Ski holidays

The Best Intermediate Ski Resorts

Long cruising pistes &
Never ski the same run twice

Best Ski Resorts for Intermediates

What makes an ideal ski resort that intermediate skiers want to go back to year after year? If we are just talking about the skiing and ignore the apres-ski, the top ingredients are...

  • Miles after mile of blue and red pistes
  • Many linked resorts
  • Variety of terrain from gentle inclines to steeps plus the thrills of forest rabbit runs where you can venture off into the podwer

Choosing the right ski resort can make the difference between loving and hating it. There is no point aiming for a resort with 70+ degree gradients and all off-piste such as Le Grave in France if you are still finding your confidence on this type of terrain. The same goes for choosing a resort that has all the key ingredients, but simply not enough pistes to keep you entertained for a week.

We have selected a few resorts that we think offer some of the best intermediate skiing across the Alps & Dolomites - plenty of pistes and variety of terrain to keep all types of intermediate skier happy.

Canazei, Sella Ronda

skiing in canazei, dolomites

At a glance Accommodation

Resort height 1465m
Kms of piste 1200
Blue pistes 360km
Red pistes 720km
Forest trails
Linked resorts 12 ski areas, 45 resorts

Canazei is in the heart of the Italian Dolomites - the largest ski carousel in the world with 1200km of pistes (not all linked) and is an intermediate skiers paradise.

Home to the 27km Sella Ronda tour - this route takes you in ether direction around the Sella Massif - one of the best tours you'll ever ski.

With the Dolomiti Super Ski lift, you can cruise blues and reds all day visiting one ski resort after another without going on the same piste twice!

Les Carroz, Grand Massif

les-carroz, grand massif

At a glance Accommodation

Resort height 1140m
Kms of piste 265
Blue pistes 67
Red pistes 46
Forest trails
Linked resorts 6

Les Carroz is a quaint and traditional ski resort within the Grand Massif area of the Haute Savoie region of France near to the Chamonix Valley and Portes du Soleil system.

The wide gentle blues are well connected to reds and provide easy crusing across the connected resorts of the Grand Massif, Samoens Flaine, Morillon, and Sixt.

Tignes, Espace Killy

Tignes, best ski resort for beginners, tigne ski resort for first time skiers

At a glance Accommodation

Resort height 2100m
Kms of piste 300
Blue pistes 68
Red pistes 39
Forest trails
Linked resorts 2

Tignes is a high altitude snowsure ski resort connected to Val d'Isere in the Tarantaise Valley, France.

The ski area is well known more for its intermediate and expert skiing with lots of off-piste opportunities catering for all levels.

Getting around the Espace Killy ski area is fun and can involve touring the glacier runs at Val d'Isere and the high runs of the Grande Motte glacier at 3300m at Tignes where you can also go summer skiing.

St Gervais, Evasion Mont Blanc

Sst-gervais, mont blanc evaision ski area, intermediate skiers

At a glance Accommodation

Resort height 810m
Kms of piste 445
Blue pistes 63
Red pistes 84
Forest trails
Linked resorts 6

Not many people know that St Gervais is linked in to the third largest linked ski area in France known as the Evasion Mont-Blanc. With 445km of tree-lined slopes that form 219 pistes serviced by 107 ski lifts, it will need more than a weeks ski holiday to tour the whole area that includes Megeve and Les Contamines.

Blessed with uncrowded pistes, fantastic mountain refuges and panoramic views of Mont Blanc, intermediate skiers will be hard pushed to find a better place for touring.

St Anton, Arlberg

st-anton, arlberg, intermediate ski area

At a glance Accommodation

Resort height 1304m
Kms of piste 280
Blue pistes 35
Red pistes 36
Forest trails
Linked resorts 5 (inc Lech & Zur by bus)

Skiing in St Anton is ideal for all levels of skier but especially for intermediates and advanced skiers and boarders.

Once on the higher slopes, the options of where to ski are almost too many for a weeks ski holiday - your piste map will be your best friend in navigating around the various ski areas.

These include the upmarket resorts of Zurs and Lech that are a short bus ride away but can also be accessed from St Anton if you are an expert skier, with a guide and conditions permitting!

Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil

avoriaz portes du soleil

At a glance Accommodation

Resort height 1800m
Kms of piste 650
Blue pistes 127
Red pistes 106
Forest trails
Linked resorts 12

Avoriaz sits in the heart of the massive Portes du Soleil system linking 12 resorts across France and Switzerland.

It provides direct access to 650km of linked pistes making it one of the largest ski carousels in the world.

From long cruising reds to the superb and great fun trails in the Lindarets forest around Les Gets and Morzine, the Portes du Soleil was made for intermediate skiers!