Top ski domains for snow: The climate checker

Top snow ski domains

A ski trip can be the focal point of your year, a big X on the calendar that is the source of much excitement. It also calls for some planning and research, mostly around the destination you’ll be choosing. In this regard alone, there’s a lot to think about, from where to find the best après ski to where to enjoy the best slopes for your ability.

A vital element to consider is the elements themselves. It’s likely that external factors (work, school holidays etc.) will force your hand on when you’ll be skiing, so the important thing to take into account is the best place at that time. Different resorts come into their own at different times of the year, so if you’re trying to figure out where to go, follow our handy guide to find out what to expect weather wise and make the most of some of our finest spots in the Alps.

Val Thorens, Val d'Isère & Tignes snow reports

Val Thorens, French Alps

Welcome to the highest resort in Europe, where the dizzying altitude means a longer ski season as well as some of the most reliable snowfall on the continent. At 2,300m above sea level, it’s not unheard of to get excellent skiing right into the resort at Val Thorens as late as May. The majority of slopes in Val Thorens face north and north-west, this shelters them from the sun and means that the snow will last for much longer here.

(Average base depth – lower slopes (1850m)/upper slopes (3220m)
November: 61cm/102cm
December: 61cm/135cm
January: 80cm/157cm
February: 103cm/201cm
March: 130cm/233cm
April: 103cm/165cm

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Val d’Isère, French Alps

Val d’Isère is part of the Espace Killy area with over 300km of marked trails. Of these trails almost all are found above 1850m and over 50% have facilities for snow making. This means that Val d’Isère has an exceptional snow record. Val D’Isere also has the advantage of having the Pisaillas Glacier attached to its ski area. This glacier can be found at the top of the Le Fornet area at 3,200m. So that even when there is no snow at resort level you will still be able to enjoy skiing the beautiful glacier.

(Average base depth – lower slopes (1,785m)/upper slopes (3,200m)
November: 5cm/54cm
December: 22cm/137cm
January: 58cm/136cm
February: 91cm/176cm
March: 108cm/228cm
April: 55cm/167cm

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Tignes, French Alps

As part of the Espace Killy, Tignes enjoys the same high altitude and snow making abilities as Val d’Isere. The presence of the Grande Motte Glacier rising to 3,456m means that even during the early season there will be skiing in this resort. When booking your holiday in Tignes it is worth checking out where you will be staying. The low lying Les Brevieres (1550m) and Tignes 1800 would be best in early or late departures, while the much higher Tignes 2100 and Val Claret (2100m) will be much more likely to have good coverage all season long. Fortunately the Tignes Club Med can be found in Val Claret providing fantastic access to the best snow.

(Average base depth – lower slopes (2,100m)/upper slopes (3,456m) in cm)
November: 36cm/108cm
December: 40cm/138cm
January: 61cm/137cm
February: 89cm/175cm
March: 109cm/227cm
April: 57cm/169cm

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