Zermat, or Verbier (Both ski towns in Switzerland) are great for 'home base.' Verbier has more around it in the way of variation of resorts, and its closer to Italy if you make your way through the St. Bernard Pass...So you could technically ski Swiss and Itanlian Alps no problem. Zermat is probably worth seeing, no matter where you stay in Europe.
zermatt is good because when the snow is good you can ski to chervinea in italy so you get two good resorts. If want to ski other resorts whilst you there laxx is 3-4 hours away (killer park) and its not that hard to get to different resorts on the train. europe is sick when there is snow but somtimes it can be a little sketchy because you are not gaurnteed snow
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dare i mention the 3 valleys. u get like 6/7 ski towns 2 ski on one pass (650kms). plus access to the tarrentaise region (val d'isere, tignes, les arcs, la plagne, blah blah). i think the states might b cheaper 2 live in though. but u cant beat the alpine charm of europe, everyone knows we can out drink the US.
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I'd look into Chamonix, but don't take my word for it. The euro kids will know better.
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switzerland is pretty expensive even if you're just bumming. if you want a city as a base i would consider grenoble (french, smaller city but with 1 hour driving you can reach some of the best resorts in the alps) or geneva (swiss, a little farther to the resorts but a nice city). if you wanna settle directly in a resort i suggest you take a look at the trois vallees area, les 2 alps (with la grave at the backside), the chamonix area, verbier(swiss), and zermatt (swizz).
i've been plannin on gettin a job in like CO or UT next year or something and just skiing for a year. but this whole Europe thing sounds like a rad idea. i think i'm gonna defnitely look into this.
What about St. Anton? Its one of the best resorts in Europe, I would say. It is GREAT for BC skiing, famous for it's Arlberg Powder! And remember.. Some of the worlds best skiing acamdemies are located in St. Kristoph (between St. Anton and Lech/Zürs)