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. Alpe d'Huez
After a very good five-year ranking in this competition, Alpe d’Huez is now top of the podium this year.
Alpe d’Huez is a true paradise for those who love snow and the great outdoors. The Winter/Summer sports resort is well known for its very sunny climate. 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.
The resort is endowed with facilities that harmonize with the natural features of the resort to offer holiday makers a whole host of indoor/ outdoor, sports and cultural activities.
Life style resort ‘par excellence’, Alpe d’Huez offers a wide range of opportunities for snow sports as well as plenty of other activities to try out.
2. La Plagne
You were thousands to vote for La Plagne. Discover, one of your favourite ski resorts in Europe.
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.
On the third place is a historic ski resort that has for years delighted hundreds of thousands of skiers from around the world.
A family and sports resort ! Only steps from the Italian border, Montgenevre combines the charm and authentic character of an alpine village in the Southern Alps with the grandeur of a vast international ski area, the Via Lattea. More than 400 kilometres of slopes run from one side of the border to the other providing skiers with quite a Mediterranean experience.
Montgenevre boasts an ideal geographical position, easy access and is the only French resort connected to the Olympic domain in Sestrieres, Sauze d’Oulx and San Sicario. The TGV train station in Oulx (Italy) or Briancon (France) a 15 minute drive.
4. Saalbach Hinterglemm
Welcome to the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn - Austria’s largest ski resort: 270 piste kilometres and 70 modern lifts are waiting. Ski-In/Ski-Out on well groomed slopes and masses of powder fascinate skiers, snowboarders and offpiste fans. Perfectly shaped funparks attract freeskiers. Over 50 cosy mountain huts serve local specialities.
5. Les Contamines-Montjoie
Dominated by the summits of the Mont-Blanc range, the picturesque village of Les Contamines-Montjoie is one of the best family ski and sports resorts in the French Alps.
The variety of the ski area satisfies all winter sports lovers. A rich and preserved heritage delights the most curious. Magnificent natural surroundings please the more contemplative whilst delicious culinary specialties meet the needs of the finest gourmet.
Great value for money, only 1 hour from Geneva airport, this snow-covered paradise, bathed in winter sunshine, is certainly worth a visit!
Kitzbühel is a real legend ; it should be visited at least once in a lifetime !
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.
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.
No doubt that the starred gastronomy (7 starred chefs) and beautiful french art de vivre will acheive to fullfill your highest expectations in terms of wintersports holidays.
8. SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental is one of the largest and most modern ski resorts in the Europe. Unique: 9 villages provide direct access for you to enjoy more than 284 kilometres of ski runs, perfectly prepared every day, as well as 21 downhills.
Whether beginner or family, skiing just for pleasure or a serious and experienced skier, everyone can have so much more fun at SkiWelt. There are also 90 modern lifts for skiers to use, and panoramic views of more than 70 mountains of 3,000 m or more to enjoy, plus the ALPENIGLU® Village, 4 fun parks, exhilarating ski runs, 3 floodlit toboggan runs as well as Austria’s largest night time ski resort.
Only 1 hour from Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich, SkiWelt is so easy to get to by car or bus, train or plane. Welcome to Brixen im Thale, Ellmau, Going, Hopfgarten, Itter, Kelchsau, Scheffau, Söll and Westendorf.
9. Ischgl-Engadin Samnaun
Ischgl with its approx. 1,600 inhabitants is the best known community in the winter sports region of Paznaun in western Tyrol. The Austrian holiday resort is located at an altitude of 1,377 m in a sunny mountain valley between the Silvretta and Verwall peaks. The communities of Galtür, Kappl and See are based nearby.
The cross-border winter sports resort of Ischgl is one of the largest continuous ski resorts in the Alps and impresses discerning winter sports fans with its perfectly prepared pistes and extensive fun parks.
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 brandwhich is associated with luxury and high
society creates a value that resonates far beyond the actual main target group.
11. Les Arcs
Les Arcs is constantly evolving in innovation and ambition and is thus one of the favourite hangouts for mountain enthusiasts.
Get up to the summit of Arc 2000 to access and tear down L’Aiguille Rouge (3226m), one of Europe’s longest slopes (7 km) to Villaroger without having to take a single lift.
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.
13. 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.
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.
Honor Award 2017
Val Thorens, out of competition this year, will be crowned with a trophy rewarding the worldwide notoriety of this station elected three times "European Best Ski Resort" (2014-2015-2016). This trophy also rewards its numerous investments in its infrastructures, its hotel and commercial offer, which increase both the attractiveness of this ski resort and also the attractiveness of Europe as the first ski destination in the world.
Val Thorens is "out of competition" this year, but will compete next year. Nevertheless we already invite you to discover this incredible ski resort and book your ski holiday in Val Thorens, elected three times better Ski resort in Europe.
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