Snow sure ski resorts

Sometimes skiing before Christmas or late in Spring can be fairly risky as you never know if there is going to be enough snow. In Europe we are lucky enough to have some of the best ski resorts available.

Many of the resorts have high ski areas and glaciers. This is what makes them snow sure throughout the season. There is nothing worse than booking your skiing holiday and turning up to melted snow. Our resort guide below should help you make the decision.


Best resorts for snow sure holiday

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens sits at 2300 metres and is the highest ski resort in Europe. The pistes here stretch as high as 3230 metres! As it is a high altitude, the snowfall usually lasts for days on end making it possible to ski right through to May.

If you are looking for a spring ski break, Val Thorens is your destination. You will find a number of snow making facilities throughout the resort which contribute to the natural snowfall. The 2007 snow cannons help guarantee the snow coverage over the 3 valleys in the resort.

Tignes, France

To guarantee snowfall and skiing all year round, Tignes is where you need to go. It is one of the highest ski resorts in the Alps. Tignes is known for having the most amazing snow fall there is in the French Alps. There is a glacier in Tignes which is open well into the Summer months, perfect for summer skiing.

This world-famous ski resort is suitable to all abilities with guaranteed skiing all year round, thanks to its high-altitude skiing and glacier. Skiers enjoy the friendly atmosphere, excellent apres-ski and the most important thing is the snow.

Val d'Isere, France

Val d’Isere is a smart, sophisticated village which attracts visitor’s year after year. Snowboard and ski enthusiasts love it here as well as partygoers. The charming village combined with the excellent skiing makes a fantastic holiday.

As it is part of the Espace Killy ski area, it has superb snow records and has good links with Tignes. The Solaise area of Val d’Isere has been redeveloped to improve the terrain for both beginners and families. There is a gondola with heated seats, reduced slope gradient and a day lodge. The snow making facility is the largest in Europe and provides snow cover from November through to May.

Cervinia, Italy

Cervinia is a high altitude, snow sure resort which has excellent links to Zermatt. The resort sits at 2050 m and has a ski area as high as 3883 m. Cervinia is one of the most snow sure resorts in Europe, perfect for guaranteed skiing. The resort is ideal for beginners and intermediates, but advanced will find some interesting runs.

Cervinia is a pedestrianised resort lined with bars and restaurants to wine and dine in giving it a warm relaxing atmosphere. The high altitude of the resort means that is has skiing available during the summer. There is 26.5 km of piste open in the summer and a whopping 200 km of piste throughout the rest of the season.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt is a traditional resort with a stunning backdrop of the Matterhorn. It is overlooked by one of the most iconic mountain peaks. Whether you are a skier or non-skier, in Zermatt you will have an amazing time.

Zermatt reaches 3820 m at its highest point and has 200 km of piste for all levels. There is some fantastic off piste opportunities for those a bit more daring. The snow coverage in Zermatt is well known for being excellent as the pistes are equipped with snow making facilities. This ensures there is coverage at the end of the season, which means there is guaranteed skiing all season long.

Saas Fee, Switzerland

Saas Fee is also known as the ‘Pearl of the Alps’ and sits in a shell shaped bowl which reaches up to a glacier. It is a traditional car free resort to try and preserve the glacier. The main ski area is at one end of the main street whilst there is a forest at the other end. Although it is a small resort it does appeal to all tastes and has something for all.

Beginners will learn their skills on the nursery slopes by the town centre before progressing on to the intermediate slopes. For those with more experience, head up to the Langfluh o Allalin areas, but there is a glacier here so you need to know what you’re doing. The high altitude of Saas Fee is what makes it appealing to those looking to ski all season.

Obergurgl, Austria

Obergurgl is one of the most snow sure resorts in Austria even though it doesn’t haven’t any glacial terrain. The resort starts at 1930 m and gets higher. From November through to May, Obergurgl receives a consistent natural snowfall.

If the natural snow fall wasn’t enough, Obergurgl has a phenomenal 99% snow canon coverage! Whether you want to travel right at the beginning or leave it to the end of the season, in Obergurgl you will certainly have snow.

Obertauern, Austria

Obertauren is very much like Obergurgl, it doesn’t have a glacier but does have natural snowfall from November to May. This is one of the excellent destinations that is ideal for late season skiing.

Obertauren is a fantastic resort which offers skiers high altitude skiing as well as queue-free skiing (very important). Skiers will also find a good election of ski in/ski out accommodation and good apres-ski.