Skiing at season’s end: 10 snow-sure ski areas in the Alps

02/02/2015 - Selina Sauerland

In spring, it is mostly on the glaciers with altitudes above 3,000 m that winter sports fans will find enough snow, yet also a lot of sunshine to ski on and to enjoy. SnowTrex has put together the 10 best destinations with reliable snow for skiing fun at the end of the season.

  1. Sölden – glacier skiing in the Ötztal

The Austrian glaciers each are an experience for itself. Winter sports is possible here until way into the summer months. Sölden offers two glaciers, the Rettenbach glacier and the Tiefenbach glacier, with altitudes up to 3,340 m. 10 lift systems and a total of 34.5 km of piste can be found up there. They are connected by the only glacier connection lift in the entire Alpine area. In total the ski area Sölden counts 145.5 km of pistes.

  1. Kitzsteinhorn – Top of Salzburg

The first publicly accessible glacier ski area in Austria and the only glacier in the Salzburger Land, the Kitzsteinhorn, is one of the most reliable for snow and also really popular, as it is located just above Kaprun. In over 3,000 m altitude there are 41 km of pistes and 10 km of ski routes waiting for glacier ski fans.

  1. Hintertux Glacier – 365 days of skiing

At the end of the Tux valley lies the only all-year round ski area in Austria. There are 22 km of piste at up to 3,250 m altitude, of which some of the runs are open the whole year round. The Tyrolean ski area is especially well-known for its legendary “Bretterpark” snow park, and further offers 60 km of beautiful pistes, 13 km of ski routes, wonderful sun terraces and so much more.

  1. Warth-Schröcken – Snow paradise on the Arlberg

The ski area union at the Arlberg is known to be one of the most reliable regions for snow in Europe. Approx. 11 m of fresh snow come down here per year. The ski area gains further attractiveness via the Auenfeldjet (lift) which connects Warth-Schröcken with Lech-Zürs, and by offering a ski terrain covering a total 180 km of piste.

  1. Damüls – reliable snow in the Bregenz Forest

Although it does not have a glacier, it is still one of the top ranking resorts for good snow: nowhere else in Europe (statistically seen) does it snow as much as in Walserdorf. Unbelievable 9.30 m of fresh snow fall here in one winter season. The resort was awarded the “village with the most snow worldwide” in 2006. The neighbouring ski area Damüls-Mellau offers brilliant piste quality on approx. 75 km of slopes and 17 km of ski routes, due to the large amount of snow.

  1. Tignes – snowy pearl in Espace Killy

The ski areas Tignes and Val d’Isèsre combine to one of the largest ski regions in France: the Espace Killy. In total 300 km of pistes and 20 km of ski routes await the riders, skiable over an expanse of nearly 10 months per year. Just above Tignes (2,100 m) lies an especially snow-sure area, at the Grand Motte, reaching up to 2,456 m altitude.

  1. Saas-Fee – guaranteed snow at 3,600 m altitude

The ski area in the Swiss Saas valley offer unlimited skiing fun. Especially the glacier ski area Allalin, just above the high-plateau of Saas-Fee, offers brilliant powder snow all-year round. The lifts in the ski area take winter sports fan up to 3,600 m, where skiing is possible until way into the summer months.

  1. Andermatt – freeride hotspot in central Switzerland

Just above Andermatt (1,444 m) lies the glacier ski area Gemsstock, with its 31 km of pistes – not the largest, but surely one of the most reliable for snow in entire Switzerland. The Gemsstock belongs to the Skiarena Andermatt-Sedrun in the Swiss Canton Uri. Located at approx. 3,000 m altitude, this is the ideal starting point for some wonderful, sunny, high-alpine runs, and 6 km of ski routes. Thanks to the great amount of snow, Andermatt is an absolute hotspot for freeriders.

  1. Bansko – value price skiing in eastern Europe

The Bulgarian resort Bansko does not offer a glacier, but the 75 km of pistes reach up to altitudes of 2,560 m and are known to be a reliable place to go for good snow. The ski area Bansko offers the most modern ski centre in Eastern Europe and additionally offers a good snow-making system. A highlight here is the valley run with 16 km length – therefore one of the longest worldwide. Not too long ago this ski area was announced the best value price ski area in Europe by the Internet portal Tripadvisor.

  1. Livigno – snow unlimited in Lombardia

The location alone, at 1,816 m above the sea and in the northern part of Lombardia, is a guarantee for snow in Livigno. This Italian ski village is situated on a high plateau in between the ski mountains Mottolino and Carosello 3000, providing for skiable terrain with 115 km of piste. Our tip: Livigno is a toll-free area and so an extensive shopping trip is really worth it!

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  • Monday, 02. February 2015
  • author: Selina Sauerland
  • category: Press
  • tag: Arlberg
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