Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

The world's 50 best ski resorts

Pila, Italy
'This resort is great value,' says Vanessa. 'It sits above the town of Aosta, which is perfect for shopping on an afternoon off. There's a good lift system, wide pistes for practising turns and it's excellent value for money for a first visit to the snow. There's some onslope accommodation for ski in/out - or stay down in Aosta for a more Italian experience, with coffee shops and restaurants galore.'
LaRosiere, France
'Linked to its Italian neighbour, La Thuile, you can get two resorts for the price of one here,' says Roger. 'Beginners start on the good nursery slopes and short lifts close to the main village before progressing to the longer blue runs.'
Mammoth Mountain, US
'California is where snowboarding really started,' says Arnie, and snowboarders flock here from LA and San Francisco, especially early in the season when sketchy snow cover means skiers are still fussing over whether to risk their edges andwaiting for one of the area's legendary snowfalls.

Whether you’re looking for black-run thrills, après partying or beginner’s tuition, Kate Watson-Smyth has the essential guide to the world’s top spots for powder

This week’s panel

Vanessa Fisherworks for the Ski Club of Great Britain (www.skiclub.co.uk);

Arnie Wilson is editor of ‘Ski+board’ magazine and has skied 680 resorts. In 1994, he skied every day for a year and into the ‘Guinness Book of Records’. His next mission – to ski all 37 skiing states in the US – should be completed this winter;

Simon Usborne works on ‘The Independent’ news desk and started skiing when he was 6;

Roger Walker runs Ski2travel company.

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