As we wave goodbye to our final departures for winter 2016/17 we can’t believe that snow is still in the forecast! Now operations have finished for this season we can look at what the most popular ski resorts were this season. As the UK’s largest ski travel agency we work closely with over 60 ski tour operators so that we can offer the widest choice of ski holidays to our customers and the UK market. With this huge variety of chalets, hotels and apartments across more than 200 resorts in 18 countries we have an excellent insight into UK skiers and snowboarders favourite ski destinations.
As well as the thousands of holidays we have available on the website we also offer a large selection of accommodation only properties and tailor made packages that allow us to provide holidays in nearly all ski resorts in Europe and North America. If you have a bucket list dream destination that you don’t know where to start planning for or looking for a unique city and ski adventure, we can help you out with these extraordinary trips as well as the traditional package ski holidays.
It’s no surprise that France features heavily in the top 10 with many high altitude resorts to guarantee great snow conditions on ski holidays throughout the season. Take a look at our best-selling ski resorts for winter 2016/17:
Clinging on to the 10th spot for the 3rd year in a row is the swankiest ski resort in the 3 Valleys ski area, Courchevel. With 8 new chalets for winter 2017, including the stunning Chalet Founets Amont in Courchevel 1850 and Chalet Benjamin in Courchevel Village, it’s been an exciting season. Courchevel isn’t all about the exclusive properties; take a look at budget options in this brilliant resort.
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9. Alpe d’Huez
Alpe d’Huez is an all-round paradise which ticks all the boxes – fantastic ski area, lively apres, huge range of activities and a large town centre. The resort has started a 350 million euros development over the next 5 years including expanding Oisans and an incredible gondola link to Les Deux Alpes. We are expecting Alpe d’Huez to grow hugely in popularity over the next few years.
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8. Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes is consistently popular each season as it is one of the most snow-sure resorts in the Alps and is the perfect destination if you can only travel at the start or end of the season. There is a great range of affordable package holidays making Les Deux Alpes very attractive for a ski holiday in France.
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7. Les Arcs
As one half of the Paradiski giant, Les Arcs has a huge ski area with plenty of accommodation spread across the 4 villages. This winter there was the exciting new Hotel Taj-I-Mah, the first 5 stay hotel in resort as well as new activities such as a new igloo village, ice rink and the Mille 8 alpine playground. Les Arcs has some exciting new plans over the next few years including replacements of old chairlifts, expansion of snow cannon network and a new Club Med Les Arc 1750 resort.
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6. Val Thorens
Discover incredible snow conditions in Europe’s highest ski resort. With skiing up to 3200m and a large range of budget to luxury accommodation Val Thorens is consistently one of the most popular ski resorts for Brits. This season there has been new chalets, hotels, bars, restaurants, ski lifts and après activities in Val Thorens to continue to keep up its reputation of a world-class ski resort.
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Located at the heart of the largest ski area in the world and easily being one of the prettiest ski resorts in France, there’s no surprise that Meribel is in the top 5 popular resorts. The huge variety of ski runs and sectors in the 3 Valleys gives even the most seasoned skier plenty to explore during their week in the mountains.
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4. St Anton
St Anton is still the king of Austria with the largest amount of visitors. Although this season the heavyweight has been bumped out the top 3 by La Plagne, the incredible après scene keeps bringing back thousands of UK skiers and snowboarders each winter. With better links across the resort and a selection of new chalets we expect St Anton to carry on growing in popularity for vistiors wanting a change from skiing in France.
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3. La Plagne
La Plagne has grown in popularity significantly in recent years climbing up 5 spots within the top 10 in the last 2 years and now over taking St Anton as the 3rd best-selling resort. With 10 very different villages there are accommodations to suit all – from groups, families, couples and more! La Plagne has a huge offering and an extensive ski area that attracts all kinds of winter sports enthusiasts. This season has seen significant improvements in resort such as a new chairlift, new ski runs, new chalets, new bars, new activities and accessibility improvements.
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2. Val d’Isere
Once again the Espace Killy resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isere take the top spots as the most popular ski resorts in Europe. With a world class ski area, beautiful village and nearly 100 properties on offer, it’s no surprise Val d’Isere is one of the elite. The resort is enduring a huge transformation: a 16 million euro project on Solaise completed this season with a new gondola, beginner area and day lodge; now a 200 million euro, 5 year project has been announced to redevelop the Le Coin village centre and will create many new additions including 2 new hotels, new welcome centre, new shopping space, new underground walkway and more.
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Iglu Ski favourite and all-round awesome resort, Tignes is the best-selling ski resort for the 3rd year in a row. The variety of accommodations and reliable snow conditions makes Tignes an extremely desirable resort for all types of ski groups. Due to the snow-sure slopes we are able to offer ski holidays from the first week of December through til the end of April which means Tignes has one of the longest seasons with available package holidays.
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