The advice from our experts is to take the piste less skied in order to maximise time on the slopes. We have put together our top recommendations for alternative ski resorts. These ski resorts guarantee great conditions, empty slopes and small lift queues. We recommend choosing one of these alternative ski destinations if you are looking for something a bit different this winter.
WHY GO? A hidden gem with plenty of powder
This is one of our favourite alternative ski destinations. The little known village of Warth, thought to be the snowiest resort in the Alps, has something for skiers of all abilities. There are plenty of slopes suitable for both beginners and intermediates, whilst advanced skiers and snowboarders will enjoy exploring the off-piste terrain. Over recent years, the village has become linked with the nearby glitzy Lech-Zürs ski area. This has opened up a further 180km of pistes. The quiet, family-friendly village is very small, with a steepled church at its centre. Due to there being just 150 permanent residents, many of the local businesses are family-run and owned.
WHY GO? Spectacular mountain scenery | Snow-sure | Excellent cuisine
Guests to this charming mountain resort will be living la dolce vita with its high altitude snowy conditions and world-class facilities. The snow-sure uncrowded slopes are best suited to leisurely intermediates. Although there’s plenty to do for all abilities across 150km of immaculately groomed pistes, which connect to nearby Pinzolo and Folgarida-Marilleva. Advanced skiers will also enjoy the challenging black runs. There are also plenty of off-piste areas. The traffic-free resort centre is situated in a picturesque wooded valley surrounded by the magnificent peaks of the Dolomites. Madonna di Campiglio is one of our favourite alternative ski destinations.
WHY GO? Powder heavy | Heli-skiing | Longest run in North America
This powder heavy resort is undoubtedly one of Canada’s best-kept secrets, featuring the longest skiable vertical in North America. The terrain is vast with something to suit all abilities. For more adventurous skiers wanting to go off-piste, the resort also offers excellent heli-skiing and cat-skiing. Traditional buildings make up the charming mountain village. Developers are bringing more modern hotels to the resort, as it becomes more popular each year.
WHY GO? Great terrain for all abilities | Plenty to see and do off the mountain | Spectacular scenery
A historical mining town dating back over 100 years, Telluride’s Wild West roots have made it the stuff of legend. Today, the attractive town is home to a number of upmarket shops, restaurants and bars with a lively après ski scene. It’s a favourite with celebrities due to its understated profile. The resort offers some of the most diverse terrain of any ski resort in North America. This makes it well-suited for mixed ability groups or families with plenty of gentle green runs for beginners and long runs for intermediates. For advanced skiers, there are some double blacks, winding chutes and steep glades.
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