zauchensee, Reiter Alm, Schladming, Haus), Ischgl, hell even Nassfeld and Obertauern are much much better options then Kitzbuehel, St. Anton or Lech. Some of them have next to great terrains and lift systems (Kitzbuehel has nothing of that, except for great name of Streif) also some apres ski, while some are really pure skiing place, but I agree none of them has such fancy name and presence of celebrities as Kitzbuehel and St. Anton have. So as I wrote, if you want to be around celebrities, then this list works perfect. If you are after good skiing, then I would rather pick other places.

For France I don't have all that much experiences as most of places I have seen were those where races stop, but for skiing in free time, France is just too far for me to go really often (1000km drive for French resorts against 40-50km drive to nearest one in Austria or 10km in Slovenia makes a bit of difference). But personally I would still rather pick Val d'Isere, Les Deux Alpes and Courchevel.


Thank you, primoz... Really nice insight.

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