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Help! where to go skiing in europe

post #1 of 9
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Hi, I'm new here!

 

Decided to get back into skiing after 10 years off! 

 

Me (used to ski reds) and my girlfriend (new but learning on dry ski slope) are looking for a resort for a week from 7th February this year (I understand zone A France are on half term).

 

Looking for a place with plenty of blues and red, but with plenty of variety (not all runs the same). Need it to be snow sure at that time of year, don't want to chance it. Not really bothered about Apres ski (though to be honest we don't really know what it's about- we're not big clubbers though). Want it to be all relatively accessible from central town, don't want to take loads of different lifts to get anywhere. 

 

Lots of stuff we don't really know about (tree line skiing in bad weather?? South facing gets sloppy?? etc.)

 

At the moment our top 3 considerations are Les Arc (probably 1800), Alpes d'Huez and  Courchevel (or other 3V resort) in that order.

 

Any help would be fantastic, especially if you have skied at one or more of those resorts and can comment on them.

 

Thanks!!

 

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post #2 of 9

I would avoid France if I could in your situation because of crowding. However of the three resorts you mention your girlfriend is likely to enjoy Courcheval the most as there are some lovely long wide easy runs with no nasty steep bits to kill confidence.

 

Ischgl would be a good choice for an Austrian resort but your girlfriend might ride down at the end of the day, the easy stuff is up high and the run back to the resort a little testing. Great range of red runs though with the run down to Switzerland one of my favs.

 

Or maybe anything on the Sella Ronde in the Dolomites possibly Selva would suit.

post #3 of 9

The Feb. 7-14 week only 1/3 of France is on holiday.  The next week (2/3 of France, the UK and southern Germany) is the one to avoid like the plague. 

 

I have not skied the resorts mentioned so far, but I can give a strong word-of-mouth recommendation for Ischgl.

post #4 of 9

I agree with avoiding France that week. A couple of places I like to recommend are Les Diablerets and Arosa, both in Switzerland.

 

Both are part of larger, combined areas. Both have plenty of blues and reds. Both can be accessed by train if you don't want to rent a car or take a bus. Both are nice towns. Arosa is higher, but Les Diablerets has Glacier 3000 around the corner if the weather really warms up and messes with the snow.

post #5 of 9

I skied St. Anton a few years ago.  It's very easy to get to, about a 3hr train ride from the Zurich airport.   From St. Anton, it's an easy ski bus ride to Lech/Zurs, which gives you access to a total of 90 ski lifts. 

post #6 of 9

haven't skied there yet, but Sochi looked like a nice place to visit. Probably also going to be a bit of a bargain the way the ruble is going. The extra flight time and costs could balance out this year. 

Might be the only time that its going to be this affordable.

post #7 of 9
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haven't skied there yet, but Sochi looked like a nice place to visit. Probably also going to be a bit of a bargain the way the ruble is going. The extra flight time and costs could balance out this year. 

Might be the only time that its going to be this affordable.

 

Keep in mind that any trip to Sochi longer than 72 hours will require a visa. Also keep in mind that this will probably be the most crowded year after the Olympics, so it might be difficult to find accommodation.

 

It'll probably be cheaper a few years from now, when the novelty has worn off and the various factors keeping Russian skiers from going to the Alps have (most likely) gone away. The resort will probably be more desperate for business and willing to offer cheap deals.

post #8 of 9
I think Ischgl is too much of the same. I found it very boring for skiing and too loud in the village with lots of drunk people. And this was late January, not at all high season.

Three Valleys is great and snow sure. The Dolomites are also great, and in the period you want to go quite snow sure. Just don't look at any webcams right now.

I would suggest Selva in Val Gardena or Corvara in Alta Badia.
post #9 of 9

Hi wayout. Go to Val Thorens. You have so many different interconnected ski resorts to ski. You will be amazed.

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