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Skiing in Europe over christmas/newyears??

post #1 of 11
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Here's the deal. I have the opportunity for 2 weeks with a friend who grew up in Switzerland. What are the chances of getting good snow around christmas/newyears in Europe. Any suggestions on places to ski in Swizterland, France, ect. Would a trip to Utah or Whistler be a better bet in March. I'm also intriqued with the Europe trip just b/c i've never been and if the snow is terrable I can always sight see and take in the culture.

Thanks

Bigbad
post #2 of 11
Christmas/new years is very busy in Europe. If we have a good start to the season, any resort will have ample coverage
I guess it depends on what you want to ski. If money doesn't matter, then go to Zermatt in Switzerland.
post #3 of 11
Verbier, Switzerland is fantastic. It'll be very busy over Xmas and New Year though and expensive as well but the skiing shouldn't be bad by then.
post #4 of 11
Anywhere high.

We've been to Val d'Isere the week before Christmas for the last two years, and even 2 years ago in one of the worst seasons ever there was enough to keep us busy.

New Year is the most expensive week of the whole season. Hotels typically charge at least £300 more for that week than others.

This year we're going to Zermatt for the first time over New Year... but it really is quite _amazingly_ expensive. I was prepared for the hotel prices, then I saw the 6-day lift pass was about £175.

If you want to enjoy your holiday as a visit to Europe, stay away from the big French resorts. These are generally all custom built 1960s or 70s monstrosities and are quite ugly (there are some exceptions). The advantage is that they are all built next to the snow & are often ski in/out. Austria & Switzerland are usually much prettier.

I would second the suggestion of Verbier, or suggest St Anton (I haven't been there, but we definitely want to go). Wengen/Murren/Grindlewald (the Jungfrau region in Switzerland) is supposed to look fantastic, but it might be a bit early for good snow.
post #5 of 11
p.s. you won't find any culture in Meribel or Val d'Isere other than drunk English people.
post #6 of 11
Also, the week before Christmas in Val d'Isere has become Student week, so unless you want to share the resort with 2000 drunk English students, give it a very wide berth.
post #7 of 11
Frances,
£175 for 6 days is comparable with Colorado/Utah lift prices. That's about $45 per day for a lot more terrain than in a US resort.
post #8 of 11
Anyone familiar with conditions in Zermatt/Saas-Fee late November? Heading out to visit my sister for a couple weeks then and looking to get some true "Alpine" turns in. I know they're both glaciated at the top, but what about active snowfall/conditions throughout?
post #9 of 11
I wouldn't risk it before mid December.
You'll get some historical data at The Ski Club of Great Britain
post #10 of 11
The last couple of seasons, that time of the year, only the Alpensuedseite (southside), e.g. Engadin/St-Moritz, and I believe the west of the Alpes were good. The rest had a terrible washout, particularily last seaseon. If you can, stay flexible and go where the snow is. Or get altitude, e.g. Zermatt, they have snow fore sure, and what's left of the glacier after this summer.
Overall, Engadin could be calling youur name. Cultures with Italian and German influences mix in an interesting way. Food is outstanding. Bring money. Shop for lodging - you can definetly get better deals than 300B-Pounds a night.

JP
post #11 of 11
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Originally posted by bigbadwulf1:
Here's the deal. I have the opportunity for 2 weeks with a friend who grew up in Switzerland. What are the chances of getting good snow around christmas/newyears in Europe.

-I'd say fair to good.

Any suggestions on places to ski in Swizterland, France, ect.

-Yes, Flims review
Be sure to scroll down to the review from Tom from Queens.

Would a trip to Utah or Whistler be a better bet in March.

-Absolutely, as far as snow conditions are concerned.

I'm also intriqued with the Europe trip just b/c i've never been and if the snow is terrable I can always sight see and take in the culture.

-You're dead on with that one, there's far more interesting non-skiing stuff do do and see than in most US ski destinations.

Thanks

-You're welcome!

Bigbad
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