For the recreational skier or snowboarder, any slope with a view will do, as long as there are also plenty of options for après-ski (the French term for social activity after skiing). But for the veterans, there’s only one main concern when it comes to planning the ultimate sports vacation: Logging in as many hours as possible out on the slopes, and dominating every last one of them. By taking a trip to any of these three ski areas, you’re sure to find something for everyone, and it all starts with a little (OK, a lot of) snow.
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Why It’s Cool: On Beaver Creek Mountain, you’ll find black diamond trails with names such as “For Get About It” and “Moonshine.” But not to worry, if you’re traveling with friends or family members that are more likely to ride the trail down on their butt than their skis, there are private and group lessons available for adults and kids, based on their age and ability.
Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland
Why It’s Cool: Val d'Anniviers, Grimentz, St-Luc/Chandolin, Vercorin and Zinal are four skiing areas that guarantee fulfillment for adventure seekers. Each area has its own charm, but all are linked by a single ski pass. These slopes will challenge you to take your skills to new heights, with approximately 46 installations made up of 220 km of pistes (French for marked ski runs or paths). If you’re more of a snow bunny than a mountain lion, get your thrills through paragliding, hang-gliding, glacier walking, or snowshoeing.
Why It’s Cool: If you’re a confident skier or snowboarder, you’ll love the challenging red and black runs of Sainte-Foy, a hidden gem in the French Alps. Sainte-Foy's terrain enables advanced and off-piste skiers to really push their skills to the limit with steep descent black runs, such as Crystal Dark or Crêt Serru du Haut. For beginners who’d prefer to just enjoy the view without the work, choose to be the driver or the passenger on a fast-paced sled led by huskies along the lakeside at Tignes.
No matter which ski destination you choose, RoamRight's Adventure Travel Insurancecan cover your trip cancellation and travel medical insurance needs during your ski vacation - including higher baggage limits to cover skis and snowboards as well as coverage for pre-paid, non-refundable lift tickets. Whether you're a novice skier or a double black diamond specialist, we hope you have a fun and safe time on the slopes! And don't forget that while RoamRight doesn’t require the use of helmets while skiing or snowboardinglike some companies in the UK, anything that can help make you safe on the slopes is a good idea!