May 28, 2014

Extreme ski holidays: 5 countries, 5 of the best ski resorts in the Alps – in 5 days!

Are you are looking for the best ski holidays ever? Snowplaza reporter Felix has put together a breathtaking itinerary that takes you to some of the best ski resorts in the Alps. The objectives : to visit 5 countries and 5 of the best European ski resorts to check out the toughest ski run in Germany, the best apres-ski in Austria, the largest ski area in the world in France, the longest slope in Switzerland and the most beautiful mountain in Italy and! If you’re looking for a real challenge, visit 5 ski resorts in 5 countries - in just 5 days!

Resort 1: The most difficult ski run in Germany

From wherever you’re staying, get going as early as possible to reach the slopes of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the German Alps to warm up ready for one big challenge. Here in the Garmisch Classic ski area, the absolute must for all experienced skiers looking to test their skills, is the 3 km-long Kandahar World Cup ski slope with a 45-degree gradient and a vertical drop of 940 metres! Enjoy some of the more gentle slopes here too as you cannot afford to have sore muscles - there are four more ski resorts in 4 other countries waiting for you! Get back on the road in the afternoon as you have a two-hour drive to Solden ahead of you, where you’ll arrive just in time for some unforgettable apres-ski.

Resort 2: The best apres-ski in Austria

You should arrive just as the apres-ski gets going in the self-styled hotspot of Solden. Enjoy watching scantily clad girls dancing on the bar and join in the outrageously lively atmosphere in the Almrausch, the hottest apres-ski spot in Austria. Most nights continue into the next morning here but, if you want to continue the 5-day challenge, you need to be up by 10am. You cannot miss the outstanding slopes in the Otztal ski area before driving some 600 km to Les Gets in Portes du Soleil in the French Alps!

Resort 3: The largest ski area in France

After a good night’s sleep, you need to be first at the ski lift as there’s not much time to explore the world's largest ski area. With an incredible 650 kilometers of pistes, the Portes du Soleil ski area in the French Alps is the largest ski area in the world. Many skiers and snowboarders who spend their ski holidays here claim never to have had the time to see everything. You can get a good taster in just one day! Nonstop skiing with a lunch break on a ski lift to get as far as possible before it’s time to head back.

Resort 4: The longest slope in Switzerland

Are you still breathing? Early in the morning you need to set off to experience the next highlight. To go to the highest point in Switzerland. To reach this point, you need to take the Klein Matterhorn ski lift near Zermatt. The mountain station is at 3,883 meters (12,739ft) above sea level and be prepared, as up here, you can suffer from altitude sickness. A white desert stretches out before your eyes in this lunar landscape dominated by the famous Matterhorn with its peak at 4,478 meters (14,691ft). From here you can ski the longest ski run in Europe! Enjoy 17 km of piste over glaciers, on to wide flat highways, down crisp steep slopes and then through beautiful tree-lined runs. A skier’s dream!

Resort 5: The most beautiful mountain in Italy

Another skier’s dream is the destination for the last stop of Snowplaza’s extreme 5-day ski trip through the Alps. We recommend getting back as early as possible to drive on to get to Gröden & Seiseralm (Val Gardena) in South Tyrol, 600 km away, before sunset. But be careful in this special place! You are likely to fall in love at first sight when you see Sasso Lungo, Sella Massif and the surrounding mountains for the first time. Thanks to the jagged peaks of the Dolomites, the Gröden & Seiseralm (Val Gardena) ski area offers magnificent slopes from which one cannot get enough of the breathtakingly beautiful panoramic views. It's best to stay in this amazing ski resort for a few days to recover from your extreme skiing holidays!

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