Introduction to Ski
Ever hear of a ski resort in the winter being called ugly? With
the mountains drenched in snow and the resort blanketed in the
white stuff how can such places not look picturesque and scenic?
But, come summer when the snow cover disappears and the winter
crowds are long gone-what are these places like?
So, how am I grading or judging these places? Here's the scenario
being used: If I had the choice of spending the whole summer
in any ski resort (June 15-September 15) which one would it be?
In each resort you'll find a blurb about the place followed by
a checklist of boxes. What's important to me may not be important
to you. As an example: Some resorts visited are situated in very
narrow valleys with mountains rising abruptly on the sides---giving
me the sense of being too hemmed-in (claustrophobic). I also
need to be in a place where there're options for outdoor activities.
That being said, there're plenty of people whose idea of an idyllic
summer in a ski resort would consist of curling up with some
good books on a sun drenched balcony with panoramic vistas in
You'll find a standard listing of questions in each resort profile
such as: Does the ski resort have a lake and golf course? In
winter they're for ice skating but, in the summer lakes are for
cycling, walking, socializing, roller blading and even sailing.
How accessible is the resort? Driving a car up and down narrow,
winding, switchback roads isn't my idea of fun. Many of the Swiss
resorts can be reached via train. I'll be listing my favorite,
least favorite, most under-rated and, most over-rated resorts.