Skiing is an obsession for many athletes. And it couldn’t be otherwise: skiing is asport activity all-encompassing, immersed in a setting that always enchants. And in some cases even more, in exclusive locations, where nature meets top services. A ranking of the best ski resorts is drawn up every year The World Skiing Index analyzing the quality, cost and accessibility of more than 6,000 stations around the world.
The parameters of the ranking
There classification it was drawn up by analyzing various factors: the kilometers of slopes; the number of ski lifts; the number of ski and snowboard schools and the price of an adult day ticket during the main season. But also from popularity on social media, to the length of the slopes and to the number of ski and snowboard schools present. Let’s discover the top ten in reverse.
10. La Plagne, France – score 7.45
France is the big protagonist of this ranking, and La Plagne opens the top ten – with a score of 7.45. Located in Tarentaise alpine valleysince 2003 La Plagne and the nearby town of Les Arcs have formed the ski area Paradiski, a ski area ranging from 1250 to 3250 meters, with 240 km of slopes and 74 ski lifts. It is suitable for both medium level skiers and novice skiers. The red run that goes down to Champagny en Vanoise is very beautiful. The price of the ski pass is 65 euros.
9. Mayrhofen, Austria – score 7.48
We move to the Austrian Tyrol for the ninth place occupied by Mayrhofen with a score of 7.48. The Zillertal resort at 633 meters above sea level has 44 ski lifts for a total of 142 kilometers of slopes of all difficulties. It is a freestyle paradise, which, in addition to the many variations of descents along the slopes of the Actionberg Penken, there is also the Vans Penken Park, with six areas reserved for freestyle for enthusiasts of all levels and, for the more intrepid, one of the steepest ski slopes in all of Austria. The nearby slopes of the Berg Ahorn are also not to be missed. If the ascent aboard Austria’s largest cable car is already a breathtaking experience, the very long descent towards the valley is considered among the most beautiful in Tyrol. The price of the ski pass is 73 euros.
8. Vallées, Switzerland – score 7.54
Switzerland arrives for eighth place Vallees with one of the largest ski areas in Switzerland, which includes Verbier/La Tzoumaz/Nendaz/Veysonnaz/Thyonand what counts is the beauty of 412 kilometers of slopes and 67 ski lifts. The price of the daily ski pass is 85 euros.
7. Ski Aelberg, Austria – score 7.60
We return to Austria with seventh place occupied by Ski Arlbergwhich includes two ski regions, viz Ski Arlberg East (St. Anton, St. Christoph and Stuben) e Ski Arlberg West (Lech, Oberlech, Zürs, Warth and Schröcken). Of these locations, only St. Anton and St. Christoph they are located in Northern Tyrol, the others are part of the Austrian region of Vorarlberg. This combination delivers today 88 ski lifts, 302 km of slopes and 200 km of off-piste descents. On the Tyrolean side, the permanent giant slalom slope Rendl Race, the timed Stanton Speed downhill run and the Stanton Park for snowboarders are especially well-known. The “Run of Fame”, over 85 km in length, takes you through the entire ski area, making it the longest ski tour in the Alps. Cost of the ski pass 75 euros.
6. Skicircus, Austria – score 7.64
We stay in Austria, where we find him Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunna real amusement park for winter sports lovers. The arena connects the Tyrolean ski area of Fieberbrunn in the Pillerseetal with that of Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang on the Salzburg side (Those who follow the “Vierstadlalmpiste“ slope can cross the border between Salzburg and Tyrol on skis, almost in one go). There are 70 km of slopes, 70 ski lifts, more than 60 refuges, several snow parks, illuminated slopes, speed courses, funslopes, freeride parks and untracked freeride slopes. Ski pass price €65
5. Alpe D’Huez, France – score 7.70
One of the most famous destinations in the world opens the top fiveor the district ofAlpe d’Huez in France, 250 kilometers of slopes and 71 ski lifts. We are in the Northern Alps, on a plateau on the southern face of the Alpe d’Huez Massif. The vast carousel offers 250 kilometers of slopes and 71 ski lifts. You ski between 1120 and 3330 metres, moving between the many connected villages, and then climbing up to Pic Blanc, at 3350 metres, from which the Sarenne slope also starts, a 16 km long black one. Here the price of the ski pass is slightly lower than the lifts seen so far, i.e. 58 euros.
4. Megève/Saint Gervais, France – score 7.74
Again France one step off the podium with the system Megève/Saint Gervais, located in the Pays du Mont Blanc. Between 1113 meters and 2350 meters above sea level, 263 kilometers of slopes served by 81 ski lifts are available for skiing and snowboarding. The price of the ski pass is excellent (55 euros).
3. Zermatt-Matterhorn, Switzerland and Italy – score 7.84
The district is divided between Switzerland and Italy Matterhorn Ski Paradise on the podium and understands Valtournenche, Cervinia And Zermatt. Equipped with 15 ski and snowboard schools, over 3 equipment rental centers, ideal for those who want to start approaching winter sports. Specifically, it has 74 kilometers of blue slopes; 227 kilometers of red slopes; 20 kilometers of black slopes; 36 kilometers of yellow slopes (freeride slopes). 154 kilometers are on the Italian side and 203 on the Swiss side. The carousel is open all year round and the high altitude guarantees excellent natural snow. The price is high with the daily ski pass per adult costing 106 euros.
2. Les Portes du Soleil, France – score 7.99
We get closer to the summit by moving beyond the Alps again, with Les Portes du Soleil, a paradise for those who love the mountains at 360°, thanks to the 208 ski lifts, 600 kilometers of slopes and a large number of restaurants and refuges (over 90). The ski resort of Les Portes du Soleillocated in the south-east of France and in western Switzerland (the localities of Avoriaz; Champery; The Chapelle d’Abondance; Chatel; Les Gets; Morzine; Val d’Illiez-Les Crosets-Champoussin; Abundance; St Jean d’Aulps; Torgon; Montriond And Morgins). With 208 ski lifts in the 12 ski resorts of the area that allow you to easily explore the 600 kilometers of slopes, it is not surprising that it is one of the best ski resorts in the world” according to the analysis of The World Skiing Index. Which underlines: «Les Portes du Soleil also has the largest number of mountain restaurants and refuges», over 90. Among the most famous slopes is the black Swiss Wall, in the Val d’Enfer. For beginners, the areas of the Les Gets-Mont Ranfolly area are more suitable. There is no shortage of alternative routes in the area: 800 kilometers of hiking trails and 214 kilometers for skiing. There are as many as 30 snow parks. Ski pass price: €64
1. Les Trois Vallées, France – score 8.25
The top of the ranking still belongs to France, with Les Trois Vallees (3 Valleys), a splendid location nestled in the French Alps, the largest ski area in the world, considering all the areas connected in a single area, with over 600 kilometers of slopes. And the most famous ski resorts: Courchevel, Méribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens. We are partly in the Vanoise National Park, in the south-east of France. As a result, the resort has a total of 156 high-performance ski lifts, making it much easier to reach the top of the slopes, while visitors will also be able to choose from as many as 14 different ski equipment rental stations. This resort is open 8 hours a day, with a day pass costing €72. It is open for 164 days and offers a ski and snow guarantee, thanks to exceptional snow conditions and slope preparation. Finally, those who love cross-country skiing can enjoy the 118 kilometers of slopes with views of the massifs Burgin SaulireThe Mount Charvetthe glaciers of Vanoisethe peaks of Big Casse or of Grand Bec.
Source: Vanity Fair
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