Looking for the best destinations for your skiing holidays? If you are looking for cheap family ski resorts for amateur or the best ski resorts for professional skiers and with the best slopes in Europe, we have selected the best ski resorts in Europe. Before you plan your next Alpine adventure, take a tip from this guide to the top 10 ski resorts across the Europe.
1. Val Thorens
Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe (at an altitude of 2,300 meters) and the highest point of the largest ski area in the world, the 3 Vallées (600 kilometers 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. Val Thorens is a sporty, innovative, « ski in, ski out » car-free resort, built in pure mountain style.
2. Alpe d’Huez
Alpe d’Huez is a true paradise for those who love snow and the great outdoors.
The Winter/Summer sports resort is well known for its very sunny climate. The village has been developing since 1936 and sits perched on a full south facing plateau at 1860m altitude in the Grandes Rousses mountain range.
The ski area called ‘Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski’ links up to the resort villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez, Ozen-Oisans, Vaujany, Villard-Reculas, La Garde and Le Freney. Its summit, the Pic Blanc is 3330 metres at its highest point and offers an exceptional panorama stretching over one fifth of French territory.
The resort is endowed with facilities that harmonize with the natural features of the resort to offer holiday makers a whole host of indoor/ outdoor, sports and cultural activities.
Life style resort ‘par excellence’, Alpe d’Huez offers a wide range of opportunities for snow sports as well as plenty of other activities to try out.
3. La Plagne
La Plagne is a family winter sports and summer resort located in the French Alps between 1250 and 3250 metres.
For over 50 years, the destination has become internationally renowned for its huge ski area with 225 kilometers of runs for all levels of skier. The atmosphere and architecture are diverse and recount over 50 years of the history of winter sports! Europe has 7 bobsleigh slopes, among them La Plagne has the unique French bobsleigh slopes.
4. St. François Longchamp
Nestled on the mountainside between 1450m and 1650m altitude, the resort of Saint François Longchamp welcomes you to an exceptional setting, protected between the Mont Blanc mountain range on the north and the Pic l’Etendard on the south.
Children, big or small, couples or tribes, everyone can find their place at Saint François Longchamp. Between four season sledge, dog sled riding, ski lessons for the toddlers (PiouPiou) or thrilling descents of the ski slopes in the “Snakegliss”(group sledging) at nightfall, or moments of relaxation in the Balneotherapy Center for the parents.
The skiing area of Saint François Longchamp is linked to Valmorel, together these areas form the “Grand Domaine” a play park of more than 165km of ski slopes to suit all. At Saint François Longchamp and its surroundings you can explore or practice in peace Nordic skiing or snowshoeing.
5. Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc
Over the past few years Saint-Gervais has undergone a facelift. The Belle Epoque architecture has regained its splendor and the village its original charm.
Dominated by the Mont-Blanc range, the Evasion Mont-Blanc ski area, the third largest in France, has been extended to the center of the resort.
This winter Saint-Gervais revives the magic of the night, increasing its evening activities outdoors: skiing, ski touring, snowshoeing etc. A new dimension that procures a change of bearings, a feeling of heightened speed and the awakening of senses.
6. Saalbach Hinterglemm
Welcome to the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn – Austria’s largest ski resort: 270 piste kilometers and 70 modern lifts are waiting. Ski-In/Ski-Out on well groomed slopes and masses of powder fascinate skiers, snowboarders and offpiste fans. Perfectly shaped fun parks attract freeskiers. Over 50 cozy mountain huts serve local specialties.
Kitzbühel, the most legendary sports destination in the Alps: this self-confident slogan stands for a town that effortlessly combines tradition with sophistication. The legendary Hahnenkamm, a long sporting tradition and pioneering ventures in Alpine golf and winter sports have all contributed to Kitzbühel’s worldwide reputation.
Today Kitzbühel remains a place of contrasts, where rustic Tyrolean guesthouses rub shoulders with international designer boutiques. Visitors can experience Kitzbühel in many ways, from the alleyways in the medieval old town and the breathtaking pistes to the town’s elegant hotels and scenic hiking trails.
The combination of the special experiences for which Gstaad is so famous is unrivaled. It cannot be found anywhere else and makes Gstaad the ‘last paradise in a crazy world’ (quote by actress Julie Andrews, a regular visitor to Gstaad). The prestige value of the brand Gstaad comes top of the list. The internationally renowned brand which is associated with luxury and high society creates a value that resonates far beyond the actual main target group.
9. Baqueira Beret
Baqueira Beret is a complete resort, divided in 3 areas: Beret, Baqueira, and Bonaigua with their respective characteristics, a network of modern installations and carefully maintained pistes, will satisfy all skiers. Beret is ideal for beginners and families. You’ll have easy access, by foot from the parking, to all amenities ( restaurants, cafeteria, school, etc..). Its pistes are very wide and of moderate inclination. Although, paradoxically, it is there that the permanent Stadium hosting competitions of high level is located.
Åre in Sweden is Northern Europe´s largest and most advanced and diverse alpine sport resort, with skiing and a wide variety of other sports and activities to suit every possible preference and level of skill. There is everything from awe-inspiring black pistes and highly challenging off-piste slopes to an abundance of easy skiing for children and beginners. Åre and adjacent Duved also offer world-class slopes for snowboarding, telemark and carving. Extreme adventures such as heli-skiing are also available.