Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 16, 2012 3:01 PM Last Post By: Nomadic_Nikki
Nov 15, 2012 2:25 AM
snowboardingI plan to snowboard in either Austria or Switzerland early December. has anyone any idea which countrys skifields would be the easiest to get to and would there be skiable snow so early in December..thanks
Any suggestions of good resorts/areas to go to would also be really appreciated
Edited by: matuszek
Nov 15, 2012 3:16 AM
Nov 15, 2012 3:44 AM
Concerning Austria I do recommend you to go to a ski resort with a glacier (like Sölden in the valley of Ötz or the valley Kaunertal) - these regions are really snow secure.
Nov 15, 2012 5:08 AM
Nov 15, 2012 6:11 AM
Nov 15, 2012 2:50 PM
5You need a glaciar resort to have snow for sure. Those mentioned by #1 are all very good resorts and pretty expensive too. Austria will be a bit cheaper and has very good resorts too
Nov 16, 2012 2:52 PM
6Ahh I love posts about snowboarding in Austria! I would recommend the Arlberg mountain region of Austria, this includes the resorts of Lech, Zurs, St. Anton and St. Christoph. There will definitely be snow there in December (there is snow there now). I have grown up in this area and worked there as a ski/snowboard instructor for the past 5 years. The Travel Channel rated it as the 3rd best ski resort in the world due to its length of trails, quality of skiing and nightlife. You can literally ski nonstop between miles and miles of trails that connect up to 7 separate towns sprawled across the mountains all connected by free bus systems. St. Anton is the cheaper of these towns (Lech and Zurs are very pricey) and even has a hostel run by some expat Australians.
Ischgl is another resort south of the Arlberg mountain region which is even cheaper and has a much larger crowd of young people, the trails are good but not as extant.
Both Austria and Switzerland have no shortage of ski resorts, but in terms of price Austria will absolutely be cheaper than Switzerland. The Swiss are famous for their high lavish prices and the fact that their currency is currently higher than the Euro has not helped. Though some food for though: this has been bad for the Swiss economy since all the tourists, both European and foreign, now flock to the surrounding alpine countries for cheaper vacations (Austria, France, Italy and Germany).
Nov 16, 2012 3:01 PM
7Forgot to give you links in case you were curious:
Here's the ski map of the Arlberg region:
And one final note, the area boasts the longest ski race in the world: Termed "The White Race," (Der Weisse Ring in German) it is a huge circle between 3 towns all inter-connected by ski lifts. Anyone can try and time themselves to see how they fare compared to the hundreds of other skiers who have tried it before.
Hope all that helped!
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