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Choose a Resort
One of the most important decisions when organising a holiday for a skiing group with mixed abilities is choosing the resort.
It can be so frustrating for beginners to finish their lessons on the ‘baby’ slopes only to find that there are no easy pistes nearby to progress onto and practice what they’ve been learning.
Likewise, if you’re an experienced skier it’s not much fun to feel held back because the resort has very few slopes suitable for more advanced skiers, or you have to travel away from the rest of your group to find suitable slopes.
Whilst many small resorts might struggle to cater for both the beginner and the more advanced skier, there are quite a few that are ideal for mixed ability groups.
Alp d’Huez is one of the major alpine resorts and appeals to skiers of all abilities. It has genuine black runs for those very advanced skiers, some challenging off-piste areas, nice long read and blue runs and some great beginners areas just above the village.
Drawbacks? Well most of the slopes face south or south west so can be hit by the sun – great if there’s tons of snow, but can be a bit scratchy towards the end of the season.
Courchevel has some stunning hotels, restaurants and shops and is one of the more glamourous alpine skiing resorts.
The skiing caters for all abilities and as part of the 3 Valleys network has access to 600 km of linked slopes, so has something for everyone.
Les Arcs has a huge amount of terrain to suit all skiers and also has a direct link by cable car to La Plagne. These resorts combined for the Paradiski area with 425 km of skiable slopes
This makes Les Arcs one of the most popular alpine resorts especially with mixed ability skiing groups.
There are 4 purpose built villages at different levels all with instant access to the slopes.
Val Gardena is part of the famous Italian Sella Ronda circuit, which is set in the breathtaking scenery of the Dolomites and with 1200 km of slopes.
Val Gardena itself has 175 km of local pistes and has linked to 2 other local resorts, St. Cristina and Otrisel. Coupled this with consistent snowfalls and Val Gardena has got to be worth some serious consideration.
For great night life you’d be hard pressed to better Val d’Isere, with a fantastic atmosphere and iconic establishments such as ‘the famous ‘Dicks Tea Bar’, Val d’Isere is always lively.
With it’s high altitude location great snow conditions are almost guaranteed and with the neighbouring Tignes forms the Espace Killy ski area with 300 km of slopes to suit all abilities.
Information about further European resorts can be found below:
- Alp d’Huez
- Cortina d’Amprezzo
- La Plagne
- La Thuile
- Les Arcs
- Les Deux Alps
- Madonna di Campiglio
- Saalbach Hinterglemm
- Saas Fee
- Selva Val Gardena
- Serre Chevalier
- Val d’Isere
- Val Thorens