Europe is a beautiful continent and there are many things to see and do including visiting its ski resorts. Whether you’re schussing down the snowy slopes or savoring the cheese fondue of the Alps mountains, ski resorts there offer something for every ski enthusiasts of all skills. Here are some of the world-class ski resorts in Europe.
Zermatt is enveloped by high peaks and some of its vast ski spots are situated as high as 10,000 feet, that’s why the snow there is good for extended seasons. This charming Alpine town is located at the foot of Switzerland’s most famous mountain, the Matterhorn. Experience state-of-the-art lift system and apres-ski activities. Not to be missed is the food and drink at many of Zermatt’s on-slope bars and restaurants. From local beef and cheese, venison sausage and risotto, Zermatt has one of the best on-mountain food trip places
Innsbruck has got a worldwide reputation as it once hosted the 1964 and 1976 Olympic Winter Games. Innsbruck seems to be the center to several ski areas, with 19 lifts for 26 runs. The lift pass covers 250 kilometers of piste (or groomed trail for skiing) in nine ski spots like the Stubai Glacier, Axamer Lizum and Neustift. Despite its renown as a world-class ski resort, Innsbruck has nevertheless retained its old-world charm with cobblestone streets and colorful and impressive architecture along the edge of River Inn.
Cervinia is one of the leading ski resorts in Italy. It has access to one of the highest lifts in Europe and is also the biggest ski resorts in the country boasting 350 kilometers of well-marked and well-groomed pistes. Visitors can ski and board at Cervinia in the winter as well as summer. Great to all skiers, from intermediate to expert. The ski resort also features a variety of bars, restaurants, shops, pizzerias, and excellent lodging.
The oldest as well as one of the most famous and best ski resorts in the world, St. Moritz can be accessible via a private jet to fly to the Samedan airfield (just next door to the resort). Or if you’re not wealthy enough, take a scenic train ride instead from Zurich to arrive at St. Moritz. This elite ski resort boasts five-star hotels and restaurants, trendy shops, and an abundance of sports and other activities that await every member of the upper-crust society.
Situated at the heart of the Arlberg ski area, this ski resort hosted various sports events but it also welcomes novice and intermediate skiers. This lovely historic town could also be your next romantic getaway with a lot of offerings that will delight you and your loved one such as hiking on the snow-covered trails and dreamy sleigh rides.
Courchevel is a ski resort and also the name of the four towns: Courchevel 1300, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650 and the highest and most popular, the Courchevel 1850, with the numbers referring to the altitudes in meters. This multi-level resort boasts heated pavements and more than 100 upscale shops and boutiques.
Often compared to Switzerland’s St. Moritz in terms of ritzy-ness, Megeve has an abundance of exceptional dining choices for visitors that it has become a hub for food-lovers. Not only that, it boasts some of the prettiest views for skiers.
Verbier is also the main ski resort in the country’s biggest ski area, the Four Valleys. It offers something for every skier of different skills. Apart from the awesome skiing experience, picturesque views and sunny atmosphere, it also has an exciting lineup of shops, bars, and restaurants.
One of Austria’s most popular skiing destinations, Sölden features immaculately groomed pistes and innumerable trails for skiers of different skill levels. Check out its very modern ski lifts popularly called Golden Gate to the Glacier. Live in style in their luxury hotels too to wine, dine and relax at a spa.
It seems that Meribel is everyone’s idea of a ski resort for a winter enjoyment. Not only you will get to enjoy the breathtaking skiing experience and stay at plush chalet-style hotels and inns, but you will also be drawn to its buzzy party scene as darkness looms.
Avoriaz has endless spots for every dedicated skier with its excellent terrains. Lodging options are few (but there’s a new and trendy hotel there named Hotel des Dromonts) and only horse-drawn sleighs, sleds and snowcats are the only ways to go and get around Avoriaz, but its not-so-busy nature just adds the charm of this ski resort.
The wealthy and jet-set folks flock to Gstaad to enjoy several winter sports and leisure, try out trendy shops and restaurants and savor the glam ambiance. As it is a luxury ski resort it has perfectly groomed slopes and luxury hotels.
If you want to experience the most heavenly views of Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, go to Crans-Montana. It features lovely hiking trails, a variety of ski spots to cater to all types of skiers, and a trendy town that nevertheless retains its quaint charm.
Chamonix is another world-famous ski resort for its craggy terrains and also hosted the first-ever Winter Olympic Games in 1924. It is easily within reach from the Geneva airport. Being a resort town, you will find plenty of accommodations in Chamonix.