Top 10 Ski Resorts in the West for Nightlife
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Last call, first chair, anyone? You know who you are. Partying hard after the sun sets is not a requirement for your ski vacation, but if that’s your jam, these are the ski resorts most likely to help you get your freak on, according to the 2023 SKI Magazine Reader Resort Survey. See the entire survey results here.
No. 10: Vail Mountain, Colo.
Other Strengths: Terrain Variety, Challenge
Weaknesses: Value, Local Flavor
(Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts/Chris McLennan)
What Readers Say
“Vail is the Cadillac Escalade of resorts. Big, rugged but also sophisticated. Wished I could ski it everyday.”
“Superior lift system and terrain variety, may lack for challenging super steeps but there is no shortage of fun skiing here. Immense resort, you can always find good snow conditions somewhere at Vail. Still remains one of the top ski experiences in the U.S., if you take advantage of that you will always have a good experience here.”
“Lots of areas to ski. Great restaurants. Love the European village feel. Easy to get around. Never have to get in my car once I’m in Vail Village.”
No. 9: Telluride Ski Resort, Colo.
Other Strengths: Challenge, Overall Satisfaction
Weaknesses: Access, Value
(Photo: Courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort)
What Readers Say
“We love Telluride. It is one of the last authentic Western ski towns. Abundant choices for dining , après-ski, lodging. Tons of things to do on and off the mountain.”
“It’s the best for advanced skiers and great town vibe!”
“Incredible town, authentic, independent, unique. Views from the slopes are the best anywhere. Easy free public transportation everywhere. Far from Denver = no lines.”
No. 8: Steamboat Resort, Colo.
Other Strengths: Local Flavor, Family Friendly
Weaknesses: Access, Value
(Photo: Courtesy of Steamboat Resort)
What Readers Say
“The town of Steamboat is one of the best ski resort towns in the west. The restaurants are superb and there is always nightlife. The mountain has something for everyone and is very family friendly! I love skiing the back side of the mountain and wish there was more than just the Morningside lift. Also wish it were cheaper to stay in Steamboat. Lodging is ridiculous now.”
“Steamboat is a cool mountain with steeps, trees, and groomers. Snow was sparse but it was clear they made as much as they could on the open runs. Old Town Hot Springs rec center has a great outdoor swimming pool, and hot tubs filled with natural hot springs water. Exercise equipment and weights upstairs are first-rate too. Many excellent restaurants in town. ”
“I love going to Steamboat, partly for the mountain itself, and partly for all the fun things you can do if you’re not on the mountain. I’ve ridden horses, biked, soaked in two very different hot springs, attended movie premiers and free concerts, and even made my own fused glass snowflake souvenir. And there are so many wonderful places to eat, most of them unique to Steamboat. The mountain itself, with terrain for all abilities, is amazing‚ especially after it’s been snowing that wonderful champagne powder!”
No. 7: Deer Valley Resort, Utah
Other Strengths: Grooming, Access
Weaknesses: Challenge, Value
(Photo: Courtesy of Deer Valley)
What Readers Say
“Simply the best anywhere. Five-star service from genuinely friendly helpful staff who clearly have pride in working at Deer Valley. Some good expert terrain in Empire but this is mostly intermediate terrain perfect for a family vacation. ”
“Deer Valley service even in the post-Covid era was still on par. Drought took a toll on snow this year, like everywhere, but grooming was still top notch. Dining quality and variety was excellent. Friendly staff and services you don’t see in other resorts. Still the best in the business..”
“Deer Valley is Park City plus an additional level of refinement. Grooming and service are a notch better, but the price is higher in exchange. Terrain is mostly groomed to perfection (which is great), but you can find ungroomed steeps and bowls if you seek them out.”
No. 6: Park City Resort, Utah
Other Strengths: Lodging, Access
Weaknesses: Snow, Guest Service
(Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts)
What Readers Say
“You can’t go wrong with Park City. There are an abundant options for skiing for all levels and you can’t possible get bored. Take a day off and explore Main Street—plenty of options for dining, après-ski and shopping. ”
“I love the town, the people and the vibe of this great town. The 2021-2022 season had quite a few challenges although during my visit I only experienced the closure of most mid-mountain lodges/dining but was not a huge issue. We party in the parking lot at the end of the day and of course at the Pig Pen Saloon.”
No. 5: Sun Valley, Idaho
Other Strengths: Overall Satisfaction, Lifts
Weaknesses: Snow, Access
(Photo: Courtesy of Sun Valley)
What Readers Say
“As a ski town, Sun Valley (Ketchum) is authentic as they come.”
“It’s a great ski town, but also a real town with a real year-round community. It’s easy to work and ski the same day. You only encounter long lines on powder days and that’s only first thing in morning, as the powder hounds take a couple of runs and go to work. Generally, you never wait long for a lift, which is a huge advantage. Sun Valley is a little harder to get to on the airlines, but it creates a good balance between accessibility and the ability to really enjoy the place without huge crowds once you get here. It really is a friendly place. It is sort of Aspen at a discount without the ‘see and be seen’ social vibe.”
“Possibly the best all-around resort in the U.S. Good value and most importantly not crowded. Fantastic terrain quality. Authentic town of Ketchum.”
No. 4: Breckenridge Resort, Colo.
Other Strengths: Après, Terrain Variety
Weaknesses: Value, Snow
(Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts)
What Readers Say
“Breck is a huge mountain with lots of variety on the slopes. The small town feel is great with loads of restaurants and bars downtown.”
“Great resort for families with kids of all ages. Love the easy access to both the ski slopes and downtown without having to drive.”
“We had two great days of skiing, enjoyed the on-mountain amenities, enjoyed the in-town restaurants and had an overall great experience.”
No. 3: Aspen Snowmass, Colo.
Other Strengths: Lodging, Après
Weaknesses: Value, Access
(Photo: Courtesy of Aspen Snowmass)
What Readers Say
“Snowmass has always been my favorite mountain in Aspen and even Colorado. I like staying in Aspen and skiing some of the other mountains but I always end up liking Snowmass the best. I have stayed at Snowmass during the past two years and really enjoyed the base area and village offerings of food, shops, S’mores, and other amenities. Snowmass has more restaurants now than it did when I first began skiing and boarding there in 2002.”
“Great for challenge, snow quality, and variety of terrain. Four separate mountains ensures that there is something for everyone. Never crowded with short to no lift lines. Good variety of lodging and restaurants between Aspen and Snowmass and lots of shops to visit off the slopes. Expensive but lack of crowds ensure that you get a ton of skiing for the money. Mountain staff and ski patrol always friendly and helpful. Flying into Aspen is very convenient and allows for a full day of skiing at Ajax with a late flight out.”
“Aspen Snowmass has a big variety of restaurants and after-skiing nightlife.”
No. 2: Heavenly Mountain Resort, Calif.
Other Strengths: Lifts, Value
Weaknesses: Lodging, Terrain Variety
(Photo: Courtesy of Heavenly Mountain Resort)
What Readers Say
“Visited Heavenly for the last three seasons and it’s my favorite place for a couples and friends trip. We love the casinos and bars in South Lake Tahoe. It’s the only place where you can go hard at night and during the day on the slopes!”
“Great trees, great snow, good lodging near the mountain Great terrain for everyone. The scene in South Lake Tahoe includes good dining, fun bars, and even casinos. Really fun!”
“It’s so fun here! The skiing is amazing, the views of the lake can’t be beat, there’s even dancing and live music at night down in town. Heavenly is the best mix of it all for a great ski vacation.”
No. 1: Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
Other Strengths: Terrain Variety, Après
Weaknesses: Access, Value
(Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts)
What Readers Say
“Whistler is awesome in every way. The village, restaurant, and nightlife are second to none but can be pricey. They get so much snow. It’s not as light as the interior mountains but sooo much snow. More like chowder than powder but easy to float on. Only downfall is conditions can vary widely later in the season and lines can be long peak season. So much variety and fun though. Just watch out for the crud on marginal snow days after a thaw freeze cycle. Overall it is easy to see why Whistler has been #1 in North America so many times.”
“I love the resort and village. Been here 17 of the past 20 years. I recommend it to everyone. I have many great memories here and enjoy talking to skiers from around the world.”
“Best and biggest ski resort in North America in categories. When you leave you start dreaming of coming back, it’s magical.”
The 9 best party ski resorts
Insane fun. That’s what we’re looking for. And especially after the last couple of seasons we have had! So where are the best party ski resorts in Europe? We’ve done our research and put together a list of resorts with the best après-ski in Austria, France and Italy! Remember there are many and I mean, many awesome places that didn’t make this list but the ones that did guarantee an epic time. Places where you can ride all day, step straight off the slopes and into an après-ski wonderland with the mountains as your spectacular back drop. And while I’ve got your attention, remember that any escape to the slopes requires techical clothing to get the most out of your ride. Our collection of women’s and men’s ski and snowboard clothing is just what you need. Now enjoy this read!
Nestled in the Ötztal valley in the magnificent Austrian state of Tyrol, Sölden sure knows how to party. To kick off your après-ski celebrations why not try ‘Fire&Ice’, a great place to drink and dance. Most of the drinking establishments are on the Dorfstraße which makes a pub crawl a great option.
Every year Sölden holds the ‘Electric mountain festival’, bringing the world’s top electronic dance DJs to the Alps. So after a day of carving up the slopes, you can be entertained by the world’s best. The next Electric mountain festival will be held on 7th and 8th April 2022 so you’ve got some time to plan. If you have a Solden skipass, you’ll get free admission to this festival. And every month during the snow season there are Electric mountain parties where top DJs take the turntables to the delight of the après crowd.
Apart from being a sure bet for a good party, Sölden is also a sure bet for snow. With it’s high altitude, snow conditions are amazing from early in the season to late in April. And Sölden doesn’t have one glacier, it has two, the Rettenbach glacier and the Tiefenbach glacier with wide runs and spectacular views.
More info: Après-ski in Sölden
Revellers at Ischgl can party long and hard. This resort, voted best ski resort of 2018, is known for it’s wild late nights, or rather early mornings! The town has retained it’s picture postcard good looks and with a wide selection of restaurants and bars, there’s something here for everyone.
In this charming Austrian town, you can have a drink at what is considered one of the best après-ski bars in the world, the Trofana Alm! Here they truly know how to party to a European playlist. And they’ve totally renovated the old digs for opening in winter 2021. In the same league, there’s the Kuhstall where the DJs keep you dancing till the early hours of the morning.
This resort also plays host to the legendary ‘Top of the Mountain festival’. It’s one hell of a party that usually closes the season with music, dancing, lights, insanity, drinks and lots of smiles. Last spring this festival was cancelled due to Covid restrictions but hopefully they’ll be rocking the mountain in early 2022. We can’t find the dates but expect it to some time in April.
More info: Après-ski in Ischgl
High up in the Austrian Alps, you’ll find Mayrhofen. For decades, this has been a favourite for skiers and snowboarders alike although it is known specifically as a snowboarding mecca. With 142km of runs and 58 lifts, it has a reputation for reliable snow and a long season of it as well. Mayrhofen also has Austria’s steepest slope called the Hakakiri!
And as far as partying goes, Mayrhofen can truly rock and attracts a young, hip crowd. At the top of the Penken cable cars is the ‘Pilzbar’. With an umbrella bar and terrace, this is the perfect place to start the après-ski. Another great starting point is ‘Bruck n Stadl’ where the party starts at lunchtime and continues until 2am. Since the pandemic, they’ve upgraded their outdoor seating area so it’s a fabulous place to hang out in the fresh air.
‘Bruck n Stadl’ is also where the ‘Snowbombing festival’ kicks off. This festival is an epic week-long sporting and music festival which features huge names playing in this magnificent setting. This awesome festival will be taking place on from 4th to the 9th April 2022. Check it out.
More info: Après-ski in Mayrhofen
St. Anton, Austria
Considered by some to be the après capital of the Alps, this Austrian hot spot is a great choice for a party and with 94 lifts servicing more than 700 km of awesome terrain, it’s also perfect for the action on the slopes.
It’s a difficult choice when asked which party venue we’d recommend, but we couldn’t write about St. Anton without mentioning ‘MooserWirt’ – the legendary après ski destination where there’s great food, drink and sounds (closes early though at 8pm). The bartenders are something to see, carrying trays 30 large beers per tray, one in each hand. St. Anton is perhaps not the destination for those seeking a chilled après ski as it may also be the most jammed and jumping place to be come snow season.
More info: Après-ski in St. Anton
Les Deux Alpes, France
Here at Les Deux Alpes the daytime après-ski is huge, there are outdoor and indoor music stages, loads of alpine bars and secret parties – it’s not surprising that this resort is also known as the Las Vegas of the Alps. The charming villages of Venosc and Mont de Lan together make up this ski resort and these two villages are linked by a 2km long strip which is filled with bars, restaurants and clubs.
And if you’re looking for an awesome festival, Les Deux Alpes also has that. Helping you to truly celebrate the festive season, the ‘Rise Festival’ is early, taking place this year between the 11th to the 18th December 2021. It’s an action-packed week with world reowned DJs as well as up and coming talent.
And regarding the terrain, it’s 220km of stunning slopes with Europe’s largest skiable glacier and there is something for newbies to expert skiers and snowboarders.
More info: Après-ski in Les Deux Alpes
Tignes, in the northern French Alps, is a world-renowned resort not only known for its magnificent skiing and snowboarding oppurtunities but also for it’s après-ski. The options for where to go are endless but here are some tips. For a convenient slope-side drink, try the ‘Marmot Arms’ for live music and good food, or go a little more upmarket and check out the ‘Le Whitney Bar’. The ‘Saloon bar’ and the ‘Polar Bear Pub’ are also great choices. Tignes also has four clubs to keep you dancing into the morning so there should be something here for everyone.
As far as festivals go, ‘Live in Tignes by Francofolies’ is everything you could want from a slope side festival and more. There are two stages, one on the slopes and the other in town. This fabulous festival is usually in April and is completely free!
More info: Après-ski in Tignes
Val Thorens, France
Val Thorens is a favourite amongst the students so there’s always a lively young crowd here in the French, purpose-built village. With pretty much guarenteed snow cover from November to May, Val Thorens has terrain for all levels from beginners to experts and it’s setting at the head of the Belleville valley is truly spectacular.
Val Thorens sure knows how to party with a wide selection of bars and clubs to suit all tastes. Try one of the most popular bars in the Alps, ‘La Folie Douce’. This is the hottest and highest après-bar with breath taking views over the moutains. Here they play great tunes and mix amazing drinks.
‘Bar 360’ attracts a young crowd, with its perfect location and large terrace. Then there’s the on-slope, ‘Saloon bar’ with a famous happy hour and great music. As far as night clubs go, you must try the ‘Malaysia’, the largest nightclub in the Alps.
More info: Après-ski in Val Thorens
Unknown to many, Cervinia has some epic après-ski! The weekend starts on Wednesday with Thursday having the best happy hours and other entertainment. What’s really cool is that you can start on the slopes and work your way down the mountain. Start at ‘Plan Torrette’ where you can cure the afternoon munchies, then make your way done to the ‘Principe’ then into town for the ‘Dragon’, a pub-style drinking hole with a dance floor in the basement.
Now we’ve planned your route, let’s just give you a little info about the resort itself. It’s linked to Zermatt in Switzerland with access to some of Europe’s highest pistes. The top lift reaches an incredible 3883m and there are 350 kms of slopes split into 150 runs, some of them very long. Cervinia is a great place for beginners.
More info: Après-ski in Cervinia
For some true Italian spirit as well as a cheap après ski resort, check out Livigno. Right on the Swiss border, this place is a marvellous mix of party and snow. When you’ve had your fill of action, grab a bite to eat at the ‘Angels and Demons’ where they serve a fantastic risotto. There’s no shortage of great places to party after that. Check out the ‘Kosmo’ umbrella bar with live music and DJs or what about the ‘Stalet’, which has an early start and often involves people dancing on the tables!
Livigno also has it’s own festval ‘Snowland’ which usually takes place in late March. You’ll be partying alonside around 10 000 other après-skiers at 7 different locations and an open air stage. What’s not to love.
More info: Après-ski in Livigno
So there’s our shortlist of the best party ski resorts in Europe. From Austria to Italy, these are the places that know how to entertain you and you’ll have a smile on your face from the moment you wake up till you finally hit the hay in the early hours of the morning. Remember to give your après-ski wear some thought before you go. You’re at the perfect place as here at Protest we’re known for creating ski and snowboarding clothing with a street edge. Check out our best après-ski clothing for women and for men here. We’ll help prepare you to get there.
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Gstaad is another prestigious and respectable Swiss resort, a favorite place for skiing for bohemians and celebrities. Madonna, Prince Charles, Princess Diana came here. Local five-star hotels are considered among the best in the world.
Gstaad is located in the center of a large ski area which also includes the Le Diableret Glacier, the resorts of Schönried, Rougemont, Zweisimmen and Château d’Eau. Ski areas are interconnected by bus and rail links, serviced by 62 lifts.
The total length of the region’s routes is 250 km. The longest descent (14 km) comes from the Les Diablerets glacier in Reusch. In the Glacier 3000 glacier zone, you can ski even in summer. There are no difficult black pistes with a large gradient, but there are plenty of red and blue pistes in the Rinderberg, Saanersloh, Lengebrand and Horneggli areas. Top4 Pass allows you to ski on all slopes of the ski area.
Gstaad can also offer guests other activities: cross-country skiing, sledding and skating, trekking, paragliding, freestyle, hot air ballooning. On the central street of the city there are boutiques of all world fashion trendsetters, jewelry stores and luxurious restaurants.
Most resort guests use a shuttle service. But you can also get to Gstaad by train. From Geneva you need to go with a change in Montreux, and there are direct flights from Zurich.
Gstaad © Ksenia Molina / Shutterstock
Courmayeur is one of the three most expensive and elite ski resorts in Italy. The city, which lies at the foot of Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa, is so beautiful that it is often depicted on Christmas cards. Together with Chamonix, it forms a single ski area and is part of the Valle d’Aosta ski region.
The length of the trails here is small – only 100 km, but their quality is excellent. The resort includes two ski areas: Checrouit (northeast slope) and Val Veny (northwest). They are served by 4 funiculars, 2 gondola lifts, 8 chair lifts and 7 drag lifts. The skiing height is from 1224 to 2756 m.
It will be difficult for beginners in Courmayeur, since there are few blue slopes here – only 15 km. They start at the top of Mount Shetif (2343 m). Red slopes prevail in the skiing areas, the length of which is 65 km. Trained skiers will like the slopes of Internazionale, Lazey, Checrouit, Youla. Difficult slopes are located in the Val Veny area. The most popular among professionals are Competizione, Rosse Blanche, Des Eves. Good conditions are created for off-piste skiing. At leisure, you can stroll through the historic center of the city, relax in the spa, sit in a restaurant or cafe.
During the ski season there is a bus transfer from Geneva Airport to Courmayeur. The timetable can be found at www.sat-montblanc.com. By train you need to go along the route Turin – Aoste – Pré Saint Didier, and then – by bus or taxi.
Courmayeur © Michal Balada / Shutterstock
Courmayeur © Traveling Jack / Shutterstock
In Little Cottonwood Canyon, USA surrounded by picturesque mountain slopes, the famous ski resort Snowbird is located. There is a lot of dry snow in this area, which is a pleasure to ride. The resort is not very suitable for beginner skiers, but professionals rate it highly.
The skiing area is located at an altitude of 2365 to 3353 m. 89 tracks (103 km) are prepared here, which are serviced by 11 lifts. 25 percent of the slopes are suitable for beginners, 38 for intermediate skiers, and 35 for professionals. Snowbird Terrain Park is equipped for snowboarders at the bottom of Big Emma. The season in Snowbird starts in mid-November and lasts until May.
The easiest way to get to Snowbird is from Salt Lake City Airport, which takes about 45 minutes by bus or taxi.
Snowbird © NG-Spacetime / Shutterstock
Snowbird © DCrane / Shutterstock
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Beaver Creek Winter Able Resort impress the most experienced skier. The comfort of guests here is thought out to the smallest detail. All paths in the city are heated, and the streets located at different levels are connected by escalators. Alpine skiing World Cup competitions are regularly held.
Spread over 735 hectares, 149 spectacular runs are located at an altitude of 2255-3488 m. Beaver Creek conditions are suitable for athletes of all skill levels. 34 percent of the slopes are in blue, 39 percent in red, and 27 percent in black. For professional skiers and freeriders, Beaver Creek has The Talons Challenge. It features some of the toughest runs in North America, including Birds of Prey Descent, the hardest run in the world.
On the slopes of the mountains there is a complex of snow parks. Park 101 is designed for beginners, Zoom Room is for advanced snowboarders, Moonshine is for professionals.
From Denver Airport, which is 193 km from the resort, you can get here using the Colorado Mountain Express shuttle service (www.epicmountainexpress.com).
Beaver Creek © jdross75 / Shutterstock
Beaver Creek © Kevin Ruck / Shutterstock
Aspen Highlands, Colorado
Highlands is located in the picturesque valley of Roaring Fork. Its advantages are guaranteed dry snow, no queues for lifts, and a convenient transport system.
Four ski areas are available, combined with a ski pass. Beginners and families with children are advised to head to Buttermilk and Snowmass, where there are easy blue slopes. There are also slopes for intermediate skiers, as well as special routes for children.
Aspen Mountain is the only ski area in America with no green trails. This area, along with Aspen Highlands, is for professionals.
In total there are about 200 km of trails located at an altitude of 2451 to 3559meters. There are five snow parks, cross-country skiing routes (65 km) are marked, children’s and adult ski schools are open. Aspen Mountain has the world’s only fun park exclusively for skiers.
More than 50 bars and cafes, 120 restaurants, about 10 discos, 4 cinemas and 40 art galleries offer their services to apres-ski lovers in Aspen.
From Denver Airport to Aspen Highlands, guests are served by the Colorado Mountain Express shuttle service.
Aspen Highlands © Justin Michael photo / Shutterstock
Aspen Highlands © CSNafzger / Shutterstock
Sundance Mountain Resort, Sundance, Utah
Sundance Mountain Resort is one of the best ski resorts in the United States. The local slopes, located on the north-eastern slope of Mount Timpanogos (Mount Timpanogos), will delight skiers of all skill levels. Of the 42 slopes, 20 percent are suitable for beginners, 40 for experienced athletes, and the same number are for professionals. At the highest point of the resort (2515 m) there is a restaurant, from the windows of which an excellent panorama of mountain peaks opens.
By the start of the 2021-2022 season, two new lifts have been added to the existing five. In addition, snow cannons have been installed, which guarantees excellent skiing until the end of the season. In addition to the ski slopes, Sundance has cross-country ski trails and the Sundance Terrain snowpark.
Sundance Mountain Resort provides airport transfers from Salt Lake City and Provo.
In 1968, what was then called Timp Haven was purchased by Robert Redford. The actor was offered to rename it Sundance in honor of the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, in which he played one of the main roles. Initially, Redford found the title too pretentious, but later agreed.
Sundance Mountain Resort © YanLev / Shutterstock
Sundance Mountain Resort © Kevin Ruck / Shutterstock
Deer Valley, Utah
ski resorts in North America, the venue for the Winter Olympics and International Ski Federation competitions. It is intended exclusively for skiers – snowboarding is prohibited on it.
Deer Valley has received many awards for service, trail maintenance, guest accommodation. 19 people work herelifts, the total capacity of which is 50 percent more than in large neighboring resorts. To avoid queues and overcrowding of the tracks, there is a restriction on the sale of tickets. Excellent service, as well as high-class hotels and restaurants, attract a wealthy audience here.
Ski slopes are located at an altitude of 2003 to 2917 m. Blue indicates 15 percent of the slopes, red – 50, black – 35. The most difficult area is Empire Canyon. The slopes on the slopes of Anchor Trees, Daly Bowl and Daly Chutes, although short, are very steep. The picturesque slopes of Bald Mountain and Bald Eagle Mountain are suitable for intermediate athletes. Beginner skiers should head to Ontario and Mountain Daisy/Banner.
Salt Lake City Airport is a 45-minute drive from Deer Valley. To get to Deer Valley, you need to use a shuttle service.
Deer Valley FIS Freestyle World Cup Competition © action sports / Shutterstock
world’s best ski resorts
As it was sung in a famous song, only mountains can be better than mountains . We agree with this statement, and therefore chose the 8 best places in Europe for skiing and snowboarding.
1. Les Arcs, France
The center of European snowboarding, this region makes up one of the largest ski areas in the world – “Paradiski”. Les Arcs consists of 4 districts: Arc-1600, Arc-1800, Arc-2000 and the newest Arc-1950. Absolutely versatile Les Arcs is suitable for skiers, snowboarders, advanced athletes and beginners. Ideal conditions have been created here for families with small children, as well as for noisy young people who are ready to have fun until the morning. The resort offers endless opportunities for off-piste skiing. There are also two exemplary snowparks, 13 snowboarding schools, as well as cinemas, bars, restaurants and night discos.
2. Sälen, Sweden
Not the most obvious option at first glance, however, it has recently become increasingly popular. The Sälen complex includes four ski villages: Tandadalen, Lindvallen, Hogfjollet and Hundfjollet. The slopes of the last three, due to their gentleness, are more suitable for snowboarders and beginner skiers. The slopes of Tandadalen are considered more difficult: it is here that one of the most difficult ski routes in Scandinavia called “The Wall” is located. In your free time from skiing in the resorts of Salena, you can go underwater fishing, arrange a safari on snowmobiles or dog sleds, as well as try out unusual entertainment – ice karting.
3. Ischgl, Austria
Ischgl is the most fun resort in Austria. There are excellent conditions for snowboarders here – the resort is one of the four best places for snowboarding in Europe. In the giant snow park “Borders Paradise” there are a huge number of obstacles (more than 30), half-pipe, jumps. Ischgl is perfect for both beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders – the slopes here are varied and all perfectly prepared without exception.
4. Ylläs, Finland
Finland’s largest ski resort holds the absolute record for the highest altitude difference – up to 500 meters. The resort is more suitable for advanced athletes, since most of the slopes are quite difficult for beginners. However, beginners will find here a couple of easy slopes and ski schools. Ylläs slopes often host international competitions. The Super-G or Super-G Slalom is especially popular. The resort is also famous for its extensive cross-country skiing trails.
5. Hemsedal, Norway
One of Scandinavia’s highest mountain resorts, Hemsedal is often compared to the Alps. Geographically, it is a small commune in the west of Norway, where a couple of thousand locals get lost in the season among lovers of driving on the slopes, learning to jump from trampolines and fighting with snow figures in the snow park. It is in Hemsedal that the largest children’s area with simple slopes and the Lynxland amusement park is located, and therefore it is considered one of the best places to relax with children.
6. Mayrhofen, Austria
The incredible variety of slopes makes Mayrhofen one of the most attractive ski and snowboard resorts in the world. The tracks are especially good for advanced athletes, but there are also good tracks for beginners. The main attraction of Mayrhofen is the Tuxer Glacier (3250 meters), one of the most picturesque peaks in the Alps, where snow lies even in summer. For the most advanced on Mount Penken, a half-pipe, Burton Park and a large big-air with an impressive rollout were built.
7. Soldeu – El Tarter, Andorra
The slopes of the Soldeu – El Tarter resort are suitable for beginners and amateurs: they are wide, gentle, with comfortable roll-outs on a plateau. It is believed that the variety of blue and red runs is such that a week is not enough to explore all their bumps and turns.