(Sorry for the long message, but I try to express exactly what I'm looking for so as to save everyone's time with useless answers.) What
I'm looking for a place to go skiing for a week at the beginning of December. Background
I live in Zurich. Every year I manage to ski/snowboard about 25 days between France and Switzerland. France for week-long trips during the high season, Switzerland for one off days here and there when the condition are great. I've even managed to have an awesome powder day late November two years ago in Hoch Ybrig, but I wouldn't bet on that for a week
I know Zermatt is a good spot but it's also extremely expensive for a week (the accommodation especially). So I'm basically asking here because I think in Austria for instance, the snow season may start earlier than in France because of the more continental climate, increasing my odds to have good snow conditions for an entire week without having to wait the last moment to book.
So do you guys have any advice? I don't mean to be rude, but please avoid answers like "I've been there once early December, it was great"
. I'm looking for answers from people with longer experience and ideally who can compare climate between what I know in France and what one can find in Austria.
Bonus point: I am a freerider. I acknowledge that it's likely a bit demanding for this time of the season, but well... the steeper the better!
Thanks a lot for reading until here!