Val Gardena is one of the 2 Italian resort inserted in the list of 20 (or 25 I don't remember) top ski resort in the World. Val Gardena, like all Dolomites resorts, is also very beautiful in summer. The orange/pink rocks contrast with the green fields and create suggestive atmosphere and impressive landscape. I love Dolomites!
In this case, I really reccomend you to try at least Trois Vallees, Zermatt-Cervinia and Kitzbuehel region before final conclusions.
Tignes/Val d'Isere is a top resort but mostly great for off-piste, and far behind Trois Vallees for beautiness, number,variety and grooming of slopes. (see a photo reportage here: http://www.skiforum.it/forum/showthr...hlight=vallees)
The other resorts you have been are not matching the quality of dolomites, I agree with you.
I love Val Gardena and next Sella Ronda resorts, because surrounding nature is amazing and local slopes are very well prepared and
transport facilities are high level.
Free skiing is really not for me.
I know Kitzbuehel, and Trois Valées, also Zermatt, but only from ski magazines and ski atlases.
Bay the way, Zermatt is Nr.1 in my ski wish-list. Skiing under Matternhorn must also be very nice, no doubt.
But I have seen Sasslong least once a year, I have to go off the Seceda towards St.Ulrich, etc.
Simply Val Gardena is my Heart issue.
In January 2010 I will go there after the sixteenth ...
And then the other resorts missing money.
Bye from Karvina, Czech republic
Ultima modifica di marosh; 01-12-2009 alle 07:02 PM.
Zermatt is a quite expensive place, you should also consider to stay in Cervinia and then skiing mostly in Zermatt.
In Trois Vallees (as in all France) you can easily find accomodation in apartment for 15-30 euro per day per person, allowing a great budget skiing in a resort second to none, non only for the number of slope kilometres but EXPECIALLY for the quality, variety and lenght. There is simply all the possible snow and landscape conditions, it's up to you to chose every day. Only great slopes, no walks to cross a village, no forced skiwegs, no horizontal or descending lifts, no forced boring link slopes to get somewhere where you can finally start to enjoy, but worrying to get back in time......
Say, you are in Val Gardena and you chose to go to make the Gran Risa, great slope, but skiing until there is nothing special and time waster (a part for the great landscapes), and this is a normal situation in dolomites but absolutely impossible in trois vallees where 95% of slopes is a really interesting slope worth to try
But in this case I have to support Marosh as we share not only the same love but also the same label "Val Gardena addict"
And you know, addiction is hard to recover...
Little misteake my friend...
The High Tatras are in the Slovak Republic.
I am a native of Silesia, it's part of Czech republic.
I know that Tatras are between Slovakia and Poland (look here, I am the manager of this album: http://skimaps.skiforum.it/skimaps/t...s.php?album=29 )
it's just that I supposed that is an alternative mountain range where Czechs can ski, if they don't like polenta