Intermediate Players

When you’re caught between the beginner and the expert level, you find yourself wondering where you can get the best value skiing for intermediate players such as yourself. The criteria for intermediate players would vary vastly when compared to the requirements of the beginners and the experts.  Here you are looking for challenge (but not too much) – this would entail searching for powder snow (often off piste) and more advanced well-groomed pistes.

For intermediate skiers, slopes with moderate difficulty are the norm.  This would include the United States’ black diamond trails or Europe’s red runs.  This is if you aim to progress from being an intermediate skier into a more advanced skiing level.  This would allow for more challenge of higher speeds, obstacles (hollows and bumps) and steeper terrain.  In addition, you should look for a resort where you have the option to get more practice at the beginner slopes, or, if you want, an opportunity to try the black slope for the first time.  Also consider runs with pimple-sized moguls, plus a haven for excellent apres’ ski scene – where you can trade war stories with both the veterans and the beginners.

Look for the blue and the blue-black trails that would really get you into gear and move your skiing abilities up a notch.  You will find a number of excellent ski resorts in the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland.  You can go to Vail, Breckenridge or Steamboat in Colorado, Heavenly and Lake Tahoe in California or on to Canada’s Mont Tremblant and Jasper resorts.

Here are some areas where you can find excellent ski resorts for intermediate skiers:

-    Aspen:  This is probably where you can find some of the best slopes such as the Big Burn run and the Green Mile run.  Aspen also boasts of four mountains, which provide many choices for those looking for more challenge.
-    Meribel, France: If you are looking for vertical drops and an extensive skiing network, this would be an excellent choice.  Ski the slopes in Combe Vallon, Mottaret, Courchevel, and the blue Pic Noir.
-    Davos: With its five mountains, you can surely make a run towards improving your skiing skills here.  Look for areas near the Klosters Valley, Weissfluhjoch’s long reds and the run above the Serneus hamlet.
-    Whistler, Canada: The two mountains to be found here, Blackcomb and Whister, have a wide range of intermediate terrain.  The snow is, more often than not, good, if not excellent.  There is the vertical trail down Creekside, the blue Peak to Creek run and the slopes down Blackcomb.

Also included in the list of great intermediate ski resorts are Bad Gastein, Kitzbuhel and Obertauem in Austria, Italy’s the Dolomites, Val d’Isere in France, Wengen in Switzerland and of course, Canada’s Banff Ski resorts.

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