Whether you’re a skier or boarder, that’s none of my business. However, I can tell you that Europe has the perfect snow destination to suit your ability level. Here, you can find some of the best places to ski, from family-friendly ski resorts that come alive at night, to perilous adventures. Allow me to introducve to you 7 of the best location to ski on the old continent.
1. Chamonix Valley, France
Located in south-eastern France in the French Alps is Chamonix Valley. Lying at the foot of Mont Blanc, this ski resort is for the adventurous. The resort is world-renowned and has the oldest and most famous ski resort culture, having hosted the 1924 Winter Olympics. It has even been labelled “death sport capital of the world”, with activities such as ice climbing, paragliding, and extreme skiing and boarding on offer.
2. Verbier, Switzerland
The largest ski resort in the Swiss Alps, Verbier boasts incredible snow and picturesque conditions. Located in southwest Switzerland, Verbier is located 170 kilometres east of Geneva, making it easy to travel to and from the resort. Advanced skiers and boarders should not miss out on Mont Fort, as it wil prove to be an unique experience.
3. St. Anton, Austria
Nestled away in a tight valley in the Arlberg region of Tirol in Austria, is St Anton. The cosy village of St Anton is world-renowned for its night-life and charm, and is the perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes. The Arlberg region also includes the ski resorts of Zurs and Lech, and can be accessed with the same lift ticket as St Anton.
4. Sestriere, Italy
Built in the 1930s, Sestriere was one of the first purpose-built ski resorts, and is one of the highest Italian ski resorts at 2,035 metres. Located in western Italy, half way along the border separating Italy and Franc one of the main appeals of Sestriere is its guaranteed snow cover thanks to both altitude and one of the world’s most extensive snow making operations. Sestriere is the perfect family-friendly destination as it is best suited for intermediates.
5. Andermatt, Switzerland
Andermatt is situated in central Switzerland at the convergence of four mountain passes. Andermatt receives around 12 metres of snow a year due to its unique micro-climate and ability to catch storms. Its high north-facing bowls also provide excellent conditions at any time in the season, though they are particularly good in spring. Not many ski resorts in the world can rival the amazing snowfall that Andermatt receives each year, which is why it plays host to the annual King of the Mountain free-riding competition.
6. Alagna, Italy
Alagna is a cosy little village located in northern Italy, on the southern side of the Monte Rosa Massif. This rustic farming village with a population of 400might be the perfect destination for serious skiers and boarders. With one gondola, and access to two additional ski areas, visitors may enjoy 185 kilometres of runs. The ski slopes of Alagna are unusual in the way that they follow one after another, covering large distances between resorts.
7. La Grave, France
La Grave is for serious skiers and boarders who don’t mess around. The main appeal is its two-vertical-kilometres of glaciers, cliffs, and no-fall zones. The resort has only one lift, no avalanche control, no ski patrol, and no marked runs. I recommended you hire a guide, as the perilous nature of the topography can defeat even the most accomplished experts.