Skiing Styles

Best ski resorts for winter holidays

How much are you willing to spend?

Buy the tour or book everything yourself?

What is your skill level?

What is important to you on vacation?

The ski season has already started in most ski resorts in the world. If you are a connoisseur of such a vacation or are just planning to get up on skis or snowboard, it's time to decide exactly where you will do it. We will tell you what you need to consider when choosing.

How much are you willing to spend?

Ski tourism has a reputation for being expensive. Your travel budget will be based on the cost of your flight, accommodation, transfers, meals, ski pass and equipment. What is more important for you - affordable prices or a high level of service? The good news is that you can find locations that meet both requirements.

Alpine Countries and North America

Resorts in France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, as well as the USA and Canada traditionally have high price tags. Last year, according to Trivago, Italy's Madonna di Campiglio was the most expensive ski resort in Europe in terms of accommodation prices. On average, a hotel room here cost 677 euros per day. Of course, not all hotels in the region have such prices, but a quality vacation in the Alps is unlikely to be budgetary. After all, you will also have to spend money on a ski pass: it costs from 200 euros per week per person.

Northern Europe

If you are not ready to pay extra for the brand and prestige, take a look at the ski resorts in Norway, Sweden or Finland. Great trails, lots of fun and a relatively short flight. These are not the most affordable countries for budget travel, but skiing here can be cheaper than in the promoted Alps, and even more so in the USA and Canada.

Going to a ski resort? We explain how to choose it so that you like it

When choosing a style of skiing, first of all, you need to understand what you want from this sport. Will your acquaintance with alpine skiing be limited to amateur outings, or are you planning to seriously connect your life with this hobby and reach a professional level. Each style will require different equipment and fitness levels from you. This overview has collected the main and most popular skiing styles to help you decide which skiing style will work best for you.

Allround, Recreation

Allround, or one of its other names - tourist skiing. A style that, as the name implies, does not imply any special riding technique. Actually, it can be called a style with a big stretch, rather it is a way to spend leisure time in the mountains. As a rule, recreational skiing is a descent on a slope rolled by a snowcat without any claims to sporting achievements. The main goal in this kind of skiing is to slide down with minimal accidents.

This type of skiing is ideal for people who are ready to pay attention to skiing by occasional trips to ski resorts and are just starting to learn how to ski. There are different trails in resorts for amateurs, there are gentle slopes for beginners, and there are steeper ones. The coverage here can also be varied, here you can see soft fluffy snow, ice, puddles, and even earth with stones. Therefore, amateur skiing, although at first glance seems to be a simple style, you will certainly get your portion of adrenaline and pleasure from riding here.


In freeride skiing there is no place for prepared tracks, here, unlike snowboarding, only natural slopes are meant. The deep fluffy snow sheet, places where no human has ever set foot, are undoubtedly the main reasons why freeride is chosen. It is difficult to imagine more thrills than descending from the mountain. While descending, many riders willingly use the slope relief, performing jumps from natural jumps in the form of rocks and snow cornices, the most skilled skiers also perform incredible acrobatic stunts in these jumps. The popularity of freeriding is growing every year, so there are more skis for it, and ski designs are constantly improving, making it much easier to ski on natural snow surfaces. Even if you are an experienced skier within a prepared ski lift, it is recommended to use the services of a guide at the ski resorts. The infrastructure of such resorts is constantly evolving; now, along with guides, they can also provide a transfer to hard-to-reach mountains using a helicopter (heli-skiing).

Ski freeride is a fairly broad concept. There are not many classifications here. Freeriders can ride on any type of surface, it is covered with snow, soft slopes, and hard compressed by the wind, and even ice. Skating exclusively on deep snow is called the Powder style (from the English word Powder - powder).

It is necessary to understand that skiing in the mountains far from civilization, in addition to adrenaline and pleasure, is also a serious risk, not only to health, but also to life. The main dangers of a freerider are avalanches and the inability to provide quick first aid in case of injury. When hiking in the mountains, it is recommended to have such necessary equipment as an avalanche sensor, a walkie-talkie, an avalanche shovel with you. It will not be superfluous to have first aid equipment with you. Study the safety regulations in the mountains carefully. Be sure to wear a helmet and special protection under your outerwear.


Extreme carving is a style for skiers who love speed skiing. A distinctive feature of carving is cornering without losing speed. Sticks are not used in the carving technique. Since the turns are cut, with a very deep inclination inward of the trajectory, the fancarver, struggling with centrifugal force and gravity, at the moment of its execution, practically clings with the whole body to the surface of the slope. Due to this, in the carving style, turns are passed without braking, only changing the direction of travel. Using this speed, at the very bottom of the slope, the carver has the ability to turn the skis back up the mountain, and even perform a chopped turn in a circle.

To ride with a carving technique, you need skis of short length, with a very pronounced carving geometry - a deep side cut, a wide toe and heel, and a narrow waist. The wider the sidecut, the more readily the skis go in an arc, allowing you to make dizzying turns. Now carving in alpine skiing is not very popular, so equipment manufacturers practically do not produce skis specifically for this style. However, if you want to experience the sensations of high-speed carving turns, many modern models of suitable geometry will do just fine.

Ski cross

Ski-cross is a sports competition for skiers on a specially prepared track, with obstacles and jumps. Four athletes participate in the race at the same time, trying to overtake each other and eventually come first to the finish line. Skis that are used for ski cross have a similar geometry to skis for carving skiing, due to this, athletes are able to accelerate well on bends. It turns out to be a breathtaking ride, and a very interesting sight. It is not surprising that this type of competition is quite popular. In terms of their speed characteristics, ski-cross skis are not inferior to sports models from more traditional styles - slalom and giant slalom. The skis are more elastic, due to which they are not so sensitive to the quality of the slope coverage, and they absorb bumps well. Of course, you have to pay for the increased comfort, this will require the best skiing technique from the skier. Both sportsmen and lovers of active, power skiing can ski on such skis. Depending on the segment, ski cross models are suitable for beginners in the lowest segment as well as for models aimed only at professionals in the uppermost.

The ski season in most ski resorts in the world opens in November. We will tell you what you need to consider when choosing a place for this type of vacation.

2020 has dramatically changed the criteria by which travelers choose their vacation destination. Ski holidays 2020–2021 are no exception. In addition to the location and infrastructure of the resort, you have to pay attention to how safe the trip is and what restrictions must be observed.

Updated December 1, 2020. The information is current at the time of publication. To keep abreast of the latest changes and restrictions due to the pandemic, check the data on the websites of Rospotrebnadzor and the Ministry of Health of Russia, as well as on the official pages of regional authorities and ski resorts.

What will be the new season, will it be possible to ski abroad, will Russian ski resorts work in winter 2020-2021 and what rules will have to be followed there - these questions have been hanging in the air since the beginning of the pandemic. Now some of them have been answered: this article was written to help you figure out what the prospects for the ski season are this year.

Alpine skiing and snowboarding in the coronavirus era: will there be a season?

Last season was cut short at the end of March due to the situation with COVID-19, and by the coming winter, skiers and snowboarders are doubly missing the slopes. Much is still not clear, but one thing is for sure: the ski season will take place.

The available resorts abroad can be counted on one hand, restrictions on Russian ones will remain and the rules can change everywhere at any time. But when the soul demands snowy slopes, nothing will prevent you from enjoying skiing.

Can I go skiing abroad this winter?

Skiing in Europe at the end of 2020 and on New Year's Eve 2021 will not work. Ski resorts in Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Finland are still inaccessible to Russians due to closed borders. Some of them are now out of reach even for the locals: the season is delayed due to the pandemic.

Ski holidays in alpine resorts are questionable even in the middle to the end of the 2020-2021 season. When the borders are opened and it will be possible to travel as before, depends on the epidemic situation with the spread of COVID-19 in the world.

Among the countries that now accept Russians and may be of interest to skiers are Turkey, Montenegro, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, but there are significant restrictions now as well.

Holidays in ski resorts have recently attracted more and more tourists, young and athletic people choose it, families with children often come to the mountains. To spend a vacation in the mountains, now you do not need to travel thousands of kilometers from home and pay "cosmic" amounts. Russian ski resorts are becoming more and more popular among Russians. The reason for the increased demand was the construction of modern tracks and lifts, the development of tourist infrastructure. The European level of service in hotels, highly qualified instructors and inexpensive rental of high-quality sports equipment attract hundreds of thousands of tourists to the Caucasus and the Urals.

A Brief History of Skiing and Snowboarding

Once upon a time, skis were used to move foot troops on the snow. Long concave wooden poles were given to the warriors to move quickly through the snow. Alpine skiing was born in the middle of the 19th century in Norway. The design of skis and ski bindings at that time was significantly different from modern models. It was quite difficult to ski - during the turn, the skier bent his leg, pushing one ski forward, and almost touching the other with his knee in order to maintain balance. This technique of descent was called "telemark", then "christiania" appeared - moving down the mountainside on parallel skis.

Gradually, the technique of descending from the mountains has developed, and the design of skis has been improved - they have become lighter and shorter. The plastic coating on the sliding surface allows for increased travel speed, and the rigid attachment to the ski boots increases maneuverability and safety. In the event of a fall, a special spring released the skier's legs from the mount, avoiding dangerous injuries and fractures.

Alpine skiing in Russia began to gain popularity in the 30s of the twentieth century. This happened not in mountainous areas, but on the Sparrow Hills in Moscow, which at that time were located on the outskirts of the capital. The first trainings of athletes took place here, who then became champions. The downhill championship took place in 1937, the victory went to Vadim Gippenreiter. once trained on Vorobyovy Gory. For fans of ski slopes, the name "miners" is stuck. They came up with slalom - downhill with turns, like in figure skating, and freestyle. By 1970, alpine skiing had achieved great popularity; more than 28 thousand athletes were engaged in Soviet sections and schools.

Snowboarding dates back to the early 60s. The first model of a snowboard, which was then called a snerfer, was created for his daughter by a resident of Michigan. At first, this invention began to be used as a children's toy, but already in the late 70s, the first-ever World Championship in surfing took place. Over time, the design of the snowboard began to resemble the modern one - a rigid mount for the legs appeared, which was not there before. Nowadays, all types of top-level competitions are held in snowboarding. This sport became widespread in Russia only in the 90s.

How to choose a track

For tourists who first come to a ski resort, everything is new. For some reason, equipped slopes are painted in different colors. Experienced skiers know that the difficulty of the track is indicated by a certain color:

green is intended for beginners, it has a slight relief and a slight angle of inclination (15 °);

blue - simple, with a slight relief and an angle of inclination up to 25 °;

red - medium difficulty, with varied terrain and tilt angle up to 40 °

black is the most difficult, suitable only for well-trained athletes, it has a variety of terrain and an angle of inclination over 40 °.

Ski tours combine rest on the most picturesque mountain slopes, healthy lifestyle, extreme, and, of course, a sea of ​​endless emotions. In many ski resorts, you can not only ski or snowboard, but also just relax, breathing in the fresh mountain air. This type of recreation will not leave indifferent travelers who want to get a lot of unforgettable impressions, a drop of adrenaline and an excellent boost of vivacity.

Ski holidays are just around the corner, so it's time to find your ideal destination for an active winter holiday.

The staff of the South Territory Tourism Center has selected several ski resorts for you, which are suitable for both beginners and professional skiers.

Val Thorens (France)

  • consistent snow cover throughout the season;
  • the longest ski season in Europe;
  • the trail starts right outside the hotel door; <
  • good selection of restaurants and apartments;
  • few cars on the streets;

This is one of the highest mountain ski resorts in the world, located at an altitude of 2300 meters, not without reason it was nicknamed the "Roof of the Three Valleys". Ski holidays are thought out here to the smallest nuances. Most of the trails are designed for experienced people, but at the foot of the mountain there are well-prepared blue and green slopes especially for beginners. Most of the hotels have access to the slopes.

The resort has a well-developed infrastructure. In the sports center, you will find a huge selection of cardio and strength training equipment, group classes and consultations from qualified specialists. As for family recreation, you can play tennis, table tennis, badminton, football, basketball, volleyball and much more. Equipment can be rented on site. There is also an aquaclub with 2 swimming pools, a jacuzzi and a sauna. The spa at the Fitz Roy offers all kinds of massages, exotic facials, body treatments and other beauty touches.

Baqueira Beret (Spain)

  • stable snow cover;
  • everyone will find a course according to their skill level;
  • all conditions for freeriding are created;
  • there is a ski school;

One of the largest and most famous ski resorts in Spain is located in the heart of the Pyrenees. The resort attracts not only ordinary mountain skiers, but even members of the Royal family, so don't be surprised if you meet someone.

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