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Advice needed Where to ski

Discussion in 'Europe' started by bullet, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. bullet

    bullet One of Us

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    I have friends just moved to HERE.

    Ill have to visit in the winter, id appreciate any advice of where to ski near here, and best time for reliable snow.

    Both advanced snowboarders, with BC gear.
    Prefer easily accessed off piste and good vertical and constant pitch.

    Any help?

    Many thanks.
     
  2. Chester

    Chester One of Us

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    You could go to Italy, Austria, France or Switzerland ... the only limit is your imagination. You'll be close to Milan, and from there you can fly or take a train, or you could hire a car and drive wherever you please. Whatever mode of transport you choose, you can be anywhere in the Alps on the same day. The only reason I'd be narrowing your options to somewhere close is if time is an issue and you were only planning to snowboard for a few days. If that's not the case, choose somewhere you'd like to go rather than restricting yourself to somewhere nearby.

    As for best time for reliable snow? That depends on where you go, and what mother nature delivers. As a general rule, late November, December and early January are early season, hence a risk. From mid January until mid/late February it gets bitterly cold but generally delivers the best snow IMO. Then in March, April and early May it's spring, so you can get anything, but expect more sunshine, less snowfalls, more rain and spring snow conditions.

    Given the right snow conditions, all European resorts with decent altitude will have more than enough lift accessed off-piste, vertical and pitch, and add to that, lots of trees, couloirs, bowls and anything else you can imagine. The challenge will be to find the best riding, as a lot of it won't be obvious to the naked eye, and when it is, it will normally get tracked fairly quickly.

    I'd also do my research and try to avoid the peak holiday periods for any destination.
     
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  3. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sky is the limit. The Alps run in a big arc, and the entire inside of that arc is in Italy.

    I love skiing in Italy, from where you will be is a stone's throw from some amazing skiing, Dolomites, Monte Rosa, Courmayeur etc etc.
     
  4. bullet

    bullet One of Us

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    Thanks.I really have no idea with Europe.

    Does the Italy side receive less snow than the other side of the range?
     
  5. Chester

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    The short answer is no.
     
  6. Kletterer

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    Good Boarders value for money at Livingo .Cheap for more frequent visits. Must do Courmayuer, Cervinia and Monte Rosa
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    No. But more sun.

    A lot of the best skiing I've done in Europe has been on the Italian side.
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    As others have said you have plenty of options. This will give you a bit of an idea:
    http://www.bergfex.com/trentino/
    Trento region alone closest to you has plenty to start with, then you can go slightly further field to Aosta and France to the west, Switzerland to the north, the Dolomites and Austria to the north-east.
     
  9. Kletterer

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    We have spent lots of time in Europe but still very jealous of your new location;)
     
  10. Chester

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    The way I read it, @bullet 's friends have moved there and @bullet will be visiting. :)
     
  11. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    right you are Chester
     
  12. bullet

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    Thanks all, plenty of research to do. This gives me a starting point.

    What sort of snow is to be expected in Europe, eg similar to US central Rockies, UT, CO etc?
     
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    15/16 ? Lots of it and many waist deep days too. have spoken to the snow spirits about this
     
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