Snowboarders and skiers are getting increasingly itchy to hit the slopes when the temperatures drop and the nights draw in. The destinations belows are bankers for good-quality snow cover thanks to glacier skiing options and high altitudes.
1. Cervinia in Italy
The ski area is linked proximity to Switzerland across the Matterhorn to Zermatt. Cervinia sits at 2,050m, with lifts going up to 3,820m and remains one of the most reliable resorts for European snow due to its altitude. The resort have the joint ski area with the highest in Europe Zermatt. This means snow cover is guaranteed between early May and November along with glacier skiing options.
2. Tignes in France
Tignes shares 300km of pistes reaching from 1,550m to 3,456m and is a giant ski area neighbouring Val d’Isère. Val d’Isère opening around November 25 with the link to The Grande Motte glacier in Tignes opens on September 30 (snow conditions permitting). The Pissaillas a glacier of The Val side with the stellar altitude of the slopes makes this become a safe bet for a snow-sure break.
3. Val Thorens in France
This is the highest ski resort in Europe at 2,300m. 600km Trois Vallées ski area the top point of the whole, the highest lift goes to 3,230m, and from November until early May this lofty altitude ensures decent conditions. Val Thorens which is an ambitious experiment in purpose-built resorts opened 40 years ago and today it has a justified reputation for fine living and quality slopes.
4. Verbier in Switzerland
This is the freeride capital of the Alps, with a top lift at a heady 3,330m. The ski area has 400km of linked pistes covered by one lift pass which extends into three neighbouring valleys. Snow cover is pretty much guaranteed at altitude, attracting powderhounds from all over the world though the lower half of the resort can suffer in an early season snow drought.