Top 5 Ski And Snowboarding Resorts

January 17, 2012   Filed under Travel

1. La Tania, France

Need to know: Calm, very good value, purpose-built location with nursery ski slopes and gentle sledging at village level. Linked to the Three Valleys region, off-duty parents are able to get in some good ski time, but as it’s also under the tree line, on-duty parents can easily take the kids on activities for example woodland strolls.

Great for: All people worried about altitude. La Tania is one from the lowest resorts at no more than 1,350m high. And at under 600 miles from Calais, you can travel there from the United kingdom.

Added bonus: Geneva airport has a good nursery – useful in the case of travel delays.

2. Flaine, France

Need to know: Purpose-built, car-free and architect-designed in the sixties. All from the pistes lead back towards the same nursery ski slopes, so great for a group of mixed ability as everybody can regroup between laps. The nursery ski slopes are nicely kitted out, and the primary slopes have something for everyone, from cruising slopes to challenging black runs, and very easily accessible off-piste between the runs.

Good for: A quiet trip. The traditional chalet-loving French are not large admirers of the architecture, so Flaine could be calmer than you’d be expecting within the village and about the pistes.

Added bonus: It is one from the nearest resorts to Geneva, which often makes for an easier-than-usual transfer.

3. Mayrhofen, Austria

Need to know: At 630m, Mayrhofen is low but has 3 spectacular gondolas that whisk you up towards the slopes on either side from the valley. Novices will like the gentle slopes from the Ahorn mountain. The other mountain, Penken, is great for intermediates, with a variety of red runs, and a valley known as Tappenalm, dotted with good cafes.

Good for: Getting to by road or train from budget-airline-friendly Salzburg and Munich. As soon as in town, there is a variety of decently priced hotels, and grocery stores for self-caterers or picnic fans. The cafes and coffee shops will keep a non-skiing parent or grandparent entertained, too.

Added bonus: Aspiring freestyle skiers or snowboarders will really like the park at the best of Tappenalm.

4. Avoriaz, France

Essential Info: Purpose-built, car-free and constructed high up on the cliffs, Avoriaz is attached towards the gigantic Portes du Soleil area and boasts 650km of piste, half in France and half in Switzerland. Accommodation is primarily self-catered apartments in ski-in, ski-out blocks run by big tour operators.

Great for: A family happy to attempt some more advanced skiing. Great black runs and tricky reds in Portes du Soleil, for the piste-lovers – 3 snowparks in Avoriaz for freestylers. Those searching for off-piste will find tree runs, powder bowls and cliff drops.

Added bonus: Excellent for newcomers, as well, with masses of room for the first-timer. And also the resort is so compact, you can send the kids out to get the morning croissants.

5. Cervinia, Italy

Need to know: This vacation resort is over the Italian side from the Matterhorn (or Cervino, in Italian). The higher, sunny, snow-sure pistes are set out more than a valley head – broad runs that all lead back down towards the village. The area links up with the pistes of Zermatt at the best, making a huge 350km of runs.

Great for: Hearty Italian food which won’t break the bank at the mountain restaurants in attractive chalets (try the Chalet Etoile), and lots of good pizza joints, in addition to some goodies like the Baita Cretaz restaurant – only accessible by skidoo once the lifts are closed.

Added bonus: Runs all stay wide, gentle and consistent right to the bottom. And the village is small enough to be able to let some older children go exploring the shops on their own.

This article has been written by the author, Alex Blaken. Should you require any more Snowboarding Resorts please visit his Ski Slopes resources!


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