Whether you fancy dining on Michelin-starred food or you’re keen to tackle the world’s toughest ski slopes, there’s a bucket list ski experience for you. Here’s a handful of our top suggestions which will transform your ski holiday into an unforgettable adventure:

(1) Party on the pistes at a ski festival

Minimum ski level: beginner
Budget: 3/5
Ideal group size: 6+

If festivals and skiing are two of your favourite kinds of holiday, combine the two at one of many epic events hosted across the Alps during ski season.

Get ready for buzzing sets by some of the world’s best DJs at the legendary Tomorrowland Winter in lively Alpe d’Huez. Avoriaz turns into a party mecca at sundown during its annual Snowboxx festival in March, while the lineup at Mayrhofen's Snowbombing is always pretty star-studded - past headliners include Fatboy Slim, Foals and Craig David.

You could also book your Les Deux Alpes ski holiday in mid-December to experience the resort’s awesome week-long Rise festival. In addition to music, the event puts on a whole host of wellbeing activities. Yoga with stunning mountain views, anyone?

people partying at rise festival in les deux alpes

(2) Get your après ski on at the Mooserwirt

Minimum ski level: non-skier friendly
Budget: 4/5
Ideal group size: 6+

If you’ve selected St Anton for your group ski holiday destination (or you’re yet to pick a resort and need some persuasion), you’re in luck as it’s home to one of the best après ski bars in the Alps!

The Moosewirt sits towards the bottom of the Galzig run and is the place to go for an unforgettable après experience. The traditional wooden chalet gets packed out (‘scuse the pun) every afternoon with people clutching cold pints and dancing to tunes spun by the bar’s resident DJs: father and son duo, Gerhard and Thomas.

The popular party spot on the pistes has been around for 30 years and is a real mainstay on the St Anton party scene. Booking a ski trip around Christmas? Mooserwirt always goes the extra mile and puts on special events to get you in the festive spirit.

(3) Ski the Vallée Blanche

Minimum ski level: strong intermediate (with a guide only)
Budget: 4/5
Ideal group size: 2+

Hardcore skiers among you want pistes that get the heart pumping! Chamonix is the ideal resort for this as it’s got some ace high altitude skiing, including the Vallee Blanche which winds its way down from the lofty Aiguille du Midi.

Located 3800m above sea level and within the Mont Blanc Massif, the peak is accessed via a cable car with a cool glass walkway where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the snow capped peaks.

When you’re ready, speed down the legendary Vallee Blanche. It’s a 20km off piste route which descends all the way into Chamonix town. The route is pretty hairy in places, and you should always go with a guide!

group of people at the top of the vallee blanche in Chamonix

(4) Tuck into lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant

Minimum ski level: non-skier friendly
Budget: 5/5
Ideal group size: 2+

If you fancy yourself a bit of a foodie and you’ve got some extra cash to splash, ski resorts can be surprisingly good venues for fine dining.

A huge number of our favourite resorts are littered with Michelin starred restaurants where the food looks like art and the venues are set against backdrops of powder-perfect mountains. Try tucking into Tirolean delicacies in Ischgl at the palatial Trofana Royal hotel or sampling delicious French fare in a charming chalet like the Le P’tit Polyte in Les Deux Alpes.

Glitzy Courchevel is also home to several award-winning eateries where you can dig into exquisitely prepared dishes. This includes Le 1947 at Cheval Blanc which boasts three Michelin stars and a menu packed with Savoie specialties. It’s super exclusive, serving just 25 people each evening. Booking is obviously essential.

(5) Set your sights on Japan

Minimum ski level: intermediate (ideal for experts)
Budget: 5/5
Ideal group size: 4+

Keen to have a break from the pistes of Europe? Head east to Japan and discover the country’s spectacular skiing.

The sushi-loving nation is teeming with fantastic ski resorts situated up snowy peaks like Mount Asahi on Hokkaido Island and Mount Fuji on Honshu. Japan is blessed with some of the heaviest snowfall on the planet during the winter months, guaranteeing you amazing ski conditions. There’s dozens of resorts to choose from, with most offering a solid range of pistes to suit all abilities.

While you won’t have legendary Alpine après spots like La Folie Douce to look forward to after a day on the slopes, you will be able to sip on hot sake, fill your belly with mouthwatering ramen and soak your weary limbs at an onsen (Japanese thermal bath). There’s no need to worry about the language barrier, either, as most ski resort workers in Japan speak at least some English.

group of skiers in japan

(6) Have a go at heliskiing

Minimum ski level: expert
Budget: 5/5
Ideal group size: 4+

If you want a taste of the A-list lifestyle, this one should definitely be on your ski bucket list! Heliskiing is available at most resorts in Europe and involves soaring above the mountains and being dropped off at prime, otherwise inaccessible spots where the powder is deep and completely untouched.

Depending on where you’re holidaying, heliskiing isn’t always as pricey as you might expect. Sharing the cost between a few of you makes it more affordable and it’s well worth putting a few quid aside for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

(7) Ski the Gulmarg in India

Minimum ski level: expert
Budget: 5/5
Ideal group size: 4+

India isn’t usually the first place that jumps to mind when you think of winter getaways. Nevertheless, the hilltop town of Gulmarg in Kashmir is making waves as a destination for adventurers.. It’s on the doorstep of the mighty Himalayas which guarantees great snow coverage and spectacular backdrops while you ski.

group of people heliskiing in Gulmarg, India

Located 2600m above sea level, Gulmarg is India’s top skiing destination, but a bit of a hidden gem for those who tend to normally ski in Europe. While you won’t get quite the same cultural experience (and definitely not the same range of après ski - most of the bars and restaurants don’t serve booze), you will have access to miles of off-piste terrain, both inbounds and out - including trails that begin at the top of the almost 4000m high Aperwhat peak.

Not for the faint of heart, Gulmarg is a bucket list ski option for advanced skiers keen to add a rare feather to their cap.

(8) Challenge yourself with a ski tour

Minimum ski level: expert
Budget: 4/5
Ideal group size: 2+

One of the best ways to experience the remoteness of the mountains. Ski touring, suited to experienced skiers only, allows you to tackle some challenging off piste trails and cover loads of uncharted ground.

A guide will map out your route and take you safely from one ski hut to the next. Steer clear of the resorts and have the snow to yourself or incorporate stops at busier spots along the way. Ski tours can last for just one day or see you exploring remote terrain over a week.

One of the most well known ski tour trails is the Haute Route which takes you across 120km of powder between Chamonix and Zermatt. You’ll get to snooze in huts perched right on the mountainside and wake up to jaw dropping vistas every morning.

(9) Hang out with some huskies while dog sledding

Minimum ski level: non-skier friendly
Budget: 3/5
Ideal group size: 4+

There’s a reason why dog sledding is one of the ultimate ski holiday activities to try off the slopes. That feeling of gliding across fresh snow is unbeatable, plus you’ll get to hang out with some hounds!

You can get to grips with this centuries-old method of transport at pretty much every European ski resort and it’s a particularly good option for families. Sit back and relax on a shared sled, leave the hard work to the professionals or have a go at controlling the dogs yourself.

dog sledding in val d'isere

(10) Test your ski and flying skills with speed-riding

Minimum ski level: expert
Budget: 4/5
Ideal group size: 4+

If you’re a big fan of extreme sports, this is one for your personal bucket list. An ingenious hybrid of skiing and paragliding, speed riding lets you swoop down the pistes (or over them) at an exhilarating pace. Numerous resorts in Europe offer this as an extracurricular activity, with plenty of options for both beginners and experienced speed riders.

speed riding takeoff


Val d’Isère is a top place for trying out speed riding and it’s even where packed co-founder, Tom, learnt. We run occasional speed riding courses for those who are interested in getting to grips with the unique sport. Hit us up on WhatsApp or Messenger for more details.