Best Ski Resorts for Night Skiing
Once most have left the slopes, floodlights light up the pistres in these resorts! Check out our top 10 best ski resorts for night skiing and enjoy the relatively quiet slopes and pistes after dark. Mind it does get a bit chillier and for some the darkness all around may make this a little more unnerving, but it is an excellent way to really get your money's worth on a ski holiday!
Best Ski Resorts for Night Skiing
Whether you want to head specifically to a ski resort that has night time skiing available, or just to try it out if it's in your resort anyway, we've listed our best night skiing resorts below to give you a bit more information.
Night skiing in Niseko takes place until 9pm every night on a large proportion of the slopes in Hirafu in particular. It does all look very surreal as the whole mountain is bathed in an airy yellow light that comes from the powerful flood lights used, which, when combined with heavily falling snow, you really do have an amazing night ski set up. In fact it is so well lit at night that Niseko is one of the few places to allow off piste and tree skiing at night! One of the weirdest things about night skiing in Niseko is that visibility is often better at night than during that day as the light comes from below the clouds. It does get cold at night though so do wear an extra layer!
Not only does Borovets, Bulgaria’s leading ski resort, come alive at night in the bars and restaurants it also opens 4 runs at night at the height of the season to allow for night asking and boarding. Night skiing takes place on the slopes opposite Hotel Rila and along with lights and sound it’s quite an experience. The good thing about skiing at night in Borovets is that even in January it never gets too cold. Pistes are open until 9pm every night. Borovets is a great value ski destination so for those of you who want to experience night skiing and don’t want to travel too far this could be the resort for you.
Squaw Valley, located on Lake Tahoe’s north shore, has been rated one of the best resorts in North America for the variety of its terrain and that’s not all. It also offers Lake Tahoe’s most extensive night skiing set up, including the amazing 3.2 mile Mountain Run. There is a unique floodlight system that uses 1000 watt high pressure sodium bulbs, which really create the most amazing vision and light. Night skiing takes place from 3-8pm on Friday and Saturday nights, weather permitting. If you can get there, only 3.5 hours from San Francisco, do you’ll love it, particularly as night skiing is also free with any day ticket!
Alpbach is one of the best small ski resorts in Europe and has also been voted Austria’s prettiest village. The small ski area on the Reither Kogel at Reith is open for night skiing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 18.15 to 21.15. It is considered by many to be the best night skiing in the Tirol, with fast red runs illuminated set amidst some of the best scenery in Switzerland. If you are looking for a great family ski destination but want to ski at night in some of the best scenery in the world this could be the resort for you.
Söll is part of the SkiWelt area which is the largest lift linked ski area in Austria. But not only can you therefore access 7 other ski resorts you can also ski at night in what is Austria’s largest night skiing area. Night skiing is possible on four miles of runs down from HochSoll beneath the gondola. So whilst Söll used to have a reputation for raucous nightlife there are now other nightime activities to occupy the skier and boarder. Some still criticise Söll’s natural snow record and short runs but if you want to experience night skiing in Austria, at a reasonable price, this resort could fit the bill.
Sestriere is part of the Milky Way ski area and provides skiers and boarders with a 249 mile long ski area that mostly suits intermediates and experts. The first night slalom was held here in 1994 and the course is now open for night skiing. The run is open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 10pm and gives everyone the chance to night ski on a unique slalom run. So if you fancy night skiing on a run where many ski champions have battled it out in world cup competitions this is the place to come.
If you want to watch the sun set over the beautiful Rocky Mountains whilst still on your skis or board then this is the resort for you. Keystone is home to Colorado’s largest night skiing experience. Night runs are open from Wednesday to Sunday between January to April each season and 7 days a week in March. Skiing and boarding is allowed until 9pm. Enjoy the long groomed runs on Dercum Mountain and live it up at night on the A51 terrain park. What’s even better is that your daytime ticket is valid at night until 9pm!
Slovenia’s most popular ski resort it is located in the spectacular Julian Alps close to the Austrian and Italian borders. Known for its good budget holidays this could be a great choice for those of you who want to experience skiing at night but on a budget. Good for families and best suited to beginners and intermediates. At 7pm the lights are switched on and night skiing commences! Lights are set along the ski track of the 4 seat chairlift Dolencev Rut and on Fridays and Saturdays the Velika Mojca runs. Night skiing takes place every day except Monday from 7-10pm.
Located in the Belledonne area of Isere in the northern Alps, this resort offers 35km of runs with 18 individual pistes and with skiing above 2000 metres the snow is usually reliable. This resort is probably little known to many UK skiers and boarders but it offers breathtaking views over the Gresivaudan valley, the Bauges and Chartreuse mountain ranges. But it is really famous for offering one of the largest floodlit areas in Europe with an amazing 8 fully lit runs at night. And with Grenoble airport and Champery Airport only a 1 hour drive away this could be a good resort to try a weekend break night skiing.
A great option for those of you who want to go skiing in the summer months! Coronet Peak is only 20 minutes from the centre of Queenstown and whilst it is relatively small it keeps the snow well and offers some fantastic terrain. Night skiing usually starts in July and continues every Friday and Saturday until mid September, conditions permitting. The M1, Shirtfront, Big Easy trails and some beginner areas are all open and fully floodlit from 4pm to 9pm. A range of hot meals and drinks are on offer along with live entertainment. So for those of who need your fix of night skiing in the summer head for Coronet Peak!