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Ski Big

01 January 0001

Because no-one wants a mediocre ski area!

Ski holidays are a prized possession and don't come round too often. So why compromise on the size of the ski area when you can ski XXL and ski big! Many of the big ski areas are fantastic for ticking off resorts from your bucket list and being able to ski across different resorts. For those wanting to get the ski miles under their belt, 'skiing big' is fantastic as you can stay in one resort but ski in dozens. With the fantastic lift systems resorts have these days, it is easier than ever to navigate between resorts and traverse across miles and miles of fantastic skiing without even having to take your skis off.

Check out our top 'ski big' resorts'

The Three Valleys

Probably one of the most well-known ski areas on the planet, the Three Valleys encompasses the famous resorts of Courchevel, Val Thorens (Europe's highest ski resort) and Meribel as well as dozens of other smaller resorts. With 600km of pistes to explore and 200 metres of lift served vertical to experience, there's more than enough to keep even the most advanced skier busy. 

Espace Killy

Espace Killy is home to the two, very well known resorts of Tignes and Val d'lsere which join to create a huge 300km of runs. The Espace Killy region is one of the most advanced ski areas in the world with amazing vertical terrain, high peaks and fantastic off piste. It is a dream for advanced skiers and snowboarders. The best thing about the Espace Killy region is that it's home to two glaciers which top the mountain. This has snow all year round and is great for those who want some fantastic late season skiing! 


The paradiski area boasts a massive 425km of runs and has 10,000 hectares of terrain in total. The paradiski area is home to the two large, and very well known ski resorts of La Plagne and Les Arcs, both of which are fantastic to ski. The two resorts are linked by the Vanoise express, a massive double decker cable car which extends between the valley joining the two resorts. The Vanoise express allows the area to claim to be the biggest ski region on the planet - but this is still up for debate. 

The Arlberg ski region

The Arlberg ski region is the biggest ski region in Austria and is home to the resorts of St Anton, Lech, Warth, Zurs and St Christoph. The Arlberg ski area has had a 50 million euro investment into it's lift system, meaning and they have now 'closed the loop' and you can ski the entire 65km loop between all the resorts. The run of fame combines a total of 18,000 vertical metres and is in honour of the ski stars that have skiied there in the past - follow the stars and complete the loop.

The Portes du Soleil ski area

Last but not least, the Portes du Soleil ski region joins the 'giant ski regions' club with a massive 650km of runs. Avoriaz and Morzine are two large resorts with amazing skiing to be explored and there is also Les Gets and Chatel to explore as well. Although this ski area may not be the most well-connected of ski big areas, it has fantastic bus services which operate, should you need to make a break in the circuit. The Portes du Soleil ski area spans each side of the French-Swiss boarder so they best thing about skiing here is that you can ski in two countries on one holiday. It certainly gets our vote and makes the list of top ski big areas!

Big ski area top tips!

  • Download the free app.  These days they all have them and they can help with geo-locating you in their vast expanse, recommending routes according to your ability and telling you at what point you need to turn around and head home to make it back in time for the last lift home.   

  • Buy the pass online in advance. Alas lift tickets for the big areas tends to be the priciest in Europe (although they can argue you are getting more for your money, France say that although their big area tickets cost the most in the Euro-zone, in terms of piste km and uplift for your Euros it’s the beast value.  Many of these passes are sold at discount rates online in the autumn before the season so if you know you’re going to go, best to lock the lower price in then 

  • Look out for sign posted routes.  If you can’t be bothered pulling your phone out to check the apps, lots of big areas have marked routes for different ability levels around their slopes using old fashioned metal; signs and paper maps.  It’s old school but somehow it still seems to work. 

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