Best Ski Resorts in Europe
Brace yourselves: Winter is coming! And with that, loads of opportunities to spend a nice holiday out on the slopes skiing or snowboarding. Whether you’re an avid skier or you’ve yet to put your slope skills to practice, one thing is certain: Europe offers a wide range of ski resorts that cater to everyone’s expertise level, holiday preferences and needs. To make things a little easier for you this holiday season, we’ve decided to put together a list of Europe’s best ski destinations. So read below to check out our top picks and maybe try something new this winter:
1. Val Thorens, France
Europe’s highest ski resort at an altitude of over 2,000 metres and part of the largest ski area in the world, Val Thorens in the French Alps was awarded Europe’s Best Ski Resort 2014, so of course we had to include it in our list as too! Its high altitude means that Val Thorens gets a large volume of snow, making the skiing conditions ideal. With over 60 marked runs, this car-free resort is ready to receive skiers of all expertise levels looking to hone their skill.
Best for: Avid skiers.
2. Chamonix, France
Chamonix is another ski resort in the French Alps that offers excellent ski conditions. This 10-mile long run valley offers five different ski areas and lift access to some of the world’s most challenging slopes. Its long runs make it a perfect spot for expert skiers looking for some adrenaline on their next snowy getaway. Luckily, however, this resort is just as welcoming for beginners and intermediate level skiers with a couple of nursery slopes and plenty of open runs for those looking to advance their skills.
Best for: Expert skiers.
3. Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
The Bernese Oberland is the ideal ski destination if you’re looking to explore one of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges. Besides offering ski runs for all expertise levels and boasting a host of charming towns where you can spend your nights, the Bernese Oberland’s ski slopes are set in a picturesque mountain range that will take your breath away. The panoramic views from the mountain railways alone are spectacular but if you need more, you can take a ski tour of the majestic mountain range. And you can always take a break from the slopes and explore the dreamy villages and surrounding lakes.
Best for: Touring.
4. St. Anton, Austria
St. Anton has been acclaimed worldwide for its excellent ski conditions and lively après ski entertainment. It is part of the Arlberg ski area which boasts over 90 cable cars and ski lifts, almost 350 km of slopes and 200 km of deep-snow runs all of which can be accessed with just one ski pass. In St. Anton specifically, you will be able to find groomed pistes for all ski levels, the majority of which for beginners and intermediate skiers. After an exciting day on the slopes, head to the Krazy Kangaroo or Moosewirt two excellent après ski joints featuring live music and DJ spinning into the wee hours of the morning.
Best for: Skiers looking for a fun nightlife.
5. Cervinia, Italy
A small sunny resort filled with nursery slopes and blue runs, perfect to get your little ones started in the world of skiing! With loads of self-catering apartments and charming hotels near the slopes, your life will be made extra easy with such easy access between your accommodation and the ski runs. Plus, what kid doesn’t love to take a break from skiing to grab a slice of pizza?
Best for: Family ski holidays.
6. Pas de la Casa, Andorra
Andorra’s oldest ski resort, Pas de la Casa is a small resort with over 30 lifts and 100 km of ski runs. Its wide range of accommodation options make this ski resort perfect for budget skiers looking to save on accommodation to spend on excellent ski conditions, charming boutique shops and a buzzing nightlife.
Best for: Skiers on a budget.
7. Murren, Switzerland
Have you tried it all? Not so fast. Murren, in Switzerland is a remote ski resort on the Swiss Alps that is only accessed by train or cable car. This means that this charming car-free mountain village is still free of the crowded international freeride scene, making it perfect for a quiet getaway to the mountains. Its 33 miles of slopes are perfect for every skier and the picturesque mountain views make Murren one of Europe’s best-kept secrets.
Best for: Lovers of the undiscovered.