Four more destinations have just been added to the lineup of Epic Pass, the most popular pass for people to enjoy unlimited and unrestricted skiing and snowboarding on holiday. Here’s why you should be excited about the news.
France: Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski, and Tignes-Val D’Isère
Meet the largest linked ski areas in the world, the unique man-made gem in the French Alps! Courchevel, one of the Three Valleys which was entirely built from scratch in 1945 after World War II as part of the country’s reconstruction, is nowadays famous for its excellent lift systems, that are virtually queue-free no matter how busy the time. The great facilities and the beauty of the place have been attracting Hollywood A-listers like George Clooney and royals such as Prince William and Kate Middleton, to name just a few.
From here you can easily access Paradiski and Val D’Isère, where the Solaise gondola is the new attraction for the 2016-2017 season.
Italy: Skirama Dolomiti Adamello-Brenta
The Skirama Dolomiti area includes ten Italian ski resorts with a combined total of 380 km of downhill skiing, with 297 individual slopes served by 150 ski lifts. But the impressive ski facilities are elevated by the two amazing natural surroundings: Stelvio National Park and Adamello Brenta Nature Park, transforming winter sports into amazing and unique experiences.
Once there you can also visit Trentino, the closest town in this unspoiled area of the world that offers the genuine Italian experience in eating and shopping, two things that make Italy famous. Or, you can step into many parks now belonging to the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites, which are still populated by animals such as deer, roe deer, chamois, eagle, white partridge, black grouse and wood grouse, as well as the brown bear, a symbol of the Dolomites.
Switzerland: Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon
If you’re interested in backcountry skiing – that is exploring unmarked or unpatrolled areas inside or outside the ski resort‘s boundaries, with ski lifts, snowcats, and even helicopters at your disposal – then Switzerland provides the perfect European destination on this year’s calendar.
Out of the “Four Valleys” in the Swiss Alps, Verbier is one of the premier off-piste places in the world, with snow covering specific spots all year round and one of the few resorts where a mountain (Mont Gelé) has no slopes coming down it. The uniqueness of it attracts many famous international names, such as Richard Branson, Diana Ross, James Blunt and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, whom you could spot while enjoying the scenery. The rest of the three Valleys – Nendaz, Veysonnaz, and Thyon – offer the cozy charm of rural Switzerland, with villages and chalets, forests and views worth this visit of a lifetime.
Arlberg is a mountain range that nestles the popular ski resorts of Lech, Zürs, Stuben, St. Christoph and St. Anton, interconnected via mechanical lifts and groomed snow routes. With an elevation level of maximum 2.811 meters above the sea, this picturesque part of Austria is home to a large number of former Olympic ski champions. It also includes an exclusive list of royal names and Hollywood producers ( the mountain holiday in the movie Bridget Jones’ Diary 2 was shot here).
With Lech as both, the starting point as well as finishing point for “The White Ring,” a circle of lifts and runs that is a famous tour and the scene of an annual race including both experts and amateurs, a trip around these five ski resorts is as easy and fun as gliding over the snow.
Europe is more exciting to discover in its full winter charm. These four ski resorts offer breathtaking landscapes, great slopes, and unforgettable ski fun.