The best resorts in Europe for skiing are along mountains like the Matterhorn, Jungfrau, Mont Blanc, and the Zugspitze. Of course, when we are referring to “the best” we must remember it is all relative to what you deem worthwhile as a skier. Is it challenging slops? Is it a quiet retreat or a lively populated ski destination? Here are a few places to consider visiting in Europe taking a variety of different skiers in mind.
Resorts in Val d’Isére and Tignes in France are premium places to ski. There are 200 lifts in Trois Vallées and 370 miles of piste. Val also gets top ratings for snow, off-piste, shopping and bars. It is also a popular destination for snowboarders. These two resorts are joined and both come highly recommended. Chamonix Mont-Blanc in France is also considered an elite ski resort, host to the world’s first winter Olympic games in 1924. Mont Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps and the second highest in all of Europe. La Grave, France has the best extreme skiing, experts only!
Zermatt in Switzerland is a charming place to ski if you like traditional ski resorts. It is known for the first treks ever made up the Matterhorn in the 1860s. Its shadow is cast over Zermatt and is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Try Davos, Switzerland for some of the best snowboarding. Wengen, Switzerland is considered one of the best honeymoon ski resorts with spectacular scenery within a darling Swiss town.
To go skiing in a very quaint and remote place, Galtur, Austria is the place to go. It is a powdered oasis of calm and snow with only 10 lifts and is nestled in a quiet, sleepy town and get in as many runs as possible with the least amount of traffic. Courmayeur, Italy is beside Mont Blanc and is just over the border from France and Switzerland. Snow is plentiful and the village is made up of medieval streets and buildings.
Considered the “Pearl of the Alps”, Kitzbuhel in Austria is the pride of Europe’s liveliest and most beautiful ski resorts in the alps. It is located in a 700-year-old village where skiing has been going on since 1892. Another lively and fast and furious place to ski is in St. Anton, Austria. For singles, Kitzbuehel in Austria is a cosmopolitan progressive ski resort with over 140 bars and restaurants.
One of the best, off the beaten places to ski is in Livigno, Italy. It has 62 miles of groomed runs and plenty of sun. The restaurants and town are all exquisite. For a place to ski that is fashionable and posh, try Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy where the James Bond film, “For Your Eyes Only” was filmed along with the original Pink Panther film. Cortina, Italy is not only considered one of the best places to eat and ski in Italy, but also the ski resort with the best scenery.