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CHOOSE YOUR PERFECT 2016 SKI RESORT

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:


1. Best Resorts for Mixed Ability Groups

 

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.

 

Other recommendations:

  • Alpe D’Huez, France.
  • Flaine, France.
  • Banff, Canada.
  • Val Gardena, Italy.

2. Best Resorts for Snowboarding

 

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.

 

Other recommendations:

  • Les Deux Alpes, France.
  • Avoriaz, France.
  • Mayrhofen, Austria.
  • Stubai, Austria.

3. Best Resorts for Après Ski Entertainment

 

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.

 

Other recommendations:

  • Ischgl, Austria.
  • Val d’Isère, France.
  • Sauze d’Oulx, Italy.
  • Whistler, Canada.

4. Best Resorts for Beginners

 

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!

 

Other recommendations:

  • Les Arcs, France.
  • Tignes, France.
  • Levi, Finland.
  • Bansko, Bulgaria.

5. Best Resorts for Off Piste and Backcountry Skiing

 

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!

 

Other recommendations:

  • Chamonix, France.
  • Anton, Austria.
  • Zermatt, Switzerland.
  • Alagna, Italy.
  • La Grave, France.

6. Best Resorts for Family Fun

 

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.

 

Other recommendations:

  • Les Contamines, France.
  • Champoluc, Italy.
  • Wengen, Switzerland.

7. Best Resort for a Weekend Away

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.

 

Other recommendations:

  • Morzine, France.
  • Mayrhofen, Austria.
  • Courmayeur, Italy.
  • Engelberg, Switzerland.

8. Best Resort for Late-Season Winter Sports

 

Val Thorens, France, at 2,300m, is one of the best destinations for late-season trips. Lying inside the enormous Three Valleys ski area, Val Thorens isn’t pretty, but the on- and off-piste options are great!

 

Other recommendations:

  • Hintertux, Austria.
  • Cervinia, Italy.
  • Tignes, France.
  • Stubai, Austria.

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