Top 5 Ski Destinations in Europe

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Germany

Bavaria in south Germany boasts majestic mountains, lush pine forests, picturesque villages providing charming accommodation, shops, and restaurants serving traditional food. We have listed just a few of the many superb ski holiday destinations throughout Bavaria.

Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany and one of the most popular ski resorts with seven months of excellent snow conditions across the Schneeferner glacier.

Visit the Allgäu region to enjoy a variety of slopes to suit beginners, families and the regular skier looking to advance their techniques.

Oberstaufen is the ideal ski destination for excellent winter sports facilities, fun activities for the whole family and great for relaxation, especially in the famous spas and the Oberstaufen Schroth Cure Centre.

In the Oberallgäu region, visitors can enjoy 283km of stunning slopes with 146 lifts reaching a wide choice of excellent ski resorts or visit Oberstdorf for cross-country skiing through alpine forests and enjoy stunning views from the cable car climbing the slopes of Nebelhorn mountain.

Austria

Visit Austria to discover breath-taking scenery with beautiful alpine forests across majestic mountains and unspoilt rivers and lakes. The natural diversity of this country makes an ideal holiday destination for those looking to enjoy all-year-round outdoor activities.

Head to the vibrant village of St Anton in the stunning Alberg region, rated one of the top five best ski resorts in the Alps for skiers of all abilities or for those wanting to holiday in a winter paradise. Charming wood chalet-style accommodation, delightful restaurants, and bars while the massive Alberg ski area provides excellent cable car and lifts services to enjoy the fabulous après ski and excellent powder snow of the Tyrolean slopes.

The mountainous regions of Austria offer many ski resorts so choosing the right place depends on individual requirements. Alpbach ski resort is an approximate 40-minute drive from Innsbruck International airport and is perfect for beginners or those wanting to relax in one Austria’s prettiest villages. While Saalbach village provides cosy accommodation, shops, bars, and restaurants surrounded by the 2,000m peak mountains reached by sophisticated ski lifts. The stunning medieval village of Kitzbühel appeals to all ability skiers and for those wanting to enjoy the tranquillity of this beautiful place.

Sweden

Sweden, also known as the Swedish Lapland attracts many visitors to experience the country’s natural beauty from enjoying winter sports in the mountains, watching the phenomenal Northern Lights across the winter sky, or experiencing the exhilarating reindeer rides across snowy pastures. This beautiful Scandinavian country offers a wonderful choice of places to visit.

Åre, situated in central Sweden in Jämtland is Scandinavia’s largest ski resort boasting excellent all-year-round activities, including all ability skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding in the winter months and hiking, biking, climbing, and dog sleigh rides in summer.

The village of Sälen in western Sweden connects to four ski resorts making it a wonderful winter sports destination for families, beginners, and experienced skiers. Lindvallen offers gentle wide slopes and fun parks making it great for families. Högfjället is connected to Lindvallen offering spacious slopes and fun characters for kids to ski around. The alpine slopes of Tandådalen are suitable for all types of skiers, including black runs for those looking for an adrenaline rush experience. Hundfjället is considered a family favourite with the longest conveyor belt, and slow-moving button lifts to green descents. Do not miss the spectacular LED light show lighting up the alpine woods after dark.

France

The French Alps is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for skiers and snowboarders. Traditional villages and purpose-built ski resorts are nestled in the panoramic mountains and valleys offering a great variety of all-year-round activities to satisfy every visitor.

In the Southern Alps, the beautiful village of Isola 2000 is situated in the Mercantour region surrounded by spectacular mountains reaching 2,974m at its highest peak. Enjoy all types of winter sports activities or spend the day at the beach at the famous French Riviera town of Nice, only 90km away.

Visit Europe’s highest purpose-built ski resort, Val Thorens situated in the Tarentaise Valley, boasting a high altitude of 2,300m. The vibrant town of Val Thorens is part of the three valleys ski area connecting to other popular resorts, Courchevel, Méribel and Les Menuires boasting excellent snow conditions and modern facilities for first-class outdoor adventures.

Megève nestled in the Mont Blanc mountain range boasts an interesting history dated from the medieval times but in 1920 a Baroness created the village into a stylish ski resort. Today the place offers impressive ski slopes for both first-timers and more advanced while visitors can enjoy an abundance of charming restaurants, bars, and boutiques.

Italy

The Italian Stelvio National Park is an amazing winter holiday retreat offering six ski resorts with 102km of slopes reached by 35 cable car lifts. Stelvio National Park attracts visitors to take advantage of their lower ski-pass prices making a winter holiday more affordable but still enjoy excellent facilities. Hit the longest slope at Sulden am Ortler a wide 44km run or visit the popular Pejo ski resort for excellent snowboarding and skiing or try snowshoe hiking and cross-country skiing.

Skiing in the Dolomites, the UNESCO World Heritage Site enjoys over 300 sunny days a year, 175km of spacious slopes with panoramic scenery and exceptional services. Enjoy exhilarating adventure slopes at the largest ski resort, Val Garden-Alpe di Siusi and a variety of fun-packed adventures for all abilities.

The prestigious town of Cortina d’Ampezzo overlooking the Dolomites offers a taste of glamour with Michelin awarded restaurants, chic bars, and luxurious accommodation, while the Cortina’s mountains offer 115km of mixed ability pistes.