Best ski resorts in Europe
You have been more than 120,000 travellers from around the world to vote for your favourite ski resort in Europe. Europe is the leading ski holiday destination in the world and these 15 ski resorts are the best in their respective countries.
This ranking includes, among others, the best ski resorts in Italy, France, Austria or Switzerland. Do you need more inspiration? Check out your best ski resorts rankings: best family ski resorts in Europe, best ski resorts for guaranteed snow, best snowboarding resorts, most luxurious and cheapest ski resorts.
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1. Alpe d'Huez
For the second time you have elected Alpe d'Huez "European Best Ski Resort". This resort is a perfect mix of fun, relaxation, sport; it is the favourite resort for families but also friends, couples, beginners and experienced skiers. Alpe d'Huez is also the best ski resort for guaranteed snow.
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 lifestyle resort «par excellence»; with a wide range of opportunities for snow sports and plenty of other activities.
This year Alpe d'Huez will host the best music festival in Europe, Tomorrowland. Be ready for more and more sensations in the best ski resort in France.
Open & close dates: 1st December 2018 - 27th April 2019
Nearest airports: Grenoble, Geneva, Lyon
Where to stay: Wake up in the heart of the ski resort of Alpe d'Huez with direct access to the ski slopes by booking your stay in Les Chalets de l'Altiport. Enjoy the warm atmosphere of a wood stove! If you want to stay in a 4-star hotel located 300 metres from ski lifts in the heart of Alpe d'Huez, book at the Royal Ours Blanc Boutique Hotel & Spa.
This year Livigno is second on the European podium of the best ski resorts in Europe. In first place of the best Italian ski resorts again.
Livigno’s ski area includes 115 km of alpine ski slopes (from 1800 to 2900 metres of altitude) for a total of 12 black slopes, 37 red and 27 blue, served by 6 cable ways (Carosello 3000 I and II; Mottolino, Livigno Centro Tagliede I and II; Cassana), 14 chairlifts and 11 ski lifts.
Get ready to ski in the best ski resort in Italy, one of the best ski resorts in Europe.
Open & close dates: 1st December 2018 - 1st May 2019
Nearest airports: Milan, Bergamo, Zurich.
Where to stay: Do you want to enjoy panoramic views of Livigno, a wellness area and free transfer to Livigno city centre? Book your room at the "Alexander Charme Hotel"; couples staying in Livigno appreciate it a lot!
3. SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental is making a leap in your ranking of the best ski resorts in Europe by reaching the 3rd place.
From treeless summit slopes for carvers, richly varied slopes requiring technique and sun-drenched family pistes to “extra long” valley routes, all runs are in top-form with spectacular views and mountains of snow guaranteed.
Open & close dates: 8th December 2018 - 31st March 2019
Nearest airports: Innsbruck, Munich, Salzburg
Where to stay: Hubertus Logis Apartments offers modern Alpine-style apartments with a sauna. If you want to stay in a 4-star hotel located 150 metres from the Hochbrixen gondola, book at the Hotel Hubertus.
Kitzbühel is awarded the title of the best ski resort in the world almost every year; it 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.
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 Cup, multi-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: 13th Oct 2018 - 1st May 2019
Nearest airports: Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg
Where to stay: We offer nearly 220 best-priced accommodation in Kitzbühel including the Kitzlife Apartments with mountain views and storage available on site. For a 5 star stay in Kitzbühel, book at the Hotel Weißes Rössl. After a night out at the gourmet restaurant and a good night's sleep, you will wake up 300 metres away from the Hahnenkamm ski slope.
Crans-Montana is the best ski resort in Switzerland. This year you put it in your top 5 of the best ski resorts in Europe and in the first place of the best ski resorts in Switzerland.
With its lakes, forests, glacier and vineyards, the region has something to offer every nature lover. Sports fans, too, will be delighted to discover a large array of amenities dedicated to sporting activities, whilst cultural devotees will enjoy the wide range of museums, events and festivals.
Open & close dates: 2nd Dec 2018 - 22nd April 2019
Nearest airports: Bern, Geneva, Milan
Where to stay: Stay in the heart of Crans-Montana, in the middle of the Swiss Alps, by booking your stay at the Hotel Royal. For more affordable prices while enjoying a very good location (200 metres from the ski slopes), book at the Hotel Olympic - Montana Centre.
6. Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn
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.
Open & close dates: 2nd December 2018 - 14th April 2019
Nearest airports: Munich, Salzburg
Where to stay: One of the top rated hotels by travellers is the Avenida Moutain Lodges: they offer modern apartments and studios.
The Hotel Saalbacher Hof is just 500 metres from the ski lifts; it is a beautiful 4-star hotel located in the pedestrian area of Saalbach.
7. La Plagne
La Plagne is one of the most iconic ski resorts in France. You have ranked it in your top of the best ski resorts in Europe for 5 years.
La Plagne ski area is a part of Paradiski, the second largest ski area of the world with 425km of slopes. 70% of la Plagne ski area is above 2000m high which guarantee a high-level experience on the snow.
Cervinia Valtournenche is a world famous historic ski resort.
To be at the top of winter sports, like the offer of “Cervino Ski Paradise”, means offering tourists who come here a blend of uniqueness, starting from the slopes (for all levels), moving through panoramas which speak not only of the Cervino, but of all the surrounding mountains, like the magnificent jagged Grandes Murailles.
Avoriaz is a beautiful ski resort; it has been car-free for years. Avoriaz is a perfect ski resort for families but also for lovers of pure sensations.
The resort is completely pedestrianised and you get around by foot, ski or sledges. Here you ski among stunning scenery, with open panoramic views of the Dents du Midi, Dents Blanches and the mountains beyond… You can ski to the far side of broad valleys, with pistes running down between the trees, for family skiing that’s great fun for everyone, both children and adults!
Open & close dates: 15th December 2018 - 14th April 2019
Nearest airports: Annecy, Bern, Basel
Where to stay: We recommend the Munk-Avoriaz Apartment with direct access to the ski slopes. We also recommend the Hotel des Dromonts with wellness centre and restaurant offering traditional French cuisine.
10. Saint-Sorlin d'Arves
11. Val Gardena
Val Gardena and the villages of Ortisei, Santa Cristina and Selva are well-known names on the international skiing stage, making them the perfect destination for people wanting to spend a winter holiday with plenty of outdoor leisure activities.
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.
Courchevel is one of the most famous resort in the world; it is widely known for its exceptionnal setting, and ski in ski out top end accommodation, with no less that 25 deluxe hotels, 2 of which being Palaces and 16 5 stars.
14. St Anton am Arlberg
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.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is one of the pioneering ski resorts in Europe, one of the first one to offer its slopes to skiers from all over the world and certainly one of the most recognized and renowned ski resorts in Europe.
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