Travel blogger Yaya and Lloyd whittled down some of the best places to ski across, tried, and tested, including what to expect from each one and why each one is special so you can decide which ski resort is perfect for your next ski trip!
The great thing about Les 2 Alpes is that it has stunning views across the area due to it bordering the Ecrins National Park. Originally two villages, hence the name 2 Alpes now united into one winter paradise that’s perfect for skiing. It’s also the very highest skiable glacier in all of France at 3600m… now, you can’t get cooler than that. After a day on the slopes, head for some après ski drinks in the Polar bear, family fondue dinners or nightclubbing until the wee hours. Les 2 Alpes really does have something for everyone!
Perched high up in the French Alps (around 1800m), Alpe d’Huez is one of the best places to ski if you want some nice sunny slopes. Now, the reason for this is that Alpe d’Huez was made into a ski-resort due to the clear days (it usually has) and snowy nights. This all makes for some epic ski conditions, especially if you love a good view as you’re skiing. Now, if you’re something of a pro skier, Alpe d’Huez is the place to be. After all, they won the award for the Best European Ski Resort 2019!
Perched around a 3-hour drive from Calgary, it’s a great place to explore if you’re wanting to ski but also explore some of the national park itself. Now, for skiing, head across to Sunshine Village. Here, you’ll find a whole heap of slopes and beautiful vistas that are totally gorgeous. After skiing, head across for a hike through Johnston Canyon, explore Icefields Parkway, visit Lake Louise and explore the bubble lake of Lake Abraham.
Once here, you’ll realize that Val d’Isere is a stunning village that’s also pretty lively. This all makes it a great place to go if you love a little partying with your skiing. The whole of Val d’Isere is gorgeous and it’s equally got a heap of runs that even stretch across the mountains to Tignes. Last time we visited, we skied from Tignes to Val d’Isere and it was honestly amazing! For some hearty grub, pop on over to La Corniche that serves up some yummy Savoyard dishes that’ll leave you stuffed.
Once here, make sure to explore lots of the slopes that actually cross a huge amount of space across the mountain ranges. In fact, it’s something like 8000 acres! Also, if you’re here for a few days, make sure to head across to the Nordic Spa (which is so lovely when it’s ice-cold outside) or pop out snowmobiling that’ll take you across the more rural parts around Whistler. Skiworld has also got a heap of different options for Whistler and they can tailor your trip to fit in with how you want to explore the area.
Nestled in the mountains, just across from Val d’Isere, Tignes is a little smaller than Val d’Isere but easily one of the best places to ski whilst in this area of the French Alps. Now, the thing I love most about Tignes is the wide slopes that make it really enjoyable to ski, sometimes, I just love a good ski that doesn’t require me to be totally focused on the slope, especially when you’ve got some incredible views to look at.
Zermatt is probably one of the prettiest and best places to ski if you’re wanting to head to Switzerland. Better still, it’s usually quite reliable for skiing conditions and has a whole range of slopes that are perfect for all levels. Once here, you’ll start to notice that there are actually four main ski areas to explore, those being; Sunnegga, Gornergrat, Klein Matterhorn and Schwarzsee. Honestly, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Nestled in the mountains within south-eastern France, Montgenevre is a stunning place to go skiing that’s also a little quieter than the big-hitting spots of Val d’Isere. Perched within skiing distance of the border of Italy, Montgenevre is a great place to visit if you fancy skiing the epic slopes in France and popping over to Italy for dinner. It’s actually quite surreal to do but totally worth it.