When selecting a destination to go skiing, snow reliability comes very high up on the list of must haves on a winter getaway. Take a look at some of the best snow sure resorts around:
• Highest altitude: 2100/3450m
• Total Pistes: 150km
• Snowmaking: 352 Snow Cannons
• Highest weekly snowfall last season: 1220cm
Last season Tignes and neighbouring Val d’Isère had a remarkable amount of snow, so much so that a snowstorm temporarily closed the area in early January. Tignes’ high altitude mixed with its top of the range snowmaking capabilities has given the resort a great reputation for guaranteed snow. The famous Grande Motte Glacier means there’s the opportunity for early season skiing before the main European winter.
• Total Pistes: 100km
• Snowmaking: 102 Snow Cannons
• Highest weekly snowfall last season: 1100cm
Saas Fee’s glacier means that there’s skiing available in the Swiss resort from the end of July through to April. Although there isn’t a huge amount of pistes to explore, neighbouring Zermatt is well connected and has a vast amount of terrain. 102 snow cannons give ample coverage for the 100km of pistes available on the Saas Fee ski area, so you can ski from mountain-top to chalet door.
• Total Pistes: 238km
• Snowmaking: 1200 Snow Cannons
• Highest weekly snowfall last season: 280cm
Ischgl isn’t the highest of resorts but it does have a remarkable amount of snow cannons at its disposal, 1200 in fact! The Austrian resort has a great network of lifts and you can hop over to Switzerland to enjoy even more skiing. Ischgl has a great variety of terrain to ski for many different levels of skiers or boarders and is known as the Ibiza of the Alps, for those who love après culture.
• Total Pistes: 150km
• Snowmaking: 440 Snow Cannons
• Highest weekly snowfall last season: 620cm
Val Thorens sits at the head of the Belleville valley and is completely above the treeline with its high altitude at the village level. 150km of pistes is a modest amount of terrain but it does have great links to Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville, so there’s plenty of more skiing to enjoy within the area. A high altitude location and great number of snow cannons are huge advantages when it comes to snow reliability.Book now on our Freshtracks On Piste Progression Holiday in Val Thorens
• Total Pistes: 412km
• Snowmaking: 30 Snow Cannons
• Highest weekly snowfall last season: 780cm
Verbier has a fantastic amount of pistes available and is part of the Four Valley area with Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon, La Tzoumaz and Bruson connected. Verbier’s high altitude and snow cannon capability have made the Swiss resort a reliable place for good snow. When the conditions are good there are some fantastic off-piste opportunities to take advantage of.
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• Total Pistes: 116km
• Snowmaking: 200 Snow Cannons
• Highest weekly snowfall last season: 353cm
A lot of the runs in Jackson Hole are below the treeline but this doesn’t stop the American resort from having good snow. 200 snow cannons across 116km of pistes provide a reliable backup option if the natural snowfall hasn’t been great. The backcountry skiing is also some of the best around, especially when the powder is looking deep.
• Resort Altitude: 1379-3429m
• Total Pistes: 90km
• Snowmaking: 30 snow cannons
• Highest weekly snowfall last season: 380
Another North American resort that has had a good reputation for snowfall throughout the season is Mt Hood. It’s high altitude and season duration is a key factor for good ski seasons, top that with snowmaking capabilities and you’re on for a winner. For a big mountain experience, Mt Hood is definitely worth a visit.