Europe offers some of the best skiing around for those who love the recreational activity. With the beautiful views and challenging ski sites, it’s no wonder people flock to the area for the winter season. Here are 10 of the best resorts to help you plan your next stay!
Zermatt Matterhorn Ski Resort (Zermott, Switzerland)
The Zermatt Matterhorn Ski Resort is the highest ski resort in Switzerland. Experienced skiers come from all over the globe to experience the incredible slopes of the area. To complement their experience, Zermatt offers modern lifts and cable cars, along with their new Matterhorn glacier ride.
The resort also has experienced, multilingual ski instructors available to teach anyone who wants to learn to ski. But your stay doesn’t have to be all about skiing. The resort also offers plenty of restaurants and clubs to enjoy the nightlife too!
Ski Arlberg (St. Anton, Austria)
In 2017, Ski Arlberg was awarded Best Ski Resort in the world by Snow-Online.com and for good reason. Austria’s largest ski resort is surrounded by the excellent slopes of St. Anton for experienced skiers. Guests can also enjoy snowboarding and ski mountaineering if they so choose, but there is so much more to enjoy!
For those who may not want to ski or snowboard, Ski Arlberg also offers other activities like tobogganing, paragliding, ice skating, and even horse sleigh riding.
TITLIS Resort (Englerberg, Switzerland)
TITLIS Resort makes guests feel right at home with plush apartments for their stay, complete with living room areas and open-plan kitchens. Of course, it’s right by the mountains of Engelberg, Switzerland for skiers and snowboarders. During their stay, guests can get to the slopes through the Titlis Rotair (revolving cable cars) or the Ice Flyer chairlift.
In addition to a photo studio, TITLIS offers an incredible chocolate shop as well as a souvenir shop to pick up yummy treats and nice mementos for your stay.
Courchevel (Courchevel, France)
This French Alps ski resort connects six villages in southeastern France, which can all be accessed by ski lifts or free shuttle buses. Guests can ski on France’s only Olympic ski jumps during their stay. What’s convenient is that everything in the area is easily accessible either by skis or on foot.
Courchevel has a variety of great restaurants and shops nearby for guests to visit. Another standout venue is The Forum, an indoor ice rink, and ice-skating training center. Guests can not only ice skate, but they can also bowl, climb, and play other sports.
Brévent-Flégère (Chamonix, France)
The Brévent-Flégère ski resort offers over 30 miles of slopes for skiers and snowboarders at all levels. The resort is comprised of two individual resorts connected by a cable car lift, giving guests amazing, panoramic views of Mont Blanc.
The resort is less crowded than other European ski resorts, but still provides challenging slopes for guests to tackle during the winter season. It also offers traditional French cuisine and snacks that visitors are sure to enjoy.
Alagna Experience Resort (Alagna, Italy)
In the winter, the Alagna Experience Resort is a perfect place to stay for ski enthusiasts. Located at the foot of Monte Rosa in Alagna, Italy, the resort is famous for its skiing slopes for outdoor enthusiasts.
Guests can stay in one of 49 luxury apartments and experience local cuisine at the resort’s gourmet restaurant, Corno Bianco. The resort also offers ice skating and other outdoor activities and has a wonderful spa, complete with a sauna, aromatherapy, and other relaxing services.
Val d’Isère (L’Espace Killy, France)
Val d’Isère is a wonderful ski resort in the French Alps located near the Italian border. It’s known as one of Europe’s best ski resorts because it gets the most reliable snow cover. Because of that fact, early season World Cup ski races are held there each December.
The resort boasts incredible French and Italian food, including at Michelin 2-star restaurant, L’Atelier d’Edmond. There is also a skiing day club, La Folie Douce, complete with food, drinks, and plenty of music.
Avoriaz (Portes du Soleil, France)
The Avoriaz ski resort is located in the heart of Portes du Soleil, France with extended terrain for skiers. It’s a pedestrianized resort, so there won’t be any cars around. People get from place to play using sleds, horse-drawn sleighs, and, of course, skis.
The resort offers plenty to do beyond just skiing, too. Guests can go dog sledding, caving, and mountain biking. There’s also laser and archery tag, as well as time for movies and dancing.
Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn (Salzburg, Austria)
This ski resort’s name is a mouthful, but it is the largest interconnected ski area in Austria. Four ski resorts, Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang, and Fieberbrunn, combined in the 2015/2016 winter season to create a super resort for winter enthusiasts.
The resort offers guests 70 cableways and lifts, more than 60 ski huts, numerous snow parks, freeriding park, floodlight slopes, and toboggan run. More commonly known as the Skicircus, it offers a lot of fun for the entire family.
Les Quatre Vallées (Verbier, Switzerland)
Les Quatre Vallées (4 valleys) is the largest ski resort in Switzerland. It’s made up of six resorts: Verbier, la Tzoumaz, Bruson, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon.
The ski resort is very popular with freeriders and advanced skiers because of the steep snow slopes. However, there are also plenty of easy slopes for beginners and kids. Other great activities that the resort offers include dogsledding, bobsledding, and winter hiking. There’s plenty to do at this huge resort!