10 Ski Resorts in the Alps with Guaranteed Snow

10 Ski Resorts in the Alps with Guaranteed Snow

The beginning or end of the season is a brilliant time to ski.  However, no one wants to book a ski holiday when there isn’t guaranteed snow.  Don’t worry though, here at Ski-Lifts we’ve done the research for you and we’ve prepared a list of 10 ski resorts in Europe with guaranteed snowfall.

Tignes/Val d’Isere, France

10 Ski Resorts in the Alps with Guaranteed Snow

Two totally different, but linked resorts are part of the famous Espace Killy ski area.  These ski resorts share a gigantic ski area with 300km of pistes reaching from 1550m to 3456m.  Besides the Pissaillas glacier set above Val d’Isere and the Grande Motte glacier on the Tignes side, the high altitude of the slopes, in general, ensures that these resorts are snow-sure destinations.

Val d’Isere has the largest artificial snowmaking plant in the whole of Europe.  Le Snow Factory could cover Wembley Stadium to a depth of half a metre in just one hour.  Impressive!

Tignes has a long winter season and also a summer season for skiing and snowboarding thanks to its glacier.   The highest lift in Tignes stands at 3450m and with its great snow record, you are guaranteed a great time on the mountain in Tignes.

The snow conditions in Val d’Isère and Tignes are hard to beat, anywhere in the world.  Even in ‘bad’ snow years, the majority of Val d’Isere and Tignes remains accessible due to the high altitude.  A massive bonus is the fact that all the runs back into the town stay open almost all of the time, because of the altitude of the town.

Closest airport – Geneva Airport transfer time to Val d’Isere and Tignes is approx. 2.5 hours.

Cervinia, Italy

10 Ski Resorts in the Alps with Guaranteed Snow

Cervinia is situated in the northwestern part of Italy in the Alpine resort of Valle d’Aosta.

Cervinia is one of the world’s leading ski resorts and is known for its snow-capped mountains, including the pyramid-shaped Matterhorn.  Due to its high altitude, Breuil-Cervinia has an especially long season, guaranteed snow and is especially popular for intermediates.

The winter season opens in early November, however, Cervinia’s glacier means the resort stays open for summer skiing too.  Cervinia stands at 2,050m and with lifts going up to 3,820m.  The joint ski area with Zermatt is the highest in Europe, ensuring snow cover is guaranteed in these resorts between November and early May.

Closest airport – Turin Airport transfer time to Cervinia is approx. 1.5 hours.

Ischgl, Austria

10 Ski Resorts in the Alps with Guaranteed Snow

Ischgl is an Austrian village with a long history dating back over 1,000 years.  As a ski resort it offers something for everyone, the charm and sophistication of resorts like Kitzbuhel, nightlife to rival St Anton and over 200km of pistes for all abilities.

The resort has a good snow record.  With a selection of beginner, intermediate and advanced pistes, parks and pipes and night skiing, it is the perfect location for a holiday.  The slopes in Ischgl best suit eager intermediates who enjoy covering as much ground as possible each day.

With the village at an altitude 1,400m and a maximum height of under 3,000m, Ischgl is not your typical snow-sure candidate.  However, as you head further east across the Alps, ski resorts don’t need to have the same high altitudes as their French neighbours to get good snow cover.  Also, Ischgl’s incredible snowmaking system can almost dispense with nature altogether.  Ischgl is known for its lively après activities and opens and closes every year with a huge mid-mountain concert with a world-class headline act, watched by a massive crowd of 25,000.

Closest airport – Innsbruck Airport transfer time to Ischgl is approx. 1 hour.

Solden, Austria

10 Ski Resorts in the Alps with Guaranteed Snow

Solden is the largest ski resort in the Otztal Valley, situated in the Tyrol region of Austria.  Solden is famous as a party resort, with plenty of bars and clubs for people to choose from.  It attracts a play hard, ski hard crowd.  That’s not to say there aren’t quieter areas surrounding the resort, with plenty of ski in-ski out hotels on the edges of town away from the main strip.

The range of skiing and boarding on offer should not be overlooked.  There are two high-altitude glaciers, 150km of pistes and a park, there’s plenty of reason to be up early in the morning to make the most of this area.  If early mornings aren’t your thing, there’s always night skiing.

Solden was the venue for James Bond film, Spectre.  With visitor numbers already on the up, the Bond association could prove a good one for a resort that is trying so hard to change their international image to the luxury Austrian resort which is the place to be.  Solden opens in late November, however, the 10 lifts on its two 3,250m glaciers that ensure snow cover also run through the autumn.

Closest airport – Innsbruck Airport transfer time to Solden is approx. 1 hour.

Les Arcs, France

10 Ski Resorts in the Alps with Guaranteed Snow

Les Arcs is made up of several areas, namely Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000, each situated at a different altitude and each with its own individual character and atmosphere.  This is part of the huge Paradiski ski area.

Les Arcs is home to 425km of pistes, has its highest lift at 3250m, varied terrain and a great snow record, so there is plenty of areas on the mountain for beginners all the way through to experts.  Not to forget the infamous speed skiing course, which still holds the current world record.  The snow guaranteed high altitude resort of Les Arcs is the perfect end of season destination.

If you purchase a whole area lift pass, you’ll also be able to explore Les Arcs’ sister resort of La Plagne.  La Plagne is home to its very own glacier and a further 225km of pistes.

Closest airport – Chambery Airport transfer time to Les Arcs is approx. 1 hour.

Val Thorens, France

10 Ski Resorts in the Alps with Guaranteed Snow

Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and part of the infamous Three Valleys ski area in France.  With 600km of pistes, the highest lift at 3230m, its great snow record and well-linked lift system the Three Valleys is a must-visit destination for any ski and snowboard enthusiast.

A 3 Vallees ski pass covers the entire Three Valleys ski area.  The pass covers resorts such as; Val Thorens, Méribel, La Tania, Courchevel and more.  The ski pass will give you access to more than 600 km of runs, including; 30 black, 108 red, 129 blue and 51 green runs.

Val Thorens is a purpose-built resort in the Belleville Valley situated above the resorts of Les Menuires and St Martin De Belleville, its high altitude guarantees a longer season than many other ski resorts.  On a stunning day, the positioning of Val Thorens offers an incredible winter panorama.

Val Thorens’ high altitude ensures that doorstep skiing and snowboarding with guaranteed snow is possible from November all the way to May.

Closest airport – Chambery Airport transfer time to Val Thorens is approx. 1.5 hours.

Lech, Austria

10 Ski Resorts in the Alps with Guaranteed Snow

Imagine the typical Austrian ski resort, well that’s exactly what you get with Lech.  Chocolate box chalets, surrounded by snowy mountains, luxury hotels, high-end restaurants – it’s not hard to see why so many of the rich and famous choose Lech.

Lech has good links with its neighbours of St Anton and Zurs, there is ample skiing for everyone (about 276 KM worth of pistes to be precise).

Lech’s excellent natural snow record and 60% snow cannon coverage ensures this Austrian resort boasts great late season skiing year after year.  Lech also offers a fantastic array of off-piste opportunities.  It’s is one of the very few Austrian resorts to offer heli-skiing, what’s not to love?

Closest airport – Innsbruck Airport transfer time to Lech is approx. 1.5 hours.

Verbier, Switzerland

10 Ski Resorts in the Alps with Guaranteed Snow

Verbier is one of the Alps’ most famous ski resorts. You’ve got James Blunt singing about it, Richard Branson building luxury chalets on it and Posh & Becks eating fondue in it.

Verbier is absolutely massive and linked up to the four-valleys, creating a ski area so vast even regular visitors find the variety of skiing on offer somewhat overwhelming. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels will be entertained for as many weeks as they have spare.  Verbier offers picturesque undemanding pistes for beginners, and couloirs, powder fields and heli-skiing for the more advanced and 3 snowparks for freestylers.

With a top lift at 3,330m, snow cover in Verbier is pretty much guaranteed at altitude, although the lower half of the resort can suffer when snow is hard to come by.

Closest airport – Geneva Airport transfer time to Verbier is approx. 2 hours.

Les Deux Alpes, France

10 Ski Resorts in the Alps with Guaranteed Snow

Les Deux Alpes was one of the first French ski resorts to be opened in 1946, behind Chamonix and has grown to be very popular.  It is also home to Europe’s largest skiable glacier.

Les Deux Alpes is ideal for both skiers and snowboarders with its extensive ski terrain, modern lift system and a great amount of sun with south-facing slopes.

The ski area in Les Deux Alpes is split into two areas, the Valley Blanche sector and the Glacier side, where the majority of the pistes can be found.

Les Deux Alpes homes slopes from 3,570m down to 1,650m, officially opens for winter in December, however, the glacier is open much earlier for autumn skiing.  Les Deux Alpes has over 200km of groomed slopes and 200 snow guns protect a large portion of the area.

Closest airport – Grenoble Airport transfer time to Les Deux Alpes is approx. 1.5 hours.

Top 10 Ski Resorts With Short Transfer Times

Top 10 Ski Resorts with Short Transfer Times

Your time is valuable, especially when you’re on holiday and there’s skiing to be done.  No one wants to be wasting time on a transfer from the airport to the ski resort, especially when time isn’t on your hands.

Here at Ski-Lifts, we ensure that your transfer is seamless, so if you only have a short time on your ski break, book a hassle-free transfer with Ski-Lifts to one of these ski resorts with short transfer times.

Morzine, France

Airport to Ski Resort Transfer Time – Geneva Airport to Morzine (75 minutes, 76km)

Morzine is one of the resorts across the Portes du Soleil ski area in France, which stretches up the FranceSwitzerland border. With 52 hotels and 41 bars and restaurants, there no shortage of facilities.  With that being said, Morzine still manages to pull off that genuine mountain village vibe.  When it comes to the slopes, Morzine is a perfect ski resort for beginners and intermediate skiers, with plenty of gentle pistes.

Even if you’re not a dedicated skier, Morzine is one of those ski resorts where there is an abundance of other activities to fill up your holiday while everyone else is whizzing down the slopes.  These adventurous activities include; ice-diving in a lake, nature discovery tours, snowmobiling, tobogganing, snowshoeing and of course, shopping.

Top 10 Ski Resorts With Short Transfer Times

Chamonix, France

Airport to Ski Resort Transfer Time – Geneva Airport to Chamonix (65 minutes, 99km)

Chamonix town in Chamonix Valley is bustling with life, thanks to the 9,000 permanent residents and plenty of tourists.  While Chamonix could hardly be classed as a tranquil alpine retreat, the surrounding cliffs and tumbling glaciers of the Mont Blanc massif makes a stunning setting.  The town’s old buildings have kept their authentic look and also now that Chamonix centre is traffic-free, it offers pleasant walkways, with cafés looking over the river Arve’s torrent and no shortage of quirky shops – galleries, bookshops and speciality food, along with classic souvenirs and the latest ski and snowboarding gadgets.

Top 10 Ski Resorts With Short Transfer Times

Verbier, Switzerland

Airport to Ski Resort Transfer Time – Geneva Airport to Verbier (120 minutes, 160km)

Verbier is the main resort in the 4 Valleys, the largest Swiss ski area.  Verbier’s success is due to a combination of a sunny, scenic location, brilliant terrain and a lively bar scene.  Verbier has been a long time favourite of the young and sporty clientele.  The fact that Verbier is so easy to access from Geneva Airport has also helped with the popularity.   Thanks to the altitude of the ski area and the snowmaking, Verbier is a safe bet when you’re booking for early or late season.  The resort itself sits at 1,500m, however, heights of more than 2,700m can be reached by a couple of gondola rides, which only take around 11 minutes altogether.  At 2700m you can bet your house there will be abundant snowfall.

Top 10 Ski Resorts With Short Transfer Times

Courmayeur, Italy

Airport to Ski Resort Transfer Time – Turin Airport to Courmayeur (90 minutes, 150km)

Much like Chamonix, located on the French side of Mont Blanc in Chamonix Valley, upmarket Courmayeur is one of the great ski and climbing towns in the Alps.  The Italian side of Mont Blanc has a totally different weather pattern to that of the French side.  In the winter Courmayeur gets much more sunshine than shady and chilly Chamonix.  The centre of Courmayeur village is pedestrianised and lined with high-end boutiques, lively bars, quality restaurants and even antique and homeware shops.  The main ski area is reached by cable car from the centre of the village.   The top lift reaches a maximum height of 2,755m and the bottom of the slopes lay at 1,224m.

Top 10 Ski Resorts With Short Transfer Times

St Anton, Austria

Airport to Ski Resort Transfer Time – Innsbruck Airport to St Anton (60 minutes, 100km)

St Anton is, Arlberg is situated in the western part of the Austrian Tyrol region, the town has always been well known for its natural beauty, reliable snowfall and the excellent condition of the slopes.  The large networked lift system in St Anton includes the neighbouring resorts of St Christoph and Stuben and a St Anton ski pass also covers the resorts of Lech and Zurs.  Although the town does lay low, luckily there’s good range of skiing from 1200m to almost 3000m.  The ground is grassy and below 2000m, so there’s no real need for a large snow base to make the runs skiable. However, well over a metre of snow is needed to cover the rocks above the tree line.  Early on in the season, lower resorts are likely to have more runs open.

Top 10 Ski Resorts With Short Transfer Times

Mayrhofen, Austria

Airport to Ski Resort Transfer Time – Innsbruck Airport to Mayrhofen (60 minutes, 70km)

Skiers and snowboarders have been hitting the slopes by Mayrhofen for more than a century and for the locals, providing hospitality, is a way of life.  The Zillertal, where Mayrhofen lies, is also famous for being one of Austria’s most musical valleys – almost every member of local families can boast of being a member of a band.  The musical theme extends to all the way to the mountain, where music can be heard across the slopes from every mountain hut.  Mayrhofen boasts 136km of runs and 57 lifts, a reputation for consistent snowfall throughout the season and runs which sit between 1,650m and 2,500m.  Mayrhofen is packed full of red runs and suits versed intermediates perfectly.  For those experts, Mayrhofen is home to Austria’s steepest slope, the Harakiri.

Top 10 Ski Resorts With Short Transfer Times

La Clusaz, France

Airport to Ski Resort Transfer Time – Geneva Airport to La Clusaz (90 minutes, 70km)

La Clusaz is an authentic mountain village that boasts a rustic and Gallic charm.  Due to the proximity to Geneva airport, La Clusaz attracts a tonne of weekend visitors.  The local slopes are all below 2500m, so snow conditions can be unpredictable, however, there is a lot of snowmaking to make up for that.  There are steep black runs and bumps, as well as decent off-piste when conditions allow.  There are also challenging but wide blues, as well as gentle nursery slopes up to the mountain.  La Clusaz is home to rustic huts throughout, and a few lively bars to keep you occupied.

Top 10 Ski Resorts With Short Transfer Times

Solden, Austria

Airport to Ski Resort Transfer Time – Innsbruck Airport to Solden (70 minutes, 83km)

Solden is home to some challenging red pistes and exceptionally long top-to-bottom runs.  For those who love the lively bar scene, Solden is the place for you.  The ski area in Solden is not enormous.  However, the runs go high and all sectors offer serious vertical and also some long runs.  Snowmaking spans across 67% of the area, including all slopes on Giggijoch. Even in a generally poor season, you can usually count on coverage, even down to resort level.

Top 10 Ski Resorts With Short Transfer Times

Kitzbuhel, Austria

Airport to Ski Resort Transfer Time – Innsbruck Airport to Kitzbuhel (80 minutes, 83km)

This medieval silver-mining centre deserves its reputation as one of the most picturesque ski towns in the Alps.  Old coaching inns which have now inevitably been converted into four- and five-star hotels compete for space in the medieval streets alongside expensive fashion boutiques and fancy cafés.  The town stands at 800m and the top lift at 2,000m.  For guaranteed snow, head to Kitzbuhel between the end of January and the majority of February.  Although Kitzbuhel may look like one of the most expensive resorts in Europe, surprisingly prices fail to reach anywhere near the heights of Courchevel or Zermatt.

Top 10 Ski Resorts With Short Transfer Times

Innsbruck, Austria

Airport to Ski Resort Transfer Time – Innsbruck Airport to Innsbruck (15 minutes, 6km)

Innsbruck is a city, not a ski resort, right?  Our answer to that is, take a look at the map.  Innsbruck is a place surrounded by mountains.  To the north lies the Nordkette. South-east of Innsbruck city centre is the Patscherkofl, while to the south you will find the east-west ridge of the Alps and the slopes of the Stubai Glacier.  To be precise, there are nine ski areas surrounding the city, covered by the same lift pass.  These ski areas offer a brilliant variety of terrain.

Top 10 Ski Resorts With Short Transfer Times

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18

The best time of the year is almost here.  Some ski resorts in Europe are already open and others are beginning to open.  It can often be difficult trawling the internet to try and find ski resort opening dates.  Here at Ski-Lifts, we thought we’d make it easier for you and we did the work for you.  Below is a list of the opening dates for the most popular ski resorts in Europe.  Including; ski season dates in France, Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Just take a look at the list below to find out when the ski season starts in; France, Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland.  It’s never too early to book your next ski holiday, so get your woolly hats and boots at the ready, your flights booked, accommodation arranged, ski equipment hired, ski passes paid for and of course, your airport transfer arranged from airport to ski resort.

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18Andorra Ski Season Dates 2017/18

  • The Grandvalira ski area, encompasses the ski resorts of Soldeu, El Tarter, Encamp, Canillo and Pas de la Casaall of which are due to open on the 02/12/2017 – 08/04/2018

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18Austria Ski Season Dates 2017/18

  • Hintertux – All year
  • Ischgl – 23/11/2017 – 01/05/2018
  • Kitzbühel – 14/10/2017 – Majority of lifts open until April/Early May
  • Mayrhofen – 02/12/2017 – 15/04/2018
  • Obergurgl – Pre-season 16/11/2017-22/12/2018. Main Season 23/12/2017 – 06/04/2018
  • Solden – Glacier ski area opens 18/09/2017 (number of lifts open dependent on snow conditions) – 01/05/2018. The main area will open 16/11/2017 – 22/04/2018
  • St Anton – 01/12/2017 – 22/04/2018

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18Bulgaria Ski Season Dates 2017/18

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18France Ski Season Dates 2017/18

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18

 

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18Germany Ski Season Dates 2017/18

  • Garmisch – 09/12/2017 – 02/04/2018

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18Italy Ski Season Dates 2017/18

  • Arabba – 02/12/2017 – 08/04/2018
  • Cortina – Pre-season 25/11/2017 – 23/12/2017. Main season 24/12/2017 – 01/05/2018
  • Livigno – 08/12/2017 – 06/04/2018
  • Madonna di Campiglio – 25/11/2017 – 08/04/2018
  • Pila – 25/11/2017 – 15/08/2018

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18Slovenia Ski Season Dates 2017/18

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18Switzerland Ski Season Dates 2017/18

  • Davos Klosters – 17/11/2017 – 08/04/2018
  • Gstaad – 25/11/2017 – 06/05/2018
  • Saas Fee – Being a glacier resort Sass Fee is already open to limited runs with more areas due to opening further on into the season. The ski areas remain open until 15/04/2018
  • Verbier – Certain lifts will open on weekends only in November, depending on snow conditions. Most lifts are open 04/12/2017 – 29/04/2018
  • Zermatt – The Matterhorn, Gornergrat and Rothorn glacial areas are open 365 days per year.

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18

European Ski Season Dates for 2017/18

 

Please note –

  • When booking your ski holiday in Europe for early or late season dates you should be aware that not all facilities in your chosen ski resort may be open – including some ski lifts. We would advise you to check the resort tourist office website before making a booking.
  • All ski resort opening dates are subject to change.