There are many fantastic destinations around Europe that you can go skiing, it has become a very popular holiday choice in this day and age, gathering lots of tourists year on year. With many planning ski trips for a short time every year, so we thought we’d share some of the top destinations in Europe to go skiing if you’re thinking about a trip.
Courchevel, France- This is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for skiing, Courchevel forms part of the three valleys which has 600km of maintained piste. It’s also a good place to go if you’re a beginner, with plenty of easy areas to tackle. It’s definitely more of a luxury destination, however, with most of the regular travellers being quite wealthy so be prepared to spend. It has nine luxury 5-star hotels as well as 5 four stars and 13 three-star resorts, which are much more luxurious than their rating suggests.
Meribel, France- Known as more of a place for young skiers, there are plenty of bars and restaurants to explore while shooting down the slopes. Accommodation is great as well, with a range of chalet style lodges to choose from. Not to mention Meribel has some of the best nightlife of any ski resort in Europe, so this is probably one of the reasons it attracts so many younger skiers. The location is very ideal as well, as it’s so close to the largest ski network in the world. If you really want to experience the life of luxury you could stay in the five star Le Kaila hotel, which is in amidst all the action.
St Anton, Austria– Rated as one of the top 5 resorts in the Alps, this is the biggest ski connected area in Austria. It even holds host to the ski world championships, so that should give you an idea of how highly rated St Anton is. It’s very easy to reach, with it only being a few hours’ drive from three airports, and once you’re there it’s very easy to navigate on foot. It’s a resort that is more suited to the more advanced skiers, so if you’re a beginner it would be better to go elsewhere before you visit St Anton. There are plenty of luxury hotels as well and is actually quite a popular couple destination if you and a partner are thinking of going skiing together.
Verbier, Switzerland- Verbier is located in Switzerland’s largest ski area known as the four valleys. The great thing about this resort is that it caters to all level of skiers, with many of the slopes ranging in difficulty. Plenty of British people travel here as well, so much so that there are a lot of British-run bars located around the resort. The nightlife is also lively , with a lot of young people electing to travel here and experience all the different bars and restaurants the resort has to offer. In addition, the scenery is stunning and from the top of the ski area it is breath-taking, with 80 lifts that access 400km of runs there is plenty of opportunity as well.
Zermatt, Switzerland- A little different to the other places on this list, Zermatt is a smaller Alpine village that is situated at the bottom of Matterhorn, Switzerland’s most famous mountain. It’s regarded more as a family skiing destination but still provides 223 miles of runs in four massive ski areas. Even though the town has a population of 5,700, it is still brimming with life, with some fantastic mountain restaurants available and spectacular views to experience. Zermatt probably favours more towards the experienced skiers but it can still provide some good spots for beginners, if you go in the Spring you can experience the towns music festival as well, which is said to be superb.
These are just a few great locations to spend your time if you wish to go skiing, if you are organizing a trip, then why not take a look at our leisure page here and see if we can make your dream ski holiday become a reality?