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European ski areas-what are the best?

I've cycled in French Alps and some in Switzerland. I'd like to ski there but don't know the best value for snow and weather quality, great terrain and ambiance. Courchevel was recommended by a resident ski instructor but it is huge and expensive. I'm used to Northwest US and BC where weather is variable but the hills and access are great. We're close to BC and Montana powder and Utah is an inexpensive plane ride. Anyone have experience in both regions and some recommendations?
 
Gigs is probably your best source, they're our resident Alpine specialist. A lot of those of us with interest in skiing on this board favour Nordic, so cost is less of an issue as there isn't any need to pay for lift passes and often the best resorts are completely different because specialist Alpine sites tend to have a fairly limited Loipennetz. Generally speaking in Europe though, the further east and/or south you go, the cheaper. The other key question would be, when in the season are you looking to go, as that will obviously have an effect on the reliability of snow quality, especially further south or at lower altitude venues.
 
Gigs is probably your best source, they're our resident Alpine specialist. A lot of those of us with interest in skiing on this board favour Nordic, so cost is less of an issue as there isn't any need to pay for lift passes and often the best resorts are completely different because specialist Alpine sites tend to have a fairly limited Loipennetz. Generally speaking in Europe though, the further east and/or south you go, the cheaper. The other key question would be, when in the season are you looking to go, as that will obviously have an effect on the reliability of snow quality, especially further south or at lower altitude venues.
Good question on the time of year. The best, most predictable snow for North American Alpine skiing is usually January to February but can extend at Whistler to late April. Our daylight hours are short until March and the French Alps seem close to our latitude. Longer days are best and good visibility important, particularly for glacier skiing.
I ride enough bike time to appreciate gravity's gift of speed. Nordic is not that important.
 
I've cycled in French Alps and some in Switzerland. I'd like to ski there but don't know the best value for snow and weather quality, great terrain and ambiance. Courchevel was recommended by a resident ski instructor but it is huge and expensive. I'm used to Northwest US and BC where weather is variable but the hills and access are great. We're close to BC and Montana powder and Utah is an inexpensive plane ride. Anyone have experience in both regions and some recommendations?
Next time I'm going, I'm going to the Jungfrau region. Mürren, Grindlewald, Wengen, etc. Lodging and skiing is actually a lot cheaper in Europe than in North America if you don't factor in the plane flight, and often if you do.

https://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/2018/10/31/cheaper-ski-europe-than-usa/

Lots of great options. Lots of articles on where you can find the best snow.

https://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/best-of-europe/best-ski-resorts-for-guaranteed-snow-in-europe/
 
Next time I'm going, I'm going to the Jungfrau region. Mürren, Grindlewald, Wengen, etc. Lodging and skiing is actually a lot cheaper in Europe than in North America if you don't factor in the plane flight, and often if you do.

https://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/2018/10/31/cheaper-ski-europe-than-usa/

Lots of great options. Lots of articles on where you can find the best snow.

https://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/best-of-europe/best-ski-resorts-for-guaranteed-snow-in-europe/
Yes, the US definitely sucks for cost. Vail owns everything and, unless you buy an Epic pass the lifts will cost you. Fortunately that pass is dirt cheap if you have enough snow.
Austria was definitely on my list at some point.
Thanks for the input and have a great winter.
 

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