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Thread Starter 
The recent post on European skiing has caught my attention. I'm in the beginning stages of planning a ski vacation for next year, and I was wondering if anyone could make any suggestions.

Primarily I'm looking for on-piste, beginner or intermediate terrain (so the wife can ski with me). I'd like the long runs that Europe seems so famous for, and the kind of "authentic European" atmosphere that us tourists seem to expect. I'm going for the skiing- my wife is going for the sights. I'd like to stay in Austria/Switzerland/Germany if possible, since I've always preferred them to the other European countries. However, I'm not completely inflexible about that.
Thanks for any advice you can give me.


185cm Volant Epic, Marker 6.2 SC, Lange F6
post #2 of 9
Actually, ditto on the above; specifically,
info re: Verbier. Believe it generally
involves flight to Geneva and a few hours
post #3 of 9
If you fly into Zurich....get outa town quick. Killer prices on everything..the rest of the country wasn't so bad though.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply. I'd forgotten about Italy. My wife loved it there this summer, so I don't think it would be a stretch to get her to go again. I'll add that one to the list.


185cm Volant Epic, Marker 6.2 SC, Lange F6
post #5 of 9
Austria would fit your needs very well. It has lots of atmosphere, good ski tuition and is very pretty. It is an excellent place for a beginner and if you go to one of the bigger resorts has great skiing all the way up to the expert. A good skier will benefit from the ski school as this is the best and safest way to enjoy the extensive off piste.

I suggest Kitzbuhel or Saalbach, but do not go to Austria after mid March unless you go to one of the higher resorts.
post #6 of 9
Alaska Mike:

Here are some tips from Europe:
Livigno Italy
Bormio Italy
Zermatt Switzerland (very high slopes available)
Davos Switzerland (low)
Verbier Switzerland
Lech Austria (Dutch Royal Family goes there every year)

I'd be happy to give you more tips!

Be sure to check European holiday times. Avoid these because you'll have to deal with very big crowds.
post #7 of 9
Kitzbuel and Saalbach are 2 of my favourite resorts(I went to Kitzbuel last year and am going back to Saalbach on 3rd Feb)February is best time for snow as these are not HIGH resorts. The snow in Italy has been terrible past 2 seasons. We only book Italy as a last minute holiday to guarantee snow although this year it has got off to an exellent start. If the skiing is the No 1 factor it would have to be somewhere in the 3 Valleys, either Courcheval 1850 or Meribel
post #8 of 9
I'm with Gerathlete, Dolomites are a
beautiful site.
Check at www.dolomitisuperski.com
Be aware that it can be really crowded, though.
I've been going there since I was 13,
you can ski on different pistes each day,
and if you go into resorts like Alta Badia
you can put your skis on just outside the
door of the "Garni" (=cottage run on a family
basis) you sleep into.

Think what You say
Say what You think
but most important
once You've said it, DO it.
post #9 of 9
Just back from Lech (second year).The resort is very pituresque.It has a good snow record and there are slopes for all levels. A good option is fly into Zurich catch the shuttle bus to resort.Book special offers beforehand.(Hotel Tannbergerhof,free weeks ski pass each + 4 free massages,also has popular outside apres ski bar!)
Kitzbuhel is also an excellent choice (there in February with the family)but stay in the town centre for the best atmosphere.
An excellent book on European Resorts from amazon.com Where to Ski and Snowboard 2001 by Chris Gill , Dave Watts
For Austrian Ski web sites search under tis.cover
Happy Skiing
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