Best early season skiing in Europe
If you want to beat the crowds and get in a ski trip before the end of year, then you do not have to wait till January or February for good snow and skiing. High resort altitudes and glacier skiing offer opportunities to ski early on in the season, so you can beat the crowds and holiday sooner.
Best resort to ski in October
Ideally situated at a resort altitude of 2050m, Cervinia is known for its long season running between October and May and consistently good snow. Skiers in Cervinia can enjoy a wide range of piste’s as Zermatte and Valtournenche are both reachable and covered by the Cervinia ski pass, totalling 350km of piste. There are slopes ideal for beginner and intermediate skiiiers; slopes in the Klein Matterhorn glacier area better suited to beginner skiiers, and more challenging slopes are generally found in Zermatt. Cervinia itself is known for wide, long and spacious trails that offer the opportunity for those new to skiing to snowplough around and those more adventurous to race down.
Cervinia is geared towards families, with a plethora of ski schools and after ski family activities such as a cinema, bowling and amusement arcade. There are accommodation options to suit all budgets and over 50 cafe’s and restaurants at various price points.
Best resort to ski in November
Due to being a glacier resort, Les Deux Alpes has a long ski season from late November to April. Despite its altitude and proximity to Mont-de-Lans glacier, there is plenty of sun with many south facing slopes and a mostly tree-less terrain.
Les Deux Alpes is ideal for skiers and snowboarders with its modern lift system and wide range of slopes amounting to 220km of pistes. Skiers can access slopes at their highest point of 3600m, with 2300 metres of slopes downwards from its peak.
Known particularly for its suitability for snowboarders, Les Deux Alpes has a border cross and half pike as well as snowparks for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy.
There are runs suitable for skiers at all levels, with easier slopes found at the top of the summit and more challenging slopes lower down the slope. For those looking for a budget destination, Les Deux Alpes is ideal with a wide range of accommodation at affordable prices, as well as places to eat and drink.
Best resort to ski in December
Sitting at a resort altitude of 2100m, Tignes has a long snow sure season between early December and May.
Tignes is a go to destination for intermediate and experienced skiers, with a wide range of steep, challenging slopes. There are over 100 blue and red runs between Tignes and Val D’Isere and infamous slopes such as “The Wall” which attract thousands of ambitious skiers each year.
Outside of skiing Tignes is known for its apres ski scene, with some of the best bars in the Alpes as well as popular nightclubs that stay open late.