Whilst some things about skiing will always remain the same, skiing in Europe and skiing in the USA can be very different experiences.
Although many Americans enjoy taking their ski holidays in the US, there is an ever-increasing number of ardent skiers choosing to test out the slopes of Europe, where they are welcomed not only by different mountains, but a wholly different culture, too.
The key element to every ski experience, there is no doubt that the mountains in Europe and the US are essentially different. Ski deals in Austria may include shorter resorts such as St Anton in the Alps, but with a vertical drop of 4,400 feet, this is still higher than even the largest resorts in the US, such as Jackson Hole and Big Sky in the Rockies. This often means that the choice of runs available is even greater than it is at home, with the added endurance challenge of skiing down from the very top.
Skiing in Europe also opens up the opportunity for travel, and there really are some spectacular views to be had from the top of the Alps. Whilst some people choose to spend a few days in the city they fly into, most ski resorts have shops, pubs and restaurants, which allow visitors to get a taste of the local cuisine and culture without having to spend valuable time away from the slopes.
European mountains generally experience less snow than their American counterparts, however this doesn’t mean there is a lack of skiing to be found. The pistes in Europe are generally very well maintained, with a great choice of terrain for skiers of various different styles.
Skiing off piste can be a very different experience to the US, as in Europe it is generally done at your own risk, rather than on specially designated areas. The hardest runs, known as black runs in Europe, are not usually groomed, offering a challenge for those preferring to stay within the designated areas.
Coming from a ski background where the queues for the slopes tend to be short, orderly and efficient, queuing at a European resort may be a small shock to the system. That said, however, due to Europe’s après ski culture, both the slopes and the lifts are usually quiet in the mornings.
For anybody looking for something a bit different for their next skiing holiday, Europe is a great choice, combining the same thrill of skiing with the excitement of travel. The differences between skiing in Europe and the US will mean a different holiday experience, but one that is likely to be enjoyable.
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