Six of the Best European Ski Resorts
When December comes around many people will see it as a month where it’s all about Christmas. For us though, December is much more exciting for one very special reason: it’s the start of ski season!
From December up until April, we get five fantastic months to hop on our skis and try some of the best pistes that the Alps have to offer; whether it’s getting to grips with the basics in France or going for it 2500m high on the Austrian side of the Alps.
Why go on a ski holiday?
There are so many reasons you might want to hop on a quick flight (most are only 90 minutes) and enjoy everything a ski holiday has to offer.
Some inspiring tips include:
- It’s a great way to stay fit
You’ll be surprised how many calories a day on the slopes burns up
- Our ski trips offer truly snowy landscapes
It’s so hard to put into words just how incredible the scenery is when you’re high up on the hills overlooking everything
- You’ll get heart-racing thrills
We have slopes that range from simple beginner’s hills all the way to off-piste expert areas where you’ll fly down at incredible speeds
- The vibrant après ski
You’re on holiday, after all, so cosy up by the fire and enjoy the canapes.
We are fortunate to have resorts in some of the best places you’ll ever be able to go on a ski or snowboarding holiday.
Don’t believe us? Then read on to find out why we think you’ll enjoy taking a holiday at six of Europe’s best ski resorts.
Our pick of the best European ski resorts
- La Plagne
- Lex Deux Alpes
- St Anton
La Plagne – The ski resort with more than skis
Made up of 10 villages that offer a wide range of different run levels, La Plagne offers plenty to please families with children of all ages. Most of the resort is car-free, making this a safe base that’s easy to explore; there’s even a ‘children’s village’ for kids aged 18 months to 13 years, with supervised indoor and outdoor activities on the nursery slopes – perfect for little ones who are just learning to ski.
Each village offers good ski schools, and there are several games arcades and reasonably priced restaurants for family-friendly après-ski entertainment. It’s also home to a dynamic range of activities that involve more than a pair of skis.
You can try your hand at activities like:
- fat biking
- cross country skiing
- snake gliss
- toboggan running
It’s the kind of place you could keep yourself busy all week with activities without ever touching a ski.
Les Deux Alpes – France for Snowboarders
With a transfer time of under two hours, you can touchdown and get to skiing/snowboarding in no time at all when travelling to Les Deux Alpes.
This is an ideal destination for snowboarders throughout the year, thanks to being situated on a glacier, meaning it can offer snowy terrain parks even in summer. The wide pistes are great for beginners and intermediates, and there are jumps, rails and half-pipes for the more adventurous.
There are also decent opportunities for free riding, as well as vibrant nightlife, to attract snowboarders from all over the world. Bubble lifts give easy access to many of the runs, although be aware that the runs often seem topsy-turvy, with black runs leading into town and the easier blues right up on the glacier.
Interested in snowboarding? Check out our snowboarding holidays page.
St Anton – Austria for Après Ski
St Anton has earned a reputation as one of the most vibrant après-ski resorts in the world, thanks to plenty of lively bars and clubs, bustling from mid-afternoon through to the early hours.
You can choose to sample the collection of bars above the village on the slopes, such as the world-famous Krazy Kanguruh, to party as you ski, or head into town later to spots such as Scotty’s Bar or Jacky’s. If you’re looking to sample the best of the town’s nightlife offerings, stay in the town centre to make the most of your time.
Our resort in the area (Chalet Hotel Rosanna) is right off the main street, making it a breeze to head out in the morning to the lifts, and then out in the evening to have some fun.
Tignes – Like skiing in the clouds
The little extra time it takes to get to Tignes is worth it when you see what the views are like.
Pronounced teen-ya, the area is 2000m above sea level, making it one of the highest resorts in Europe. The unique thing about this is that unlike most other ski resorts you won’t be met with small areas of forest or green that alter course routes. Instead, you’ll get uninterrupted slopes that are wider, creating good practice areas for beginners.
Méribel – Fit for Olympians
You know somewhere has to be extra special when it’s where they decide to put an Olympic park.
Méribel has something of a status for being somewhere mid-level skiers flock to. At last count, there were 238 runs deemed as being ideal for “intermediate skiers”. There are also some unique activities you can take part in that you won’t get on a typical ski holiday, be it the opportunity to take a helicopter ride over the mountains or try fondue tasting in a gondola lift.
See where the best ski resorts in Europe are for you
We hope from reading this post that you have a good idea of what to expect from some of the best resorts around the Alps.
If you’d like to know more about them, and how to book a trip, head over to our ski holidays page where you’ll be able to find the ideal ski holiday.