by James Daniel
If you’re thinking of going skiing and have not been before, then it can be a little intimidating, looking on the Internet and trying to decide where’s best. Many of the places sound familiar, but you may not know anything about them or what they actually have to offer with regards to skiing.
The truth is, it’s more than just the slopes that make a ski resort and here are three of the best destinations across the world that really do live up to their reputation.
The skiing in Val d’Isère is regarded by many as the best in Europe. Everyone, from family beginners to hard-core enthusiasts, loves the place for its beautiful sprawl of French Alpine slopes, variety of terrains, bright sunshine and incredible nightlife.
Many of Europe’s finest skiing hotels and chalets are unobtrusively nestled into the resort and at times, you may feel like you’re wandering through the shopping arcades of Monte Carlo or Cannes, rather than perusing French resort facilities. Out in the middle of a vast, beautiful wilderness, when hitting the slopes, you’ll be blown away by the impressive scenery which gives any skiing expedition a postcard background.
Boasting plenty of resorts that offer a fantastic selection of ski services, the Three Valleysis celebrated as one of the best French destinations for winter sports. Names like Val Thorens, Méribel Antarès and Méribel le Chalet have become well known the world over, so you’re sure to find everything you need.
All three are perfect for advanced skiing with ski in and ski out facilities available at all of the Club Med resorts here. Both of the Méribel resorts from Club Med also boast an on-site spa and well-being centre – perfect if you’re looking for a way to relax after a hard day on the slopes.
Overall, the Three Valleys ski area is the largest in the world and consists of eight separate resorts. There are more than 600km of interconnected slopes to be discovered, with 180 ski lifts to help you get on your way, making it ideal for skiers of all abilities.
Chamonix Mont Blanc
Set at the foot of the imposing Mont Blanc, this is a destination for true fans of winter sports. Both skiing and snowboarding is popular here and the dominating landscape really gives you something to look at when getting to grips with the slopes.
As a small French commune, Chamonix may not have the big titles of some of the other French resorts, but it has made a name for itself as a top ski destination, being the site of the first Winter Olympic Games held in 1924. If you want to walk in the footsteps (or skis) of the greats then this is certainly a great place to do it.