Top 10 Snowsure Ski Resorts
There's nothing worse than waiting a year to go skiing or boarding and having slushy, or worse no snow! Our top 10 snowsure ski resorts mean you can book your break safe in the knowledge that you'll get a great skiing holiday and not have to worry whether there's white stuff outside your door when you wake up!
The Best Snowsure Ski Resorts
These are largely the higher altitude resorts of course, many of which are adjacent to glaciers. Snowsure ski resorts give you the reassurance that you'll be skiing or boarding this winter, even if the snow clouds don't shine on you! Snow sure means just that - you are sure of snow during the peak monthsa of December to April. Of course many of these ski resorts have snow for much longer than that!
Tignes is one of the key resorts in France, set at 2100 metres and part of the 290km of piste that is the Espace Killy. It has a very good snow record, a glacier, lake and a lot of varying terrain. The snowpark is the largest in the world. Après ski is fun and lively.
Obergurgl is set in the spectacular Otz valley and is Austria's highest parish offering an excellent snow record and long season. The village remains unspoilt and charming with a selection of traditional après ski bars and beer kellers. The skiing and lifts start directly from the village offering spacious uncrowded runs with spectacular views.
The Hintertux glacier is part of the Zillertal 3000 ski region. It is possibly the most challenging glacier skiing area in Austria. The pistes tend to be steeper than other glacier resorts and are therefore more suited to experienced skiers and boarders. With a top height of 3250m the snow is reliable and throughout the winter snow quality is excellent.
The resort of Les Deux Alpes is situated where the Northern and Southern Alps meet in the heart of the Osians and since it is a glacial resort it has an excellent snow record. Grenoble is only 79km away. It is not the prettiest resort but it does have wonderful mountains, slopes and one of the best snowboard parks in Europe. Suits all levels of skier and boarder. A bustling and lively town centre.
Often regarded as the poor relation to the world renowned Zermatt but it shouldn't be. Saas Fee is a traditional Swiss village in a spectacular setting amidst peaks and glaciers up at 1800m. The ski area is exceptionally high with many of the pistes between 2500-3500m making it a very snowsure resort. Beginners are spoilt for choice and intermediates have lots of cruising runs. Advanced skiers and boarders will find plenty of good steep descents.
Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and yet only 90 minutes from Calgary airport Lake Louise is a charming village. It has more skiable terrain than any other single resort in Canada, with over 4,200 acres of trails. The variety is spectacular. With snow guaranteed, the facing mountains and local peaks provide a magnificent backdrop.
Set high in the Grandes Rousses mountains Alpes D'Huez has been nicknamed the 'island in the sun' and is the fifth largest ski area in France. Great for all levels of skier and boarder. A glacial resort with some very high altitude skiing at 3330m on the Pic Blanc Glacier. It is home to some of the longest summit to base descents in the world and has a fantastic snow and sun record. The longest run in the resort is a staggering 17km in total!
Kaprun ski resort together with Zell am See makes up the well known Europa Sport Region in Austria. Set at the foot of the breathtaking Kitzsteinhorn glacier it offers an excellent range of pistes including high altitude pistes with guaranteed snow with the lift pass covering the Kaprun areas and Zell am See. après ski includes a wide variety of bars and restaurants.
Set on the eastern side of the High Sierras, Mammoth is California's favourite mountain resort and is one of the largest ski areas in the USA. Extensive and varied terrain with exceptional powder conditions, an average season will see 30 feet of snow and 300 days of sunshine. The town itself has a good variety of shops and restaurants with lively après ski.
Sitting in the shadow of the Matterhorn Zermatt is an attractive, compact, car free resort. It is particularly suited to intermediates and advanced skiers and boarders. The high altitude ensures reliable snow conditions throughout the season, Zermatt is one of the few places where you can ski and board 365 days a year!