Our favourite high-altitude resorts have long seasons and extensive slopes. They’re heaven for ski-lovers looking for good snow, especially on early or late-season trips when lower resorts might not have great cover. Here are our top picks from across Europe.
Val Thorens, France
(Snow range: 1,300-3,230m)
Find your new favourite mountain in Val Thorens, Europe’s highest resort at 2,300m. There are 600km of well-groomed piste across the Three Valleys area, with modern lifts and unbeatable views of the six surrounding glaciers. Make a beeline for the Péclet glacier to ski sunny, well-groomed runs.
(Snow range: 1,800-3,082m)
Obergurgl’s one of the highest ski villages in Europe and has excellent snow all winter. Even the beginners’ slopes have unforgettable views, with some rising up to 3,000m. And the Top Express gondola links it to Hochgurgl, giving you access to 110km of piste – half of which is graded red.
(Snow range: 1,324-3,883m)
Cervinia shares its 360km ski area with Zermatt – so if one country isn’t enough for you, pop your passport in your pocket and ski over to Switzerland. There are plenty of easy runs and nursery slopes at Plan Maison, as well as long, sweeping reds and mogul-filled blacks across the area to keep confident skiers on their toes.
Tignes & Val d’Isère, France
(Snow range: 1,550-3,456m)
These two resorts are pretty different – Tignes is all about purpose-built convenience, while Val d’Isère is more high-end – but they share the same excellent ski area, the Espace Killy. And each side has its own glacier, so you can tackle intermediate and advanced slopes up on the Grande Motte or Pisaillas glacier.
(Snow range: 630-3,250m)
One of the world’s most famous resorts, Mayrhofen is a must for après fans. And when you’re not partying, you can be exploring 515km of intermediate slopes across the Zillertal area. Don’t miss the reds up on the Hintertux glacier. And if you’re up for it, test your skills on the Harakiri, Austria’s steepest run.
Saas Fee, Switzerland
(Snow range: 1,800-3,500m)
Swiss charm, scrummy food and superb snow – there’s a lot to love about Saas Fee. The 100km ski area covers three glaciers, with long runs that are ideal for intermediates. And you can pop into the Allalin, the world’s highest revolving restaurant, to make the most of those lofty views.
(Snow range: 1,350-3,340m)
Sölden’s three peaks are all over 3,000m high and include two glaciers – the Tiefenbach and Rettenbach. The 145km area is especially good for confident skiers, and snowboarders love the lack of drag lifts and awesome snow park. Plus, you can celebrate the end of each day in the buzzing bars and clubs.
Alpe d’Huez, France
(Snow range: 1,860-3,330m)
If you’re after variety, this is the place for you – the slopes range from cruisy blues to the world’s longest black run, the 16km Sarenne. And it’s one of the sunniest resorts in the Alps, so you can pair good snow with bluebird skies. There are loads of other activities to do too, from visiting the ice caves to riding the alpine coaster.
Passo Tonale, Italy
(Snow range: 1,121-3,016m)
Families especially love this small town – and its high altitude, quiet runs and lack of lift queues make it hard to beat. Most of the slopes are best for beginners, so it’s a good pick for first-timers who want good snow to learn on. And there’s Crystal Childcare here too.
(Snow range: 1,040-3,842m)
Chamonix might not seem huge compared to other French ski areas – it’s got a relatively modest 150km of slopes – but its range of tricky red and black runs keep experts coming back. For the ultimate challenge, take on the Vallée Blanche, one of the most famous off-piste routes in the world.
Ready to hit the heights? Check out our latest deals and we’ll see you on the slopes.