The Best European Resorts For Early Season Skiing
Many of you will have seen pictures of the early snow we’ve had across the alps in the last couple of weeks which are certainly raising excitement levels amongst the ski and snowboard communities. However, for those wanting to make the most of this early snowfall, there are a host of resorts that are either already open or due to open shortly.
Ski-Lifts takes a look at some of the best ski resorts for an early season getaway:
Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes boasts the largest skiable glacier in Europe and perhaps unsurprisingly attracts a steady stream of skiers and snowboarders in both winter and summer. The glacier opened briefly for half term from late October to early November and is now set to reopen on 30th November. The snowpark that resides on the glacier in summer months is normally relocated to the slopes above mid-station for the winter season.
Transfer time from Grenoble: 2 hours
The Grande Motte Glacier in Tignes is another popular location for summer skiing and snowboarding. The glacier opened for the winter on Saturday, October 12th whilst the Espace Killy is due to open fully on December 21st 2013. Transfers to Tignes from Bourg St Maurice train station are the easiest way of getting to the resort, but there are also an assortment of journeys offered from airports.
Transfer times: Geneva (2 hrs 50 mins) or Bourg St Maurice (50 mins)
The ski area of Saas-Fee opened on 1st November and currently has 6 lifts running which give access to a good selection of pistes. In addition, there is an excellent snow park with a half-pipe, large and small kicker lines and a variety of rails for freestyle enthusiasts. Swiss sports shops are currently running their “Swiss ski tests” which is a perfect opportunity to try out the new season’s equipment. Ski Lifts offers airport transfers to Saas Fee from several Swiss airports including Geneva and Zurich.
Transfer times: Geneva (2 hrs 50 mins) and Zurich (3 hrs 25 mins)
The Glacier 3000 ski area at Les Diablerets opened its doors for snowsports on 26th October and will now remain open until May. The Glacier’s ski area includes 30 km of ski runs at altitudes from 1350 to 3000 m including the 7km long Olden ski run.
Transfer times: Sion (1hr) and Geneva (1 hr 35 mins)
The official opening weekend of the Verbier winter season is scheduled for 30th November 2013. However, certain lifts are open at the weekends throughout November. These are likely to include the Chable-Verbier and the Medran 1 gondolas, the Lac de Vaux 1 chairlift and the Funitel that gives access to the Ruinettes sector. Fortransfers to Verbier from Geneva and Zurich contact the Ski Lifts team.
Transfer times: Geneva (2hrs) and Zurich (3 hrs 10 mins)
The closest airport to Hintertux is Salzburg whilst Ski Lifts also provide transfers from Munich. The Hintertux glacier offers around a dozen lifts, 28km of piste and a terrain park year-round. The remainder of the ski area is due to open on Dec 7th 2013.
Transfer times: Salzburg (2 hrs 25 mins) and Munich (2 hrs 30 mins)
The Ski-Lifts Team