The outlook for snow sure ski resorts in the 2023/2024 is looking promising, with meteorologists predicting that the current El Niño weather phenomenon will bring the best snow in years.
However, the science behind weather patterns is far from guaranteed, so where should you head for ski resorts with guaranteed snow?
Ski Line always recommends clients to ski high, so if you want to know which resorts have the best snow, read on for our top 10 snow sure ski resorts.
Table of Contents
- Snow Sure French Resorts
- Snow Sure Swiss Resorts
- Snow Sure Austrian Resorts
- Snow Sure Italian Resorts
- High Altitude Ski Resorts: A Summary
Snow Sure French Resorts
France offers the widest range of snow sure ski resorts, with five high altitude resorts making our top 10, including magnificent glacier skiing in Val d’Isere and Tignes.
Tignes, in the French Alps, is a high altitude skiing paradise that guarantees snow sure slopes. Located between 1,550 metres (5,085 feet) and 3,456 metres (11,339 feet), it offers excellent snow conditions from late November to May.
Tignes is renowned for its immense ski area, which is part of the Espace Killy along with Val d’Isère, providing over 300 kilometres of interconnected slopes catering to skiers of all abilities. The presence of the Grande Motte glacier ensures a lengthy skiing season.
Beyond skiing, Tignes offers a vibrant après-ski scene, making it a favourite for snow sports enthusiasts seeking a high altitude adventure and lively alpine ambience.
Stay at: Village Montana Apartments
Val d’Isere (3,455m)
Val d’Isère, an iconic French resort nestled in the heart of the Alps, is renowned for its high altitude skiing. Located between 1,550 metres (5,085 feet) and 3,456 metres (11,339 feet), and an impressive 60% of the skiing is above 2,500m, it boasts exceptional snow conditions from late November to May.
Over 300 kilometres of interconnected slopes cater for skiers of all abilities. The presence of the Pisaillas glacier guarantees a long skiing season.
Val d’Isère provides an enchanting blend of alpine charm, world-class skiing, and a lively après-ski scene, making it a premier destination for high altitude skiing.
Stay at: Chalet du Berger
Alpe d’Huez (3,300m)
Alpe d’Huez is a renowned French resort for high altitude skiing. At an elevation of 1,860 metres (6,102 feet) to 3,330 metres (10,925 feet), it offers skiers snow sure conditions from December to April.
The resort’s 250 kilometres of slopes provides a wide variety of terrain suitable for all skill levels. Experts will love the iconic Sarenne slope, the world’s longest black run.
Additionally, Alpe d’Huez provides a vibrant après ski scene and breathtaking panoramic views of the Alps, making it a favourite among winter sports enthusiasts.
Stay at: Club Med L’Alpe d’Huez La Sarenne
La Plagne (3,250m)
La Plagne, which shares its skiing with Les Arcs, is a high altitude skiing haven that offers an exhilarating alpine experience. Most of the accommodation here is above 1,800 metres with the top skiing at 3,250 metres (10,663 feet), providing excellent snow conditions from December to late April.
This expansive ski resort is part of the Paradiski area. There are over 425 kilometres of interconnected slopes, suitable for all skill levels. Breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and the Vanoise National Park further enhance the experience.
La Plagne’s numerous charming villages, modern facilities, and diverse après ski options make it an attractive destination for snow enthusiasts, ensuring an unforgettable high altitude skiing adventure.
Stay at: Chalet Grand Chardon
Val Thorens (3,200m)
Val Thorens, Europe’s highest ski resort, is a paradise for high altitude skiing. Situated at a staggering 2,300 metres (7,545 feet) to 3,200 metres (10,499 feet) in the French Alps, it guarantees exceptional snow sure conditions throughout the ski season.
Skiers revel in its extensive interconnected slopes, with a massive 600 kilometres of skiable terrain in the Trois Vallées area. Its altitude ensures reliable snowfall from November to May, making it a prime choice.
Val Thorens offers a variety of runs for all skill levels, awe-inspiring vistas, and a lively après-ski scene.
Stay at: Club Med Sensations
Snow Sure Swiss Resorts
Over the border from France, Switzerland offers a couple of wonderful snow sure resorts, including Saas Fee, clocking in the highest altitude in our top 10.
Saas Fee (3,500m)
Saas Fee, a picturesque Swiss Alpine resort, offers an exquisite high altitude skiing experience. At elevations ranging from 1,800 metres (5,905 feet) to 3,600 metres (11,811 feet), it ensures excellent snow conditions for a long season that typically stretches from November to April.
Known as the “Pearl of the Alps,” Saas Fee boasts a glacier, guaranteeing reliable snow cover. Its 100 kilometres of ski runs cater to all skill levels and offer breathtaking views of towering peaks, including the Dom, the highest mountain entirely in Switzerland.
With a car-free village, Saas Fee combines traditional charm, modern amenities, and exceptional skiing in a pristine high altitude resort.
Stay at: Hotel Schweizerhof Gourmet & Spa
St Moritz (3,303m)
St Moritz, the crown jewel of Swiss skiing, beckons winter sports enthusiasts with its high altitude alpine skiing. Located at 1,856 metres (6,089 feet) above sea level and offering access to higher peaks in the Engadin Valley, it promises exceptional snow conditions throughout the season.
With over 350 kilometres of immaculately groomed slopes, St Moritz offers something for skiers of all levels, from gentle slopes for beginners to challenging terrain for experts.
Its reputation as a jet-set destination means you can experience the pinnacle of luxury and après-ski indulgence amid stunning natural beauty, making it a true icon in the world of high altitude skiing.
Stay at: Walliserhof Grand Hotel and Spa
Snow Sure Austrian Resorts
Mayrhofen is the highest of our snow sure Austrian resort selection, at 3,350m. We also love the high altitude skiing in Obergurgl.
High altitude skiing in Mayrhofen is a thrilling experience that draws winter sports enthusiasts from around the world. Nestled in the Zillertal Valley of the Austrian Alps, Mayrhofen offers access to some of the most exhilarating slopes and breathtaking vistas in the region.
With elevations ranging from 630 to 3,250 metres, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy a diverse range of terrain, from gentle slopes for beginners to challenging runs for the more experienced. The resort’s high altitude ensures excellent snow conditions well into the spring, making Mayrhofen a top choice for late-season skiing.
Combined with a charming Alpine village and vibrant après-ski scene, it’s an attractive Austrian ski destination for those seeking snow sure conditions.
Stay at: Neuhaus Zillertal Resort
Obergurgl, Austria’s highest resort, is a high altitude skiing gem in the Ötztal Alps. Situated between 1,930 metres (6,332 feet) and 3,080 metres (10,105 feet), snow is guaranteed from mid-November to early May.
This compact resort offers around 112 kilometres of pristine slopes, with a range of pistes for skiers of all abilities. The snow sure nature of Obergurgl is accentuated by the presence of the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers.
With a relaxed, traditional alpine atmosphere, it’s a superb destination for those seeking a quieter, family-friendly skiing experience amidst the stunning backdrop of Tyrolean peaks. Skiiers will also love Obergurgl’s après ski options, quaint chalet-style architecture, and breathtaking alpine vistas.
Stay at: Hotel Alpina
Snow sure Italian Resorts
If you love the thought of high altitude skiing in Italy, then worry not, the ever popular Cervinia takes the last place in our top 10 as a beautiful a snow sure Italian resort.
Cervinia, in the Italian Alps, is a mecca for high altitude skiing. At an elevation ranging from 2,050 metres (6,726 feet) to 3,899 metres (12,795 feet), it promises exceptional snow conditions and an extensive ski season.
The resort is renowned for its connection to Zermatt, Switzerland, offering a vast ski area, totalling over 360 kilometres of slopes, with trails suitable for all levels of skiers. Its elevated location guarantees abundant snow from November to May.
With breathtaking views of the iconic Matterhorn and a charming alpine village, Cervinia offers an unforgettable high altitude skiing experience amidst stunning Italian surroundings.
Stay at Stay at Hotel Dragon
High Altitude Ski Resorts: A Summary
Wherever you are planning to ski this season in Europe, you can count on a high altitude ski resort to provide consistent snow and thrilling skiing.
Our top 10 snow sure ski resorts not only guarantee reliable snow cover but also offer expansive ski terrain, breathtaking alpine views, and lively après-ski to make for a truly exceptional ski holiday.
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