Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

Top 7 Ski & Snowboard spots in Europe

7 Ski & Snowboard Resorts to hit this winter!

Summer has been and gone. For the water and outdoor lovers this will come as bad news, however, never fear friends - at the end of summer must come winter and you know what winter means? Powder, Parks, Piste and Parties!

We’ve put together a little list of some of the resorts in Europe that are well worth checking out. If it’s Park, Pow or the Piste you look for, each of these resorts will have something for you. Get something booked in the diaries and check out some of the awesome Ski and Snowboard edits here to get you in the mood.

Tignes, France

Resort height: 2100m

No. of slopes: 155

Tignes has some of the most breathtaking views in the Alps and is quite possibly the most snowsure resort in Europe! It also happens to have some of the most exciting and challenging terrain in the world. It is part of the vast 300km Espace Killy area and is just a quick drop over the hill into neighbouring Val D’Isère.

Mayrhofen, Austria

Resort height: 630m

No. of slopes: 133

Home of the Snowbombing festival, Mayrhofen has a well-deserved reputation among British skiers and boarders for its immense, well connected 671km ski area, which includes the snowsure Hintertux glacier, and lively après-ski scene. For freestyle skiers and snowboarders there’s the second largest terrain park in Europe. 

Verbier, Switzerland

Resort height: 1500m

No. of slopes: 56

If it’s perfectly groomed pistes, a swanky modern interlinked lift system and some of the best off-piste lines in Europe then Verbier is for long as your wallet can take it! 

Verbier is a massive ride area as it joins with Nendaz, Veysonnaz, La Tzoumazand Val de Bagnas to create the 4 Vallees with 94 lifts and over 400km of piste, which can be serviced by one lift pass.

A great resort that caters for all of your skiing or boarding needs!

Avoriaz, France

Resort height: 1800m

No. of slopes: 283

This is Ski and Snowboarding heaven!

Being so high, Avoriaz enjoys a great snow record, an enviable location in this extensive and well-linked ski area and some of the best board parks all within easy reach. 

Avoriaz is home to ‘The Stash’, a concept freeride and freestyle area that is made up of cliff drops, huge tree rides, wall rides, wooden rails, wooden rainbow rails, log jibs and a lot of hidden extras. designed by Jake Burton himself.

St Anton, Austria

Resort height: 1304m

No. of slopes: 135 

If it’s freeriding, killer party scenes all backed up by a world class village you are looking for with some....look no further! 

St Anton almost certainly has the best terrain in Austria, making this place an absolute winner for all ski and Snowboard junkies. If you like to party as much as you like to ride, then this place could be the one for you.

The area has 280km of pistes and 180km of marked off-piste runs which makes this place hard to beat. We are talking steep lines, deep pow and trees all rounded off with some awesome parties in the evening! Sounds good, right?! Get to those freshies early though - the place gets tracked out pretty quick!

Saas Fee, Switzerland

Resort height: 1800m

No. of slopes: 48

Saas-Fee has been known to snowboarders for years. It has been known for its half pipes and parks for years. We have seen numerous edits this summer of dudes riding the glaciers in the summer which is also another reason that makes this place great. But, seeing as we’re just coming out of the summer and into the winter we shouldn't be too stressed about what this place hosts in the sunny months. What this place does have is challenging and fast pistes that are slightly more geared to the skiers, although, they do have a good choice of freeriding and parks for the boarders. The place has an awesome vibe to it and is definitely a cool spot to check out!

Les Deux Alpes, France

Resort height: 1650m

No. of slopes: 75

A HUGE, all round resort that is particularly snowboard friendly!

Les 2 Alpes is one of France’s biggest resorts. The place has an amazing terrain park, huge wide pistes and a glacier which ensures this place is never too short on the white stuff. As well as being very friendly, there is no shortage of bars and clubs here either! An awesome resort but be warned it can get swarmed at the weekends 

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