Val d'Isère, France

Resort height:

 1850m

 

Slopes:

 1785-3300m

  (1550-3455 Espace Killy)

Pistes:

 150km

  (300km Espace Killy)

 

General snow cover

 

5/5

 

Snow quality (upper)

 

5/5

 

Snow quality (lower)

 

4/5

 

Resort level snow

 

5/5

 

Powder potential

 

4.5/5

L'Espace Killy (Val d'Isère and Tignes) is often regarded as having the most reliable snow in the Alps, primarily due to the extent of its high altitude skiing (60% of its 300km of slopes are above 2500m).

 

Although it's on the northern side of the Alps, its proximity to the Italian border means that snow can also arrive from the south-east, a privilege not extended to other nearby mega-resorts such as Courchevel or La Plagne. Throw in a couple of glaciers and nowhere else in Europe can offer such a variety of snow-sure slopes for such a long season.

 

That said, nowhere is perfect.  Many of the runs into Val d'Isère are quite steep, and with a lot of traffic, they do tend to get very chopped up (or slushy in spring).  

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