Going on a ski holiday in Europe is a whole different experience, since there are great ski resorts in Europe with their various mountain ranges with their impressive drops and high peaks. But also do not forget the après-ski and long, tasteful lunches.
Below you will find an overview of the best ski resorts in Europe
Val Thorens – France
One of the villages that should absolutely be included in this list of Best Ski Resorts in Europe is Val Thorens. It is located in The Three Valleys ski area, the largest linked ski area in the world. This area offers more than 600 kilometers (372 miles) of ski slopes for both the beginner and the more experienced skier. The skiing area starts at about 1300 meters above sea level and the top of The Three Valleys area is at approximately 3,300 meters.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Germany
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is particularly known for it’s ski jumping on New Year’s Day, but this German village near the Austrian border, also offers great skiing possibilities. This village was the host for the 1936 Winter Olympics and offers around 120 kilometers (75 miles) of slopes in various difficulty levels. The Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany, lies south of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. In this ski-area, it is also possible to cross the German-Austrian border.
Sankt Moritz – Switzerland
Sankt Moritz is one of the most popular ski resorts in Switzerland and a popular destination for celebrities. However, please be warned that this is absolutely not the cheapest ski area in Europe. The 350 kilometers (217 miles) of ski slopes are excellent for beginners and start at approximately 1,800 and the peak of the highest mountain near Sankt Moritz is at 3,300 meters.
Besides great skiing, this Swiss ski village also offers a wide variety of luxurious boutiques and spas.
Kitzbuhel – Austria
The Austrian equivalent of Sankt Moritz is Kitzbuhel, which is located between the Kitzbuheler and Hahnenkamm Mountains. There are 170 kilometers of slopes for beginners as well as advanced skiers. Of one of the signature activities of Kitzbuhel is a so-called Ski-Safari, which takes the skier through the various ski-areas of this Austrian ski-resort.
The historic streets and upscale boutiques in this ski village, give Kitzbuhel, also known as Kitz, a special atmosphere.
Courchevel – France
Like the earlier mentioned Val Thorens, Courchevel is located in the French Three Valley area. Courchevel is a perfect ski-resort for beginners, intermediate skiers and kids. There are also various restaurants near the Courchevel slopes, where you can enjoy tasteful lunches. It is also possible to ski from Courchevel to other ski resorts in The Three Valley ski area. Courchevel is also a popular destination for snowboarders.
If you are interested in the best Ski Resorts in Europe, then please feel free to read the second part in this series as well.