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Resorts with both great downhill & extensive cross country skiing?

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We regularly go skiing in a group to large ski areas such as the 3 Valleys. One of the group has decided she only wants to do cross country skiing in future. That worked really well in Meribel this year, which has extensive cross country skiing and good teaching. The instructor took them on trips of up to 15km in a 2.5 hour class. I don't want future trips to always be limited to Meribel, but get the impression that in many other larger resorts, cross country is extremely limited. Any suggestions as to which other European resorts are great both for downhill and cross country?
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Aosta valley is a fantastic place for cross country skiing and also alpine skiing. It has many different venues for both. To enjoy the huge variety you would need to have your own car.
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Trysil for really great cross country and good alpine.
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Davos
Les Saisies
Chamrousse (probably too small for your ski needs)
All the Vercors plateau areas (again probably downhill too limited for you)
la Clusaz/le Grand Bornand
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La Clusaz has loads of x country in 3 different areas, lots to do for non skiers, reduced entry to the gorgeous huge swimming pool complex, ice rink etc, a museum of skiing, and world famous free ride off piste downhill, Candide Thovex is from there.
Only thing is it's a tad low compared to some places so don't go after March really.
Been there year on year with my mum, she spends ages snowshoeing on the trails as she can't ski.

www.laclusaz.com
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I would suggest any Scandanavian/Lapland resorts - but it depends if downhill means lots of and long or not. My albeit limited experience of such resorts is that they're good fun but not of alpine proportions of the downhill kind (though can have very nice and challenging runs and generally pretty good snow).
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St. Moritz. The Engadin X-country network is huge and the scenery stunning. The downhill skiing is not bad either.
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@Julian T, Livigno has really extensive and well maintained cross country trails. They're usually one of the first European areas to open their trails and you see a lot of top level athletes training there. The downhill ski area is nowhere near as big as the 3 valleys, but it's a far more pleasant experience IMO.
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Another thought is Andermatt.
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I wouldn't say Meribel had good cross country?

+1 for Livigno.

Seefeld has excellent cross country, but limited downhill. You can get to good downhill reasonably quickly.

Banff is excellent for both. Not Europe I know, but just saying...

If you take a car, somewhere like the Ski Amade can cover all bases.
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Davos is superb for both from my viewing though I've only actually skied alpine there, but the x country is very extensive.

Serre Chevalier has some nice x country at Monetier and beyond. With a car it has outstanding x country up in Vallee de Claree or at Cervieres.

The Maurienne valley has some very good alpine resorts though not as large as some with an outstanding X country area up at Bessans.
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Paradiski area of Les Arcs and La Plagne. Awesome alpin skiing and really extensive cross country areas.
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Les Saisies, as suggested above, would be a good bet, particularly late in the season, as the cross-country trails (125kms) are mostly above 1600m. Nearly 200 kms of downhill too. Nothing very taxing on the downhill side of things, but some accessible (and not quickly tracked out) off piste possibilities.

Some seriously taxing cross-country trails, as well as plenty of more gentle ones - and good tuition available.
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I vote to make this thread a Snowhead Best Answer thread!

Admin, is there a section where thread with most useful answers reside, so one can easily look them up?
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My memory of Les Saisies is that the XC was probably better and certainly more challenging than the downhill piste options. Was an interesting experience as a XC virgin tackling some of the downhills on the "hard" circuit.
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