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 third year 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.
In April, 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: 30th November 2019 - 25th April 2020
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".
2. SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental
Again this year Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental has reached the top of your favourite ski resorts in Europe; It is is one of the largest and most modern ski resorts in the world. The best ski resort in Austria awaits you with nearly 300 kilometres of ski runs.
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental is an incredible resort with a plethora of offers ranging from night skiing, winter hiking, paragliding, tobogganing, speed measurement runs but also dozens of activities for children, fun parks, relaxation and wellness areas.
3. Val Thorens
Val Thorens is the only ski resort awarded 4 times best ski resort in Europe! They are also regularly awarded the title of the best mountain resort in the world. You want more good reasons to book your holiday in 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.
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, 14 chairlifts and 11 ski lifts. In Livigno the snow season starts very early in the year and ends very late. You can ski and practice all winter sports from autumn till May.
Après-ski activities are also one of Livigno’s assets ; Music, dancing, a drink with friends are the best ways to end a day spent enjoying the snow. Evening entertainment includes pubs and clubs where you can enjoy music, dance and meet new people.
Open & close dates: 30th November 2019 - 1st May 2020
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!
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. Crans-Montana combines all the benefits of the urban lifestyle within a mountain setting, with a wide selection of eateries ranging from mountain huts to award-winning restaurants, numerous boutiques and shops, a wellness centre, a variety of entertainment and a vibrant nightlife.
Open & close dates: 7th Dec 2019 - 19th April 2020
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 m from the ski slopes), book at the "Hotel Olympic - Montana Centre".
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.
Open & close dates: 19th Oct 2019 - 1st May 2020
Where to stay: "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.
7. 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: 29th November 2019 - 13th April 2020
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.
8. 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 7 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.
9. Cortina d'Ampezzo
Cortina d'Ampezzo - or simply Cortina- is Italy's best known mountain resort. Surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Dolomites, Cortina in winter is a destination for skiers and snow lovers alike. It was one of the first Alpine destinations to come to the fore and became a top spot for snow sports with the 1956 Winter Olympics.
The tradition of major events continues, with the 2021 World Alpine Ski Championships and the 2026 Winter Olympics both being hosted in Cortina, the latter jointly with Milan. 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.
10. Val d'Isère
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.
Open & close dates: 30th November 2019 - 1st May 2020
Where to stay: "Matterhorngruss Apartments" offers spacious apartments with a balcony in a quiet and central area.
For direct access to the ski slopes, book your room at the "Riffelhaus 1853".
12. St Moritz
The diversity of events and activities in St. Moritz is unique. Events such as the St. Moritz Art Masters festival, the White Turf horse race and the Festival da Jazz draw people from all over the world while the area’s exclusive spas and idyllic carriage rides ensure there is plenty of rest and relaxation too.
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: 13th December 2019 - 19th April 2020
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.
14. Samnaun - Ischgl
Enjoy this charming Swiss mountain village and the ski area Silvretta Arena Samnaun/Ischgl, the largest ski area in the Eastern Alps. The "Twinliner", which is the world's first double decker gondola with a capacity of 180 persons, carries guests in less than 6 minutes in the middle of the Silvretta Arena Samnaun/Ischgl. You have the choice of 44 lifts and 238 km of slopes, from 1400 to 2872 m.a.s.l.
Samnaun is the only duty-free area in Switzerland. Stroll the streets and visit one of the 50 duty-free stores. Enjoy the fresh air for sledging, hiking or snowshoeing, or go to the ice rink. In addition, restaurants in Samnaun offer a culinary delight with a mixture of Swiss, Austrian and Italian cuisine.
Jungfrau is one of your best mountains ski resorts in Europe and one of the best ski resorts in Switzerland with two valleys, three mountain ranges and around 206 kilometres of perfectly prepared ski slopes.
In the Jungfrau ski region snow fans can enjoy activities of all types and feel at home. The winter paradise by the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau offers skiers and snowboarders everything they long for: gentle slopes, steep drops, snow and fun parks, racing tracks and powder parties.
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