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Best ski resorts in Europe 2020-2021

& Covid-19 Sanitary measures

You have been more than 640,000 travellers from around the world to select your favourite ski resort in Europe. Europe is the leading ski holiday destination in the world and these 10 ski resorts are the best in their respective countries.

 

For almost 10 years millions have voted for their favourite ski resorts in Europe but also the most beautiful ski resorts in France, the best ski resorts in Italy or the best ski resorts for families, for luxury holidays, the best ski resorts for New Year's Eve and the cheapest ski resorts in Europe.

 

More than ever, after months of confinement you need to go out in nature. You are ready to travel less this year but favour unique trips to places recognized for their special tourist offers. You want to ski in the best ski resorts in Europe because this sport is part of your DNA and contributes to your well-being. It's time to have some fun! Here is a list of your favourite resorts, those popular with travellers from all over the world (the most visited ski resorts on our site during the last 12 months by travellers from 172 countries). 

 

Like Val Thorens and its "Clean United Label", the ski resorts listed below are committed to welcoming you in a friendly and safe environment this winter.

 

Health rules impose social distancing which implies fewer places available in accommodation and fewer people in the cabins of ski lifts. We therefore recommend that you book your accommodation, ski passes and flights in advance.

 

We wish you wonderful skiing holidays in the best ski resorts in Europe!

       


Val Thorens - European Best Ski Resorts 2020-2021
Val Thorens - European Best Ski Resorts 2020-2021

1. Val Thorens - France

 

Every winter, Val Thorens and its teams of  professional and passionate people, do their utmost to provide holiday-makers with magical experiences. By sharing these moments they transmit their values, passions and their know-how. A common vision, "LIVE UNITED" which has been written for almost 50 years, and which has only one goal: create together unique, festive, gourmet or sporting experiences. At 2300 metres above sea level, Val Thorens innovates and creates  experiences.

 

Constantly evolving since 1971, Val Thorens is on the cusp of its 50th anniversary and has never stopped questioning and renewing itself. The highest point of the 3 Valleys, the largest ski area in the world, Val Thorens benefits from a location which 48 years ago was qualified as “hostile”, but reveals all its beauty and its ability to offer a unique.ski experience today. 

 

Val Thorens owes this exceptional reputation above all to its location: "Val Thorens has achieved the impossible by becoming the highest ski resort in Europe. Since the 1970s, sportsmen and mountain dwellers, who helped build this project, have given it exceptional fame to Val Thorens such as the Goitschel sisters" Vincent Lalanne, director of Val Thorens.

 

A pioneer station in terms of technological transformation such as the drone of the piste service, which assists the daily missions of ski patrollers, Val Thorens relies on excellence in all sectors.

 

All types of holiday-makers will find a stay in their image. Thrill-seekers  also get their kicks in Val Thorens! Between ski trips at sunset, double zipline, ice diving, dog sledding, ice climbing, freeride on glaciers, fat bike or even paragliding and paramotor,  there really is something for everyone.

 

The goal is clear: to simplify and enhance everyone's stay! Val Thorens is committed to creating unique memories and lasting bonds between its customers and its inhabitants.

 

"This award recognizes imagination, a taste for risk, a pioneering spirit and teamwork, based on a common philosophy, LIVE UNITED. However, this is a great responsibility and an obligation of excellence that always drives us to work for the improvement and satisfaction of our customers". Vincent Lalanne, director of Val Thorens.

 

5 times awarded the title of best ski resort in Europe, Val Thorens has also been awarded several times with the title of best ski resort in the world. The most awarded ski resort awaits you this winter for a safe and fun holiday in Europe's best ski resort.

 

Open & close dates: 21st November 2020 - 9th May 2021.

 

Sanitary measures: All professionals of Val Thorens who adhere to the Clean United Label promise to respect the guidelines and recommendations of their respective professional sectors. This commitment is valid for both the application of sanitary protocols and other recommended measures to help control the virus.

 

Covid-19 rules: https://www.valthorens.com/en/useful-informations/covid-19-valthorens 

 

Travelling to France: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. 

 

Latest information: 

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/FRA

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Chambéry (1h30), Lyon (2h), Geneva (2h30).

 

Where to stay: "Hotel Pashmina Le Refuge" which deserves the award of best ski resort hotel in Europe. Health & Safety measures taken. 

 

 


Best ski resorts in Europe - Kitzbühel copyright michael-werlberger Kitzbühel.com
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2. Kitzbühel - Austria

 

Kitzbühel is a perfect choice for skiers looking for the best ski slopes in Europe. You have also ranked Kitzbühel in first place of the best ski resorts in Europe for the New Year and in the first place of the most beautiful ski resorts in Europe

 

Kitzbühel, the most legendary sports destination in the Alps: this self-confident slogan stands for a town that effortlessly combines tradition with sophistication. The legendary Hahnenkamm, a long sporting tradition and pioneering ventures in Alpine golf and winter sports have all contributed to Kitzbühel's worldwide reputation.

 

Today Kitzbühel remains a place of contrasts, where rustic Tyrolean guesthouses rub shoulders with international designer boutiques. Visitors can experience Kitzbühel in many ways, from the alleyways in the medieval old town and the breathtaking pistes to the town's elegant hotels and scenic hiking trails.

 

Tyrol's most sophisticated resort attracts visitors from all over the world, including celebrities, with its traditional character combined with modern flair. International events like the Snow Polo World Cupmulti-award-winning restaurants serving up creative cuisine, and a state-of-the-art conference centre show how Kitzbühel manages to move with the times while staying true to its roots.

 

Open & close dates: start at the 24.10. with one slope at the Resterkogel. The Hahnenkamm cable car will start at the 14.11. and the rest 28.11.

 

Sanitary measures: Mandatory mask in public transport, cable cars, shops. If you experience any flu-like symptoms during your stay and if you don't feel well call the hotline 1450. The Covid-19 test will be free of charge.

 

Travelling to Austria: Entry from a country with a stable COVID-19 situation is possible without restrictions. 

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/AUT

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Salzburg (1h10), Innsbruck (1h20), Munich (2h10).

 

Where to stay: "A-ROSA Kitzbühel" Situated in the best rated area in Kitzbühel. Health & Safety measures taken.

 


Best ski resorts in Europe - Alpe d'Huez - Copyright Gaspar Janos
Copyright Gaspar Janos

3. Alpe d'Huez - France

 

This resort is a perfect mix of fun, relaxation, sport; it is one of the favourite resorts for families but also friends, couples, beginners and experienced skiers. Alpe d'Huez is also one the best ski resorts for guaranteed snow. 3 times awarded the title of best ski resort in Europe, Alpe d'Huez is above all an incredible atmosphere. It is both a family ski resort, an authentic resort but also fun, chic, perfect for shopping or after-ski, finally it is one of the best ski resorts for ... skiing, in state-of-the art  infrastructure.

 

The resort is endowed with facilities that harmonize with the natural features of the resort; it offers holiday makers indoor / outdoor, sports and cultural activities. Alpe d´Huez is a "par excellence" lifestyle resort; with a wide range of opportunities for snow sports and plenty of other activities.

 

The snow will be there this winter and the restaurants and cafes will be open. France plans to stop imposing such a strong lockdown if the covid-19 epidemic resumes. For added security, we recommend that you book your accommodation and ski passes in advance because social distancing rules reduce the number of people allowed in hotels and cabins. 

 

Open & close dates: 5th December 2020 to 24th April 2021.

 

Sanitary measures: The people working in the ski resort are trained to welcome you in safe and hygienic conditions. Floor markings in shops and hotels to guarantee social distancing as well as hydroalcoholic gel dispensers and cleaning standards have been put in place by the ski resort. You will be asked to respect social distancing, to wear a mask or cover your nose and mouth but also to have fun in great skiing sessions.

 

Travelling to France: Traveling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions.

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/FRA

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Grenoble (1h30), Lyon (2h), Geneva (2h40).

 

Where to stay: "Les Grandes Rousses". 300 m from the ski lifts. Health & Safety measures taken.

 


Best ski resorts in Europe - Cortina d'Ampezzo copyright www.bandion.it
Copyright www.bandion.it

4. Cortina d'Ampezzo - Italy

 

Cortina d'Ampezzo is a world-renowned resort in Northern Italy. It is 40 kilometres from the Austrian border; it is famous for the quality of its slopes and infrastructure and is within easy reach (highways, buses, Venice and Verona airports). Cortina d'Ampezzo -or simply Cortina- is Italy's best known mountain resort.

 

Skiers can enjoy 120km of slopes of different levels, from beginner runs to the slopes of the Women's World Cup. One cannot leave Cortina without trying the three ski areas, each with their unique characteristics: Faloria-Cristallo, Tofane and Lagazuoi-Cinque Torri-Giau. A slope an expert skier cannot miss is the Forcella Rossa, coupling steepness with unmatched panoramas.

 

Skiing in Cortina is an all-encompassing experience: skiing on perfectly groomed slopes is even better when you know you will stop for lunch and try a local dish at one of the many delicious mountain huts. And while you ski, remember to stop from time to time to enjoy the uncomparable views on the Dolomites and beautiful valley.

 

After a day out, everyone heads to the town centre to stroll around pedestrian Corso Italia. This legendary street offers one of the best shopping scenes in the Alps, but if you'd rather meet up with your friends, head to one of the many wine bars for aperitivo. And the day is not complete without dinner out: let yourself be spoilt for choice between a fancy restaurant and a traditional agriturismo.

 

Surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Dolomites, Cortina in winter is a destination for skiers and snow lovers alike. Due to Covid-19 sanitary measures the number of accommodation will be limited, be sure to book your accommodation and ski passes in advance.

 

Open & close dates: 14 november 2020 to 14th April 2021.

 

Sanitary measures: Cortina d'Ampezzo is preparing to host the world ski championships in the best sanitary conditions (social distancing, masks, signposted routes, etc.). 120,000 people were planned for this global event, there will be 60,000 people in fact. It is advisable to book your accommodation today 

 

Travelling to Italy: From an EU country or from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, may I enter or exit this country for tourism? Yes, with limitations. 

 

Entry restrictions:

Specific entry rules for each country are available at ViaggiareSicuri

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ITA

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Treviso Airport (130km) but you can also land in Venice (150km).

 

Where to stay: "Faloria Mountain Spa Resort" 2km from the ski lifts. Health & Safety measures taken.

 


Best ski resorts in Europe - Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn - Copyright Bause
Copyright Bause

5. Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn - Austria

 

Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn have been placed among the best ski holiday destinations for many years.

 

The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is not only one of the largest ski areas in Austria, with an extensive range of exciting activities, international flair and breath-taking natural landscapes, it is the coolest ski area in the Alps. 270 km of slopes and much more are waiting to be discovered. With this health crisis we all want to get back to nature and Saalbach Hinterglemm is exactly what you need.

 

For a safe & nature winter holiday in Europe, book your stay in Saalbach Hinterglemm. Do not delay in booking your accommodation and your ski passes, health regulations will reduce the number of available accommodation and the number of places in the cable-car cabins.

 

Open & close dates: Nov 27, 2020 to April 11, 2021.

 

Sanitary measures: To guarantee you a safe holiday, the resort's employees working in contact with customers have been regularly tested since September 1st. So far, nearly 25,000 tests have already been carried out on tourism professionals (hotels, campsites, hostels). 

 

Travelling to Austria: Entry from a country with a stable COVID-19 situation is possible without restrictions.

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/AUT

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Salzburg (1h30), Innsbruck (2h20), Munich (3h).

 

Where to stay: "Vaya Fieberbrunn fine living resort". Health & Safety measures taken.

 


Zermatt - European Best Ski Resorts
©Pascal-Gertschen

6. Zermatt - Switzerland

 

Every year you rank Zermatt among the best ski resorts in Europe. You have also ranked it among the most beautiful ski resorts in Europe, best destinations to visit by train and among the most luxurious ski resorts.

 

The snow sports resort of Zermatt - Matterhorn is one of the places you simply must have seen at least once in your life. Breath-taking Alpine panorama and 360 km of pistes attract ski fans, bon vivants and Alpinists. 

 

 

The village at the foot of the Matterhorn issurrounded by magnificent Alpine landscape. Covered in snow at 1,620 metres (the level of the train station), the village looks like something out of a fairy-tale. 360 kilometres of pistes, situated at heights between 1,620 and 3,883 metres both in Switzerland and in Italy, offer limitless and borderless skiing opportunities. 70 per cent of the slopes are on the glacier or can be snowed. Then there is Zermatt’s Snow Park, an absolute must for freestylers and snowboarders. After a good romp on the snow, sport aficionados can visit one of Zermatt’s legendary mountain restaurants, of which there are more than 50, relax on the sun terrace and enjoy the breathtaking mountain panorama.

 

Open & close dates: 30th Nov 2020 – 1st May 2021.

 

Sanitary measures: Since September all leisure and entertainment businesses and tourist attractions in Switzerland may be open again. Everyone must observe the rules on hygiene and social distancing (keep a distance of 1.5 metres, wear a mask if you can't keep your distance as well as in public transport, mountain rail and cableways and in shops).

 

Travelling to Switzerland: Travelling from EU/EAA countries, including the United Kingdom, is in principle allowed. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. 

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/CHE 

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Geneva (2h45), Milan (3h)

 

Where to stay: "The Christiania Mountain Spa Resort" 100m away from ski lifts. Health & Safety measures taken. 

 

 


Best ski resorts in Europe -  Megève copyright Loic Legarde
Copyright Loic Legarde

7. Megève - France

 

Megève is one of the best ski resorts in France. Celebrities, actors and crowned heads love Megève because it is chic and casual. 

 

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.

 

This authentic mountain village has the charm of yesteryear; It also offers more than 260 km of slopes and a wide choice of magnificent 5-star hotels. We particularly like the "M de Megève" Hotel located in the heart of the village. It combines modernity and tradition with an incredible wellness experience with its "Cinq Mondes" Spa. We also recommend the "Fermes de Marie" which also combines luxury, haute cuisine, tradition and hospitality. Enjoy a great meal at the gourmet restaurant, relax in the "Pure Altitude" spa or sip a delicious cocktail in front of the fire in this exceptional hotel.

 

Open & close dates: 12th December 2020 to 18th April 2021. 

 

Sanitary measures: Megève applies the recommendations of the French State concerning the reception of travellers (social distancing, masks in closed places, cabins, ski lifts). It is better to book your accommodation in advance because for health reasons there will be less accommodation available in the ski resort.

 

Travelling to France: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions.

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/FRA 

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Geneva/ Switzerland (1H20 by car). Check the travel restriction for Switzerland, they may be different from those from France https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/CHE

 

Where to stay: We particularly like the "M de Megève" Hotel located in the heart of the village.  Health & safety measures taken. 

 


Best ski resorts in Europe - Sölden - Copyright www.soelden.com
Copyright www.soelden.com

8. Sölden - Austria

 

This winter ski in complete safety in one of the best ski resorts in Europe. In addition to the glacier ski slopes, the opening of the Sölden and Hochsölden winter ski area is expected for November. Skiers and snowboarders can choose from no less than 148 kilometres of perfectly groomed slopes for all levels and abilities, 35 mountain lifts with absolutely no lift lines. 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.

 

Linked ski areas in the eternal ice The glacier slopes in the upper Ötztal, towering high above the skiers village, offer perfect snow conditions already from early September.

 

That's the time when usually the valley's meadows and forests wear their most colorfuldress – ranging from yellow to russet and dark red. The highest panoramic road in the Eastern Alps takes skiers and snowboarders effortlessly by car or coach from Sölden tothe slopes of Tiefenbach and Rettenbach glacier, one of Austria's largest glacier ski areas.

 

Of course, snow is also guaranteed between 1350 and 3340 metres above sea level from October through May - thanks to a top modern snow making system covering some 80 percent of all slopes.

 

Open & close dates: 19 November 2020 to 2 May 2021.

 

Sanitary measures: The Sölden teams do their best to ensure safe and worriless holidays. Their slogan for this winter  is "togetherness with distance". Hotels, shops, restaurants can have their employees tested weekly on a voluntary basis. The measures are continuously adapted to the official requirements of the Austrian Federal Government.

 

Travelling to Austria: Entry from a country with a stable COVID-19 situation is possible without restrictions.

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/AUT

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Innsbruck Airport (1h10 by car).

 

Where to stay:  "Die Berge Lifestyle Hotel Sölden" Health & Safety measures taken

 


Best ski resorts in Europe - Gstaad - Copyright www.gstaad.ch
Copyright www.gstaad.ch

9. Gstaad - Switzerland

 

These winter holidays, enjoy safe and chic experiences in one of the best ski resorts in Europe.

 

The combination of the special experiences for which Gstaad is so famous is unrivalled. It cannot be found anywhere else and makes Gstaad the ‘last paradise in a crazy world’ (quote by actress Julie Andrews, a regular visitor to Gstaad).

 

The prestige value of the brand Gstaad comes top of the list.The internationally renowned brand which is associated with luxury and high society creates a value that resonates far beyond the actual main target group. It is therefore not surprising to see Gstaad featured in the ranking of the most beautiful ski resorts in Europe and luxurious ski resorts in Europe.

 

Despite a history of tourism dating back more than 100 years in the region, a genuine Alpine lifestyle still prevails in the destination of Gstaad. For instance, it is home to approx. 200 agricultural businesses, 80 alps still in operation and over 7,000 cows. Local products, such as cheese and meat as well as craft traditions, are very popular. Houses with a chalet architectural style dominate the villages in the region, of which Gstaad represents the tourist centre. Some of the cosy buildings date from the 15th century.

 

Open & close dates: 6th November 2020 to 2nd May 2021 (Glacier 3000). 

 

Sanitary measures: This winter you can book your stay in Gstaad and remain flexible. All mountain railways and ski schools as well as a majority of the hotels in the destination are offering guests a return guarantee. In case authorities mandate another lockdown due to COVID-19, the booked services will be refunded or credited to your account. All mountain railways and ski schools as well as a majority of the hotels in Gstaad have corresponding booking conditions for the winter 2020/21 season.

 

Travelling to Switzerland: Travelling from EU/EAA countries, including the United Kingdom, is in principle allowed. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. 

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/CHE

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Zurich (2.5 hours by car) or Geneva (2h by car). 

 

Where to stay: "Le Grand Bellevue" 1 km from  ski lifts. Health & safety measures taken. 

 


Best ski resorts in Europe - St Anton am Arlberg - Copyright Copyright www.stantonamarlberg.com
Copyright www.stantonamarlberg.com

10. St Antom am Arlberg - Austria

A gigantic ski area, packed with electrifying events, cool traditions, adrenalin kicks, unadulterated fun and unrivalled piste pleasures. St. Anton am Arlberg is also home of ski legends and pioneers, such as Hannes Schneider, who validate Arlberg’s status as the “birthplace of alpine skiing”.
State of the art cable car systems, exclusive hotels and international bars combined with chocolate-box village charm - visitors from around the world appreciate St. Anton for these qualities and characterise its cosmopolitan flair with their presence alone.

 

The Arlberg is the biggest interconnected ski resort in Austria / 5th biggest in the world.

 

Open & close dates: The winter season will start on December 4, 2020.
Sanitary measures: for a relaxing and safe holiday this winter, St. Anton am Arlberg is committed with innovative sanitary measures that will serve as model region for the project "Covid-19 Risk Management Winter Tourism".
Travelling to Austria: Entry from a country with a stable COVID-19 situation is possible without restrictions.
Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/AUT
Nearest airports: Book your flights to Innsbruck Airport (1h10 by car) or Zurich Airport (2h30 by car).

 

Where to stay: "Mountain Spa Residences" Health & safety measures taken.

 


 

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