5 Top Ski Resorts for Christmas 2017


(2017-03-17 10:03:17)

 

Spring is in the air and the hazy days of summer are just around the corner. That means it's time to forget about the snow for another year, right? Wrong. It may feel far off now, but peak dates like Christmas are in high demand and eagle-eyed early-birds are already booking their first-choice chalets.

 

We’ve written in the past about the diverse ways in which families can save money on the in-demand February half term week. Here, we’re looking ahead to Christmas and the 2017/18 season to offer a few suggestions for the perfect family Christmas in the mountains.

 

Everyone hopes for those soft snowflakes of the festive season, and factors such as altitude and snow-record are always worth considering. But different groups have different requirements, so which resorts work best?

 

Resort: Obergurgl

Best for: Families

 

Obergurgl is an Austrian resort with a small but dedicated selection of 100% family-oriented accommodation options. You’ll find in-house nurseries and supervised lunches, with packages including kids’ ski lessons and after-dinner clubs. With UK flights and transfers included for simplicity, it’s a dream destination for families hoping to maximise their enjoyment of the Alps.

 

Resort: Val d’Isère

Best for: Groups of mates

 

The French resort of Val d’Isère is a great all-rounder, perfect for groups with a long list of requirements. It has diverse terrain for all skill levels — from nervous learners to seasoned powder-hounds — plus a wide range of bars and non-skiing activities to enjoy. Neighbouring Tignes is a great shout for those looking to spend less.

 

Alpine adventure in the heart of the mountains. Image courtesy of Carina Tysvær

 

Resort: Ischgl

Best for: Intermediate cruisers

 

Of those who visit Ischgl, few fail to fall in love with the place. The lift system is rapid, and excellent snow-making facilities generally mean snow-sure skiing even in the very early weeks of season. There’s loads of terrain at upwards of 1,500m, and plenty of intermediate-friendly blue and red runs throughout the ski area. Add in excellent ski schools, and you have an intermediate’s haven.

 

Resort: Cervinia

Best for: Learners

 

The resort of Cervinia sits in Italy’s Aosta Valley, at a dizzying 2,050m. Aside from stunning Matterhorn views, the resort is great for kids and learners mastering their first turns on the snow. There’s a superb nursery slope close to the village itself and, for learners keen to push on to the groomed slopes, a wonderful selection of gentle, cruisy terrain throughout the area.

 

Resort: Verbier

Best for: Après skiers

 

If you’re looking to hit the bars as hard as you tackle the slopes, the Swiss resort of Verbier is worth considering. The resort has an expensive reputation, but like any large Alpine town there’s something for everyone — from classy cocktails and chic surroundings to sticky floors and Jägerbombs. It’s famous for its off-piste itinerary runs, too, and works well for advanced riders.