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BEST SKI RESORTS IN EUROPE

2014


 

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Val Thorens European Best Destinations

1. VAL THORENS

Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe (at an altitude of 2,300 metres) and the highest point of the largest ski area in the world, the 3 Vallées (600 kilometres of interconnected runs). It’s a New World resort that combines the best of skiing with the best of atmospheres so that each holidaymaker feels UNIQUE and enjoys their very own Val Tho experience! Reinventing enjoyment to give its guests the best possible holiday is Val Thorens’ credo.


Val Thorens is a sporty, innovative, « ski in, ski out » car-free resort, built in pure mountain style.



2.BAQUEIRA

Baqueira Beret is a complete resort, divided in 3 areas: Beret, Baqueira, and Bonaigua with their respective characteristics, a network of modern installations and carefully maintained pistes, will satisfy all skiers. Beret is ideal for beginners and families. You’ll have easy access, by foot from the parking, to all amenities ( restaurants, cafeteria, school, etc..). Its pistes are very wide and of moderate inclination. Although, paradoxically, it is there that the permanent Stadium hosting competitions of high level is located. Snowboarders will also be able to enjoy a snowpark in this area of the resort.

Baqueira Beret European Best Destinations - Copyright http://www.baqueira.es

3. ALPE D'HUEZ

Alpe d’Huez is a true paradise for those who love snow and the great outdoors. The village has been developing since 1936 and sits perched on a full south facing plateau at 1860m altitude in the Grandes Rousses mountain range. The ski area called ‘Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski’ links up to the resort villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez, Ozen-Oisans, Vaujany, Villard-Reculas, La Garde and Le Freney. Its summit, the Pic Blanc is 3330 metres at its highest point and offers an exceptional panorama stretching over one fifth of French territory.

L'Alpe d'Huez European Best Destinations - Copyright Laurent SALINO / Alpe d’Huez Tourisme

4. ÅRE

Åre in Sweden is Northern Europe´s largest and most advanced and diverse alpine sport resort, with skiing and a wide variety of other sports and activities to suit every possible preference and level of skill. There is everything from awe-inspiring black pistes and highly challenging off-piste slopes to an abundance of easy skiing for children and beginners. Åre and adjacent Duved also offer world-class slopes for snowboarding, telemark and carving. Extreme adventures such as heli-skiing are also available.

Åre European Best Destinations - Copyright Jonas Kullman

5. SAALBACH

Over 200 snowy kilometres of pistes and 55 highly-modern cable cars and lifts guarantee comfort, space and diversity in the Ski Circus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang. New ski & surf: from this winter onwards you can ride the waves in the snow on our two wave runs at the Asitz Run and the Sport Run Asitzkogel 2000. There’s pure speed at the Speed Run in the Nightpark on the U-Bahn in Hinterglemm and two SkiMovie runs provide Hollywood glamour at the Ski Circus.

 

Saalbach European Best Destinations - Copyright www.saalbach.com

6. LA PLAGNE

La Plagne is a family winter sports and summer resort located in the French Alps between 1250 and 3250 metres. For over 50 years, the destination has become internationally renowned for its huge ski area with 225 kilometres of runs for all levels of skier. The atmosphere and architecture are diverse and recount over 50 years of the history of winter sports! With 63% of its beds in rental accommodation, La Plagne is one of the resorts that offers the most rental potential. Europe has 7 bobsleigh slopes, among them La Plagne has the unique French bobsleigh slopes.

La Plagne European Best Destination - Copyright www.la-plagne.com

7. SKIWELT


SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental - Over 70 of the most beautiful Alpine huts and mountain restaurants in Austria, sun decks and snow bars, mostly family businesses, invite you to stop in for a bite to eat.  Comfort, hospitality, Tyrolean specialities and genuine Tyrolean charm set the tone here – and from a purely statistical standpoint, you can stop for refreshment every 3.3 km!

 

Skiwelt European Best Ski Resort - Copyright  SkiWelt Wilder Kaizer Brixental Copyright SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental

8. ISCHGL

It is not without good reason that Ischgl has been known as the lifestyle metropolis of the Alps for many years. The winter sports resort impresses with its top class snow fun and emphasises new features each year in its high calibre entertainment programme. The highlights of the coming season include the Top of the Mountain concerts featuring international music stars, the ‘Forms in White’ snow sculpture competition and the Chefs’ Star Cup.

 

ISCHGL European Best Destinations - Copyright © TVB Paznaun – Ischgl.jpg

9. COURCHEVEL


Courchevel, one of the most famous resort in the world, widely known for its exceptionnal setting, and ski in ski out top end accommodation, with no less that 25 deluxe hôtels, 2 of which being Palace and 16 5 stars. Right in the heart of the 3 Valleys, the world largest ski area, with 600 kms of perfectly groomed slopes, and one of the most beautiful playground whatever your ski level is.

 

Courchevel European Best Destinations - Copyright Patrice Mestari

10. SÖLDEN

In Ötztal's renowned skiing paradise the winter term already has three seasons made to measure for early winter fans, passionate endurance sportsmen and après-ski aficionados. Sölden is simply brilliant! From September onwards passionate winter sportsmen can enjoy the superb glacier slopes. And one month later a varied event and activity program kicks off the coming winter season.


Sölden European Best Destinations - Copyright www.soelden.com

 

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