When it comes to the best ski resorts, it's always hard to determine what makes one better than the other. Especially, in Europe, where there are so many options in so many countries, all offering unique experiences.
In this blog we will discuss our top 6 destinations for Skiing in Europe. Based upon the quality of skiing, the resort and its surrounding, as well as what unique experiences it has to offer.
Number 1 - Val d’Isere, France
By far one of the most well known names within European Skiing, is Val d’Isere. A constantly evolving skiing paradise, with not only great modern facilities but an authentic traditional feel.
In terms of quality of SKiing, Val d’Iseres options are second to none. Linked with Tignes, plays a huge role in this. WIth their powers combined, it creates an hugely extensive amount of runs, ranging dramatically in their difficulty and terrain. Being home to the Infamous La Face as well. Which will test any level of skier, with its steep intimidating entry point.
Most famously however, Tignes is home to some of the best apres Ski in Europe. Which in my opinion is recent years has clouded the expectation of quality of runs. This is not correct though, and is why Val d’Isere is on this list. Due to its great variety of both fabolous Skiing and very lively Nightlife.
Number 2 - St Anton, Austria
While most of the popular ski destinations are based in the Alps. St Anton in Austria definitely has a lot to say for itself. Earning a well deserved reputation of being one of the most sought after ski resorts in Europe.
Great options are also available for beginner skiing, as well as more experienced skiers. WIth St anton being home to a combined total of almost 100 red and black runs, it's a great option for ace skiers, looking for a great variety of runs.
St Anton is also considered the mecca for apres, With Moosewrit being a renowned spot in the mountain for table dancing and one of the largest open air dance floors in the region.
Number 3 - Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt is not only Europe's highest ski resort, but also one of the most scenic, especially on the slopes. With its iconic Landmark the Matterhorn as a backdrop, this plays a huge role with the resort popularity.
In terms of quality of skiing Zermatt is renowned for its long and convenient runs. With some ending right in the village, which is perfect after a long day in the boots. Furthermore, the Matterhorn Glacier Ride. is one of Zermatt's most unique and best skiing experiences. As the glacier, makes all year round skiing, due to its impressive altitude of 4,880 meters.
Whilst Skiing in Zermatt might seem intimidating for beginners, don't worry. Wollis park. offers a lot gentler terrain, while still witnessing Zermats stunning views.
Number 4 - Alpe D’huez, France
Alpe D’huez is what we would consider a great all rounder. With a great run selection, a good variety of bars and a perfect resort for families.
The resort is als filled with some of the best options of alternative activities from just regular skiing. From Night skiing, ice driving and husky rides. This is just a taste of what the resort has to offer.
Alpe d’huez is home to the longest black piste in the alps. Masking it is an unmissable skiing experience, to both test one's skills as well as their nerve. Not to mention the fact that the resort is known as the ‘island in the sun’. Referring to its regular, blue sky days.
Number 5 - Meribel, France
When choosing where to SKi in Europe. The three valleys are definitely always at the top of most peoples list. With the ski area itself being made up of three major ski resorts in Europe, Meribel, Val Thorens and Courchevel. With Meribel sitting right in the middle this is why in our opinion it is the best of the three.
The Main attraction to Meribel though is its great diversity in terms of options in the mountains. With Meribel being right in the center of the actions and three valleys being the largest ski domain Europe. You can ski Courchevel 150 kilometers of alpine runs. And then go enjoy Val thorens world class Apres at the end.
Number 6 - Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy
When it comes to skiing in Italy, there is no place more beautiful and well equipped than COrtina D’Ampezzo. Which after hosting the 1956 Winter Olympics , has blown up to become undoubtedly one of the best ski resorts in Europe.
The resort itself is typically considered as high end, filled with luxury resorts and spenny restaurants. However, Cortina D’ampezzo still definitely has its options in terms of affordability. WIth its Dolomiti Superski Pass. Allowing access to over 400 kilometers of interconnected skiing in several towns around the area.
Cortina itself is home to over three dozen lifts taking you from the town center to the mountains. Filled with exhilarating runs to get you down to the bottom., Within a whole range of levels.