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1. Posted by MichaelW (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I was hoping someone could recommend a good place to ski in the alps this winter.


2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Have only skiied in France, at Meribel and at Alpe D'Huez.

Meribel is part of the Trois Vallees (3 Valleys), so the whole area is huge and you can ski from one town to another if you're keen (Val Thorens, Courcheval, etc). It's more an intermediate to advanced area.

Alpe D'Huez is a more French resort in that there were less tourists. It probably had more of a choice of runs from beginner to advanced.

Both places rocked!

3. Posted by Felix300 (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Perhaps Alps have their advantages over other mountains but newly built ski resort in Silichi in Belarus has at least 2 pluses:
1) it is not overcrowded with tourists;
2) the infrastructure is the same - but the prices are slightly lower.
To get there avoiding paperwork you may turn to any travel agency in Belarus to get invitation and to book accomodation.
Best time: December - January
Regards Felix

4. Posted by aleah (Full Member 400 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

There are many nice places in the Alps. There are nice places in Switzerland, France, Italy and Austria. Depending what you like, and how good you ski. It's not really worth spendig a lot of money for great lifts and steep slopes if you are only beginning to ski.
If you are looking for a cheaper destination, there would be Slovenia or even Romania. I've heard good things about those two, might be a bit less developped, though.


5. Posted by MichaelW (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thank you for the advice I am very much so more to the beginners side over a pro. I will have to take a look into the Slovenia, Romania, and Belarus. Cheaper is always a plus.

Do you happen to know if only speaking English will be a hardship in those places? I had thought by staying in the France Germany Switzerland and Italy area (the Alps) I would run a high probability of the resort staff speaking English.

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

In France, as in most places I assume, if you have lessons (which I highly recommend) then the classes are segregated by skill level and language spoken.

It's no problem.

7. Posted by aleah (Full Member 400 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I was in Romania in '04 and got around with English very well. As Romanians normally don't have real possibilites to go to an English speaking country, they are really keen to speak with tourists/travellers. As I mentioned I've never been to Slovenia, I think people will speak English there as well...

If you are only beginning to ski, I can recommend you my favorite place (I did my first turns there). It is a very small place (literally no night life), but the slopes are the best prepaired I've seen so far. (Even friends I dragged along, were surprised).

It's located in the "S├╝dtirol" (Italy) close to the Austrian boarder. It is a bit cheaper than Austria (specially on ski instructions and food/drinks)


ps: hopefully I'm able to go there this coming winter again (end of January)

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 8, 2006 11:41 PM by aleah ]

8. Posted by Ursus (Budding Member 48 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi skiers... ;)

You really hurried up... About English speaking staff: In Slovenia English is the first foreign language (we start to learn it in primary school at age of 8) so there should't be any problems especially in tourist resorts... I ski as well and I already saw some foreign skiers - from Portugal, Benelux,... I think the most popular ski resorts are Kranjska Gora and Krvavec, but there are also Rogla (Pohorje), Cerkno, Kanin,...
I also skied in France at Alpe D'Huez and Les 2 Alps so I can compare french and slovene offer. In France the number of ski runs is greater, infrastracture is less used and this is why prices are higher. Difference is also in the altitude - french, swiss, italian and austrian Alpine peaks are much higher e.x. in Alpe D'Huez you can ski from 3330 m above sea level, the highest mountain in Slovenia Triglav (but there is no ski slope) has just 2864 m. Altitude is important because of snowing, melting...
Anyway there are some + and - as always... Greetings from Slovenia, U.