Patrick Thorne

06 Nov 17

Ski resorts: is bigger always better?

Patrick Thorne

06 Nov 17

Whether you’re going away with friends, family or that special someone, it can be hard to decide when choosing between large and small ski resorts. Both have their own unique appeal, and we’ve weighed up the best of the best to help make your decision an easy one.

Large ski areas in the Alps

For big groups, the immediate advantage of a large resort is that the bigger the area, the more slopes there are for a variety of ages and abilities. Les Trois Vallees in France is the largest in the world. It has over 300 runs, just under half of which are blue, suitable for both beginners and lazy after-lunch runs with the whole family.

The choice of activities off the slopes is another draw, as well the range of places to eat: Les Trois Vallees is home to a dazzling number of Michelin stars. Head to Residence L’Oxalys in Val Thorens, where you’ll taste gastronomic delicacies prepared by France’s youngest chef ever to receive a Michelin star.

Portes-du-Soleil also spans a huge area covering France and Switzerland, and with 30 snow parks and 286 pistes, it provides plenty of entertainment for both timid and adventurous skiers.

If you’re looking for somewhere more tranquil, Les Gets provides a small, family-friendly base from which to explore the wider resort. Its larger neighbour Morzine has plenty of activities to choose from, including ice diving, snowmobiling, tobogganing, snowshoeing and an ice rink.

Go large in the States

The former silver mining town of Park City is the largest resort in the USA, and offers an exciting terrain ranging from wide runs and large bowls to intense blacks. The vast area is easy to navigate on the well-connected and modern Quicksilver Gondola. Historic Main Street, at the heart of the town, is awash with galleries and shops, restaurants and plenty of nightlife for adult groups.

Smaller resorts for beginners

Well-suited to a more intimate family get-together, a smaller resort can also be less intimidating for beginners to start out. Telluride in Colorado has gentle green slopes set against dramatic peaks for beginners, and treats intermediates to rolling runs through glades as well as dynamic, jumpy trails on offer. It’s a welcoming place to test your skills and develop your style without the pressure that comes with a larger resort.

For the best of both worlds, Ellmau is ideal. This quiet Alpine village is a haven of traditional chalets, and provides a welcome retreat of homely bars and spectacular views. It’s nestled in the north-eastern corner of SkiWelt, Austria’s largest linked area with 297 km of runs.

A romantic getaway

Famed for its scenic forest skiing, Folgaria in Italy is a picturesque gem for a trip with your loved one, and its proximity to the airport makes it a convenient mini-break option. You can enjoy a leisurely ski on well-maintained pistes in the region’s famous sunshine. After hours, head into the traditional town centre: one of the oldest communities in Trentino, it’s bursting with quintessential Italian cuisine and hospitality.

With your group’s particular needs in mind, there are plenty of options for a large or a small getaway. As long as there’s powder, fun company and a few après-ski bars, you won’t be disappointed.

If you’d like to book a ski holiday to one of these resorts or you’d like even more inspiration speak to the experts at Ski Solutions. They have over 30 years’ experience in planning ski holidays throughout Europe and North America and know exactly what it takes to create the perfect trip to the mountains.

Call 020 7471 7700 or visit www.skisolutions.com today to start planning.