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Ski Big, Ski Smart & Ski High

Be happy, ski more isn’t just our strapline, it’s our mantra. Whether you’re escaping for a long weekend, a cheeky mid-weeker or a full-blown week, at skiweekends.com, we always aim to ensure that YOU have the best ski experience, maximising your time on the slopes and increasing your dopamine levels! We understand that choosing the perfect ski holiday is no easy task – we all have different boxes to tick –
however as starting point we have three golden considerations that we swear by: Ski High, Ski Big, and Ski Smart.

Ski High

Whenever you plan your trip to the mountains, snowfall is always a consideration. In recent years it seems that the old rules, if they ever really existed, that visiting mid-winter meant guaranteed snow, have been stretched somewhat. In recent years, the big snowfalls seem to have come at any time of the year and can be somewhat unexpected and irregular. So, the best way to guarantee good snow cover is to aim high. This may be to a high-altitude resort, or to a lower altitude resort that has fast access to high ski slopes thousands of metres above.
When skiers want to ‘Ski High’, they tend to flock to the popular high-altitude resorts such as Val Thorens, Tignes, Val d’lsere etc. But there are many other resorts we’d assign to our ‘Ski High’ category; and some are a little less known a lot more reasonably priced than some of the ‘big boys!’ Here are a few golden nuggets:

Sierra Nevada | Skiing between 2102m-3305m | Resort Height 2102m
On a clear day, ski with views of the Mediterranean!

Flaine | Skiing between 1600m – 2480m | Resort Height 1600m
Remarkable reputation for good snow cover.

Les Menuires | Skiing between 1850m-2850m | Resort Height
Although Les Menuires tops at 2850m, ski up to 3200m with the three valleys pass!

Engelberg
| Skiing between 1050m-3020m | Resort Height
Take a ride on the 360 degree spinning gondola.

Ski Big

Let’s be honest, time is limited in the modern-day world and it’s not always possible to get ourselves to the mountains. So, when we can get on the slopes, why would you limit yourself to some mid-sized ski area when it’s perfectly possible to go XXXL on ski area size. We’re talking the places where you clip your skis on in the morning and can ski for 100 miles or so before you have to take them off again (OK it’s allowed for riding a gondola or cable car or stopping for lunch, but that’s it). Take a look at our top resorts for skiing big!
Find out more about Europe’s best ‘ski big’ ski areas here: http://www.loveski.com/ski-big/. To make the most of these huge ski areas, take a look at our top tips for skiing big, so you can really get those miles under your belt.

• Download the free app. These days they all have them and they can help with geo-locating you in their vast expanse, recommending routes according to your ability and telling you at what point you need to turn around and head home to make it back in time for the last lift home.
• Buy the pass online in advance. Alas lift tickets for the big areas tends to be the priciest in Europe. Many of these passes are sold at discount rates online in the autumn before the season so if you know you’re going to go, best to lock the lower price in then
• Look out for sign posted routes. If you can’t be bothered pulling your phone out to check the apps, lots of big areas have marked routes for different ability levels around their slopes using old fashioned metal; signs and paper maps. It’s old school but somehow it still seems to work.

Ski Smart

There are few things that feel better in this life than grabbing a sneaky ski fix – a few days in the mountains, escaping your regular routine. But for that really smug feeling, you need to plan carefully and choose the right resort to prevent the classic short break disaster – spending most of your allotted time actually getting to the ski area and on to the slopes, then having to turn around and come back again almost as soon as you’ve strapped your skis on. Here’s a quick lowdown on some of the ski areas that are particularly quick and easy to reach once you land in the Alps. From Geneva there are two giant ski areas within easy striking distance and several classic resorts too.

Some of our top Short Transfer Resorts

The Portes du Soleil | 1 hour transfer | 55km from Geneva

The Grand Massif | 90 minute transfer | 90km from Geneva

Chamonix | 80 minute transfer | 88km from Geneva

La Clusaz | 1 hour transfer | 50km from Geneva

The French Pyrenees | 90 minute transfer | 125km from Toulouse

Niederau | 1 hour transfer | 70km from Innsbruck

Engelberg | 104 minute transfer | 100km from Zurich

Want to ski big, ski smart and ski high all at the same time?

Many of the resorts mentioned above tick more than one of the big, smart or high boxes. And let’s be honest, we can’t always have everything. But there is one resort that ticks all our ski boxes – Flaine! Being only an hour and a half from Geneva, access to the huge Grande Maasif ski area and the highest lift being located at 2480m, you really can’t go wrong! Sitting in a snow bowl with a special weather system, Flaine has a remarkably reliable reputation for good snowfall and an excellent snow record.

Remember, Ski Big, Ski Smart, Ski High

Flaine – The Grande Massif | 90 min transfer |265km of slopes | Max Height 2480m