Is there a manlier place to be than on a mountain? You get nature’s fresh breath in your face, soft snow beneath your feet and scenery so epic it would make Chuck Norris weep tears of joy.
And whether you’re a complete beginner or full-blown adrenaline junkie, there’s a mountain for you in this compilation of ski resorts to visit in Easter.
Sauze d’Oulx, Italy
Sauze d’Oulx is 1 of 5 villages comprising the Milky Way ski area and it offers a galaxy of unforgettable experiences.
It’s great for intermediate skiers, with generous tree-lined slopes and long hours of sunshine. If you want to go up to 11, you can venture off-piste and feel your heart fly out of your chest.
There are also higher open runs from which you can drench your eyes in panoramic views of the mountains bordering France.
Alpe d’Huez, France
With a nickname like “Island in the Sun”, Alpe d’Huez unsurprisingly has 300+ sunny days a year.
It caters for skiers of all levels, which is great news for beginners. There are easy green runs, which you can ski on your way to attempting the blue ones close to the resort. It’s not James Bond stuff but if you have an active imagination, it sure will feel like it.
On the other hand, you can ski the longest run in the world, the Sarenne. Or you can dominate the mountain by skiing black runs and glaciers – if feeling like you’re flying on the ground is your thing.
Pas de la Casa, Andorra
Sometimes, you just want to go somewhere nice, affordable and full of snow – and that’s what Pas de la Casa is.
It’s part of the Grandvalira ski area, and has a great ski school with English-speaking instructors as well as pretty reliable snowfall. Advanced skiers can have fun too, with off-piste slopes and black runs.
Oh, and there are snow parks where you can practice your flips, spins and undoubtedly redoubtable tricks.
St Anton, Austria
Hope you’ve downed an extra shot of fearlessness because St Anton is where the big boys go to play.
It boasts legendary off-piste skiing and your lift pass gives you access to an ample 340km of diverse terrain. Being a ski village, St Anton oozes charm aplenty – you can pamper yourself at the spas or cool off at the quieter end of town in Nasserein.
While you’re slope-side, feel free to drop by the infamous Mooserwirt or Krazy Kanguruh for a drink.
La Plagne, France
La Plagne – part of the 425km Paradiski area – is a mountain Shangri-la that’s made up of small, distinctive villages.
From the tree-lined runs in Montchavin to the deep powder on the Bellecote glacier, there’s a satisfying amount of variety. Occupying yourself with intermediate and beginner runs won’t be difficult to do either.
If you’re a family man, this just might be the place to take your better half and little ones.