Five Alpine Resorts for Intermediate Skiers and Snowboarders

 

Whether you’re still building your confidence on blue pistes or pushing your limits on steeper reds, here are five resorts for intermediate skiers and boarders you might want to hit this winter. Expect destinations with tons of varied terrain to fit the cautious and daring alike.

Meribel, France

Smack in the middle of the sprawling Three Valleys - the largest lift-linked ski area in the world - Meribel is perfect for mile-hungry intermediates. The majority of the local slopes are blue, and bolder skiers can test themselves on the plentiful red pistes like the long Combe du Vallon. Of course, the biggest draw is the prime position between Courchevel and Val Thorens, offering top access to some 600km of terrain.

To cap things off, Meribel is home to great ski schools and lively après spots – on and off the slopes, there’s plenty to love.

The French ski resort of Meribel

Corvara, Italy

On the subject of extensive slopes, the resorts of the famous 430km Sella Ronda circuit are excellent options for intermediates keen to rack up serious mileage. One of the best bases for up-and-coming skiers is Corvara, where cruisy slopes meet breathtaking Dolomite scenery and great-value restaurants and bars – you’ll typically pay less on the slopes here than you will in French and Swiss resorts.

Intermediates still finding their feet will love Corvara’s easy-going local pistes, and the more advanced skiers and boarders can get plenty of thrills in the nearby linked resorts of Arabba and Selva. In fact, intermediates with a real appetite for steeper gradients and vibrant nightlife may want to stay in Selva.

Söll, Austria

Of course, if nightlife is top of your priorities list, you’ll want to consider the Austrian resort of Söll. Among the traditional Tyrolean buildings, visitors will find vibrant après-ski establishments and prices that won’t break the bank.

Söll is part of the rambling SkiWelt area, with 280km of pistes – the majority of which are wide and cruisy. The local pistes in Söll are nicely varied, with a mixture of gentle gradients and more demanding descents – like the black runs off the lofty Hohe Salve (1830m). The picture is completed by charming mountain huts that serve hearty portions of traditional Austrian food.

Les Arcs, France

With car-free villages, plenty of quiet places to stay and nicely varied slopes, Les Arcs is one of the best options for families with intermediate skiers in their midst. The Vanoise Express cable car links the resort to neighbouring La Plagne, and the total Paradiski domain has 425km of pistes to play with – roughly 80% of which are classified as blues or reds.

There are some good challenging descents here too – like the black runs on the Aiguille Rouge – and the woodland trails are top-notch.

The French ski resort of Les Arcs

Serre Chevalier, France

A favourite resort among skiers and boarders alike, Serre Chevalier is a great pick for intermediates who like to mix wide pistes with fantastic tree-lined runs. Even better, the villages are based around pretty traditional buildings and the locals are renowned for being very welcoming.

Across the sprawling 250km ski area, intermediates will find a great variety of terrain, from chutes to open bowls, and it’s fairly easy to get around. The resort has a well-deserved reputation for fantastic off-piste, and there are few better places to bounce through powder between trees. A great way to build off-piste confidence and get the most out of the resort is to sign up with a ski school for group tours.

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