BEST SKI RESORTS IN EUROPE
Looking for the best destinations for your skiing holidays? If you are looking for cheap family ski resorts for amateur or the best ski resorts for professional skiers and with the best slopes in Europe, we have selected the best ski resorts in Europe. This ranking is yours because your votes have determinated the position of each of them.
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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.
2. 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.
Located right in the heart of the Mont-Blanc massif, Megève’s skiing area benefits from a quality snow cover and an exceptional setting so that you can fully appreciate the 445 km of the Evasion Mont-Blanc skiing area. When skiing in Megève, one contemplates old historical farmhouses dotted along the slopes, one tastes local products in one of the many quality high altitude restaurants, of which only Megève holds the secret.
4. St. François Longchamp
Nestled on the mountainside between 1450m and 1650m altitude, the resort of Saint François Longchamp welcomes you to an exceptional setting, protected between the Mont Blanc mountain range on the north and the Glacier of
Etendart on the south. Children, big or small, couples or tribes, everyone can find their place at Saint François Longchamp.
5. 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! Europe has 7 bobsleigh slopes, among them La Plagne has the unique French bobsleigh slopes.
Avoriaz is ideally located in the middle of the Portes du Soleil ski area, with access to high-altitude skiing for everyone among the prettiest panoramas in the Alps. You will ski through stunning countryside, with open panoramic views of the Dents du Midi and Dents Blanches.
Whether you like to take it easy or push yourself to the limits, you will find a wide choice of routes on varied terrain, skiing down into broad, open valleys on pistes running through the trees. It’s a family skiing experience that appeals to skiers of all ages!
7. Saalbach Hinterglemm
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.
In Tignes, we ski before… and after everyone else! Enjoy the Grande Motte glacier from October 4th and the espace killy Tignes - Val d'Isère pure sensations starting November 29th 2014! You are itching to grab your skis? Offer them an XXL ski area! The Tignes – Val d’Isère and its 300 kms of slopes are waiting for you, meaning 1900m difference in high to slide down from the Grande Motte Glacier to the heart of the resort.
9. Les Arcs
Created in 1968 with the inspiration of integrating new architecture perfectly into the landscape, Les Arcs, a ski in ski out resort, never ceases to accomplish both sportive and touristic challenges. Composed of 4 pedestrian sites in altitude and by one burg, all interconnected, les Arcs meets to each expectation.
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.
Zermatt (1,620 m) pulses with life. Shops, cafés, bars and noble hotel lounges offer variety. But Zermatt is also a Walser village with houses dating back more than 500 years. Everything within a
walk – even romantic neighbourhoods and quiet corners. And all paths eventually lead directly to the peaceful and yet wild mountain world at the foot of the Matterhorn.
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.
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.
14. Baqueira Beret
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.
15. St. Moritz
St. Moritz is one of the world’s most famous holiday resorts. Chic, elegant and exclusive with a cosmopolitan ambiance, it is located at 1,856 metres above sea level in the middle of the Upper
Engadin lake landscape. The dry, sparkling “champagne climate” is legendary and the celebrated St. Moritz sun shines
for an average of 322 days a year. Three different cultural regions converge in St. Moritz thanks to the Romansch language, the proximity to Italy and the fact that the majority
of the local population are German speaking. The resort owes its original fame to its therapeutic springs, as well as its superb location above and on the lake shore, St. Moritz
offers an attractive mixture of nature, cuture, sport, activity and tranquility.