Best Resorts for Advanced & Freeskiers

Free -ski
 

France

The French love their freeskiing and there's no shortage of resorts that can accommodate the expert freeskier. 

If you are a "park fiend" then the Three Valleys is a great place to venture to. Courchevel plays host to three parks, Meribel contains a further two, whilst Val Thorens has one. This means that there is plenty of space for all to hone their flips, grabs, rotations and air! 

For those preferring to go somewhere more off the beaten track to improve their skills, Les Deux Alpes would be a fantastic pick. This glacial resort has two excellent snowparks with plenty of jumps and grinds to work with. For those who love a challenge, Le Grave is the area to head to. The incline on some lines can get up to as much as 55 degrees, so this is not one for the faint hearted! With our whole area pass, you can enjoy visits to Alpe D'Huez and Serre Chevalier.

If it's off-piste shredding that gets your blood flowing, Chamonix is the place to be. Sitting in the shadow of Mont Blanc, this place has some of the best and toughest off-piste going. Head towards Argentiere or Brevent for the most challenging terrain on offer.

Austria

Take your pick; St Anton, Mayrhofen, Ischgl, Saalbach... The options are endless. 

Mayrhofen is a snowboarding paradise with plenty of off-piste to conquer. It is also home to the steepest prepared slope in Austria; the 'Hari Kiri' which has a 78% gradient. The Penken offers one of the best funparks in Europe complete with half-pipe, rails, boxes and pro line kickers. Mayrhofen is also home to the famous Snowbombing festival every April. 

If you're looking for that extra touch of exclusivity, then Ischgl is a great destination. Still fairly new to the British market, meaning it has a very authentic Austrian feel. There are as many kilometres of off-piste skiing as there are on-piste, so you know you're in for a treat. It offers a fantastic snow park with some massive kickers as well as a slalom course. A full area pass gets you across to neighbouring resort, Galtur, which is only a 15 minute minibus journey away.

St Anton is always going to be a fan-favourite. It's got the combination of great skiing, good accommodations, fantastic apres ski and varied nightlife down to a fine art. With a mammoth five snowparks, this place has no shortage of freeskiing on offer. Rendl Beach snowpark is recommended as you can sit and watch others take on the park's obstacles while you relax with a cocktail from the bar. Make sure to get the full area lift pass to enjoy skiing in Lech, Zurs and St Christoph during your stay.

Saalbach may not be as well-known as the other three, but it can certainly pack a punch. A snowpark each in Saalbach, Hinterglemm and Leogang covers the bases well alongside numerous off-pisted tracks to take on. Night skiing is available in Hinterglemm and includes use of the snowpark, making it very popular.

 

Switzerland

With fewer resorts on offer than in France and Austria, you might think that the Swiss don't have as much to offer on this front, you'd be wrong.

Verbier is a necessary pilgrimage for the freestyle skier, and is rated as a 5-star resort for intermediate and advanced skiers in our brochure with good reason. Packed with steep black runs and abundant off-piste areas, Verbier also boasts three parks, the best of which is at La Chaux for the simple reason that it also has a boarder cross course. After you've annihilated the parks, unwind in Farinet or Loft Bar with your drink of choice and soak up Verbier's unforgettable atmosphere. 

Wengen is an underrated gem. Home to what is popularly known as the toughest World Cup race, the Lauberhorn. But that's not it, there are plenty of runs coming down the Schiltorn to test you in addition to the snowparks in neighbouring Grindelwald and Murren. If you're at the Schiltorn, go and check out the James Bond Museum and walk around the filmset of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.  

Zermatt is traditionally the most popular Swiss resort with the British public. Over the years, it has crafted a strong reputation for fantastic skiing and is filled with superb accomodations. Its 'Triftji Bumps' mogul field is a highlight for the advanced skier and a real technique test, as is the newly-redesigned 'Gravity Park' with kickers, rails and a half-pipe. If you're looking to save money, stay across the boarder in Cervinia and ski on over. 

 

Italy

Italy has a cluster of freeskiing paradises in places you might not think. 

La Villa, which hooks up to the massive Superski Dolomiti area, is full of off-piste tracks within its own park of the area as well as giving easy access to those in the Dolomiti area. From here, you can ski to Cortina, Selva, Val Di Fassa and Arabba. Locally, there are 2 side-by-side snowparks in the Alta Badia area with jumps and rails for all abilities to go alongside a boardercross. You can stay in our Chalet Hotel Al Pigher for good access to the lifts and slopes on top of excellent prices and value for money.

In Sauze d'Oulx, you can find the apres ski of an Austrian resort with the prices of an Italian one. This Milky Way resort is a British favourite and its fantastic position allows for trips to Sestriere as well as across the boarder into Montgenevre. With access to five parks and a vast stretch of off piste areas, Sauze d'Oulx will not disappoint those looking for an Italian challenge. 

Finding your best holiday options...
f