or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › EpicSki Community › International Zone › Advice for skiing in Europe in March
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Advice for skiing in Europe in March

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,

 

I hope this is the right place to ask this, sorry if not - thanks in advance for any help anyone is able to give me!

 

I'm looking to go skiing for a week in March, probably the week of the 16th, with one or two friends. We're all students, aged 19-21. We're looking for somewhere in Europe guaranteed to have snow at that time, with lots of difficult runs (blacks/good off piste). Don't really care about nightlife or anything like that. Also as we are students, the cheaper the better.

 

I realise this is quite a generic boring question but any advice about where to go/companies to look at would be really appreciated! Thanks :)

post #2 of 11

Are you flying in from overseas, or are other means of travel available to you (bus or car from somewhere in Europe)? 

 

If you're flying in from the US or Canada, fly to Zurich (for resorts such as St. Anton), or Geneva for resorts such as Zermatt or 4 Vallées. All have great advanced slopes and great off-pist. Zermatt is most snow sure because they have a glacier, but it is by far the most expensive resort to visit in Europe.

 

If you have other means of travel or if you don't mind a 3 hour transfer from the nearest international airport, my suggestion would definately be Val Thorens in the Three Valleys (France). It is just one of the twelve possible places to stay in that connected ski area, but it is highest up the mountain (2300 m above sea level) and you have access to all 600 km of runs and the massive amount of lift-served off-piste terrain. 

 

Budget lodging is possible, but be aware that the French do like to live crowded. So if you're going with a company of 6, look for an apartment for at least 8 (otherwise, you'll end up sleeping in the livingroom/kitchen). This goes for all affordable french apartments in all resorts by the way. Just have a look here for lodging and ski pass prices (I recommend the three Valleys pass): http://www.valthorens.com/winter-en/home-page.1.html

post #3 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by emmaaaaa8 View Post
 

Hi everyone,

 

I hope this is the right place to ask this, sorry if not - thanks in advance for any help anyone is able to give me!

 

I'm looking to go skiing for a week in March, probably the week of the 16th, with one or two friends. We're all students, aged 19-21. We're looking for somewhere in Europe guaranteed to have snow at that time, with lots of difficult runs (blacks/good off piste). Don't really care about nightlife or anything like that. Also as we are students, the cheaper the better.

 

I realise this is quite a generic boring question but any advice about where to go/companies to look at would be really appreciated! Thanks :)

 

Without too much info to go on (I'm guessing that you're in the UK, but that's just based on the spelling of one particular word in your post), I'd recommend Val d'Isere or Tignes. You'll probably find cheap budget flights to Geneva or maybe even Grenoble from a nearby airport, and you should be able to find a pretty cheap apartment in either resort. You can also check sites like igluski.com to see if they have any good package deals.

 

It's a pretty good area for snow in that part of the season because of the altitudes, and the entire area has a lot of great terrain for advanced/expert skiers. I prefer Val d'Isere over Tignes because the town is nicer and, more importantly, it has more terrain below tree line for low-visibility days. Almost all of the Tignes side is above tree line, so you don't have many choices when the snow/low clouds roll(s) in.

post #4 of 11

When considering off piste in the Alps, do some research on what that means--not controlled for avalanches, glaciers with crevasses you need to know how to get out of, etc. (See the recent death of 2 US Ski Team members in an avalanche in Austria).  The only place I've skied in the alps is Chamonix, which is easy to get to from Geneva, offers some relatively cheap lodging and lifts, but you'd want to budget for guides--you can join a group; for a private guide the break-even point is 4 people in your group. From what I've read not the best skiing in the Alps but a place that should be on every skier's bucket list--but at your age I guess you don't have to be in a hurry.

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks so much for your replies everyone! Yes, I'm from the UK as CerebralVortex worked out :) All your suggestions are great, I'll check things out. Thank you!

post #6 of 11

mod note - moved from the general skiing forum

post #7 of 11

Back in the day I found some really good lodging prices staying at youth hostels. St. Moritz was $10/day (US) including a nice breakfast and 4 to a room with brand new furniture. Okay - that was over 20 years ago, but it was still a great deal back then. I loved Val d'Isere too. The place I stayed at there gave a nice discount for paying in cash/traveler's check.

post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by emmaaaaa8 View Post
 

Yes, I'm from the UK as CerebralVortex worked out :)

 

In that case, your best options for good terrain and low prices will probably be in France. My choice, like I said, would be the Espace Killy (Val d'Isere and Tignes). The Three Valleys (mentioned by Cheizz) and the Paradiski area (La Plagne and Les Arcs) could be good options as well. @snowcrazy can probably provide loads of info about the latter.

post #9 of 11

I'd vote for flying into Geneva and heading for Chamonix or through the MB tunnel to Courmayeur.  Cheap flights to Geneva.  Easy, short transfers from Geneva airport to Chamonix/Courmayeur.  Low cost places to stay in both places.  Lots of tough skiing.  Val d'Isere is a good option too.  Not sure about cheap lodging there.

post #10 of 11

I like St. Anton, Austria.  Great terrain, lots of snow, great culture, some night life.  Not sure where you would fly in to.  Munich?  Innsbruck.  I think a bit cheaper once you are at the ski area.  Found French Alps to be a bit expensive versus Austria.  St. Anton is huge - Lech, Zurs, Warth - close to 100 lifts now.  Plus if it is snowing, the elevation is slightly lower and you can get some good tree skiing vice white out conditions at Val D and Tignes.  

post #11 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by choucas View Post
 

 Val d'Isere is a good option too.  Not sure about cheap lodging there.

 

The hotels there tend to be quite expensive, but there are a lot of apartments at fairly low prices. They're not quite as cheap as in some other resorts, but the difference isn't huge.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: International Zone
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › EpicSki Community › International Zone › Advice for skiing in Europe in March