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Christmas Skiing 2017

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I am restricted to skiing at Christmas and have been to Cervinia (good but poor snow maintenance), St Anton (disappointing snow conditions), Ischgl (fantastic but expensive), Les Arcs (great skiing but awkward access from the chalet to the slopes).

We normally use Austria because we prefer hotels (family of three adults) and a bit of nightlife. Also, chalet experiences with larger operators have been disappointing.

Anyone any suggestions for places to go with reliable snow at Christmas? A good chalet with easy access to and from skiing would be OK.
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After the past 3 years I think it is tough to claim anywhere has truly reliable snow at Xmas.
Personally for a party of 3 adults I'd hold off and book near the time.
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@jedster, I can't remember the last year that Val d'Isere/Tignes didn't have most of the area open at Christmas.
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@jedster, I can't remember the last year that Val d'Isere/Tignes didn't have most of the area open at Christmas.


agreed but conditions are not necessarily that good. I'd prefer to wait and see whether Austria, Italy or France had the best snow and with only 3 adults to accommodate that would be quite easy to do.
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Personally for a party of 3 adults I'd hold off and book near the time.

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I'm told that the Pyrenees make a solid effort (cannon, pisting) to be open for the Spanish holiday at the start of December.
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i'm with pam w and jedster. After recent poor Decembers, many will be watching and waiting.

If you wanted a good bet though, I would go with SkiBugs Chalet Sauterelle in Tignes.
The picture suggests it is rather isolated, but actually the shuttle bus going either way stops right by the place, and Tignes Lac or Val Claret is only a short walk away.
So, easy access to excitement, but quiet when you get back home.
And if happy with off-piste, you can usually ski back to the chalet.
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@Jonpim, Surely we are due an excellent Christmas? snowHead
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jedster wrote:
After the past 3 years I think it is tough to claim anywhere has truly reliable snow at Xmas....


I appreciate that's in the context of "Austria". If you relax that constraint the last two seasons particularly have been spectacular elsewhere. But it's all about risk, if you book early..
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the last two seasons particularly have been spectacular elsewhere

I thought most of the French alps had a rather shaky start to the season the last 2 years. I was out in Les Arcs, Christmas 2015 and it certainly wasn't spectacular, though it was better up in Espace Killy.
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@Jonpim, Surely we are due an excellent Christmas? snowHead


Fingers crossed. We have flights booked to Geneva for new year week. Although waiting until the last minute will stress me out (I like to book early), it's probably the best thing to do.
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... I thought most of the French alps had a rather shaky start to the season the last 2 years. I was out in Les Arcs, Christmas 2015 and it certainly wasn't spectacular, though it was better up in Espace Killy.

Two seasons ago in BC I was riding steep lines (because of the stability) I've not ridden at that time for 10 years early season. This season in December Whistler had light and dry snow (because of the unusually cold temperatures); in the interior there was excellent snow right down to valley level and the highways were tough.
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