Powder-bound slopes, snowy peaks and cloudless skies are the perfect combination for any successful ski trip, whether you’re after the classic, Christmas-card scenery of the Alps or the down-hill acceleration of Canada’s wide, tree-lined runs.

It can sometimes be tricky booking a ski trip, with the time of year you want to travel a key factor on the resorts available for you to ski. But do not fear, we've compiled a top three ski resorts guide for Europe to help you decide where to book for your next skiing adventure.

Grab your goggles, pack your thermals and don’t forget your sunnies – it’s time to go skiing!

Val Thorens, France

If a tourist office can issue a ‘Snow Guarantee’ you know that the conditions on offer are going to be pretty good, and at 2,300m, it’s also the highest resort in Europe. The terrain suits everyone from beginners to experts and boasts 140km of its own pistes, however it’s also a great base to explore all 600km of pistes that Trois Vallées’ has to offer. 350 cannons are on standby should they ever be needed but with 99% of the area being above 2000m we can’t imagine that will ever be much of a problem!

Les Deux Alpes, France

A resort well known for its snow reliability boasting 222km of pistes, 47 lifts and a top altitude of 3,568m, even in the warmest of winters the snow covered pistes aren’t often in trouble here. The pistes here are large and wide, perfect for family skiing whether you are beginners or intermediates. What’s more Les Deux Alpes boasts one of the finest terrain parks in Europe, with great jumps, rails and two half-pipes. It’s especially popular in the summer months when the glaciers allow for t-shirt skiing.

Whistler, Canada

Imagine European vibes in a North American resort, boasting awe-inspiring mountain scenery and a lively après scene and you won’t be far off Whistler in British Columbia. The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games brought huge investment into the area with expansion and improvements to both the town and the slopes, and nearly 10 years on it still shows. 700 acres of terrain can be covered via the millions spent on snow cannons, not that they are needed, and the Blackcomb Mountain has the Hortsman glacier where summer skiing is possible. About as snow sure as they come!

What’s more, we’re running a special offer for the whole of January where you could win the cost of your ski holiday back in points. Plus, don’t forget, you’ll be able to collect the usual points on your travel purchases with our retail partners, providing you a great opportunity to accumulate a sizeable amount of points to be spent on fantastic rewards.

You book. You stay. We pay… in points!

by Dan Wilson at Rewards4Rugby

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