Skiing is all about that amazing feeling of flying over powdered slopes at lightning speeds and for the skilled and adventurous, even flying through the air on a pair of skis. At least, that’s what I’ve heard; I’m not really a fan. However, I do enjoy a winter lodge, a warm brandy in front of a roaring fire, and taking part in the social aspect of skiing.
With that in mind, I guess we can safely say that everyone enjoys a ski vacation. so, here are the best resorts to check out in Europe!
Ischgl has been known as the lifestyle metropolis of the Alps for many years. The winter sports resort impresses with its top class snow fun and emphasises new features each year in its high calibre entertainment programme. The highlights include the Top of the Mountain concerts, the ‘Forms in White’ snow sculpture competition and the Chefs’ Star Cup.
9. Alpe d`Huez
Alpe d’Huez is a true paradise for those who love snow and the great outdoors. The ski area called ‘Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski’ links up to the resort villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez, Ozen-Oisans, Vaujany, Villard-Reculas, La Garde and Le Freney. Its summit, the Pic Blanc is 3330 metres at its highest point and offers an exceptional panorama stretching over one fifth of French territory.
Levi is easily the largest ski resort in Finland. If you get lucky, it’s even possible to catch the Northern Lights! The northern location also allows the resort to stay open until June, later than resorts in the Alps. Levi has 26 lifts (including T-bars), 230 km of maintained terrain, and 45 trails.
7. St. Moritz
St. Moritz is one of the world’s most famous holiday resorts. Chic, elegant and exclusive with a cosmopolitan ambiance, it is located at 1,856 metres above sea level in the middle of the Upper Engadin lake landscape. The resort owes its original fame to its therapeutic springs, as well as its superb location above and on the lake shore, St. Moritz offers an attractive mixture of nature, cuture, sport, activity and tranquility.
Courchevel offers 150 kilometres of alpine ski runs served by 58 lifts enabling you to make the most of your days on the slopes. It’s the prestige place to stay, where the rich Russians and Parisians head to be seen and to flash their cash. There are a main lift hub with gondolas, as well as huge numbers of luxury chalets and swanky hotels, plus some pricey shops.
Nestled high up in the beautiful Dolomite mountains, Cortina is renowned as Italy’s most upmarket and fashionable ski resort. It can boast interesting slopes for all levels of skier and, as one of the historic resorts in the ‘Best of the Alps’ group, a wide range of accommodation of all styles and standards. The stunning mountains and extensive skiing, as well as the history of the area make Cortina the ideal choice.
The city’s heart beats loud and strong. Kitzbühel, the sports capital in the heart of the Alps, combines tradition and lifestyle as charming as any other city. Possibly, one of the worlds most well known ski destinations, this location hosts ski races, snow polo, triathlon and tennis trophy. The city is famous not only the unique charm, but also the energy of the city as well as the sporty top hotel industry and catering alike.
Megève is a traditional Haute-Savoie village that will not leave you feeling indifferent. Endowed with an out of the ordinary history and heritage, the village has a soul that goes well beyond your imagination. The ambassador of local gastronomy revisited by Michelin star chefs, it is a destination that lives throughout every season.
Famed for its tough ski runs and trendy après ski, Verbier has some of the most luxurious chalets in The Alps and attracts celebrities and royalty from all over Europe. Verbier is the main resort in Switzerland’s largest ski area, the 4 Valleys. Thanks to the combination of a sunny, scenic location, exciting terrain and a lively nightlife, it has long attracted a youthful, sporty clientele.
1. Val Thorens
Val Thorens was voted ‘World’s Best Ski Resort’ and ‘France’s Best Ski Resort’ at the World Ski Awards in 2013. The highest resort in Europe at an altitude of 2,300 metres and the highest point of the largest ski area in the world, the 3 Vallées. The resort forms part of the 3 vallées linked ski area which, with over 600 km of piste, is the largest linked ski area in the world.