Best snow-sure ski resorts

Some ski areas are just luckier than others, with snow-sure seasons that stretch from October to May or even longer. Why shouldn’t you be one of the lucky ones who get to benefit from these winter wonderlands?

© Val Thorens
France, Val Thorens

Val Thorens offers skiing until May, not surprising given that 99% of the slopes here are higher than 2000m! Linked to the rest of the Trois Vallées ski area, the resort gives access to one of the biggest ski areas in the world. Read more...

  • Highest ski resort in Europe (2300m)
  • Ski-in, ski-out pedestrianized resort
  • Attractive, family-friendly village
© Alpe d'Huez
France, Alpe d'Huez

Fondly referred to as the “Island in the Sun” thanks to its favourable southern orientation, Alpe d’Huez combines the best of both worlds, with snowfall regularly measuring at least a couple of metres during the winter. Read more...

  • Great off-piste skiing
  • Vibrant village scene
  • High-altitude ski area
© Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes has it all: sun, powder and an assortment of pistes for every level. Young people flock here for the snowpark and off-piste freeriding. As a result, you can count on a fun night of après-ski! Read more...

  • Glacier skiing in the summer
  • Easily accessible and high-altitude beginner’s slopes
  • Famous for its off-piste
© La Rosière
France, La Rosière

Not only does the south-facing La Rosière get its fair share of sun, it also gets doused in snow all season. This Savoy resort gives access to the beginner-friendly Espace San Bernardo ski area and the off-piste mecca, La Thuile. Read more...

  • Calm, family-oriented ski resort
  • Relatively unknown to most skiers
  • Wide slopes perfect for beginners
© Office de Tourisme de Flaine
France, Flaine

Flaine is your go-to resort for guaranteed snow, varied terrain and quintessentially French après-ski. The high-altitude village centre is a must-see; it was designed by famous Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer in the 1960’s. Read more...

  • One of the biggest snowparks in France
  • Known for its off-piste skiing
  • Modern and easy to access
© Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

With most slopes lying between 2000m-3000m altitude, the ski area at Obergurgl-Hochgurgl starts early and extends well into May. The classic parish village of Obergurgl is a long-time favourite with the British public. Read more...

  • Traditional Austrian ski resort
  • Perfect choice for intermediate skiers
  • Ski-in, ski-out
© Ischgl
Austria, Ischgl

Largely regarded as one of the best ski areas in Austria, the Ischgl-Samnaun-Silvretta Arena starts at 2000m – and it’s all uphill from there! Facilities, terrain and après-ski are all on par with the superior location. Read more...

  • Challenging off-piste terrain
  • Popular with snowboarders
  • Cosy pedestrianized village
© Zermatt
Switzerland, Zermatt

With skiing up to the dizzying heights of 3800m, Zermatt is a good choice for advanced skiers who enjoy moguls and off-piste skiing. But with over 350km of pistes, this Swiss ski area is sure to offer something for everybody. Read more...

  • Glacier skiing almost all year long
  • Views of the Matterhorn
  • Sophisticated village centre
© Sulden

One of the highest ski resorts in Italy, Sulden am Ortler is a wonderful choice for beginners – and the off-piste offerings are hard to beat. 30km of glacier skiing on the Stilfserjoch ensures the ski holidays will go smoothly. Read more...

  • Early-season skiing starting in October
  • Picturesque village centre
  • Largest glacier ski area in Europe
© Tignes
France, Tignes

As part of the Espace Killy ski area, Tignes can boast access to two glaciers, meaning the ski season extends almost all the way around the year. A variety of snowparks and slalom courses will keep you occupied. Read more...

  • Ski-in, ski-out resort
  • Two glaciers at 3000m altitude
  • Lively après-ski scene