Les Deux Alpes, France
I love it here! It has a brilliant range of runs for all abilities, and brilliant English speaking group tuition (with small class sizes!). There’s also a great selection of other activities besides skiing for you to try your hand at including snow mobiling, ice climbing and parapenting (amazing! Imagine paragliding over the mountain peaks!). You can also take helicopter rides for amazing views, or horse-drawn sleigh rides across the snow – there really is something for everyone.
The nightlife is also brilliant, but not too raucous. Le Deux Alpes is a family friendly resort so you’ll find no Club 18-30 type antics here. Perfect for groups of couples travelling together, I’d recommend staying in one of the many gorgeous catered chalets on resort to avoid restaurant prices and give you the option to socialise either in your chalet or out and about.
This high altitude resort really is brilliant – and just a short hour and a bit transfer from Innsbruck airport. With more runs than popular Chaminox, Solden has excellent skiing for all abilities. It also has brilliant après ski if you’re in the mood for a party break. I like Fire and Ice bar and Mirage nightclub. Snowrock is another brilliant café/bar/nightclub to try.
If you’re after a low cost trip (well, as low cost as skiing ever can be!) then don’t overlook Italy. We headed to the duty free resort of Livigno and found it to be really good value for eats and drinks. Expect great snow but we found this one better for beginners and ‘moderate’ skiers, rather than the advanced types (show offs!).
Another huge bonus is the Italian food on offer! Try Camanel di Planon on the mountain and Mario’s in resort for fondue and steaks. Canoa is also brilliant and amazingly cheap for the quality on offer!
If choosing this resort I’d be tempted to skip the catered chalet and enjoy the food and drink on offer in the resort – it could work out cheaper and you’ll be able to pick and choose what you fancy each night. We stayed in a four person apartment, sorting our own breakfast and eating out at night, which worked out to be great value and a nice change to our usual catered chalet.
In Europe we are truly spoilt for amazing ski and snowboard resorts, so check out Inghams, Neilson or Crystal Ski for inspiration. Don’t forget to check that your cheap travel insurance includes winter sports cover, book those lift passes, pack those winter woollies and you’re all set for an amazing time no matter which resort you choose.