This Season’s Best Ski Destinations

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A new season is upon us and the most taxing question is where to go this year? Are you going to stick with what you know, or will you head out into the unknown for a bit of variety? Wherever you end up, Europe is blessed with some of the most elegant resorts equipped with amazing facilities. Here are a few possibilities to ponder over for those who still haven’t made up their mind yet.

Pas de la Casa in Andorra is the oldest resort within the highly popular principality destination nestled in the Pyrenees between France and Spain.  Having recently been linked with another huge resort, Soldeu, there has never been a better time to pay a visit to a place many people call Ibiza on ice! Aside from the wild night life, you’ll find great off-piste terrain, steep chutes, and weekly passes that are available at great rates. When the piste and partying get too heavy there is also the small bonus of tax-free shopping available in Andorra’s many shops and boutiques. Oh, and the beauty of Barcelona is only two hours’ drive away.

Méribel in France is a hugely popular resort, especially with Brits who are attracted to its big mileage and big après ski scene. Opened in 1938 by a British army officer in what was then an almost deserted mountainous valley, this destination has quickly become one of the season’s most sought after destinations, something which is also reflected in its quite high prices. Snow cannons guarantee snow on all of the slopes even when Mother Nature cannot!

Alagna in Italy is the perfect destination for those who desire big-mountain freeriding. Situated in northern Italy on the southern side of the Monte Rosa Massif, the rustic farming village with a population of only 400 serves up a mountain with serious exposure, one gondola, and access to two additional ski areas, Champoluc and Grissoney. Combined this gives you over 115 miles of runs and this truly is a place to visit if you want to ski out of bounds. There is a beautiful six-mile trail that takes you down a glacier and through ancient, unspoilt hamlets. You’ll need to be in shape to handle the pace here, and you will also need to bring an appetite; this is Italy, remember!

Davos in Switzerland is the perfect all around mountain destination. It has great terrain for all abilities and is easily accessed. This place was originally used as a sanatorium for TB patients, thanks to its high altitude and plentiful sunshine. Now it is a thriving resort with over 200 miles of slopes. For those looking for a short-break from the slopes, this is also a region famous for ice-hockey, skating, and tobogganing  This resort has also recently become a must-go-to destination for snowboarders, with plenty of schools, cross circuits and back-country terrain to keep those so-inclined well occupied for the duration of their stay.

Chamonix in France is still for many the quintessential and best ski destination that there is. From its always bustling and welcoming town to some of the most extreme steeps to be found in Europe, there are not many places that can rival Mont Blanc and all of her glory. This is a place for experts and beginners alike and it is advisable to always know exactly where you are heading in this country as it is easy to get into trouble quickly if you are a little reckless. There may be many pretenders to the crown of the must-go destination, but nothing really beats the feeling that stirs in your stomach on the Chamonix transfer just knowing all the fun and wonder that await you up there.

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