It appears this forum is primarily geared towards the North American crowd, so I thought I'd add my two cents from the other side of the pond. As many of you know, Europe saw a ton of snow last winter. We spent a week in February in the Dolomites and we had 3 feet of powder. While the lines can get long at certain times of the year, we didn't see too much of that this time around. Over all, it was a good trip, the highlight being all that white stuff. Our biggest complaints were unrelated to the crowds, however. 1) The Italians don't appear to like to fall down, hence that even up on the glaciers and the blacks, the trails are flattened out and all of the fun removed in the process. Which brings us to 2) They frown upon off-piste skiing. While that meant we could get first tracks under the lift lines at 2pm, we were also subjected to the smartly-dressed folks on the chair yelling at us for doing so. Pluses and minuses, all around. This year we'll be trying something a bit more extreme (I'm openly taking suggestions from your recent experiences), in hopes of finding an angle steeper than 10 degrees. However, for anyone interested in magnificent views and (hopefully to be repeated) surreal powder, Madonna di Campiglio/Folgarida and Marilleva (900/1400) have something to offer for beginner through to upper-intermediate. If you want any more specifics, don't hesitate to ping me.