Morzine have developed into one of the best all round Alpine resorts - and the reasons are obviously really;
they are bang in the middle of the World's largest international ski area - The
Portes du Soleil - a vast area of 230 lifts, 650kms of marked piste, acres of off piste,
a lively town and yet just over one hour from Geneva Airport. The ski area has the enviable record of being amongst the first resort main Alpine area to open each winter.
Avoriaz is one of the first and perhaps one of the prettiest purpose built ski resorts in the French Alps - a true ski in ski out resort. Morzine is a market town offering vibrant après ski.
Saint Lary Soulan is a beautiful traditional French spa resort, situated high in the stunning Pyrenees. Two fast bubble lifts whisk you up to 1700m. From here there are over 100kms of marked piste to discover between 1700 and 2600m. High, snow sure and best of all never any lift queues.
Situated high in The Pyrenees, Andorra has two fabulous ski areas, The
Grandvalira is the largest ski area in the Pyrenees.
A network of 66 fast efficient lifts connects a network 200kms of marked piste between 1700m and 2650m in height with 5 resorts.
Vall Nord is a heady mix of skiing catering from beginners to experts spread over three resorts. Pal and Arinsal are connected by cable car while Arcalis is a separate resort that has one complete mountain dedicated to off piste freeriding
Not only does the Andorra have a snow record that turns many traditional Alpine resorts green with envy, they have invested millions of Euros in a vast network of artificial snow making machines which ensures that the pistes are snow covered from November through to the end of April.
Our selection of hotels have been chosen not only for their high standards but also for their location, many are ski in ski out while the others are all within a few minutes stroll of a major lift into the network.
Spain is not just about sun, sea, beaches and sangria! After Switzerland, Spain is the most mountainous country in Europe - there are over 33 international standard ski resorts in Spain scattered throughout the country. We have picked two unique ski areas - Sierra Nevada - Europe's most southern ski resort - perfect for short break skiing or perhaps mixing a city break to the historic city of Granada with a few days of fabulous skiing. There are not too many places in the World where you can ski all day then retire to the beach for some evening sun! ! Perhaps we have save the best till last - Baqueira Beret - Peter Hardy the renowned ski journalist wrote in the Telegraph that Baqueira Beret is the best ski resort in the World. This is from someone who has skied in over 500 resorts and also perhaps why the King of Spain owns a chalet in the resort! Situated high in the Pyrenees Baqueira modern lifts serve over 150kms of marked piste spread over 4 valleys.
For a truly unique ski holiday come to Norway with Absolutely Snow.
With probably the friendliest skiing 'locals' in Europe, excellent slope side accommodation, consistently good snow; skiing in Norway is perfect for families, beginners and intermediate skiers.
Where else in February half term can you have the slopes to yourself and no lift queues!
Geilo is Norway's oldest ski resort and has what we all agree the best area to introduce children to the joys of skiing!
Trysil is Norway's largest ski area and has a World beating snow guarantee. The resort guarantees that there will be snow from mid November to early May or they will refund your accommodation, ski pass and ski hire!
At Absolutely Snow, we have a lot of experience of skiing in
Switzerland. Morzine and The Portes du Soleil straddles the Swiss border.
Verbier has been tugging at our skiing hearts for a long time, but unfortunately our skiing heads have always said no due to the high cost of staying in Verbier. But we have a solution. Tzoumaz is a Swiss Alpine resort which is part of the Verbier and 4 Vallees ski area but offers much better value for money. Tzoumaz is just 1 lift away from Verbier!
Austria with its quaint picturesque little villages provides an great alternative to its French mega resorts rivals. The combination of superb accommodation and hospitality, modern and efficient ski lifts, traditional villages and extensive ski areas provide the skier with an unique skiing experience.
Both Lech, St Anton and Serfaus lie high in the Arlberg area of Austria and have extensive ski areas for beginners, intermediates and experienced skiers. With Innsbruck airport close by, they provide the perfect combination for a relaxing, enjoyable ski holiday.
Maria Alm lie at the opposite side of Austria but still are both beautiful villages with extensive ski areas. Enjoy the world famous downhill run, the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuhel whilst Maria Alm links effortless in to the world renown Saalbach - Hinterglemm ski area.
Austria over the past few years has invested extensively in their lift systems and snow making facilities, Absolutely Snow have chosen hotels with excellent facilities and locations - somewhere to return to after enjoying what the Austrians are world famous for - their après ski.
|Country||Resort||Ski Area||Resort Height||Height of top Lift||Number of Lifts||Kms of Marked Piste||High Altitude Skiing||Nearest Airport||Transfer Time||Beginners||Intermediate||Advanced||Chalets||Ski-in Ski-Out Hotels||Resort Centre Hotels||Crèche||Good Non Skiing|
|France||Morzine||Portes du Soleil||1000m||2460m||239
|St Lary||St Lary||830m||2515m||30||100km||✓||Toulouse||2 hours||✓✓✓✓✓||✓✓✓✓✓||✓✓✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Andorra||Pas de La Casa||Grandvalira||2100m||2640m||66||210km||✓||Barcelona||2.5 hours||✓✓✓✓||✓✓✓✓✓||✓✓✓✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|La Massana||Vall Nord||1200m||2500m||45||100km||✓||Barcelona||2.5 hours||✓✓✓✓✓||✓✓✓✓||✓✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Norway||Trysil||Trysil||300m||1200m||46||100km||snow guaranteed||Oslo||2 hours||✓✓✓✓✓||✓✓✓✓||✓✓✓✓✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Switzerland||Tzoumaz||Verbier/4 Vallees||1500m||3300m||92||410km||✓||Geneva||2 hours||✓✓||✓✓✓✓✓||✓✓✓✓✓||✓||✓|
|Spain||Baqueira Beret||Baqueira Beret||1500m||2550m||35||155km||✓||Toulouse||2 hours||✓✓✓✓✓||✓✓✓✓✓||✓✓✓✓✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Sierra Nevada||Sierra Nevada||2100m||3300m||22||107km||✓||Malaga||1 hour||✓✓✓✓||✓✓✓✓||✓✓✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|