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Many skiers going away for more than a few days will want a big ski area, and for good reason: better variety of slope, the sense of being able to explore somewhere new and the feeling of travel as you work your way around a ski area is all part of the fun.
The Portes du Soleil is simply vast. The lift linked ski area connects mainly pretty alpine villages (and purpose built Avoriaz). It’s possible to ski over the border into Switzerland and have a fondue for lunch in Champery – all on the same lift pass.
The 3 valleys is one of the original mega-resorts, and the scale of the ski area is mind-blowing. The distance covered from Val Thorens to Courchevel is huge, with endless runs and lifts in between. It really is impossible to ski it all in a week.
The Zillertal Superski area is not one lift-connected ski area, instead it is four separate ski resorts in the Ziller valley, all connected by free train and bus. Each resort has it’s own distinct feel, and although getting to them is easy, it feels like a real excursion (in a good way). All of the resorts in their own right are large, but when combined on the same pass the area covered is epic.
The Evasion Mont Blanc is a surprise entry to the list, as its not known as a particularly large ski area. The stats don’t lie though: a whopping 445km of piste to explore, served by over 100 lifts. There are a lot of runs to ski, and intermediate skiers in particular will love exploring the area.
Paradiski – 425km of piste
Resorts: La Plagne and Les Arcs
Any ski area bold enough to call itself Paradiski knows its in the big leagues, and it certainly is. In fact both resorts of La Plagne and Les Arcs were already in the big league before they were joined by the epic Vanoise Express cable car. The ski area is vast, with more than enough runs to keep even the keenest piste bashers happy for weeks on end.