Levelling Up - Choosing a Ski Resort


Oct 06, 2014 by Smart Blog

Choosing a ski resort is one of the hardest things when it comes to booking a winter holiday. There are so many out there, each with their own facilities. If you are travelling with a group of skiers, all with different abilities, your task of selecting the most suitable resort will be even harder.

Some ski resorts will be better for beginners, while others are better for experts. What you need to bear in mind is that it is not the shape of the mountain that you should consider, but it is the facilities that are made for different skill levels. 

Beginner skiers can find some excellent nursery slopes with experienced instructors to guide them on how to do it. But your main task is to narrow down the most suitable country first. Some travel agencies offer extra assistance to help you choose the right resort. It all depends on your budget and skills. For instance, if you have a low budget, consider Bansko in Bulgaria. But if you want luxury, then perhaps Kitzbuhel in Austria would be more suitable. 

When you are travelling with a group of skiers who all have mixed abilities, you should consider the French Alps. You can find an endless variety of skiing routes that will appeal to everyone with different ability skills. This resort is one of the most appealing sights in Europe, offering a secure and exciting environment for people of all ages. 

The village Montgenevre is the one that most skiers choose to ski in, which is located near Italy border. Here you can progress quickly from beginner to intermediate level thanks to the ski school that is available for everyone. The village offers nursery slopes and an exciting range of pistes with more challenging routes in Claviere. There are also extensive lifts and good links to the nearby skiing areas so you are not likely to get bored. The French Alps resort is an ideal fun packed holiday for group skiers, without costing too much. 

The next resort is arguably one of the most loved ones in the whole of Italy. Sauze has lots of slopes scattered along the resort, which are surrounded by woodland. This resort is ideal for beginners, intermediates as well as experts. It makes perfect sense to put Sauze on the map as one of your top places to go to for your ski holiday. The variety of terrain along with the well-known après scene makes this resort an excellent choice. There is the efficient free bus service that runs through the village; however, you should know that coaches are not allowed in the centre of the resort so you will have to walk to your hotel upon arriving at your destination.

As Italy offers many resorts for keen skiers, why not consider the following resorts:

For beginners, the village nursery slopes at Clotes and Sportinia contain easy runs, while for intermediates Rocce Nere chairlifts are much more preferable as they lead on to the famous Claviere resort. If you or other members of your group are advanced, consider the Moncrons and Genevris, which both offer off-piste opportunities. You will find long challenging red runs in Sestriere with the 4-seater chairlift to send you down the slopes. 

Some resorts allow groups of up to 20; however, it is best to combine your lift tickets with accommodation in order to save money. Some travel agents even offer free skiing if you book lodging with lift tickets. Look for special deals online and consider all the above resorts before choosing your favourite one.