Do you see yourself swishing down the slopes, admiring beautiful scenery as your skis glide on the crisp snow and looking forward to some stellar après-ski? There is such a wealth of fabulous winter sports resorts in the Alps so you probably need some help in narrowing down where to go. Here’s my pick of some of the best ski destinations in the Alps.
1. Off-Piste Skiing at Saalbach
If you're looking for a great snow record, a wide range of groomed runs and extensive off-piste skiing opportunities, Saalbach in Austria is one of the best Alpine ski resorts to choose. Located in the municipality of Salzburg near the Austrian-German border, Saalbach is easy to get to. Close to neighboring resorts of Hinterglemm and Leogang, Saalbach is a great base from where you can go skiing on both sides of the valley. There are 200 kilometers of groomed runs and 10 kilometers ideal for cross-country skiing. You'll find carving slopes and speed courses as well as race courses. Here off-piste skiing is fantastic, for the valley's north side offers thigh-deep powdery snow close to groomed runs. Several international events have been hosted in Saalbach, e.g. the Alpine Ski World Championship. For night skiers Saalbach even offers a flood-lit slope and families can enjoy a trip to the Learn-to-Rise Park, Ski Movie Courses and Funcross adventures at this family-friendly resort.