For some time now, my thoughts have been stuck on ski resorts. It is the middle of summer but if you have any experience with resorts, you know that you want to book early to make sure you can get a place at the one that really caught at your heart. As a result of this interest I have been reading some top ski guides and taking special notes of those ones who either seem the most idyllic or the most rip-roaring, adrenaline-rushing fun. Here’s why travel to Europe is definitely in my future.
This ski resort falls in the idyllic category for me. It is in beautiful Italy, close to the town of Turin so it is not difficult to get to and from the airport and the town is old and charming, having become more upmarket during the past couple of decades.
Though the lift system is extensive and capable of getting you just about anywhere you want to go in the lovely Via Lattea (which means Milky Way, by the way, so definitely part of the romantic pitch for taking the lady on holiday), it reportedly has the occasional slow lift to drag out your day. Truth be told, I never minded a slow lift. Snow is not something I grew up with so a leisurely chance to observe the landscape always works for me.
As for skiing opportunities, the prevalence of red runs means this resort is definitely most suited to intermediates looking for a great cruise or a rush on a woodland off piste (for which there are some good guides to get you to the best). And don’t forget, this is a quiet resort during weekdays. Crowds will not be a problem Monday through Friday which is great for some focus and relaxation.
When I first read about this resort I thought it was in America. While I am a bit ashamed about my geography skills I am very excited about this Spanish resort. It has nearly equal amounts of blue and red pistes, which is great as I am still developing my skills. In addition to this, most of the runs are above the tree line (which is also indicative of some great quality powder, way up there), so it is just you, the snow, the skis/snowboard (there are plenty of snowboarders), and perhaps the snow park with a total of 46(!) obstacles down the run for you trick on.
To give you an idea of the tier of this ski resort, it has hosted three different types of world-class competitions. It is the most southerly resort in Europe and is blessed with a lot of sun and you can expect great weather to go with the great snow.
Besides the great skiing, the village of Pradollano, close to the resort, offers some great activities which is always a fun distraction when you are with a group. Toboganning, anyone?
Is it just me or is there something special about Switzerland. These are actually two towns situated across a valley from each other with some incredibly long pistes lasting kilometers so you can just go and go and go on the side of Davos.
This is an area which is not suited to beginners due to the long stretches of cruising you will be doing. Just about everywhere you go there is a good cruise to be had and the wide open spaces can be so vast, at times, that there will be no one around. Now that’s what I call skiing. You and the snow and the slope.
So now you know why travel to Europe is definitely on my itinerary this coming winter. I’ll be keeping my eyes on those top ski guides because you never know when you might learn about the next skiing gem, tucked into the mountains of Japan, or a great deal in wonderful old Romania. Until then, rip the slopes my friends.