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St anton, alpe'd'huez, or serre chevalier?

 Poster: A snowHead
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I've been deliberating between St anton, serre chevalier
And alpe'd'huez for the last three months, and cannot
Decide. Please help!
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Hi @Jakey, Welcome to SnowHeads.
I've Never been to Serre Chevalier (Not in the winter anyway), so I cant comment on that.

But I'd go for Stanton anytime.
Great skiing, huge area, raucous apres ski.
If you don't like that .... Go to Alpe d'Huez
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Depends what you like really. If you want to drink a lot St Anton
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I've only ever skiied in small resorts, so a large and varied ski area is ideal.
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I've been to all 3, although only day trips in December to St Anton. The three resorts are very different, both in terms of atmosphere and skiing. The skiing at each is extensive, but with very a very different feel. What type of skiing are you looking for? What are you looking for off the snow? Out of the 3 I personally preferred Serre Chevalier.
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As others have said: depends on what you want, how well you ski, your budget, etc.

I have done a good chunk of 18 winters in St Anton, so obviously biased that way. St Anton, which is part of the Arlberg ski pass area, offers huge variety. It is lifted-connected access to St Christoph, Zürs, Lech, Stuben, Warth, and Schröcken. There is a free bus to connect to Sonnenkopf.

To get the best out of St Anton itself, you should be at least a confident red run skier. The other villages offer more blue variety.

I have not been to the other 2 resorts, so cannot offer a comparison.
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I've skied all 3 although I haven't been to St Anton for some time. As previously stated I think St Anton is less suitable for lower intermediates, you would have to seek out easier stuff. The other 2 have a wide range from really easy upwards. All 3 are big areas. Off piste is probably more obvious and accessible in St Anton, there were some really nice unpisted itineraries too. St Anton has a big drinking culture which doesn't really exist at the other two. Price wise I found St Anton very reasonable to eat and have a couple of drinks although it was a few years ago and I was with my daughter so subdued. A bit less than Alpe d'huez and a bit more than Serre Cevalier, this may have changed though.
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I'm starting off in off-piste skiing, and I'm really enjoying it, so a good off-piste area is really good.
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Jakey wrote:
I'm starting off in off-piste skiing, and I'm really enjoying it, so a good off-piste area is really good.

The Snowheads off piste bash is held in Serre Chevalier every year.
@Weathercam and @KenX are the resident experts on of piste in Serre Chevalier.
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@Jakey, there is a lot of personal preference here, you are likely to have a good time in each of them. The Arlberg is one of the best spots for off piste around and it has one of the best snow records in the Alps, however its popularity means that the easily accessible off piste gets skied out very quickly. There is a huge amount more potential if you are prepared to get away from the lifts and away from the most well known spots such as the Schindler and Madloch areas. There are also many ski routes (itineraries) of varying difficulties which bridge the gap between "on" and "off" piste. Apres ski is not a consideration for the upcoming season.

In terms of size the Arlberg and Alpe d'Huez would be better than Serre Chevalier and both are probably more snow sure too. For big dumps of snow Serre Chevalier needs particular weather conditions (eg https://wepowder.com/en/forum/topic/248815) as noted above look up @Weathercam posts which have a lot of detail including his ski touring dogs Very Happy
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I'd probably go for St Anton if you want to party and Serre Che if you aren't so bothered about that. I'd suspect that accommodation would be cheaper in Serre Che but could be wrong on that.

Alpe d'huez certainly isn't a bad option (I did a season there many years ago and still visit from time to time) but the easily accessible off piste isn't very exciting. The good stuff is very committing (ie a long way from pistes for a long time and requires good navigation as well as all the other skills) so probably not ideal unless you have lots of cash for guides
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@Jakey, Could you list your criteria on what you want to base your decisions. What is important to you in the choice of a ski resort? For example if you hate massive lift queues or crowded pistes then St. Anton would not be a good choice. On the other hand if you like to drink a lot then St. Anton would be an excellent choice. All 3 resorts have plusses and minuses. Without knowing what you think is important it is not possible to make a reccomendation. No resort is perfect for everyone.
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I'm really only interested in the skiing. Restraunts, apres ski and that sort of thing don't really interest me. I'd like a large varied ski area, and good snow reliability. Lift queues aren't a major issue for me, but it's preferable if there weren't any. Good off-piste is also nice.
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Two points: firstly, the apres/drinking scene will not be anything like previous years. It will be very subdued, eg reserved seating, no standing, masks between tables and toilet, etc. So, forget about picking a resort based on its party reputation.

Secondly, St Anton queues are an overstated problem. Apart from first lifts up, and days of wind-hold/avi holds, you would be unlucky to queue for more than a few minutes, except at some known choke points, eg Madloch just before lunch.
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Jakey wrote:
.... Good off-piste is also nice.


Well, there is almost unlimited off-piste in the Arlberg, ranging from the readily lift-accessible lines like Bachseite, to full-on ski touring in true back-country.
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I have skied all three. Not really done much off piste, although could see that there is a load at Serre Chevalier if you like skiing between trees.

Price wise, parts of Serre Chevalier will be the cheapest. Probably at the Briancon end, however it gets quite windy on Serre Chevalier.


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it's not very useful to deliberate too much these days.
You better first wait and see what happens in december, whether lifts and hotels will open at all...
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@DrLawn, @Arno, @johnE, why are you referring to St.Anton's apres-ski, whilst already it is clear there will not be any apres ski this season? Why this bla-bla? Not very helpful...
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@Jakey, I've skied all three. Dribs and drabs St Anton, once SC and several times ADH.

If you've only ever skied small resorts and are just getting into off piste all three will be a nice step up and meet the large varied ski area, good lift system criteria. "Snow reliability" isn't really a thing - they are all snow sure in season - as in they will be open with plenty of piste skiing. Off piste if you book in advance you are in the lap of the weather gods. If you can book late you can at least mitigate against a drought spell.
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@Langerzug, if you want to be pedantic, the OP didn't say it was this coming season Wink. but fair point
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Having skied SC last January I was very disappointed in the infrastructure of the resort compared to Austrian ones such as Fiss or Sallbach. Antiquated lifts which took an age to get up the mountain and more breakdowns of lifts (very busy ski bus back from Briancon
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I've heard that about serre chevalier, it does seem like a pain, especially for such a big resort.
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