Europe has some of the best ski resorts in the world and also some of the most popular places for outdoor activities. Unless you are the type of person who prefers to hit warm destinations during cold months, we suggest you to check our top 5 ski European destinations:
Elevation, 1,500 m to 3,300 m Population, 2,767
The best ski resort in Switzerland is the town of Verbier and is a playground for the rich and famous. Verbier located within the 4 valleys with its scenic location, lively nightlife and exciting slopes that attract a sporty clientele. With 400 km of ski runs, almost 100 lifts and the best off piste runs in the Alps, Verbier is the place to be this winter! Verbier has some of the best outdoor activities in Europe including Xtreme Verbier, Verbier High Five and the Patrouille des Glaciers. The place has most ski slopes in the whole of Switzerland including Les Esserts for beginners, La Chaux for intermediates and Mont Fort for experts.
Val d'Isère, France
Elevation, 1,785 m to 3,599 m Population, 1,753
Located in the French Alps and just 5 km from the Italian border, Val d'Isère is the premier ski resort in France. The place has something for everyone, from beginners to expert, there is a ski slope for you. The ski season starts in November and runs until May. The picturesque town of Val d'Isère was first developed in the 17th century and since the 1992 Winter Olympics is now France’s most sophisticated ski resort. Val d'Isère hosted the men’s downhill, giant slalom and the Super G in the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics. The town has a no parking policy and provides underground car parks, trees now line the streets where cars used to be parked.
Elevation, 1,030 m to 1,420 m Population, 1,417
The ski resort of Åre in Sweden is one of Scandinavia’s top places for outdoor activities. Åre is a ski, mountain bike and snowboard retreat 354 km south of the Arctic Circle. The skiing season at Åre starts in November and lasts until early May, perfect for winter holidays. The ski resort is comprised of 114 runs with 42 lifts and 4 areas for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Åre has a lot more to offer apart from the excellent ski slopes. The place offers adrenaline fuelled activities like kite boarding and snow mobiles riding over the frozen lake. During the summer and autumn months Åre becomes haven for mountain biking.
Elevation 925 m to 2,650 m Population, 8,562
The best and most popular ski resort in Bulgaria is Bansko located in the south west of the country at the foothills of the Pirin Mountain range. The place has an upmarket feel to it at affordable prices with luxurious hotels. Bansko has a diverse range of skiing areas and tuition for all levels.The town of Bansko has a picturesque old quarter with cobbled streets, terracotta tiled roofs and stone clad buildings. The new town of Bansko is huge with lots of restaurants, hotels, shops and bars to choose from, making it ideal for families.
Sauze d’Oulx, Italy
Elevation, 1,350 m to 2,800 m Population, 1,157
Located close to Turin, Sauze d’Oulx is a civilised place for grown up skiers and weekenders from Turin. Sauze d’Oulxis part of The Via Lattea or Milky Way ski area, the resorts of Sansicario and Sestriere are close by. The slopes are uncrowded and perfect for outdoor activities with woodland and open runs.The town of Sauze d’Oulx has a lively nightlife and après scene ideal for skiers who wish to party after a long day on the slopes. The old village with its narrow cobbled streets has a scenic feel to it. From the top of the open slopes there are panoramic views of France.
There is something for everyone in European ski resorts for winter holidays from the family town of Bansko with its value for money. Val d'Isère and Verbier are probably the top places in Europe for elegance, style and sophistication. Åre in Sweden is one of the top ski resorts for all outdoor activities and a season that lasts for 7 months, plus summer activities too. Sauze d’Oulx is a place that you can party hard and ski hard too.