Sometimes the best deals dictate your destination, but everything from a resort’s proximity to the airport to its backcountry and après ski options affect your choice (as always, research is the key).
Dynastar Ambassador Betony Garner recommends the best 2016 ski and snowboard resorts, for a wide variety of requirements and riding styles:
La Plagne, France, offers 225km of marked trails for all abilities, with plenty of wide-open slopes for intermediates and off-piste options for the more adventurous.
It is also linked to neighboring resort, Les Arcs, and part of the huge Paradiski area.
- Alpe D’Huez, France.
- Flaine, France.
- Banff, Canada.
- Val Gardena, Italy.
Breckenridge, Colorado, USA: With a world-class trick park as well as acres of groomed pistes and off piste bowls, Breckenridge is a snowboarder’s dream.
It’s the perfect place to shred and improve your freestyle skills.
- Les Deux Alpes, France.
- Avoriaz, France.
- Mayrhofen, Austria.
- Stubai, Austria.
St. Anton, Austria: There is no better place for après ski than Austria, and no better place in Austria than St. Anton.
With the famous MooserWirt (pictured) situated a few hundred meters above the resort, true après ski begins with steins and schnapps, and then continues into the evening in the village.
- Ischgl, Austria.
- Val d’Isère, France.
- Sauze d’Oulx, Italy.
- Whistler, Canada.
Soldeu, Andorra, offers a wide range of slopes for those new to skiing and snowboarding, as well as highly-regarded ski schools.
Accommodation and eating out are affordable – which is a bonus for beginners!
- Les Arcs, France.
- Tignes, France.
- Levi, Finland.
- Bansko, Bulgaria.
Andermatt, Switzerland, with the correct weather conditions, is a mecca for off piste skiers and snowboarders. With only a handful of lifts, the terrain and couloirs make it an off piste paradise.
If you have a pair of touring skis and skins, you can access even more exciting, unmarked territory!
- Chamonix, France.
- Anton, Austria.
- Zermatt, Switzerland.
- Alagna, Italy.
- La Grave, France.
Levi, Finland, is a perfect for families and beginners – most of the resort can be explored on easier slopes, while everything from ice karting to sleigh rides with reindeers provides plenty of fun for the little ones.
- Les Contamines, France.
- Champoluc, Italy.
- Wengen, Switzerland.
Les Carroz, France, is a small-ish village situated within the Grand Massif ski area, of which Flaine is the principle resort.
It’s about 75 minutes from Geneva Airport and a great alternative to France’s more popular weekend destinations, such as Chamonix and Megève.
- Morzine, France.
- Mayrhofen, Austria.
- Courmayeur, Italy.
- Engelberg, Switzerland.