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Best place to ski in Europe

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Without a doubt, top three in my book are Portes du Soleil, Zermatt, and a little old place called Les Collons.

If you haven't heard of Les Collons, it's because it's a secret. No tourists, great backcountry, and owned by wealthy aging locals who don't want things to change.

Coming up to ten winters in Switzerland for me, so I know a little. What are your favorites.

post #2 of 17

Chamonix - Only skied two places in Europe and enjoy Chamonix so much I hesitate to go anywhere else.

post #3 of 17
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The Cham is great, but did you actually ski Mont Bland or Argentiere. Argentiere is fantastic, great long steep runs, but you gotta look around as there is so much to see. For example Portes du Soleil is the biggest linked ski area in the world and Zermatt has great runs from Switzerland into Italy.

post #4 of 17

Val d'isere, Trois Vallees and Ste Foy Tarentaise in France

Verbier, Wenger (for the scenery) in Switzerland

post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 

great choices Scavenger

post #6 of 17

Best? Or, like, bestest?

post #7 of 17

My godfather goes to European Alps every year... He tries not to go twice to one resort since there is so much to choose from... It's just impossible to ski everything within lifetime if you go there once a year...

His sugestions to me for my first ski trip to Alps was - go to Austria (best piste quality, good prices, good service) and pick a resort with a glacier - due to global warming even Alps may suffer from lack of snow.

 

Don't think - best or not... Just ski :)

 

post #8 of 17

I traveled east from Geneva to Tyrollia & not south (Val d'isere, Trois Vallees) so I can't comment on them. Out of the ones I did visit, I really enjoyed Chamonix & St Anton. However, the tree skiing in Courmayer was off the hook for the big powder days when the avy danger was high in Cham.

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by skiingaround View Post

The Cham is great, but did you actually ski Mont Bland or Argentiere. Argentiere is fantastic, great long steep runs, but you gotta look around as there is so much to see. For example Portes du Soleil is the biggest linked ski area in the world and Zermatt has great runs from Switzerland into Italy.


(a) Portes du Soleil is second largest, the largest is in fact the combined resorts of Trois Vallee namely Courchevel, Meribelle, & Van Thorens. (b) the resorts of the Four Valleys pass based on Verbier and it's satellite resorts now regularly claim to be larger than Portes du Soleils linked area. However, that rather depends how you define a linked area. For my money the links in the Four Valley pass are insufficient to take Portes du Soleil's second place.

 

@Irafar - if your coming all the way across the pond from the states I would not recommend Austria for a first trip, maybe Switzerland or France, maybe second time Austria and Italy.

 

@Scavenger - good choices, although it's Wengen not Wenger, and personally of the area linked by that pass I prefer Murren, although Wengen has alot going for it.

post #10 of 17

1. Saas Fee because you can ski year-round.

2. Grindelwald, because you have the fantastic scenery (same as in Wengen) but also can ski the First side which get more sun in december/january

3. Zermatt, great area (but to many old wealthy people)

4. Mürren

5. Arosa (easy slopes, but I just love the village).

post #11 of 17

I love Val d'Isere best of all the places in Europe I have tried -- for me, it's the best combination of massive amounts of terrain, virtually unlimited off-piste, and nice village/restaurants/lodging/bars.  I used to go to Courchevel and have been to a few places in Austria, but I hesitate to go anywhere else in Europe now.

post #12 of 17

My wife and I spent a week skiing on the glacier in June, 2009, at Les Dex Alpes. France. We went for a ski camp run by Ric Schnellman. Was a great experience. Call it the ultimate winter to spring transition, all in the course of four hours. Added benefit are the hundreds of world class skiers, many from national teams, who flock there for summer training. Surprisingly affordable to. And the training I got for Ric, an amazing coach, revolutionized my skiing. Shlepping skis around in 90 degree weather on and off trains was the low point.

David

post #13 of 17

Kind of a zoo that place, don't you think? Weird, with all the neon and the rides and stuff.

post #14 of 17

Not much experience in Europe, but I loved Lech, Austria and the St. Anton area. The village of Lech is the most beautiful place I've ever been. Tons of skiing, great food, excellent.

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The village of Lech is the most beautiful place I've ever been. Tons of skiing, great food, excellent.


And cheap, too.

post #16 of 17

Probably rather biased as I live here but have to say the Three Valleys, Courchevel, France. Huge area, very varied, some fabulous restaurants. Expensive though! 

Also love the Italian Dolomites - absolutely amazing scenery and good skiing. 

Austria is lovely for good atmosphere and very pretty villages. 

 


 

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post #17 of 17

I'm slowly working on my list. I moved to Stuttgart Germany a year ago so I've had one season skiing the alps. Keep the favorites coming - especially any within day trip distance of Stuttgart (3 hrs top drive).

 

It was a weird 09/10 season as I either had a fantastic day, or a lousy day, and nothing in between. Verbier late March day 1 was the worst of the season - high winds closed most lifts, got stuck on the east side of the 4 areas when the lifts shut, just lousy. The next day the sun broke and my kid and I did powder laps all morning from the top of Mt. Fort. Best day of the season for us. Last year we also hit Garmisch-P (C, with mediocre weather), the areas of the zugspitz arena (smallish, but had incredible powder at Lermoos), Toggenburg (C), Montafon (A - excellent pow day in sun), Obertsdorf (B - good pow day), Flumserberg (C, but early season), St. Anton (B, early season - poor lower runs, great pow upper), and Laax (B, would rate higher on a good snow day). Also did a June day at Hintertux.

 

This season we spend a week at Val Thorens leading up to xmas, MLK weekend in the Dolomites, and Pres weekend at Laax. I'm trying not to repeat (Laax is the exception), so I want to add trips in between the others.  Would like to do more in Austria - a bit cheaper that Switz and closer than Italy & France. It's been cool and rainy here lately - sure is nice to be a skier and welcome the crappy weather knowing it's likely snow in the mtns.

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