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 to venison sausage and risotto, Zermatt has one of the best on-mountain food trip places.
Also, there are public outdoor rinks that are great for ice skating and curling.
Innsbruck has got a worldwide reputation as it once hosted the 1964 and 1976 Olympic Winter Games. With 19 lifts for 26 runs, Innsbruck seems to be the center to several ski areas. 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 the fact that it is renown as the world-class ski resort, Innsbruck has nevertheless retained its old-world charm as well 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. Indeed, an amazing spot for skiers of all levels – from intermediate to expert. This ski resort also features a variety of bars, restaurants, shops, pizzerias, and excellent lodging.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
The oldest as well as one of the most famous and best ski resorts in the world, St. Moritz can be accessed via a private jet to fly to the Samedan airfield (just next to the resort). However, It is expensive, but if you’re not looking to spend too much, 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.
St. Moritz is also known for hosting the Winter Olympics twice.
St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
Situated at the heart of the Arlberg ski area, this ski resort is known for hosting various sports events. It welcomes novice and intermediate skiers. It is also known as “cradle of Alpine skiing”. This lovely historic town could be your next romantic getaway with a lot of offerings that will delight you and your loved one – you will definitely love hiking on the snow-covered trails and dreamy sleigh rides there.
Courchevel Tourisme, France
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 boutique you can give a visit.
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 just this, it boasts some of the prettiest views for skiers as well.
In winter, you can enjoy long, cross-country trails and snow parks while in summer, the same snowy trails lead through green forests and meadows. In short, regardless of the season you are visiting, there will be a lot to experience in Megève.
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 levels. Apart from the awesome skiing experience, picturesque views and a sunny atmosphere, it also has an exciting lineup of shops, bars, and restaurants to enjoy.
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.
Located in the heart of Otzal valley, it seems that Méribel is everyone’s ideal for a ski resort. 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 scenes as the darkness looms.
If you are an experienced skier, you can get a ride on the high-tech lift Giggijoch mountain gondola that will take you to ski slopes.
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 conveyance to go and get around Avoriaz. However, it’s not-so-busy nature just adds the charm of this ski resort that will make you fall in love with it.
Most of the wealthy people go to Gstaad to enjoy several winter sports and leisure. If you also plan to give this amazing place a try, don’t forget to visit the trendy shops, restaurants there, 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 it also holds the record to host the first-ever Winter Olympic Games in 1924. It is easily within reach from the Geneva airport. Plus, being a resort town, you will easily find plenty of accommodations in Chamonix.
That’s not all! There are lots of other ski resorts in Europe too. Read this amazing book “SkiSnowboard Europe: Best Ski Vacations at over 75 European Ski Resorts” to know about them.