Best Ski Resorts for Intermediates
In choosing the tpo 10 best ski resorts for intermediates, we need to point out that this is not exhaustive! For starters the slopes in Breckenridge, Heavenly and Vail all offer superb intermediate runs and slopes. But before we knew it we'd run out of room and reached our 10! Of course it's all subjective as some intermediate pistes can be seriously challenging and scare the pants of skiers and boarders alike!
Our Top 10 Best Ski Resort for Intermediates
We've focussed on Europe as it's the place we know best. From Lech to Courmayeur, we will have missed out some great ski resorts, but we wanted to mix it up a bit! No point listing the same old suspects each time, especially as there are such a lot of suitable ski resorts at this level out there!
** These are not in any particular order
Only one and a half hours away from Grenoble Alpe d' Huez boasts 300 days of sunshine a year. The mountain backdrop is high and impressive with vast and varied terrain with some great runs for all abilities, in particular one of Europe's largest nusery areas. But it's intermediates that are spolit for choice here with 68 out of the 113 runs classified as intermediate.
Located in the Silveretta mountains in the Austrian alps, very close to the swiss border Ischgl boasts a high altitude of between 2000 and 2872m. The resort is linked to Samnaunon on the Swiss side and offers intermediates a wealth of blue and red runs usually well groomed and very cruisy. Après-ski is excellent with some of the best Austria has to offer.
Located in a sunny valley in the alps right on the French border Bardonecchia sits at 1300m. A traditional Italian town it is home to pine woods and stunning mountain views. The resort has great character and a lively atmosphere. There are three main areas of skiing which are interlinked to provide an enormous ski area with 140km of marked piste. Intermediates will feel very at home here, the slopes are mostly red or red or blue.
Courchevel covers 4 resorts and is central to the Three Valleys ski area - the largest skiable domain in the world. With 4 different villages at 1850m, 1650m, 1550m and Le Praz, each village has its own distinctive personality. A great area for intermediates, you can ski and board the length and breadth of the Three Valleys on exciting reds or leisurely blues. There are all the facilities you would expect in a top quality resort, hotels, bars restaurants and shops.
Set in the beautiful Prattigau valley 1200m above sea level, Klosters is a traditional Swiss village, a real favourite of the royal family. The Klosters Davos Rega ski pass gives access to a wonderful 310km of runs with an extensive lift system of cable cars, chair lifts, railways and drag lifts. The Madrisabahn gondola opens up an amazing 50km of extensive intermediate level sking and boarding. Whilst associated with the jet set the resort remains a friendly Swiss village with picturesque chalets and horse drawn sleighs.
One of the highest resorts in the Italian alps, it is dominated by the mighty Matterhorn. Skiing is best suited to beginners and intermediates. Intermediates really have the run of the whole area and should not find anything beyond their capabilities.Intermediate Skiers and boarders can also take advantage of skiing in nearby Zermatt. Après-ski is lively, the centre of the resort is lined with bars, restaurants and Italian boutiques.
La Rosiere is a traditional alpine village situated on the French Italian border. It is linked to the ski area of La Thuile in Italy and together they create the 150km ski area of Espace San Bernardo. The slopes are generally fairly wide, interspersed with some testing reds so well suited to beginners and competent intermediates.
A 'chocolate box' perfect alpine village littered with plush hotels and restaurants. Immediately above the village at Oberlech the tree lined runs are excellent for beginners and intermediates, wide, cruisy and flattering. Much of the accomodation in Lech is ski in - ski out with fantastic access to the pistes.
Les menuires is a purpose-built resort situated in the Belleville valley in between Val Thorns and St Martin de Belleville. It is not as picturesque as it's Three Valley neighbours but it offers great budget accomodation, a great lift system and all the convenience you expect from a purpose built resort. It suits all levels but is particularly good for intermediates who can access the variety of the Three Valleys. A great value for money resort.
Courmayer lies at the foot of Mont Blanc, close to the french border in the Aosta valley. It is a charming Italian village of cobbled streets, stylish shops and excellent cafes and bistros. Skiing in Courmayer suits all levels but for intermediates Courmayer really is a red run heaven, loads of wide pistes of varying gradients.