The Early Bird Gets the Pow
Iglu Ski’s Krystelle Kubicki, tells SnowSure about the benefits of getting on the snow early in the season!
With winter on its way, skiers and snowboarders are already getting excited at the first signs of snowfall. If you are like me and itching to be back in the mountains, you are probably thinking about a ski holiday as soon as the slopes open.
The start of the ski season is one of the best moments of winter. As well as having bragging rights to the ‘first tracks of winter,’ you can also grab a bargain holiday, miss the crowds and be the first to try out the new season’s equipment in the rental shops.
Selected high ski areas open in the autumn allowing keen skiers and snowboarders to shred the mountain before the mass of holiday makers in December. Top ski resorts that open in November include Tignes, Sölden and Val Thorens. These resorts are some of the highest ski areas in the Alps and practically offer guaranteed snow throughout the year.
Tignes is one of our favourite options for an early or late season ski holiday. Val Claret is the highest village in Tignes sitting at an impressive 2100m and the ski area hikes up to a huge 3400m on the Grande Motte glacier giving plenty of elevation for fine snow conditions. Tignes is linked to the fabulous Val d’Isere and offers 300 km of world class pistes in the joint Espace Killy ski area. This majestic high altitude paradise has something for everyone: ski areas for all abilities, accommodations for all budgets, plenty of après on and off the mountain, and lots of family activities.
Sölden’s high lying ski area will be the centre of our screens this winter as it features in the new James Bond film, Spectre. This double glacier ski area sits in the beautiful Tirol region in Austria and is praised for consistently good snow conditions and being one of the premier ski areas in Europe. If 2 glaciers aren’t enough, Sölden has a state or the art lift system permits quick access across the mountain, a lively Austrian après scene and a wide variety of slopes for all abilities.
Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe with plenty of great value holiday options for staying in the legendary 3 Valleys. It may not be the prettiest ski resort but the village was purpose built for easy access to the best slopes and many properties are ski in – ski out. Val Thorens is perfect if you are looking to get the most out of your ski holiday as you can start your day by skiing from your doorstep then take advantage of the 600km of runs at your fingertips.
The start of ski season can be a variable time of year and has the best potential for large dumps of snow. Just imagine: empty slopes, fresh powder and first in line at the après bars… what more could you ask for?
It can be risky booking an early season ski holiday, so your best bet to avoid uncertainty is to choose a high ski resort with reliable snowfall. These 3 resorts are consistently popular amongst our customers and solid choices for a perfect ski holiday this winter.
If you’re interested in finding out more about any of the resorts Iglu Ski have to offer visit their website here.