Aint no mountain high enough when it comes to great group skiing – but there are some peaks which come with a promise of shedloads of snow and also colder climates which make it stick around a little longer. This will be of particular interest if you are travelling at the very beginning or very end of the ski season when you can save a few bob by holidaying at this time. Not only is the skiing super satisfying but the views from the resorts located so high up are nothing short of breathtaking. Beginners need not worry if they are holidaying in a high altitude resort (high mountains do not necessarily not mean terrifying runs) – these resorts can cater just as well for beginners as the low altitude ones.
So how do you know if you will have super snow? (And are travelling to a high altitude resort?)
Well, by definition a high altitude resort is one which resides above 1600m. To offer a little more guidance we have compiled a list of those which seem to be the most popular amongst you high altitude enthusiasts:
Val Thorens France
The highest resort in Europe, Val Thorens is lift-linked to arguably the most popular ski area in the world, the Three Valleys. High-altitude skiing up to 3,200m grants some of the most snow-sure slopes in the Alps, perfect for early or late season skiing holidays. During your time skiing in Val Thorens you will have access to over 600km of pistes spread across 300 runs, served by over 200 lifts to explore the massive mountain. The season is usually the longest with skiing holdiays on offer from November through till May.
The most prestigious resort of the largest linked ski area on the planet, The Three Valleys, Courchevel is a vibrant and chic resort. Courchevel is split into four village areas at heights of 1300, 1550, 1650 and 1850 metres above sea level. The different areas of Courchevel all have their own character, with 1850 being the most popular for luxury skiing holidays. Skiing will suit all abilities, from the couloirs at Mount Saulire, to the wide, open nursery slopes of 1850. The linked ski area of Courchevel offers the largest range of skiing of The Three Valleys ski area with over 1,304 acres of mountain dedicated to a variety of winter sports. For those who demand excellence on the slopes, Courchevel is the perfect ski holiday destination.
La Plagne France
A collection of 10 small villages with oodles of character, La Plagne is situated amongst the Savoie French Alps. The high-altitude slopes are quiet compared to Les Arcs. The long awaited ‘Paradiski’ area finally opened in 2003 linking La Plagne to neighbouring top ski resort Les Arcs, creating an impressive total skiing domain of 425km of downhill slopes to take advantage of. Skiing in La Plagne can vary from wide open sweeping pistes to pretty tree laden runs. The views in La Plagne can be breathtaking so remember to take your camera up the mountain with you! The highest point, Bellcote glacier, sits at 3,250m and features more testing difficult runs for those feeling brave.
Les Menuires France
Sprawling over a large area, the purpose-built village serves as a base to the world-famous Three Valleys skiing area. Les Menuires is located beneath Val Thorens in the Vallee de Belleville, the village has 160km of pisted runs locally, and lift linked access to the staggering 600km Three Valleys skiing area. With 502 pistes spread over 200 ski lifts in total, you will be spoilt for choice. La Masse has some great, long swooping reds from one of the highest points in the valley. Or ski down to St Martin de Belleville for the day and have lunch in the sun at one of the traditional restaurants down there.
Alped’Huez is situated on a high plateau in the Grandes Rousses mountainous area of the French Southern Alps. The popular traditional resort boasts glorious sunshine throughout the season and is suitable for all levels of skier and surrounded by high-mountain breathtaking scenery. The well-designed piste and high altitude skiing gives the area extensive amounts of terrain for your group skiers to explore. Group skiing holidays to Alped’Huez offer many fresh powder days every season for you to make your fresh tracks in. Tour de France even hosts one of its competition stages here in the summer.
One of Austria’s largest skiing areas, Tyrolean Ischgl has high altitude skiing granting a snow-secure season longer than most other European skiing resorts. This resort is relatively undiscovered outside of Austria.With fast modern lifts and a great snow record, Ischgl has access to over 200km of downhill skiing, with 52 individual pistes served by 42 ski lifts. Part of the largest skiing area of the Eastern Alps, the Silvetta ski area, Ischgl and Galtur are two areas linked by bus covered on the same ski pass.
St Anton Austria
The endless powder fields of St Anton guarantee delivering excellent off-piste opportunities for those looking for adventurous skiing holidays. A wide, spread out resort with skiing split over two sides of the valley. With simply amazing skiing in St Anton, the Alberg skiing area really lives up to its reputation as a skier’s paradise. What St Anton is famous for is its steep terrain and vast powder fields where avalanche transceivers, spades and helmets are normal attire for skiers. Known as one of the finest ski resorts in the Alps, St Anton has stunning scenery, a picturesque car-free village centre and arguably the world’s most exciting and challenging terrain.