Why Ski Europe?
There’s excellent skiing and snowboarding, but also a chance to soak up some fabulous European culture, enjoy après and the animated nightlife, and eat the wonderful cuisine.
There are lots of ski resorts in Europe. Much of the skiing is in The Alps, which span the Mediterranean coast of France through Switzerland, Northern Italy, Austria and into Slovenia. The mountains are giants so skiing in Europe offers endless runs on huge vertical, and the spectacular scenery can be admired from the slopes or from soaring cable cars. The ability to ski from village to village is common, and in some places you can even ski from country to country. The old-world villages are quaint and offer opportunities to stop for a hot chocolate, wine or beer. Part of the culture is the long lunches, so this is an essential part of your European ski holiday.
Cost of skiing in Europe is generally not as economical as other destinations, but it largely depends on the currency exchange. It can be quite costly, especially if you enjoy drinking and eating out. Shopping is expensive, and accommodation will hit the hip pocket (particularly the French ski resorts), although of course there are different options available from budget to extravagant. You might need to save up for skiing in Europe, but the money spent is oh so worth it because the experience is amazing!
And the best thing about Europe – did we mention the food?!
Skiing Austria- The Alps cover most of Austria so there are lots of opportunities to ski Austria. Austria is where alpine skiing was born and perfected, and the Austria ski resorts offer a very traditional skiing experience which resorts in other countries try to emulate. St Anton ski resort in the Arlberg region attracts advanced skiers and has the most rocking après in the world. Lech and Zurs are fit for princes and princesses, whilst Kitzbuhel and the Innsbruck ski resorts are also popular Europe ski resorts.
Skiing in France- Ski France for its great food and wine, but also for the extensive skiing with dramatic scenery, high altitude, and wide runs. The French locals in the mountainous areas are incredibly friendly, which adds to the experience. Some of the best extreme terrain can be found in Chamonix with Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc. This French ski resort is on steroids and it attracts hard-core skiers in particular. Val d’Isere is another one of the best ski resorts in Europe. It caters to the well heeled market and has plenty of wide runs for beginners and intermediates. Courchevel is another amazing ski resort, which is often known as the ‘chic’ resort of Les Trois Vallées.
Skiing Italy- Skiing in Italy is as much about the eating, long lunches and wine consumption, as it is about exploring the slopes. The culture is super relaxed and friendly. The Matterhorn is right on the Swiss-Italian border and Mont Blanc straddles the French-Italian border, with resorts such as Kronplatz, Campitello. Cortina in the Dolomites (northeast corner of Italy) is very stylish and up-market, and has stunning scenery. The fabulous towns of Milan, Turin, Verona and Venice are also within a few hours of the resorts.
Switzerland Skiing- Resorts Ski Switzerland for the Swiss organisation, cosmopolitan flair, great lift systems, charming villages and dramatic scenery. The après is relatively restrained in Switzerland, but there’s still nightlife, and partaking in fondue is essential. Verbier boasts steep and deep off-piste skiing. St Moritz is glamorous and fashionable, and is well suited to intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Jungfrau Grindelwald and Klosters are also refined and sophisticated, whilst Zermatt Ski Resort is a fabulous all-rounder and has the towering Matterhorn overlooking the old-fashioned town.