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Here in no particular order are our favourite red runs in the Three Valleys; if they don’t all work for you don’t worry, there are dozens more out there to choose from – after all, this is the biggest ski area in the world (650km of pistes since you ask…).
If you need après-après-ski, perhaps to unwind from partying too hard in nearby Verbier, then Snow highly recommends a trip to the aptly named Montagne-Alternative in Commeire, near Martigny, Switzerland, which promises the opposite – no stimulation but everything you need to recharge, rest and recuperate.
Ski-in, ski-out doesn’t get more potent than when you are so far up the mountain that you can be making first tracks before the lifts even open.
Verbier in Switzerland is a well-established and favourite social skiing resort, but it’s committed to encouraging both return visitors and new ones by several exciting additions to its already superb range of luxury hotels and restaurants.
Sometimes skiing is not about clocking up epic powder days or mile after mile of challenging runs. Instead, it’s about taking time to appreciate the sheer beauty and joy of being in the mountains. Roger Fulton finds a natural high amid the UNESCO World Heritage landscape of Italy’s Dolomites
In Alta Badia in the Dolomites, they take their food just as seriously as their skiing. But then, what do you expect – this is Italy
New bars and new restaurants are popping up all over Verbier bringing serious clubbers, as well as serious skiers, to the popular Swiss resort. Abi Butcher takes to the dance floor.
The Swiss ski resort of Engelberg claims to be heaven on snow but what does the hardcore off-piste resort offer for the on-piste skier?
La Clusaz is gem of a resort that the French have managed to keep to themselves – and I was to discover more about how, and perhaps why, when I tried to get a bus back to the airport, but that’s a story we will come back to later…..
Swedish-run Ski Lodge, in the Swiss resort of Engelberg, is one of those super hip places that you dream about owning and running yourself - a 37-room boutique hotel with a cool bar and laid-back restaurant, where the in-crowd hangs out post ski.
The Swiss ski resort of Klosters has a reputation for meeting the skiing needs of the Monarchy and the super-rich but dig a little deeper and you'll find that the twin-centred ski resort, in the Graubunden region, has everyone in mind.
Karen Bowerman returns to the slopes in the Canadian ski resort of Marmot Basin, and after a seventeen year break from skiing finds that the support of a less macho crowd makes mastering the technique a touch easier.
From resorts and pistes, to places to kick back and relax, here are Snow's top 10 spots that the crowds haven't discovered yet. Just don't tell everyone.
Here is our ten top list of man-made places to get some air, or slide a rail or two. We’ve chosen our favourites to keep you all happy - from aspiring five year-olds, to the most hard core of park-heads. They may not be everyone’s favourite; it could be that we just love the concept, or even just the backdrop. But from indoor training centres to family inclusive lines, our list aims to get you all a little air time.
We all know that when Austria does après ski, it does it better than any other country in the world, but it’s not to everyone’s taste (unless you like conga’ing around a bar with a giant Dutchman intoxicated by Jägerbombs). Snow’s list of top ten après-ski destinations ranges from specific bars to week-long events, or just great places to kick back and sup wine after a hard day on the slopes. Oh, and there's only a dash of hurdy-gurdy Austrian drunkenness in there, promise.
What should you expect when you learn to ski? What are the lessons like, and what will you learn? Jo Mattock tells all about her experience in Val Thorens, France
Nestled amongst the pine trees and just three minutes’ (chauffeured) drive from the French resort of Les Gets, lies Ferme de Moudon - one of France’s most desirable chalets.
Want to get away from the crowds, but still want easy access from the UK? Snow editor Roger Fulton can reluctantly recommend one particular secret alpine valley
Ski Journalist of the Year, Alf Alderson, explores the world of freeride skiing and explains why leaving the piste behind can be so much fun...
In my first few seasons of living in the Alps I would ride like there was no tomorrow, dropping into any untouched face without a second thought. That was until one sunny spring day, when I saw a massive avalanche drag some skiers a few hundred metres down the back side of Mont Vallon, before coming to rest in a flat terrain trap - where I’d been standing about 20 minutes before, while searching for a friend’s lost ski.