Top 10 Most Snow-Sure Ski Resorts in Europe
Elizabeth Willis | 13 October 2020 | Ski Resorts
As most people only take a couple of ski holidays a year at the most, you want to be sure that where you're headed has excellent snow! We've chosen our top 10 ski resorts with the most reliable snow records across France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria.
Solden is a lively, busy ski resort popular with German and Dutch skiers. With ski slopes up to 3,250m and access to 2 glaciers, it has an excellent and reliable snow record.
9. Les 2 Alpes
Les Deux Alpes is famous for its reliable snow-record and high altitude skiing (up to 3,570m). However, the resort’s network of lifts are susceptible to closure due to bad weather and extremely low temperatures high up.
8. Les Arcs
Sharing the huge Paradiski region with La Plagne, Les Arcs has access to 425km of snow-sure skiing. Arc 1800 is the largest and most developed villages of Les Arcs, with a great selection of bars, shops and restaurants. Its mostly north-facing slopes hold on to the snow late into the spring.
Ishcgl boasts 200km of runs and large areas of off-piste for intermediate skiers. With skiing up to 2,870m and one of the best lift systems in Europe, it’s a solid choice for a snow-sure ski holiday.
The village of Saas-Fee itself sits at 1,800m altitude, and the resort has access to skiing all the way up to an amazing 3,620m. The car-free village has plenty of traditional alpine charm and is surrounded by stunning alpine scenery.
Obergurgl has a fantastic snow-record, thanks to its high altitude (there’s skiing up to 3,080m). Combined with its uncrowded slopes, short transfer times and mostly ski-in ski-out accommodation, it makes a fantastic choice for family ski holidays in Austria.
4. Lech & Zurs
Sitting in the centre of the vast Arlberg ski region, Lech and Zurs have 305km of skiing to explore up to a height of 2,450m. There’s a great range of hotels, bars and restaurants and a lively apres ski scene to be enjoyed.
3. Val Thorens
Officially the highest ski resort in the Alps, Val Thorens naturally has an excellent snow-record. Sitting at 2,300m, with access to slopes up to 3,200m, the mainly north-facing ski area guarantees good snow and a long ski season.
2. Zermatt & Cervinia
The villages of Zermatt and Cervinia sit either side of the beautiful Matterhorn mountain. They share 313km of ski slopes between them, with a maximum altitude of 3,820m, and they are famous of their ultra-reliable snow records.
1. Tignes/Val d’Isere
The Tignes/Val d'Isere ski area, previously known as Espace Killy, has arguably the best snow record in Europe, thanks to its unique micro-climate. There are over 300km of pistes, vast areas of off piste and skiing as high as 3,000m altitude on the 2 glaciers.
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