For a perfect winter fairy tale — The best ski resorts in Europe

Sinisa Milic
Jan 11, 2017 · 3 min read

Winter is already here. It’s a high time to select a winter holiday destination.

Clean air, untouched nature, cheerful atmosphere and plenty of natural snow for skiing throughout the holiday … and the real winter magic is on.

These are some of the best ski resorts in Europe, which will provide you with all of this, and even more, if you wish for it.

Saas-Fee, Switzerland

This pearl of the Alps is an ideal ski resort both for beginners and for pros. There is snow throughout the year on the 145 km track, so you can visit it off-season. It is surrounded by some of the highest Alpine peaks, and it is close to some of the famous caves in the glacier. The rotating restaurant at the highest altitude in the world is a real attraction.

Zermatt, Switzerland

This hidden winter paradise is located in the heart of the Swiss Alps. It is one of the world’s most famous ski resort, located at the extreme altitudes. Ski lifts you can take you up to the peaks above 3400 meters, and using the elevator you can climb to the top of the Matterhorn glacier and to the steepest ski slope in the world.

St. Moritz, Switzerland

A paradise for jet skis lovers and a favorite winter destination of the international jet set is located on the border with Italy and is crowded by the luxury hotels. On the top there is a restaurant and a lookout, and at this very place was built the first golf course in the Alps.

Mayrhofen, Austria

This is every snowboarder’s ideal destination. Here is located one of the steepest glaciers in the Alps, which is a real challenge for skiers. 86 km of groomed slopes leave all the lovers of snow sports breathless.

Lech-Zurs, Austria

These two towns, which belong to the Arlberg Ski Region, are perfect place for the couples in love to enjoy the winter idyll. Here is where you can have a peaceful holiday even if you are not skilled with skis or a snowboard.

Val d’Isere — Tignes, France

Most of the winter sports fans will tell you that this is one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world. This place offers everything you want from a winter holiday — to have a good time, great trails for skiing, clean mountain air that brings color to your cheeks. 300 km trail connects up to 90 lifts, so we can say that this is a real hi — tech ski resort.

Val Thorens, France

The prestigious ski resort where can enjoy both the most demanding tourists — professionals, but also beginners, lovers of good fun and of a good food. It is located at the highest altitude in Europe (2300m) and belongs to the largest ski complex in the world Trois Vallees (Three Valleys).

Alpe d’Huez, France

It is known as an “island in the sun”, because due to the geographical position is always illuminated by the sun. In the valley there is a city that delights visitors with architecture, the construction of which begun in the year 1936.

Cervinia, Italy

If you’re new at winter sports, you should choose this Italian city. As the winter here is really cold, the best time to visit it is during the spring.

Passo Tonale, Italy

Skiing on deep snow, many ski schools with various programs, challenging trails on the glacier (which does not melt in the summer), rich night life … if this is what you expect from the winter holiday, this ski resort on the border of Trentino and Lombardy is a good choice for you.

European ski resorts located on the slopes of the Alps have attracted for years a growing number of fans of ski sports from all around the world. If you choose this place or any other European destination, inform yourself in time whether the country you are going to belongs to the Schengen area. If it does, you need to ensure your Schengen visa before the departure.

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