TEN years without planting ski on snow is far too long, especially when I've enjoyed a dozen Alpine getaways and developed a reasonable standard on the piste
. A single black run each week was always our unstated aim in those days.
IT'S Saturday afternoon, the sun is shining, the hotels are full to bursting and I am in the middle of an empty piste
There's a good variety of pistes
to suit all ski abilities too, with 19 blues, 33 reds and 15 blacks, often allowing a mixed ability group to ski the same area and reach the same destination using a mix of runs over the four main ski areas in the resort.
Rock the Pistes
is not just confined to Pistes
is not just confined to the slopes and there's plenty the slopes and there's plenty going on apres-ski with fringe going on apres-ski with fringe concerts at the resorts, club concerts at the resorts, club nights featuring guest DJs, lots nights featuring guest DJs, lots of places to eat and plenty of places to eat and plenty of opportunity to chill out and opportunity to chill out and recover for the next day's action.
Now, off-piste means unmarked, unpatrolled areas that are easily accessible from the pistes
and lifts, but which can be extremely treacherous and remote and often pose serious avalanche danger.
In Switzerland, the pistes
in Verbier's Four Valleys were 120% too long when measured down the middle by Schrahe.
Notre avis : Capoue est la piste
privilegiee par Monaco, Guilavogui reste le plan B.
A new gondola, opening this season, links the resort to the Alpbach valley, increasing the number and variety of pistes
you can reach from the resort, with some spectacular red runs and a good range of easier pistes
With a choice of no less than 193km of pistes
amongst 1,926 hectares of mountains at your disposal, Grandvalira is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees.
Straddling the boundary between Perthshire and Aberdeenshire, Glenshee is Scotland's most extensive ski area with 40km of pistes
over three valleys and four mountains.
For those who like to stay firmly on the piste
, there are plenty of options here too and of course a beginner's area if you're just starting to learn or want to leave your kids to do so while you enjoy the higher slopes.
According to Valais police reports, six people have been referred to the cantonal prosecutor after allegedly setting off avalanches that swept onto official pistes
in Anzere and Zermatt, risking the lives of people skiing there.