Mention skiing in Europe to the uninitiated and you'll often be greeted by a litany of reservations: It’s far. It’s expensive. It’s complicated. The snow is unreliable. What’s wrong with Colorado?
Here’s what the naysayers are missing: 5,000-vertical-foot descents that drop into 14th-century villages. Big-mountain terrain that makes the Tetons feel like a playpen. Resorts that boast 700 miles of in-bounds terrain and over 400 lifts on one ticket. Freshly-baked apple strudel for breakfast, a three-course meal for dinner, and a roof over your head for 60 bucks a night.
Armed with the right knowledge, skiing in the Alps is easy, affordable, and will change your notion of the sport forever. Here’s how.