We look at the top three resorts that most regularly appeared on our staff’s bucket lists with their reasons why.
If you’re a serious skier, St. Anton should undoubtedly be on your bucket list. St. Anton is a real skier’s resort and it has a reputation for being a tough place to ski – perfect for those that want to challenge themselves.
On top of that what St. Anton is maybe most famed for is its après ski. Well renowned in skiing-circles for having a wild nightlife, if you want a top night out after a day’s skiing – it is the destination in the Alps to go.
If the après scene doesn’t appeal to you then there’s plenty else to feast on. The Austrian cuisine really suits life in the mountains, like the Germans and a lot of Eastern Europe they are great at tasty, hearty food. Also if you feel like treating yourself, there is an abundance of sophisticated mountain restaurants to choose from.
The Arlberg area (of which St. Anton is a part of), is also having four new ski lifts built for the 16/17 season to link the areas including Lech and Zurs. It’s a major development which will greatly increase the ski area.
The town itself is extremely picturesque, maintaining its Tyrolean authenticity over the years and as for heritage, this resort was the birthplace of alpine skiing. Last but not least, St. Anton gets some of the best snow in Europe too. What’s not to love?
Zermatt is best for intermediates and advanced skiers but it is also a great destination for a family ski holiday. The nursery slopes are relatively high which ensures great snow and fantastic views. They are also filled with lots of fun obstacles for the kids, to make the skiing experience as fun as possible. Best of all, kids under ten get their ski passes for free.
Zermatt has a great tradition of having fantastic conditions, which typically lasts well into April. The height certainly helps with the vast majority of the resort situated over 2,000m. The north-facing slopes also retain the quality of snow that falls in December and January.
On top of that Zermatt boasts the largest glacier ski area, which is open all year round, and if that wasn’t enough they have a snow making system which can produce snow in positive temperatures – something the standard snow machines can’t do.
Looking beyond the snow, Zermatt (like St. Anton) is equally a great place for food lovers with lots of quality mountain restaurants.
The capital of Swiss skiing is an extremely pleasant place to ski with a picturesque village and surroundings, all of which has the Matterhorn as a backdrop. The resort is also car-free which makes it all the more idyllic.
If you’re going for a wild nightlife then you may be disappointed as the après scene isn’t the biggest. However Hennu Stall is great for après with live music and metre-long ski shots. Equally if you’re looking for something a little more reserved then there are several bars that offer a great location for a few civilised drinks.
Breckenridge caters for all skiing abilities and offers varied skiing. The skiing experience in America is really different to Europe delivering an alternative atmosphere and culture to the Alpine equivalent. Plus the majority of the runs are tree-lined!
Thanks, in part, to its height, Breckenridge has a great record of fantastic snow with an average of well over 750cm/annum. Adding to that, they have brilliant snow making abilities, something that they typically use at the beginning of the season to put down a good base.
Breck has a bit of a Wild West feel to it which has probably stemmed from its gold-mine-boom-town past. As you would imagine from an American ski resort, the people are great and really friendly. There are plenty of restaurants (there are over 100!) to eat at with a diverse selection of cuisine to choose from. You can also find a decent après scene with a wide array of options, from live music to sports bars.
Going skiing in the US will certainly be different and due to the travel time most people go for longer than a week which makes a skiing holiday that much more special.
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