From stunning scenery to thrilling slopes, it’s easy to see why skiing is such a popular pastime. No matter what kind of ski holiday you’re looking for, whether action-packed or relaxing, you’ll find something in Europe. But, with so many options to choose from, where should you head?
Here are the best ski destinations in Europe:
Best for breath-taking views
The eye-catching views and snow-capped mountains are great company on the slopes. Almost all European ski resorts can boast nice scenery. But, where’s the best?
Alpbach has been dubbed ‘Austria’s prettiest village’, oozing Austrian charm with its traditional-style chalets and relaxed atmosphere. In this resort, gazing down over the Alps is an experience you’ll never forget. Even when off the slopes, you’ll marvel at the views, as the resort boasts some of the most beautiful scenery.
Is there anything better than watching a sunset over the Dolomites with a cocktail in hand? If the mouth-watering local cuisine and exciting slopes weren’t enough, Courmayeur is home to some gorgeous views. Both the mountains and the village itself, with its cobbled and car-free streets, give it the appearance of a resort straight from a postcard.
Complete with wooded slopes, breath-taking panoramas, and ice-capped mountains, Megève has certainly earned its spot on this list of pretty ski resorts. Home to some high-altitudes that make it easy to admire the views in their full glory, it’s little wonder Megève is so popular with keen skiers year after year.
Best for Après-ski
Love to let your hair down after a day on the slopes? Try heading to these places:
Val Thorens, France
Val Thorens is hugely popular with those looking for a party. With a bar or club for everyone, even those looking for a quiet drink, this resort hasn’t earned its reputation for no reason! But, not to fear, if you need a night off, there’s still plenty to do. Val Thorens is home to many rustic restaurants and family-friendly activities.
Verbier might not be the cheapest ski resort in Europe, but if you’re looking for great après, you’ll find it here. From live music events to bars open late into the night, Verbier is a great resort for partying.
Best for those on a budget
Contrary to popular belief, skiing needn’t break the bank! You just need to know where to look:
Livigno is great for skiers on a budget due to the fact it’s in a tax-free zone. There’s no VAT on anything, from drinks to souvenirs for the family. Cheers!
Söll is a ski resort that has long been in the shadow of some of the well-known Austrian giants. But, this doesn’t mean the skiing is comprised. In fact, Söll is home to many exciting slopes for all levels of skier, from beginner to expert. Enjoy your days on the white powder with some impressively low prices.
Best for thrill-seekers
So, where should the adrenaline-junkies and those looking to take their experience to the next level head?
Chamonix is home to some infamous ski slopes, which would test the abilities of any thrill-seeking skier. With an abundance of steep runs, Chamonix is not for the faint-hearted!
St Anton, Austria
Love venturing off-piste? You’ll be more than at home in St Anton, with its vast array of off-piste trails. If you’ve got a taste for exploring, you won’t be disappointed here.
Best for Families
Family ski holidays are an unforgettable experience. From bonding to belly-laughs, every family member will enjoy the trip. Be sure not to let your holiday be ruined by picking the wrong resort:
Home to plenty of ski schools and a wide array of beginner slopes, Avoriaz is great for those in the company of younger travelers. Luckily there’s loads for the older members of the family to do too. From numerous bars and restaurants to an indoor swimming pool, Avoriaz has all the ingredients needed for a great family holiday.
Obergurgl is the perfect resort for beginners, which is great news for families. Another bonus? There’s plenty of snow which makes for a softer landing for any youngsters just getting to grips with their skis. For any older children, there are plenty of terrain parks that allow them to show off their skills. If you’ve found the right resort for you, ensure you book your transfer from the airport in advance to get your holiday off to the best possible start.
About the author: Heleana, is on the content team for the ski transfer company Alps2Alps. Her first love is writing, with skiing coming a close second!