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舊 2010-05-12, 19:24   #1
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any recommendation for skiing in Mid January

any recommendation for intermediate skiing/snowboarding in mid to late January , we have been to Hokkaido (Niseko and Furano). thinking to try either somewhere near Tokyo or Europe. any suggestion?
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any recommendation for intermediate skiing/snowboarding in mid to late January , we have been to Hokkaido (Niseko and Furano). thinking to try either somewhere near Tokyo or Europe. any suggestion?
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That is a BIG question, you have to narrow down your choice.

The easy part first - near Tokyo, both Naeba and Shiga Kogen are easily accessible and offer good ski nterrain. These two resorts have been discussed in great detail in this forum before.

The difficult part, Europe - Europe covers a large area, many countries (France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria). So, where do you want to go? Refer to the threads previously posted to find out more about some of these resorts. http://www.hkssa.net/forumdisplay.php?f=16

Narrow down your choices and then ask for recommendation.
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舊 2010-05-12, 19:56   #3
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tends to prefer Europe, either France or SwitzerLand. I have read some of your discussion in the forum, but it did not mention about the timing. we can only go from Mid to late January, good snow coverage around that time or is it still too early in France/Switzerland? Thanks
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tends to prefer Europe, either France or SwitzerLand. I have read some of your discussion in the forum, but it did not mention about the timing. we can only go from Mid to late January, good snow coverage around that time or is it still too early in France/Switzerland? Thanks
Mid-Jan should be fine with snow. January will be Cold, so you need to wrap up.

The best skiing in France are found in Trois Vallees (Courcheval; Meribel; Val Thoren) and Val d'isere / Tignes. Otherwise, you can go to Les Arcs, la Plagne, Flaine, Chamonix, Morzine, Avoriaz, les Deux Alpes, etc.

For Switzerland, Zermat and Verbier offer the best skiing on the eastern side of Switzerland. In mid & western side, you have the Jungfrau (Wengen; Grindlewald; Murren), Davos, Klosters, St. Moritz, etc.

If you are worry about the snow (due to global warming), go somewhere high in altitude. Most resorts in France and Switzerland that I mentioned above offer high altitude skiing environment.
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舊 2010-06-01, 20:13   #5
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Banff.
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舊 2010-06-02, 07:54   #6
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Mid to end January is fine for most European resorts.

I have done a few Christmas/New year visits too and that were fine too except the piste may have stone or gravel in it. You get less day light, the chairlifts close a bit sooner and the weather a bit colder. The pay back is it is early in the season so crowd has not yet built up.

For a long trip choose somewhere with a bit of altitude, say 3000m, if you want it bomb proof. Many resorts has a glacier which can be a bit exposed with strong wind.

Countries should be decided by the easiest airport you can fly to unless you hire a car.

Switzerland is most expensive but it does have the best train transport accessible to most resorts. Austria is the cheapest and best value for money. Italy has lots of charm and area like Dolomites has a huge terrain. France is the common destination and served by mega size resorts which should be avoided between Feb and early Mar.

From Far East the trip should be around 10 days to make it worthwhile.
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舊 2010-06-13, 20:18   #7
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Switzerland is most expensive but it does have the best train transport accessible to most resorts. Austria is the cheapest and best value for money. Italy has lots of charm and area like Dolomites has a huge terrain. France is the common destination and served by mega size resorts which should be avoided between Feb and early Mar.

From Far East the trip should be around 10 days to make it worthwhile.
I have reservation about Switzerland being the most expensive, but I agree that the Swiss have excellent rail transport in the Alps.

You do have a lot of choices (French and Swiss) within 3 hours drive of Geneva, with the present weakness of the Euro, it makes France very attractive.

Austria, not too many mega size resort (eg. St. Anton, Kitzbuhel, Lech), rest tend to be too small & scattered around for my liking.

Personally, never a fan of Italian skiing.
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舊 2010-06-14, 01:16   #8
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Mike,

The prime skiing area is the Dolomites.

The Sella Ronda formed by Selva, Alta Badia, Araaba and Canezie has 510km piste fully linked. While it may sound less than the 3V on paper it is actually much bigger because it spreads out over a huge terrain instead three valleys adjoining next to each other.

We talk about Zermat, St Moritz in Switzerland , St Anton/Lech, Ischgl in Austria, Aspen/Vail in USA, Contina Ampezzo in Italy but there isn't one for the French though Courchevel is possibly the next nearest.

I can get a en-suite room for two B&B for about 60 to 80 Euro in France, Austria and Italy but in Switzerland the starting point is 100Euro which bough us half board in a 4 -star hotel (with 4 course meals) in Dolomites this year. The ski passes in Switzerland is also dearer overall as well.

I would say coming from a long distance it is more satisfying to spend on a rmega resort. Having said that most skiers will find it hard to explore a 250km piste area in a trip.

Geneva is possibly a bad area to find nice skiing resort. There are no shortage of mega resorts like PDS, Grand Massif, Domain Evasion and Chamonix before heading for the Tarentaise (3V, Paradiski and Espace Killy). The snow condition is less favourable due to the low altitude, large population and density build-up areas.

Just bear in mind there are other airports too.
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