Top 5 Ski Resorts in Europe that you want to know about

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Are you looking for the best places to go skiing? Yes, it can be hard choosing from all the wonderful ski and snowboard destinations of Europe. France and Switzerland are famous for their ski-friendly climate, but did you know that there are also amazing slopes in Italy, Austria and even in Andorra? Keep reading till the end because we have collected some of the best ski resorts in Europe that are not just for expert skiers.

1. Courchevel, France

600 km of slopes in the Three Valleys, more than 180 green-blue slopes and 140 red-black slopes, yes, you can find all these in the Courchevel ski resort. This skiing paradise is a collection of six Alpine villages at differing altitudes in the heart of the French Alps. This premier French ski resort provides you easy and accessible ski areas with plenty of lovely little itineraries. Don’t be afraid to come here even if you’re a beginner, because you can learn skiing here in total peace, protected from experienced skiers at the Mini Pass Courchevel. Whenever you feel that your energy level starts to drop, stop by one of the excellent restaurants. There are countless exceptional places throughout the resort, but we wholeheartedly recommend trying one of the following ones: Folie Douce, L’Oxalys or the Bel Air.

Admire the breathtaking views as you glide, enjoy the best of the sunshine on the slopes and always keep your eyes open since many celebrities come here to ski. This place is just a unique blend of skiing and luxury, it will satisfy all your desires.

2. Best Ski Resorts in Europe: Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt is a world class ski resort and a true winter fairytale. 360 km of pistes, surrounded by beautiful four thousand-metre peaks, it is considered by many to be one of the best resorts in Europe. You can experience nature in all its glory here.

This places will cater for all your needs. You don’t have to worry about getting hungry whilst on the piste, many of the slopes are intersected with mountain restaurants where you can have a soulful lunch. If you’re a first time skier, you need to know that there is no trail suitable for beginners. The same applies for families with children, you should be aware of the fact that there aren’t many nursery slopes.

Zermatt is proud to be the world’s biggest summer skiing area awaiting you with lots of fun. We can guarantee that one day won’t be enough for you here.

3. Livigno, Italy

This glamourous ski spot in Italy’s Lombardy region might be your perfect choice if you would like to ski on a budget. There are 115 km of slopes available in this white winter wonderland. There are primarily intermediate slopes so it is a perfect choice for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The resort is divided into two separate ski areas: Carosello and Mottolino Fun Mountain. Carosello, the bigger ski area, features ski slopes that descend practically to the main street. Mottolino ski area is located slightly away from Livigno main street, but no worries, there are frequent bus shuttles that last only about 10 minutes to get to the ski area.

Livigno is also famous for its duty-free shops, so if you would like to enjoy some tax-free shopping (for example perfumes are 40-70% cheaper here), this is your place. Have a breath-taking scenery and excellent skiing on a budget in Livigno!

4. Best Ski Resorts in Europe: St. Anton, Austria

St. Anton, situated in the heart of the Arlberg region, is Austria’s largest inter-connected ski area (made up of seven villages). This fantastic resort features amazing off piste terrain, numerous restaurants, world famous post-skiing bars and there are also loads of accommodation to choose from.

As an absolute beginner you are most likely to suffer here. The pistes are the most enjoyable if you are at least a confident intermediate, but if you’re an expert, this will be a paradise on Earth for you. Don’t miss the 10-kilometer long Valluga-St. Anton trail (elevation difference is 1,347 meters!). No wonder that it is one of the top resorts for expert skiers and boarders.

5. Grandvalira, Andorra

Grandvalira is the largest skiable domain in the Pyrenees with a total of 210 km across 112 slopes. Plenty of mountain facilities, spectacular views, special themed children’s areas throughout the domain, huge variation of ski routes, ski and snowboard schools catering for all levels, this ski resort has everything you may possible wish for.

In the recent year Grandvalira became a very popular skiing area near Barcelona due to investing in modern lifts and new facilities. Thanks to these investments, you can ski for hours without having to queue for more than a few minutes. If you want to avoid the crowds and save expenses of ski holidays in France or in Switzerland, Andorra should be your number one option.

Here, you can click on the name of your favourite ski resort to reach their official website:

  1. Courchevel, France
  2. Zermatt, Switzerland
  3. Livigno, Italy
  4. St. Anton, Austria
  5. Grandvalira, Andorra

We also recommend you to check our article about five European capitals to consider for your winter trip.

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