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The Best Ski Resorts for Intermediates

Sep 10, 2018

Photo: Aspen Snowmass

Whether you love those high-speed groomer runs, or just cruising through perfectly gladed trees in search of fresh powder, intermediates are spoilt for choice at most ski resorts worldwide. Check out Scout’s Picks for the Best Ski Resorts for Intermediates, perfect for those wanting to tackle a new feature in the park, take the next step in their progression, or simply enjoy a super fun and mellow ski vacation on the slopes.

Aspen Snowmass
With over 4 mountain areas to explore, Aspen is an intermediate skier’s heaven. You can find plenty of long groomed slopes for those leg-burning top-to-bottom runs, and mellow gladed skiing, while the high alpine skiing at Aspen Highlands and Ajax Mountain are worth the hike. There is something for every style of intermediate skier.

Copper Mountain
With terrain that is naturally divided to cater to each level of skier, Copper Mountain boasts fantastic intermediate options. A distinct lack of crowds means the long groomers are super fun, and the ability to find fresh snow in the glades well into the afternoon. Copper is also home to the famous Woodward terrain park, catering for freestyle skiers.

Steamboat Springs
Known for its champagne powder and perfectly gladed tree runs, Steamboat is an intermediate skiers heaven. There are a great variety of groomed trails of varying pitches, perfect for long cruising runs, and blue-black mixed trails that allow intermediates to take the next step in their skiing.

Photo: Steamboat Springs Ski Resort

Valle Nevado
Spread across 2225 acres of Andes mountain terrain, Valle Nevado is known for its fun intermediate groomed runs, and endless off-piste lines. A super fun terrain area to explore, the resort also boasts natural half pipes, gullies, and bowls to challenge intermediate free-skiers.

3 Vallées
The trifecta of Courchevel, Meribel, and Val Thorens means intermediates have an endless choice of high alpine skiing and wide open groomers. All three resorts are perfectly interlinked and incredibly fun to explore, as well as offering great opportunities for progression into more challenging slopes.

Val d’Isere
One of the very best options in France for intermediate skiers thanks to the winning combination of extensive terrain, decent lift-system, and spectacular views. Val d’Isere boasts tons of wide-open red runs for some high speed cruising, and good introductions to mellow off-piste skiing.

Tignes
Intermediate skiers will be spoilt for choice – Tignes offers some of the best intermediate skiing in Europe. This is partly due to the quality of snow, partly because of the perfect grooming and partly because there is just so much terrain to explore. Interconnected with Val d’Isere, it’s an unbeatable choice.

Sun PeaksPhoto: Sun Peaks Ski Resort
Canada’s second largest ski area, Sun Peaks really is an intermediate skiers’ paradise. More than half (52 per cent) of the resort is rated as intermediate, with the terrain made up of long, well-pitched, expertly groomed runs, and some beautifully gladed trees. Most intermediates will also be able to enjoy many of the black runs, since they aren’t crazy steep.

Alta Badia
Predominantly offering blue runs, Alta Badia is perfect for intermediate skiers, and boasts a huge amount of terrain to explore. A super fun layout of the terrain means you spend the day heading from village base to village base.

Shiga Kogen
Shiga Kogen is an intermediate groomer lover’s paradise. It’s one of the biggest (and highest) ski areas in Japan with 21 mostly interlinked resorts scattered among five valleys. It’s the perfect choice for those who love to cruise the long groomers, and mellow tree skiing.

Deer Valley
Intermediate skiers (but not snowboarders) will fall in love with the skiing in Deer Valley. The perfectly groomed slopes with easy fall lines will make skiers feel like pros, plus the black runs are very approachable making it an ideal resort for progression. The lack of crowds is also a bonus.

Still unsure on where to head for your ski vacation? Contact us at Scout for a customised ski package to suit your needs. 

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