Customer survey: The best ski areas for ski holidays in 2015/2016

11/24/2015 - Selina Sauerland

France‘s ski area La Plagne and the French region Les 3 Vallées have received top votes from European ski holiday enthusiasts. The third rank goes to Sölden in Austria. These are the results from a customer survey, undertaken by the ski holiday tour operator SnowTrex during the past five ski seasons. Around 40,000 customers from eight different nations took part in the survey.

The best ski areas for ski holidays in 2015/2016 – 1st place: La Plagne (France)

Overall results:

Ski area: Vote / Recommendation rate

  1. La Plagne: 9.65 / 96%
  2. Les 3 Vallées:  9.58 / 98%
  3. Sölden: 9.50 / 98%
  4. Silvretta Arena (Ischgl): 9.50 / 97%
  5. Tignes: 9.50 /95%
  6. Zillertal (6 ski areas): 9.40 / 98%
  7. Val di Fiemme-Obereggen: 9.32 / 98%
  8. Avoriaz: 9.30 / 96%
  9. Stubai Glacier: 9.30 / 94%
  10. Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang: 9.23 / 98%

The ski areas were rated via a scale from 1 (= bad) to 10 (=top). If any ski areas were rated identically, the recommendation rate decides over the ranking. The data basis for the ranking is based on 250 ski areas located throughout Europe, which each received at least 50 ratings in the winter season 2015/14, and at least 250 ratings during the past five seasons.

UK results:

Ski area: Vote / Recommendation rate

  1. Méribel: 9.80 / 98%
  2. Grand Massif: 9.60 / 98%
  3. Tignes: 9.10 / 95%
  4. Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski: 9.00 / 95%
  5. La Plagne: 8.80 / 98%
  6. Chamrousse: 8.80 / 91%
  7. Val Cenis Vanoise: 8.70 / 99%
  8. SuperDévoluy & La Joue du Loup: 8.64 / 96%
  9. Les Sybelles: 8.64 / 98%
  10. Les 2 Alpes: 8.50 / 90%

Looking at only the British voting, “Méribel“ is clearly the most popular ski area, followed by the “Grand Massif“ and “Tignes”.

More information about the British top 10 ski areas:

Méribel The ski area “Vallée de Méribel” – known as host to the Alpine Ladies Championships during the Winter Olympics 1992 in Albertville – offers 150 kilometres of piste and 42 lifts. The new cable car “Saulire Express” transports skiers and snowboarders in only 12 minutes (before 22 minutes) to the peak of the Saulire at 2,738 metres altitude.

Grand Massif The “Grand Massif” combines five of France’s largest ski areas. On 265 kilometres of piste (between 700 and 2,561 metres altitude), no wishes are left unfulfilled. 76 lifts in total ensure comfortable piste access.

Tignes One superlative ski area! The lift pass “Tignes” enables access to 150 kilometres of perfectly prepared pistes, all connected via 28 comfortable lifts. Thanks to its altitude and the “La Grand Motte” glacier (at 3,656 metres altitude), the ski area is known to be one of the most reliable for snow, and is popular with beginners and pros alike.

Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski This ski area (between 1,125 and 3,330 metres altitude) offers 249 kilometres of piste and 85 lifts, and is known to be highly reliable for snow. 80 percent of the pistes are located above 1,800 metres altitude. The most spectacular piste starts on the “Sarenne” glacier and runs along the front of the “Pic Blanc” and from there right down to the valley. With its 16 kilometres, this is one of the longest pistes in the world.

La Plagne Skiing like a god in France! With the lift pass “Domaine La Plagne”, winter sports enthusiasts can choose from 127 pistes, covering 225 kilometres, and accessible via 93 lift systems, all located between 1,250 and 3,250 metres altitude. The highlight of the area is the 15 kilometre long descent from the “Bellecôte” glacier down to Montchavin – with unbelievable 2,000 metres altitude difference!

Chamrousse 17 lifts and 90 kilometres of pistes in total are available in this ski area. Located between 1,650 and 2,250 metres altitude, in the “Massif de Belledonne”, there are some magnificent views to enjoy, of both the surrounding 4,000-metre peaks, but also into the French lowlands.

Val Cenis Vanoise The lift pass “Val Cenis Vanoise” enables access to 125 kilometres of beautifully prepared pistes, via 28 lift and cable car systems in both Val Cenis and Termignon. The ski area on the north-western side of the Mont Cenis is very reliable for snow. Various hut provide facilities for lunch breaks or deck chairs to enjoy a drink in the sunshine.

SuperDévoluy & La Joue du Loup With the lift pass “La Joue du Loup” one can explore 100 kilometres of piste in the mutual ski area with SuperDévoluy. Interesting for parents: the ski area is labelled with the “Famille Plus Montagne” label, qualifying it as especially family-friendly due to its infrastructure. Toddlers from 15 months can enjoy half- or full-day child-care service in a crèche or ski kindergarten, and parents do not have to bother about bringing bulky luggage, as children’s beds and buggies can be rented in resort.

Les Sybelles “Les Sybelles” (located between 1,100 – 2,620 metres altitude) is one of the largest ski regions in France and provides 310 kilometres of diverse pistes, accessible via 68 lifts, to be found in six different ski areas. Le Corbier, Saint Sorlin d’Arves, St. Jean d’Arves, La Toussuire, Les Bottières and St. Colomban des Villards are the names of these ski areas, located at the foot of the l’Ouillon (2,431 metres), each offering its own character.

Les 2 Alpes With the “Les 2 Alpes” lift pass, winter sports enthusiasts can access the glacier at 3,560 metres via the fast Jandri Express or the Métro Dôme Express. From here, 225 kilometres of piste are open to enjoy – including breath-taking views! The beginner ski area is quite unique: instead of being located at the bottom of the ski area close to the resort, it is situated on the glacier at nearly 3,600 metres altitude.

For further information and printable images, please contact:

TravelTrex GmbH Selina Sauerland press-uk@traveltrex.com Phone: +44 20 336 533 13

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  • Tuesday, 24. November 2015
  • author: Selina Sauerland
  • category: Press
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