High Altitude Ski Resorts

"Which is the highest ski resort?"

"Which ski resort is the highest altitude?"

"Which ski resort is the highest altitude?"

"What are the high altitude ski resorts?"

These are the common questions often asked. All these questions can be answered by reading below and using the following stats to compare the main resorts…

High altitude ski resorts offer the best snow conditions in the winter and often have summer skiing, as many resorts have a skiable area on a high glacier. The main resorts for summer skiing in Europe include Tignes, Alpe d’Huez, Zermatt, Val Thorens and La Plagne – most which have glaciers.

European snow sure resorts

The following table shows the ski resort heights, but also the height of the highest ski lift (ie the highest skiing access for that resort) which is often a better reflection of being a snow-sure ski resort. The better skiing especially in spring conditions, is often high up where the air stays cooler keeping the snow in better condition. The following table is therefore ordered by the highest lift, rather than resort height itself.

Ski Resort Heights and Highest Lifts

Ski Resort

Resort Height
/m (ft)

Highest Lift /m (ft)

Chamonix

1035m (3,396ft)

3843m (12,608ft)

Zermatt

1620m (5,315ft)

3820m (12,533ft)

Saas Fee

1800m (5,906ft)

3600m (11,811ft)

Les Deux Alpes

1650m (5,413ft)

3570m (11,713ft)

Tignes (Val Claret)

2100m (6,890ft)

3456m (11,339ft)

Val d’Isere

1850m (6,070ft)

3456m (11,339ft)

Alpe d’Huez

1860m (6,102ft)

3330m (10,925ft)

Verbier

1500m (4,921ft)

3330m (10,925ft)

Nendaz

1350m (4,429ft)

3300m (10,827ft)

La Plagne

1970m (6,463ft)

3250m (10,663ft)

Mayrhofen

630m (2,067ft)

3250m (10,663ft)

Les Arcs (Arc 2000)

2000m (6,562ft)

3225m (10,581ft)

Les Menuires

1850m (6,070ft)

3200m (10,499ft)

Reberty 2000

2000m (6,562ft)

3200m (10,499ft)

St Martin de Belleville

1450m (4,757ft)

3200m (10,499ft)

Val Thorens

2300m (7,546ft)

3200m (10,499ft)

Courchevel

1850m (6,070ft)

3200m (10,499ft)

Meribel

1450m (4,757ft)

3200m (10,499ft)

La Tania

1400m (4,593ft)

3200m (10,499ft)

Obergurgl

1930m (6,332ft)

3080m (10,105ft)

Avoriaz

1800m (5,906ft)

2466m (8,091ft)

 

As you can see the high altitude ski resorts vary from country to country and vary depending on your criteria. Always look at highest lift height as well as the resort height itself.

And Finally

…The highest ski resort in the world is (or was – unfortunately it officially closed in 2009) is a place called Chacaltaya (meaning ‘snowy ridge’) 35 km from La Paz in Bolivia. At a whopping 5,421 meters (17,785 ft) above sea level this place would literally take your breath away. It was served by a ski lift and the skiing was on an 18,000 year old glacier but due to El Nino and/or possibly global warming this finally disappeared in 2009.

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