In an age of purpose build ski resorts full of high rise blocks build at altitudes of over 2000m, more and more people are requesting more traditional resorts which ooze character and have a real alpine charm to them. If this sounds like the sort of resort that you are after then have a flick through the resorts as recommended on the right and side of this page and you are sure to find the perfect resort for you.
You may find that in your search for a pretty and traditional ski resorts some compromises have to be made with resorts to resort height. Skiers often want to go as high as possible to guarantee snow but the ski resorts that are the most traditional are those that started out life as humble farming communities, and these communities rarely choose to base themselves at some of the extreme heights that you now find ski resorts being built at. The key to getting a traditional and snow security is to go for somewhere that may not be at extreme heights in the village, but that has easy access to high altitude skiing. A prime example is Meribel which is a lovely village at 1400m but with easy access to Val Thorens which sits at the lofty heights of 2300m.
Another option is to go for a resort that simply has a ski area of its own with high skiing and glacier access. Arabba, in Italy, offer just that. It has a resort height of 1600m but within the local slopes is the Marmalade Glacier with ski slopes on offer the stretch all the way up to 3300m! Mayrhofen in Austria is another great example of a low village with high skiing. The resort is located down on the valley floor but you need just step into the Penkenbahn Gondloa and you are whisked straight up to 1800m before starting your skiing.
An exception to the rule is Obergurgl. Situated at 1930m it is the highest parish in Austria and it is a lovely charming village without a high rise block in sight. Obergurgl is one of the most snow sure resorts in Europe and it is fantastic choice for those seeking a resort with a bit of character.
The fact that so many resort have now invested in snow making facilities is also a huge plus point for those seeking snow security and a traditional village atmosphere. Rarely are the snow making facilities relied upon for completely snow but they are used as a safety net during early and late season when snow conditions are not dependable. It is also worth noting that provided you choose to travel during the main season months then snow conditions should not be an issue in most resorts. January, February and March are traditionally very snow secure through the major European ski destinations.
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