Going skiing for the first time can be exciting yet nerve-racking. Simply booking the holiday can be enough to leave you feeling a bit perplexed. After all, there are so many different resorts to choose from and so much information to digest. It can leave you unsure of which sort of resort and ski area is going to be right for you. But there is no need to fret, as we have you covered. Read on to discover more about where to go skiing around the world.
Les 3 Vallées, The Alps
If you are looking for a luxurious ski holiday, Les 3 Vallées is a network of ski resorts in France that can cater to your every need.
Les Trois Vallées is the biggest ski area in the world. It consists of eight different ski resorts, all of which are joined via a network of contemporary ski lifts. The valleys of Courchevel, Méribel and the Vallée des Belleville are connected with Saint Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires and Val Thorens, giving visitors all types of terrain imaginable and an unforgettable ski experience. The resort is an even split in terms of skiing difficulty, with 50 per cent of the runs deemed easy (green and blue) and the remaining half more suitable for proficient skiers (black and red). You can also be sure of snow from early December all the way through until mid-April, as 85 per cent of the pistes are above 1800 m.
Out the eight ski resorts, Méribel is undoubtedly one of the most popular. This is because it caters to all ages and abilities. This makes it a good choice for families. There are plenty of accommodation options for big groups. This Luxury Chalet Zybeline sleeps 12 people. No one has to draw the short straw by sleeping on the sofa or bunking up with their sibling, as these chalets are luxurious and opulent – something we have come to expect from accommodation across Les Trois Vallées.
As this is your first ski trip, there is a chance that you may have never skied before, or at least not in a mountain setting. Therefore, Les Menuires is worth further elaboration too. This is a ski resort that is notoriously underrated, yet it boasts some of the most incredible intermediate runs, both off-piste and on piste. The resort is set at 1,850 km, linking directly into the 180 ski lifts and 600 km of piste. The highest runs begin at a heady 3,230 m.
Sochi is situated in Krasnodar Krai, which is on the Black Sea coast. What makes Sochi unique compared with the other places in Russia is that it is one of the only areas to boast a subtropical climate. This means it offers warm to hot summers, whilst the winters are relatively mild. Sochi is really making its mark at the moment. Not only did it host the Winter Olympics in 2012, but it is also the home of the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix until at least 2020, and it was the host city for the FIFA World Cup in 2018.
When skiing here, you can enjoy 152 km of slopes, which are served by 62 ski lifts. Rosa Khutor is one of the best for those seeking steep slopes, as it boasts an altitude of 2,320 metres. There is a wealth of fantastic sports to watch and participate in here. This includes all of the following; figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, biathlon, bobsleigh, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, curling, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, snowboarding, and speed skating.
What about skiing outside of Europe?
Asia is a great choice if you’re looking to go skiing outside of Europe. From Japan to South Korea to China; there are so many fantastic travel spots for you to enjoy.
What are the top ski resorts in Asia?
Hanazono Resort (Japan) – This Japanese skiing resort is quite simply incredible. In terms of the sport itself, you have so many different opportunities and there is something for all level of experiences to enjoy. For keen skiers, you should definitely try your hand at the open cruisers. They will provide you with the challenge you are looking for. But beginners, don’t panic, there are two covered Magic Carpets, which are ideal for starting off. Despite this diversity, what truly makes Hanazono Resort one of the best is the spectacular views. The mountains are awe-inspiring.
Yabuli Ski Resort (China) – This is the ultimate ski resort. With 18 different levels of difficulty, it is of no surprise that adrenaline seekers from far and wide come to the Yabuli Ski Resort in China. In fact, it is actually the main training venue for the Chinese national skiing teams and the biggest ski domain in the whole of the country. You certainly won’t get bored here. There will be a new challenge for you to enjoy every day of the week.
Muju Ski Resort (South Korea) – Whilst Yabuli Ski Resort is probably best suited for those who want to spend every single hour of the day on the slopes, the Muju Ski Resort in South Korea is ideal for those who want to ski but also want more from their vacation as well. There are two great skiing areas; the new Solch’onbong ski range and the Mansonbong Peak. Nevertheless, there is a wealth of non-skiing activities for you to enjoy as well, making this a fantastic winter holiday destination. There is a delightful charm about the area as well.
As you can see, there are so many incredible places to go skiing all over the world. Hopefully, you now have a better idea regarding some of the prime spots so that you can choose the perfect resort for your first ski trip. No matter where you go, you are bound to have an experience of a lifetime!