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Italy /Austria Jan 13th...suggestions

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Hi

Over the past five years we have been to Zell am See, Val Gardena (twice), Madonna and Corvara. We are a mixed group but everyone can do reds now and we like doing a circuit like the Sella Ronda / Hidden Valley, for example. Ski in ski out is a definite preference for some of the group and happy for a 3 hour max drive from the airport (tend to do our own "package" and drive). We prefer resorts with a decent pretty village that has a couple of bars for a few drinks after skiing - Once we've had dinner in the hotel we tend to stick in the hotel bar.

So any suggestions...we prefer Italy and Austria so looking for new resorts / ski areas in these countries. We will be travelling for a week starting the 13th Jan 2018 and there are six of us.

Thanks

Rob
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You are going early'ish so on the last two years experience worthwhile going higher. To the good above suggestions add Solden although not the prettiest from memory, or Obergurgl nearby. St Anton is pretty snowsure too but I have not been.

Sauxe d'oulx had good early snow this year but it is not that high. Good night life, good value and good intermediate playground.
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Champoluc?
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hawkesbaynz wrote:
You are going early'ish so on the last two years experience worthwhile going higher. To the good above suggestions add Solden although not the prettiest from memory, or Obergurgl nearby. St Anton is pretty snowsure too but I have not been.


Altitude had little to do with it tbh last year - the snow came late at all altitudes. FWIW the small little hills in Salzburg/Oberösterreich had more and better snow at Christmas than Obergurgl, Stubai, Ischgl and the other higher resorts here west in Tirol (or south in the Dolomites for that matter).

I think Saalbach would be worth looking at though, and yes probably the Arlberg too.
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All good suggestions above. Also have a look at Ski Welt area. If you base yourself at Westendorf, it gives you the option of good day trips round Soll, Scheffau etc on one side, and Kirchberg and Kitzbuhel on the other side, as well as quite an interesting local area. Several hotels that are very close to lifts. Short transfer from Innsbruck (less than an hour easy drive). Pretty village, fairly quiet, but enough apres etc to keep you amused. The only issue is the piste map - expect to get lost!

13 Jan is pretty low season, so finding last minute accommodation is unlikely to be difficult. We booked Westendorf a week before the same week last year and had no difficulties. So, book flights early and choose location based on conditions nearer the time.

Otherwise, from your description, both Saalbach/Hinterglemm and Champoluc would meet your needs. Saalbach a bit more Apres-orientated, but great ski circuits.
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clarky999 wrote:
hawkesbaynz wrote:
You are going early'ish so on the last two years experience worthwhile going higher. To the good above suggestions add Solden although not the prettiest from memory, or Obergurgl nearby. St Anton is pretty snowsure too but I have not been.


Altitude had little to do with it tbh last year - the snow came late at all altitudes. FWIW the small little hills in Salzburg/Oberösterreich had more and better snow at Christmas than Obergurgl, Stubai, Ischgl and the other higher resorts here west in Tirol (or south in the Dolomites for that matter).

I think Saalbach would be worth looking at though, and yes probably the Arlberg too.


Agreed - I'd be looking at those areas with comprehensive snow making coverage.
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On that Schladming has the 4 Berge Tour where you aim to ski all 4 main connected hills. Staying in Rohrmoos would make it ski in ski out. It's pretty much a purpose built village above Schladming, it isn't the prettiest but isn't bad either. Pretty much all accommodation is ski in ski out, or at worse you might need to cross a road.

Wagrain would be a good option. Linked to St Johann/Alpendorf and Flachau so easy to put together a route. Short bus ride to be able to ski Kleinarl/Flachauwinkl/Zauchensee. The village is very pretty, quiet but with bars if you want them.
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@darbyrw, If you go to Austria you should get as good snow as anywhere at St Anton or the Arlberg resorts. Second week of January you may get a few Russians due to their New Year.
If you go to Italy (Turin/Milan) try Champoluc, Courmayeur, or La Thuile. The Aosta Valley resorts should be quiet and probably as good as anywhere for snow in Italy at January.
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We were skiing on piste in Champoluc mid-December. As is quite usual.
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You are going early'ish so on the last two years experience worthwhile going higher.

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We were skiing on piste in Champoluc mid-December. As is quite usual.

Same here in Saalbach (arrived on 10th Dec) - at least 150km of good piste skiing during December FWIW. The heavens opened and it started snowing properly on 2nd January, and by the w/c 14th Jan, which was very snowy, the whole 270km area was well and truly open, even the famed 7km piste 68 (which tends to be closed more than it's open, being low towards the bottom, off the beaten track and without snow-making). Guests were very eager to book the same week next season. Considering it was supposed to be an exceptionally poor season, from the point of view of natural early snowfall, even compared with the previous couple of seasons, I would be optimistic about the prospects for early January next season. (Hope I haven't jinxed it by saying that wink ).
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Thanks very much for the suggestions - will start looking now Very Happy
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