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The Ski season is now upon us. Here at Bagsahead we thought we would let you have our pick of the world’s top 10 ski resorts which may help you decide where to “slope” off to next!
Our guide has everything you need to know even including the approximate price of ski passes. Remember as well, you never have to carry your ski’s or snowboards with you again as Bagsahead will collect them from your home or office and deliver them to your place of stay. Whenever you have finished on the slopes, we bring them back to your house or office for a lot less than you may think!
1. Meribel, France
Located in the French Alps, Meribel offers a touch of extra glamour thanks to its luxury hotels, upmarket shops and chic après–ski.
With over 600km of pistes the resort caters to everyone from beginners to skiing experts. Firstly, the weather promises plenty of sunshine, and great snow conditions for most of the season. If you want to take in the seriously spectacular views, then head to the top of Mont Du Vallon. It sits at a height of 2,952m overlooking the breathtaking landscape.
Ski pass price: Approx. €300 (£273) for an adult 6-day pass.
Best time to go: Probably January to avoid the busy times and the crowds, the weather is still cold and makes for excellent conditions.
Cheap flights: Chambéry is the closest airport and you can find flight on www.google.co.uk/flights for as little as £100 in January. Additionally, Grenoble is around two hours away. It has more flights with both Ryanair and Easyjet offering as low as £50 if you book early enough.
2. Cervinia, Italy
In the northwest of Italy, this resort is renowned for its beautiful snow-capped mountains, together with its breathtaking views of the Matterhorn. Likewise, it has vibrant nightlife and wide range of hotels and restaurants to suit all budgets.
The slopes tend to be more suited to beginner and intermediate skiers. Notably, the resort has slopes connecting it to the nearby Swiss resort Zermatt. This is great for people wanting a more challenging selection of runs.
Ski pass price: Approx. €204 (£186) for an adult 6-day pass.
Best time to go: A good resort with a long season from the end of December through to the beginning of April. In reality anytime is good here.
Cheap flights: Turin is the nearest airport and you can find return flights from as little as £57. We did with Jet2 from Birmingham in January.
3. Revelstoke, Canada
While Revelstoke does offer pistes for beginners, the resort tends to be more for intermediate and advanced skiers. It has a wide range of terrain and steep slopes. Moreover, during the peak season you can expect deep powder snow that offers great conditions for an array of winter sports. If you’re after something particularly special, then in addition, it’s worth taking one of the Heli Skiing tours, expect spectacular views and an experience unlike any other.
Ski pass price: Approx. $569 (£423) for an adult 6-day pass.
Best time to go: December to February tends to be the best time.
Cheap flights: Calgary and Vancouver are your best bets if you’re travelling from the UK, as they’re the closest international airports to Revelstoke. You can easily reach it from the UK. www.westjet.com offer return flights direct from London Gatwick to Vancouver from £413 in January.
4. Courchevel, France
Courchevel offers over 600km of pistes and massive 162 lifts, it really has something something for everyone. It’s particularly excellent for first-timers, because of the abundance of green pistes. It also has lots of ski schools to get you up and running. It’s not just on the slopes where Courchevel has a wide range of holiday options. The resort is actually made up of a whole host of small villages. It has a really varied range of accommodation as we found on www.booking.com from budget hotels to very high-end luxury chalets if you really want to splash out!
Ski pass price: Approx €256.00 (£225) for an adult 6-day pass.
Best time to go: December to March the snow conditions tend to be the best. During February, the snow is good but it gets busy as the French school holidays take place. Therefore, for quieter pistes it’s worth visiting again in January.
Cheap flights: Chambéry is the closest airport and you can find flights on www.google.co.uk/flights for as little as £100 in January. Grenoble is around two hours away. It has more flights, Ryanair and Easyjet offer as low as £50 if you book early enough.
5. Verbier, Switzerland
Thanks to its breathtaking landscape, luxury accommodation and impeccable ski conditions, Verbier has always been a hit with European royals – Prince Andrew even owns a chalet in the Swiss mountains.
Hailed as the main resort of The Four Valleys, Verbier has over 400km of runs, not to mention when you head to the top of the slopes you can get some seriously amazing views of Mont Fort, or even the Matterhorn. Equally, if it’s off-piste skiing you’re after, then this is sure to be the place for you. Expect everything from scenic runs to rougher terrain if you’re up for a challenge.
Ski pass price: Approx. 340CHP (£260) for an adult 6-day pass.
Best time to go: Verbier’s ski season is from the end of November until early May – but in fact January through to March tend to offer some of the best snow conditions.
Cheap flights: Easyjet offer it from £39 each way to nearby airport Geneva. Geneva is a 1hr 50 minute transfer. They have lots of UK departures from Birmingham, London Stansted, London Luton and London Gatwick.
6. Lech, Austria
Head to Lech and you can expect traditional alpine magic, cozy chic resorts and top-class skiing. There’s everything here from off-piste skiing to beginner schools, equally runs are good for intermediate skiers.
There’s the stunning landscape from picturesque rivers to snow-capped mountains. Furthermore, its notable for lots of charming buildings and bustling markets.
As a matter of fact, this resort was a firm favourite for Princess Diana, who even brought Prince William and Prince Harry for fun-filled winter adventures here.
Ski pass price: Approx. €275 (£208) for an adult 6-day pass.
Best time to go: The ski season is open from December until April, but like most resorts, probably January to March is where you can make the most of it all.
Cheap flights: You can easily reach Lech from Zurich. Easyjet fly from £55 one way and British Airways from £89 from London Luton or London Gatwick and Heathrow departures.
7. Bansko, Bulgaria
Bansko Ski resort in Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s principals ski resort has everything you need for a fun-filled, budget-friendly ski holiday.
Not only does it have some brilliant accommodation for low prices, at the same time the cost of eating out or making the most of the nightlife is low. As for the skiing itself, expect beautiful scenery. On the contrary, it has lots of runs for everyone and fast lifts to the mountains, so as a result – you can make the most of your time out there.
Ski pass price: Approx. 238BGN (£108) for an adult 6-day pass.
Best time to go: The snow season in Bansko typically lasts from December to April.
Cheap flights: The nearest airport is Sofia. While Wizz offer London Luton from £36 one-way, Ryanair offer from £109 return plus luggage from Stansted.
8. Vail, Colorado
Probably, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, Vail boasts more than 5,200 acres of ski and snowboard slopes.
What’s particularly great is that it also caters to a wide variety of budgets. Whether you’re looking to go all out in a luxury lodge, or want to save the pennies in self-catered chalets.
In addition, the resort has three villages: Lionshead, Vail Village, or Golden Peak.
Most of all, there’s the incredible après ski in the valley’s bustling restaurants and bars.
Ski pass price: Approx. $768 (£576) for an adult 6-day pass.
Best time to go: Vail’s ski season tends to run from December through to March.
Cheap flights: The nearest major airport to Vail is Denver. This is 2 hours away and can work out to be more budget-friendly. Icelandair offer good deals from £440 round trip with a quick stop in Iceland. Then again, if you wish to fly direct – British Airways offers fares from £755 return January to March.
9. Zermatt, Switzerland
Most noteworthy for its fantastic views of the Matterhorn and over 340km of pistes that also take you into the neighbouring Italian resort of Cervinia. It’s no surprise that Zermatt is a firm favourite with those hoping to hit the slopes.
First of all, it’s worth noting that the resort can be rather expensive, mainly because of its lift pass prices. You can find accommodation and dining to suit more modest budgets.
For those who are after something alternative to the standard skiing experience, Zermatt has plenty on offer too. Take a helicopter sightseeing tour to see the Matterhorn, or even try Heli Skiing for the more daring!
Ski pass price: Approx. 380CHP (£290) for an adult 6-day pass. Approx 434CHP (£330) if you also want access to neighbouring Cervinia, Italy.
Best time to go: The ski season here is from late November until the end of April and anytime is good.
Cheap flights: The nearest airport is Sion. Swiss.com are offering a direct service this year from London Heathrow in 2hrs from £116 round trip. In conclusion, this is excellent as it cuts out a long journey by road and you are literally straight on the slopes!
10. Cortina, Italy
Despite being tucked away in the picturesque Dolomites, Cortina is recognised as one of the world’s prettiest resorts. It has rustic chalets and not to mention its snow-capped mountains and pristine slopes. Host to the 1956 Olympics, it offers up some seriously brilliant skiing catering to all levels.
Additionally, what really sets Cortina apart is the fashion. Expect to see some very eye-catching ski ensembles. Of course, if you’re feeling inspired, you can no doubt get the look from one of the resort’s luxurious shops.
Ski pass price: Approx. €224 (£197) for an adult 6-day pass.
Best time to go: The ski season runs from December through to April. March is when you are likely to get the best snow conditions.
Cheap flights: The nearest airport is Treviso. It is a 2 hour transfer and Ryanair offer it from London Stansted. Additionally we did spot it for as little as £42 round trip plus bags etc…