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Resort question - true-blue skier, self-catering

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Hi all. Just getting some input on possible resorts for late Jan-early Feb 2022.

I want a resort that has lots of easy blues for one of us who loves sticking to blues and some reds for the other one of us who likes things a little (but not much) steeper. The resort should have lots of easy blues, not just a few scattered about the mountain. I would like a decent sized ski area too (by that I mean at least 100km or so of pistes).

There will be 2 or 3 of us (mum, dad and possibly adult(ish) daughter) and we will probably go self-catering; that could either be booked through a TO or independently. We are not too fussed about apres, though we would like to go somewhere with a little life (i.e. not La Thuile). A nice spa would also be good.

Not fussed as to the country - I'm open to ideas.

A couple of areas that springs to mind are Alta Badia and Risoul/Vars.

Cheers

Dobby
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Saint Gervais is probably one of the easier resorts to ski with a good number of blue runs.
It also has a world class spa
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Pas de La Casa in Andorra ticks a lot of boxes for you here; the Grand Valira network is extensive and there's not really a properly challenging piste on the whole thing. Certainly for cruising about, eating in decent restaurants and drinking (very) cheaply, it's a great spot. Last time I was there they were doing a deal where your lift pass included lunch at most of the on piste cafes / restaurants.

If you're thinking Dolomites, then we spent a wonderful couple of months at the Far Western extreme of 'Seiser Alm' in 2020. It's excellent for big, open cruisy red runs, and has plenty of blues as well. It's the highest alpine meadow in Europe so its suitably gentle, and the views are simply phenomenal. If you go for the Dolomiti Superski pass you've got access to a huge network, and if you stayed in Ortesei you'd be able to do Seiser Alm out of one side and head up Seceda on the other - the run down to Val Gardena from the top of Seceda, opposite the sasslong, is for my money; the finest morning piste in Europe.
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La Plagne would probably tick all those boxes.
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Mention of Secenda reminded me just how beautiful it is up there above St Ulrich. The start of this youtube video shows the magnificent Odele group
http://youtube.com/v/kiYoMZmaaLUhttp://youtube.com/v/kiYoMZmaaLU

I cannot wait to go back again - probably next summer
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@johnE, Ortisei (St Ulrich) was the only time we have been out of France, and we had a wonderful time. To get out of there into the wider area though, you have to go down a red which in France would be an ugly, narrow blue. Not too bad, but the OP said 'true-blue'. That describes my wife at the time, and it was a bite the bullet moment. Each day lol!
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Stay in San Cassiano part of the Alta Badia ski area, I took a very nervous friend there and we had a great holiday, loads of mountain restaurants and the slopes were perfect!

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@dobby, Alta Badia would be a good choice given your criteria, and +1 for San Cassiano as a base. I love it there, though the night life is quite limited, that would be the only concern.
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@Scooter in Seattle, agree night life isn’t dancing on the tables Austrian style but we had some really pleasant evenings inc being handed plates of pizza with a bottle of Prosecco in some village bars and other bars talking us thru the Bomardino options so all very enjoyable!!
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I’m a big fan of Risoul/Vars but with no TO going there any more we gave Serre Chevalier a go and love it! Plenty of cruise blues and great to get all the way across the mountain from Briancon to Monetier (from whichever village you’re based in). And the natural hot water spa in Monetier is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. (We should be there this week but.............!)
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Pinzolo. Fantastic spa just down the road in Caderzone and easy lift access to Madonna d C, Marileva etc.

But Monetier would seem to meet your spec.
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