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Top 10 early season ski resorts in Europe

It's that time of the year when it's the best time to book your ski holiday for ski season 2022/2023. Why is that? If you book your ski holiday now, you'll benefit from: 


1. Loads of availability

2. Early Booking Discounts 

3. Low Deposits 

4. Free Cancellations 


Today, we bring you a list of what our ski and snowboard experts believe to be the top 10 ski resorts in Europe to go skiing in December. This article is excellent for those of you who like to ski early on in winter and need a hand finding out which are the snow-sure ski destinations in December where you can maximize your time on the slopes! Want to know a great tip that a lot of people don't think about? Search for high-altitude ski resorts ;) 



Tignes, French Alps

First on our list and that some of you are already familiar with is Tignes: located in the Savoie region and is known for being the highest ski resort in Europe as well as having the longest ski season. Its winter ski season stretches out from the beginning of December all the way through to May. There’s also the Grande Motte Glacier where you can even ski during the Summer! 


The best deals for skiing in Tignes


Val d'Isère, French Alps 

A popular saying amongst ski and snowboard experts is that Val d'Isère's biggest asset is guaranteed snow from late November until early May. If you check snow records, you'll see that this French ski resort is one of the first to open and one of the last to close. As we've already mentioned, this ski area is also linked to Tignes and all together offer you over 300 km of high-altitude pistes and two glaciers. 


The best deals for skiing in Val d'Isère


Avoriaz, French Alps 

This ski resort is third on our list as snow records also show it to be one of the snowiest ski resorts in France, especially the slopes facing the north in Les Hauts Forts, Arare and La Chavanette ski areas. 

Watch this space! Due to popular demand, Avoriaz is a brand-new ski destination on Esquiades.com, so you should expect to find incredible ski deals very very soon! 


The best deals for skiing in Avoriaz (Coming SOON)


Zermatt, Swiss Alps 

This ski resort is located in Switzerland, so, if that doesn’t already have you thinking of coble streets, hot chocolate, cosy hotel lobbies and Bernese dogs, we don’t know what will! This ski area usually opens in late November and its long runs are perfectly suitable for skiers of all abilities. So, if you're planning on taking the kids on a Pre-Christmas ski holiday to avoid crowds, you should definitely consider this ski resort. 


Val Thorens, French Alps 

At 2,300 metres and with a ski area of 170 km you'll find Val Thorens, a member of the largest ski resort in Europe - Les 3 Vallées. This ski destination has an excellent record with snowfall right through to May. It’s a dream come true for intermediate skiers as out of a total of 68 runs, 25 are blue and 27 are red. 


The best deals for skiing in Val Thorens


Les Deux Alps, French Alps 

Did you know this ski resort is open for skiing in Summer? Its glacier is located at over 3000 metres and so, guarantees great snow conditions all-year-round. Its name stems from the two towns on either side, Mont De Lans and Venosc. This resort usually has some runs available from mid-November and is a great ski destination for beginners


The best deals for skiing in Les Deux Alpes


Alpe d'Huez, French Alps 

Its average snow depth in December is of 58 cm and during the 2021/2022 ski season it had a total of 42 snowy days. It sits on a high plateau in the Southern Alps and boasts over 300 sunny days. You get the best of both worlds in one ski resort! During the month of December, the temperatures rarely get above freezing, so the snowfall is always kept fresh. 


The best deals for skiing in Alpe d'Huez


Davos, Swiss Alps 

The ski areas that usually open end November, beginning of December are Parsenn, Jakobshorn, Madrisa and Rinerhorn, espcially the first two. Good to know: this ski area has lots of cross-country skiing tracks and ice hockey rinks. You'll be fascinated by its unspoiled nature surrounding the ski area, and the slopes are all perfectly linked. 


The best deals for skiing in Davos


Arosa, Swiss Alps 

This Swiss ski area is perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers, so skiing here in early December is a great idea, so you can avoid crowds and school holidays and really focus on perfecting your skiing skills. The average daily maximum temperature is around 0.2 °C, and the minimum -5.3 °C. 


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The best deals for skiing in Arosa (Coming SOON)


Pas de la Casa, Andorra

Snow reports show that the average snow depth in Pas de Casa in December is around 38 cm at the top (2100 metres above sea level) and 19 cm at the bottom of the ski area. It's the highest ski area in Andorra and Grandvalira and Vallnord Pal-Arinsal ski resorts. So, we can say that snow reliability is also quite good here. 



The best deals for skiing in Pas de la Casa 



Skiing conditions before Christmas aren't always certain and most reliable, which is why it's we think it's very important to fact-check information about ski resorts before booking a ski holiday. If you pick a ski resort from our list, we guarantee you'll enjoy an amazing first ski holiday to kick-start winter in style! And if you're concerned about the snow conditions, our team at Esquiades.com has designed a special insurance, so you can book and early-season ski deal with total confidence


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