There’s just something about ski resorts that people love, and skiing in Europe is an entirely different experience than skiing in the United States. In the US the focus is more on the act of skiing, whereas in Europe it is all about the overall holiday experience. Even with cheap ski packages, European ski resorts focus on the big picture: laid back mornings, long lunches, gourmet dinners, and plenty of skiing and pampering in between.
But why do people love ski resorts in Europe so much? It’s more than just the food, relaxation, and skiing. It must be the scenery. Most resorts are located along the Alps, which are incomparable to any other mountain range in the world. Ideal for beginners (all European resorts offer top-of-the-line ski schools), intermediates, and advanced skiers, the Alps have it all. For those considering a European ski holiday, listed below are some of the best ski resort areas in the region.
Most people think the best European skiing is in the Swiss Alps, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Consider Chamonix in France for the best lift-accessed steeps in Europe. A 10-mile long valley with five ski areas, a bustling town, and some of the most challenging runs in the world. The jagged peaks of the Alps and impressive views surround guests. Guest may enrol in skiing classes or simply enjoy the hot mulled wine whilst sitting by the fire listening to the house band every evening.
St. Anton, Austria
For those that love the après ski scene, St. Anton, Austria is the place to be. With almost 200 miles of ski runs and more than 400 miles of country terrain, the après ski scene is just one of the fine features of this resort. Skiers can hire a private ski guide or enrol in one of the classes based on skill level. This area offers a number of fine eateries, popular nightlife, and plenty of fun. For those who like to take different kinds of risks, there are even co-ed naked spas!
Skiing by day and partying by night is what Verbier in Switzerland has to offer skiers on holiday. Located on Switzerland’s western side, Verbier will give most other European ski resort towns a run for their money. Rich in style, modern amenities, and convenience, Verbier offers comfort like few other resort areas. Every hotel, restaurant, and shop is polished with pure sophistication. The lifts are fast and lead up to challenging slopes, though beginners will feel right at home as well.
For those that enjoy mountain freeriding, Alagna, Italy is a great location. Right on the southern side of Monte Rosa Massif in northern Italy, the rustic farming village turned ski resort town is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. With just 115 miles of ski runs, it isn’t a large resort area but it is nice. Alagna is perfect for a low-key, quiet ski holiday filled with a little skiing, great food, and time away from the real world.