Top 10 Underrated Ski Resorts
We're looking at a top 10 of underrated ski resorts as we see them! These resorts you may have heard of, but you don't know much about. Lots of people don't want us to talk about them - because they won't be underrated much longer! Some of the best ski resorts really are hidden away!
The Best Underrated Ski Resorts
So exactly what makes our best 'underrated ski resorts' be this way. Partly it's because some are off the beaten track, some have far more illustrious neighbours that steal the limelight and some are this way because the locals want them to be! But don't underestimate them for ski holidays, as they could be the perfect retreat for you.
A picturesque ski resort set in the trees with the mountains rising above. The skiing is extensive with over 150km of pistes mainly for beginners and intermediates. A good resort for cross country skiing and non skiers with over 50km of cross county tracks, 8 natural ice curling rinks and toboganning slopes.
One of Europe's best kept secrets. Located in the Spanish region of Catalonia in the Pyrenees it's the biggest of Spain's Pyrenean Ski Resorts. Barcelona is the nearest major international airport. It attracts a largely Spanish clientele mainly due to its inaccessibility. The resort offers good skiing for all abilities although intermediates will find themeslves most at home here. There are over 86km of marked pistes
One of the Haute Savoies best kept secrets. La Clusaz is a charming old Savoyard village and is one of the prettiest villages in the Alps. It offers a traditional village feel with a great selection of bars, shops and restaurants. There is a great variety of terrian for all levels of skiers and boarders. Another added bonus is that there is space on the pistes!
You may never have heard of this resort but its two mountains Red and Granite provide some of the best off piste skiing in Canada. Its lack of commercial development is a huge plus as it only attracts people who are really interested in the snow. Most of the mountains are covered in trees and the resort offers 1700 acres of terrain but in effect it has much more as you can ski virtually any where!
A traditional Swiss ski resort, Arosa has a charming village built around Lake Obersee. With two well-linked ski areas, there's 70 km of pistes and varied activites. An excellent choice for families and skiers of all levels. An uncrowded ski resort with wide open blue and red runs dominating the ski area. There are however some challenging black runs with a half pipe for advanced skiers and boarders.
Jackson Hole is to North America what Chamonix is to Europe. It offers one of North Americas biggest vertical drops, endless back country skiing, great snow and great advanced skiing, in fact this resort is a mecca for advanced skiers and boarders. The town of Jackson, 5minutes shuttle from the ski resort, is like stepping back onto the set of a western, its frontier architecture giving it incredible character.
Nassfeld is the biggest resort in the province of Carinthia, the most southern ski resort in Austria - right on the Italian border. The resort is little known outside of Austria mainly due to its lack of international marketing, but it sits in the top 10 of Austrian ski resorts.Snow conditions are good all season with over 100 km of pistes. Skiing suits all levels and offers great off piste into Italy.
Often regarded as the poor relation to the world renowned Zermatt but is shouldnt be. A traditional car free swiss villgae in a spectacular setting amidst peaks and glaciers up at 1800. The ski area is in fact exceptionally high with many of the pistes between 2500-3500m making it a very snowsure resort. Beginners are spoilt for choice and intermediates have plenty of cruising runs. Advanced skiers and boarders have a number of good steep descents.
Serre Chevalier is a big south facing valley between the col du lautaret and Briancon with 13 villages dotted along it. Each resort is served by a good lift system and it is easy to ski between resorts. There are runs for all levels in some of the best scenery in the french alps. One of the top snowboarding destinations in France due to its amazing terrain and off piste.
Andorra's newest ski area with ultra modern lifts is located in one of the country's most beautiful mountain valleys. It has direct access to 24 km of downhill skiing, 24 individual psites. The resort is above 1500m and with pistes above 2500m skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.