We all have different reasons for choosing where to go on our ski holiday. Price and value are a big factor of course; sometimes we want a huge ski area or a big vert or perhaps just to tick one off the bucket list. But how about the magnificence of the scenery? Places that make you glad to be alive just being there, even before you push off on that first run of the first day of your holiday?
Here are some of the most stunning:
Grindelwald, Mürren, Wengen:
Known collectively as the Jungfrau region, these classic resorts share what is commonly agreed to be one of the most spectacular mountainscapes on earth dominated by the Monch, Jungfrau and Eiger peaks.
Banff, Lake Louise:
A lot of people are a little underwhelmed by the rather flat and over-developed mountains that many famous North American ski resorts inhabit. But the Canadian Rockies have that real Rockies wilderness wow factor, truly spectacular peaks providing a fantastic backdrop to the world-class ski slopes here too.
It’s a little unusual as Crans Montana isn’t so much fantastic to look at as fantastic to look from. The resort sits on a snowy “balcony” above the Rhône valley, across which skiers look out to a magnificent vista of many of the great peaks of the Alps. The sun rises behind them though, which makes resort and slopes nice and sunny but isn’t great for taking pics of the mountainscape.
The stunning Ziller Valley is a pristine as well as beautiful area close to Innsbruck, which not only is one of the easiest areas to reach from the UK but also offers hundreds of kilometres of great skiing on one regional pass, all in a very beautiful area.
Located in the valley below Western Europe’s highest peak, Chamonix is chock-full of fantastic vistas around every corner and off every lift. They even helpfully provide a glass cube, “Step into the Void”, 3,842m up, where you can look straight down 1,000 vertical metres below your feet.
A truly special place, some visit and never see the Matterhorn (a mountain so good it’s made it onto an equally world-famous chocolate bar), but when the clouds clear it is just an awe-inspiring sight, dominating the resort.
Fortunately, you can still enjoy a very well-priced holiday and top value at any of these stunning ski areas (which also include some of those with the biggest verticals and biggest ski areas – the spectacular scenery is just a bonus) by booking ski holidays with specialists Destination Ski. Destination Ski offer a huge range of holidays to many top ski resorts across Europe and North America with a focus on flexibility, service and price; they can tailor-make bespoke packages to meet your exact needs, and as a specialist independent agent, offer impartial advice on the best destinations and deals.