When the topic of skiing gets mentioned its easy to imagine yourself transporting yourself away on a skiing adventure to the likes of the world famous Aspen or the French Alps in Switzerland to test your sporting skill. However, it seems that the well travelled and ski enthusiasts out there have been hiding a little secret from the rest of us. It just so happens that there are tons of places around Europe which offer amazing places to ski to rival these famous spots! The likes of Bulgaria and you would think the extremely unlikely Greece, are now becoming famed for their skiing potential. After all, Europe has the most skiing and snowboarding trails than any other part of the world! Even better, flight prices in and around Europe are at their lowest during these winter months when the skiing season is in full swing. Or if you wanted to take your own car along, catching a Ferry to France for instance, is a doddle.
So if you fancy taking a skiing trip with a difference then be sure to consider ditching Aspen and considering some of the other amazing ski slopes in and around Europe!
The Cortina slopes have been attracting visitors for the past two centuries. Visit for a skiing holiday and find the unbelievably picturesque town and views in one of the most upmarket Italian resorts around. The ski resort simply oozes chic and the dramatic peaks provide the most perfect views. Another plus point is the food. You wont find any greasy and bland chips being sold here. Instead you will be treated to high end restaurant quality food that is typical of Northern Italy. The who’s who of the Italian world have been spotted here such as actresses and celebrities along with hollywood A-listers including likes of George Clooney. Back in the day it was known as the celebrity hangout for Audrey Hepburn and Bridgitte Bardot. Hence, the resort defintely promises luxury.
Val d’Isere is the largest ski area in France and is known as ‘Espace Killy’. The resort is best known to this day for its connection to Jean-Claude Killy the 1968 Olympic Gold Medallist who grew up there and strongly represents French skiing. This resort has become known as a place for expert skiers and some of the best runs in the Alps. You can enjoy the heart of the old village hospitality at the core of the town known as Val Village whilst relaxing in the newly built accommodation and utilising the hundreds of ski lifts. This really does have everything you could wish for on a skiing holiday.
A mixture of both climbing and skiing have successfully put Chamonix Mont-Blanc on the map. The resort is located near Mont Blanc, hence the name and provides vast amounts for those looking to visit with varying amounts of ski levels for its different slopes making it ideal for people of all ages and experience. Other activities can also be undertaken during your stay including hiking, snowboarding and some water sports. What makes it better is that the stunning ski resort is available to those on nearly all budgets ranging from budget apartments to swanky hotels making it a fun, comforting and affordable holiday.
Courcheval is not simply one resort in France, it incorporates five separate ones which share the same ski slopes and it is the highest of them all. Here you can enjoy exploring one of the largest skiing areas in the world with the Paris Jet setters who like to hang out here. The resort has some of the best hotels and restaurants in the Alps and therefore this is reflected in the price making one of the priciest resorts also. But you can stay in some of the lower villages and your stay will be considerably cheaper but the slopes are still great!
The exclusive resorts of Lech and Zurs share a linked ski resort area which makes up part of the Arlberg ski domain. Be sure to expect excellent skiing for all ranging from beginner to expert with a total of 13 ski routes, 8 extreme ski routes and 7 high alpine touring runs. The two villages in Zurs are recommended for beginners while the Lech will be more appealing to intermediate skiers. All the villages are well connected via the lift system and the outside bar at Palmenalpe at the top of the Zugerberg lift is definitely recommended for a stop off and there are many mountain places to enjoy a nice lunch.
This resort ihas a large ski area which is reached by funnicular that will suit most skiers, with a link to the glacier of Les Diablerets. A holiday to Verbier allows you to explore the areas 4 valleys and to take in the magnificent views. Again, this is classed as a resort for the up most fashionable and cosmopolitan of you skiers out there but don’t be put off by this as it still has a traditional feel that will make you feel extremely welcomed. Verbier’s après ski is legendary with its nightclubs and some 60 restaurants. Veysonnaz and Les Collons also have their fair share of things to do.
The portes du Soleil ski resort has a bit of everything for everyone. At this resort there is something for everyone and if you want to ski a different run everyday for two weeks you easily could! With 650km of marked piste there is plenty of back country skiing to be experienced as well. Here are some of the best and unspoilt surroundings there are and can be enjoyed from December through to April.
The Zermatt resort is nestled within a deep valley surrounded by towering mountains. Over the years, the village has expanded pretty rapidly and so now should be described more as a town than a village. There are no cars on the resort as every visitor must leave them behind in an underground car park and catch a train which makes the place strikingly but beautifully tranquil most of the time. All journeys happen on foot or by skiing. The food quality is extremely high but the prices vary but there are cosy restaurants everywhere.
This attractive village lies in a scenic spot with views over the Inn Valley. Again, it is welcoming of people with all kinds of skiing ability and has an extremely relaxed atmosphere with the bars and restaurants around the village. The skiing terrain is very interesting and so is sure to keep even the most advanced skier on their toes with steep sections at the peak, to tree-lined pistes that offer a good and changing pitch! A free ski bus service links Innsbruck city centre with the individual areas, which include the Stubai glacier for guaranteed snow.
The Kitchbuhel area definitely ranks amongst one of the best skiing resorts in the world let alone just Europe. You are always guaranteed to have an abundance of snow here and coupled with the fact that it is one of the most difficult downhill runs around – the famous Streif – this makes it a popular ski getaway choice. Quaint mountain hunts also await you for luxury breaks and outdoor lovers will truly appreciate the range of ski mountaineering routes available.
Jade was inspired to write this article after a mix up with her Disneyland Paris tickets meant she had to rethink her winter holiday.