Are you a skier or are you a snowboarder?
It can be hard to find the perfect resort for your chosen winter sports – but do not fear! We’ve saved you hours of endlessly trawling the internet by creating this handy, one-stop guide to the perfect resorts, whether you are a skier or a boarder.
Alpe d’Huez, France
Regardless of what you enjoy when clipped into a pair of skis, Alpe d’Huez has everything you could dream of: moguls, longer, steeper runs, and even nice, quiet pistes with beautiful views.
Ever fancied night skiing? Alpe D’Huez provides some of the best night skiing in the Alps. You can give it a go every Thursday (and Tuesdays during French half term). Prefer daylight skiing? Alpe D’Huez is famous for its sunny and warm climate. It really is a destination that keeps everybody happy.
Zermatt is definitely one to tick off your ski resort bucket list. It is the highest ski resort in the Alps, with skiing on offer 365 days a year. Why not head there towards the end of the winter season for pristine snow conditions and perfect pistes?
Zermatt is also home to Europe's most iconic mountain, the Matterhorn. It’s the ideal resort to get that postcard perfect picture of you skiing down the mountain - the Matterhorn resplendent in the background.
Rated the best ski resort in the world three years in a row, it’s not hard to see why when there’s guaranteed snow up to 180 days of the year. Some people say that skiing was invented in Kitzbühel. One thing is for sure: the annual Hahnenkamm downhill race is without a doubt one of the scariest ski races in the world.
If the race isn’t taking place during your stay, you too can attempt sections of the Hahnenkamm, just like the pros. With excellent options for skiers of all levels, and plenty of snow parks and off-piste available Kitzbühel is a fantastic place to spend your winter holiday.
One of the first resorts to properly welcome snowboarders by dedicating a section of the resort to snowboarding only. With its own park and pipe this is still one of the best destinations for snowboarders to head to today!
Avoriaz links with the Portes du Soleil ski area, a massive 13 resorts and 650km of marked pistes. Whether you’re looking for parks (there are three major snow parks in Avoriaz alone), fantastic off-piste opportunities, or maybe you’re more of a piste person this resort is definitely worth a visit next winter.
Perfect for all the adrenaline junkies and speed-runner out there. The super steep runs and extreme off-piste opportunities are just a short traverse from the lifts. Verbier is not a resort for the faint hearted! Never fear though, for the park orientated boarders the final event of the freeride world tour is held here every year.
If you are plan on heading away from the beaten track, definitely take a guide with you. Experienced guides can show you the hidden gems of the open powder fields and super steep chutes for which Verbier is renowned.
Mayrhofen offers 133km of piste and is just around the corner from the Hintertux glacier where you can enjoy snow all winter long! Home to the Vans Penken park, famous throughout Europe as one of the best all-round terrain parks. The likes of Jamie Nicholls and Katie Ormerod head to train. Why not give it a go?
Of course, we cannot forget that Mayrhofen is also home to Snowbombing, snowboarding’s most famous festival. With amazing music and entertainment the atmosphere is ideal for a late season snowboarding holiday. It’s time to take advantage of everything Mayhofen has to offer.
Whatever you are planning to do while on holiday, we hope we have given you some excellent ideas for your winter holiday next year. Don’t forget to get looking soon for your next year bargains and hopefully we’ll see you in one of our fantastic chalets or hotels!