Travel website unveils its leading mountain villages for skiing and snowboarding as holiday firms begin promoting winter holidays.
(TRAVPR.COM)UK - August 2nd, 2012 - There's plenty of life left in the summer of 2012 but some people are already looking forward to the 2013 skiing and snowboarding season. And to help winter sports enthusiasts with their planning, the team at dailytravelideas.com have pulled together a list of top resorts around the world in a number of key categories.
Represented are towns and villages in the mountains of Europe, North America and Asia, in groups that include the best resorts for beginners and experts, the leading places to go for apres ski and top resorts for families.
In addition, the guide also lists:
The best places to visit for glitz and glamour Resorts that are ideal for terrain parks and cross country skiers Leading places for high altitude skiing Weekend break destinations The best budget options Top resorts for skiers who want to race down Winter Olympics and World Cup downhills.
Among the resorts that make it into the guide are two that feature twice. The ever-popular village of St Anton in Austria's Arlberg region rates strongly for its riotous apres ski and the number of challenging pistes it offers experts. At 1,305m, it's a village with a traffic-free centre, more than 80 lifts and an excellent snow record. Val D'Isere in France also ranks for its quality skiing for experts but also for having one of the best downhill runs of the Olympic resorts. Val is a perennial favourite with skiers looking for challenging off-piste action and top class ski schools and restaurants.
The small Pyrenean country of Andorra appears twice. Its handful of resorts offer great value for money for holidaymakers on a budget while the village of Soldeu ranks highly for beginners. Brits in particular appreciate the English-speaking ski school and the duty free drink prices.
North American resorts that perform well include Killington in Vermont, which is less well known to European skiers than some of the towns and villages in the mountains of Colorado and California. However, it puts a real focus on beginners and gets rave reviews from them on a regular basis. It has the biggest ski area in New England and good nightlife.
Jackson Hole in Wyoming, a town with a wild west vibe about it, scores on being a great resort for expert skiers. A lot of money has been spent on the place in recent years and the results are impressive - although unlike most resorts the village is about half an hour away from the slopes.
Two Scandinavian resorts rank for the quality of their cross country skiing. That’s not surprising because in northern Europe’s frozen regions the sport has long been more popular than the downhill variety. Geilo in Norway and Yllas in the far north of Finland get the votes.
But if it’s glamour skiers are looking for, they should treat themselves to a break in the beautiful Swiss resort of St Moritz or the Austrian twins of Lech and Zurs.
About dailytravelideas.com: The independent website, which launched in 2012, is written by travellers for travellers and features resort reviews, ideas for days out and other info for people looking for holiday inspiration.
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