The Alps’ most reliable ski destinations: a top 20

If you’re booking in advance for early or late-season ski holidays, picking a snowsure skiresort is vital. For some it is overly important which results in focusing on skiresorts with the best snowdepth track records. We probably all know that The Arlberg region is the most reliable skiregion when it comes to accumulated snowfall. But does it really matter if the snowdepth is 320cm instead of 240cm? Probably not, it might even jeopardize your trip due to high avalanche risk. Even more so if the temperature tends to fluctuate and end up well above freezing level from time-to-time. Moreover, is your ski trip really enjoyable if the temperature is below -10 degrees most of the time?

These questions triggered to conduct a research on the skiresorts with the best skiing conditions. We analyzed weather and snowreports for some 1.200 skiresorts over a period of five years. Skiresorts were scored per week on both average snowdepth and temperature. The highest ranked skiresorts required a snowdepth on the lower and uppper slopes of resp. 150 and 180cm, and temperatures between -5 and -10 degrees during daytime. Skiresorts with average temperatures outside this range -particularly above freezing level - and/or with an average snowdepth significantly lower than 150cm received less points per week. The average score during the period December - March resulted in an overall score which was recoded to a scale from 1 to 10.

The Skiweather ranking method generated the following top 20. In our opinion the skiresorts with the best skiing conditions and a very safe bet for your money.

1. Val Thorens 11. Sestriere
2. Schrocken-Warth 12. Breuil-Cervinia
3. Obertauern 13. Damuls
4. Passo Tonale 14. Claviere
5. Riederalp, Bettmeralp (Aletsch) 15. Risoul
6. Andermatt 16. Peisey-Vallandry
7. Lech-Zurs 17. Courchevel
8. Alpe dHuez 18. Les Menuires
9. Tignes 19. St. Christoph a. Arlberg
10. Val dIsere 20. Avoriaz

Glacier skiresorts ranked significantly lower than in the snow-reliability rankings of other research efforts. In part this is due to (extreme) cold conditions for a large part of the winter season. There are three glacier skiresorts with a relatively high ranking: Dachstein, Hintertux, and Pitztal.

It is very interesting to see that Ischgl -by many considered a very wise choice at ALL time- scores lower than visitors perceive it (6 as opposed to 8.5). That is because the track record for the lower slopes is poor. Moreover from the end of January to the second half of Febraury the temperature tends to plummed making it a-less-than-pleasant skidestination. Nauders and to a lesser extend Solden are similar cases.

Do you want to know what the ranking is of your destination? Please visit the snowreport page of the skiresort on Skiweather.

Written by skiweather on Friday November 18, 2016

Category: skiresort - Tags: snow, sure

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