If you crave the adrenaline rush of a tricky red or a challenging black run, but yearn for the comfort of familiar greens and gentle blues at the end of the day, an intermediate resort is your best choice. Finding a resort that’s just right for your skiing skills can make all the difference to your trip. Here are five resorts that are perfect for intermediate skiers.
Located in the Alpine valley of Tarentaise, France, La Plagne is a family-friendly resort that offers lots of Après-ski activities and accommodation. As the world’s second largest ski area, it offers just over 200 intermediate runs together with the Paradiski linked ski area, which includes les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry.
For accommodation, choose between self-catering chalets and apartments or three 4-star hotels. Chalet Almach benefits from an enviable open-plan living room and terrace, offering panoramic views.
Portes Du Soleil
Portes Du Soleil is composed of 12 resorts over two countries, France and Switzerland, with over 250 slopes and 30 snow parks. Conveniently, you can access all of the resorts with just one pass.
There are some excellent intermediate trails that run near Avoriaz, Chatel, Les Gets, and Morzine on the French side, and Les Crosets, Campoussin, and Morgins on the Swiss side. Les Gets is also a great place for the kids – it’s an accredited ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ resort. The first and only national tourism label to approve the facilities and services available to families with children staying in French tourist destinations.
Another snow-dusted haven in the French Alps, Méribel is part of Les Trois Vallées ski area – the largest in the world. With over 300 runs, 132 of which are blue, there’s more than enough snow to sink your skis into here. The main valleys are Méribel, home to the soaring Mont Du Vallon; Courchevel, where you’ll find stunning Mont Blanc; and Val Thorens, which usually has near-perfect snow conditions thanks to its height.
Méribel also has two snow parks if you’re in the mood for freestyle frolics. Accommodation wise, it’s equipped with apartment, chalet and hotel options – many with ski-in, ski-out access.
Lech is luxurious, exclusive, and packed with powder. Its ‘White Ring’ ski area is composed of a balanced mix of red and blue runs, so it’s perfect for intermediate skiers looking for a more leisurely pace. The focus here is on taking in the sights, and you can stop off at one of the many cosy Alpine huts for a bubbling beer and wood-fired pizza.
Skiing isn’t the only attraction here – food is a major draw for Lech, and for good reason. Some of Austria’s finest cuisine can be sampled at restaurants such as Aurelio’s, which offers mouth-watering modern and traditional dishes and an impressive range of aged brandies.
Italy’s appropriately named ‘Pale Mountains’, the Dolomite Superski area, has over 1,200km of gleaming snow. The best intermediate runs are found in Cortina d’Ampezzo and Alta Badia, although you’ll find a good mix of runs all over the range.
The whole of the Dolomite mountain area is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. There’s no better way to experience the sheer beauty of this area than on a pair of skis.