The best ski areas …
A question that every winter sports enthusiast sometimes asks …: which are now the best ski areas..?
Somewhere this is a personal question, because of course it depends on what is most important to you: the number of kilometers of ski-piste (then Les Trois Vallées is the winner), the view (then Zermatt might be your favorite …), the conviviality and the après-ski (then you will go towards Austria), accommodation located on the slopes itself (then you are generally good in France again), the price (then Switzerland is sometimes gone), the distance (then Switzerland comes up, unless areas in central mountains are also sufficient, such as the Vosges), the snow security (then you better look at the altitude, such as Chamonix-Mont Blanc) etc …
A handy site to compare for a certain parameter is www.wintersport.be.
And then there are also the ‘lists’ of the ‘best ski areas’, drawn up by ski magazines or ski communities. You can easily find that by just googling …
If we make an effort to recommend a number of ski resorts (without being a ranking), we can not go past the following ski areas:
• Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn in Switzerland. For the great panoramas, the excellent pistes including very challenging slopes for advanced skiers, and the snow guarantee.
• Les Trois Vallées, in France with three valleys (Val Thorens – Les Menuires / Meribel and La Tania / Courchevel). The greatest length of ski trails with a great diversity, also for beginners. A big difference in height, modern lifts and good facilities. And also culinary and shopping (especially in Courchevel there is a high quality offer) it is a versatile ski area.
• Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in Austria, Tyrol. Ideal for families and friends. Versatile ski options with excellent accommodations and facilities, including state-of-the-art lifts. Also extreme challenging slopes for those who are looking for a challenge. And of course cozy après-ski bars and beautiful mountain villages with the typical Tyrolean atmosphere.
• Silvretta-Montafon, in Austria. Very snow-sure high-altitude ski area with beautiful slopes of all levels. Fast lifts mean that you can fully enjoy all that wonderful, and gastronomic you can also enjoy.
• Val Gardena, in the Italian Dolomites. Because it is part of ‘Dolomiti Superski’, a number of ski areas that are all accessible, you theoretically have 1200 km of pistes, more than you can do in one holiday. The famous Sella Ronda, a circular tour around this massif is certainly a special experience, and also for average skiers.
• Zillertal Arena, in Austria. Very well known among Dutch people who enjoy Austrian cosiness in an authentic atmosphere. But also beautiful pistes, both child-friendly and for those who have been ordered.
• Les Portes du Soleil, mainly in France but also partly in Switzerland. Also one of the largest ski areas, with mostly blue and red runs. But some of the more difficult pistes such as “The Wall” and “La Coup du Monde” also present challenges to the more advanced … The lifts have been modernized, leaving few queues. And also many characteristic French mountain villages that each have something unique.
• Arlberg in Austria. Fun from the morning (on the many beautiful slopes) until the evening (in the cozy après-ski possibilities). And for the seasoned the ‘White Ring’, a ski trail that brings out the best in the skier.
We stop the list here, but even outside these 8 areas there are dozens of others who do not have to hide too much! And especially if you were allowed to keep smaller areas, which usually do not appear in the ‘top lists’, there are still real gems to discover!
A lot of skiing fun!