The Top 10 Ski Resorts in Europe

Posted by January 7, 2015 - LIFESTYLE
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Do you consider yourself a winter type of person? What about winter sports, the adrenaline rush while skiing down the cliff? Personally, I’m not a fan. But still when I see the first snowflakes, I can’t help myself checking all the gear and equipment for skiing. Even if you’re not a fan of skiing, I’m sure you enjoy some nice fresh air and a warm drink up high on top of sunny mountains.  After we had some snow (finally), we were really curious to find out some of the best ski offers for this winter. From the well known Austrian, Swiss and French resorts, check out these top 10 ski resorts in Europe that you can visit this winter:

1. Chamonix, France

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Chamonix is the motherland for all the skiers. With five ski areas and 10 mile long valley boasts, it represents a full experience for masters of skiing, and it’s the best for lift-accessed steeps.

2. La Grave, France

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La Grave represents a mecca for big-mountain purists looking for steep skiing in the form of  glaciers, cliffs and no-fall zones. This small, 500 people town with a cosy and family feeling will leave you speechless. Specific thing about this ski resort is that it has only one lift, no avy control, no ski patrol, no marked runs, and no guide required. Still, if you want to survive it, you should hire a guide here :) This resort is the best known for ski mountaineering.

3. St. Anton, Austria

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This charming place offers almost 200 miles of runs and a raging après scene. Special tip: hit the Krazy Kangaroo, a slope-side après joint popular with Aussies. After that, you will love an afterparty around 4pm with DJ and people dancing on the tables. If you want to get the most out of it, rent a traditional Tyrolean farmhouse which offers you a ski-in and ski-out access, or a spa with different types of saunas. Consider St. Anton as the best of après scene you can get.

4. Kitzbühel, Austria

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One of the best places to watch a ski races is Kitzbühel, which is considered as the hairiest and the most prestigious. Beside the races, you can ride the Hahnenkamm gondola, or try your skills on the Streif, a two-mile-long track filled with huge airs, steep pitches, and hairpin turns. If you manage to survive it, visit the English style pub for a beer. Important notice for you: if you’re planning to stay in Kitzbühel during the races, it’s already too late since it’s important to book at least six months in advance. But, there is always next year!

5. Verbier, Switzerland

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Beside the skiing, one thing that makes that winter trip complete is a good nightlife. This luxury resort offers you a hardcore ski alpinism combined with the rich nightlife for all generations. For the skiing part,  with the fast lifts you can easily access 254-miles of slopes and piste zones or first apply for the one of the many ski schools in Verbier. After a hard day on the pistes, use the night to visit the Farm Club, Fer à Cheval ora Bedouin-inspired club in a Hotel Farinet….and have fun!

6. Mürren, Switzerland

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This small car-free village is accessible only by train or a cable car. It offers 33-miles of slopes and a huge backcountry. The best part about it is that it’s still undiscovered by the international freeride scene. Ride the cable to get to the rotating restaurant on the top with the great breakfast service and spectacular view. If you’re an adventurous type, you should definitely sign up for the Inferno race – 1.800-person and 9-mile derby-style event.

7. Zermatt, Switzerland

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Zermatt is best known for on-mountain drinking and dining. It offers more than 60 on-slope eateries and après joints spread over its three mountains, from an old farmhouses to five star hotels. After tasting all the tasty offers from air-dried local beef and cheese to hamburgers, go to the sun-deck and chill in the view of sunny valleys. If you find yourself here, you should definitely consider visiting Monte Rosa Massif and Marinelli Couloir, the longest coulie in Europe. You can finish your day in a classy way at the bottom of Sunnega at the new hotel Cervo that delivers a lively après scene, an outdoor fireplace, and tasty snacks.

8. Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

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If you don’t enjoy crowded ski resorts, this is a perfect choice for you. This pretty intimate place stands out as Switzerland’s most iconic mountain region with possibility of skiing among the iconic– Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peeks. Book your staying in Wenge, a small village which will make you feel like you’re in a movie. Kids there sled to school! Take a trip to Kleine Scheidigg and the then up to the Jungfraujoch. From there, ski down the Aletschgletscher, at 14 miles long, the longest glacier in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. For sure, it will be a unique experience!

9. Alagna, Italy

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After all the ski resorts from Austria, France or Switzerland here is one from Italy! Alagna is situated in northern Italy and is the best known for unadorned big-mountain freeriding. Although it is the rustic farming village with a small population of 400, it serves up a mountain with serious exposure, a gondola and access to two additional ski areas – Champoluc and Gressoney. If you’re searching for a good place to go out, there is actually only one place to visit – the Caffé delle Guide, a low-key bar. There’s not much to do in Alagna but ski, so arrive in shape and ready to be skiing all the time :)

10. Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria

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Winter in Zell am See-Kaprun ranges from the eternal ice of the over 3,000-meter-high Kitzsteinhorn to the banks of the frozen Lake Zell. This wonderful scenery is home to the entire range of winter sports.  It is considered one of the most attractive skiing areas in Austria. Three areas with a total of 138 slope kilometers offer skiing enthusiasts and snowboarders plenty of diversion. Five snow parks, Austria’s biggest super pipe, mogul slopes and ski trails invite winter sports enthusiasts to freestyle. If you’re tired of skiing, got to the Lake Zell and join the ice skaters or visit the Peakworld 3.000, Salzburg’s highest and most spectacular panoramic platform where you can enjoy a breathtaking view to the valley of Kaprun, Lake Zell and 30 3,000-meter peaks. Finish your day at the wellness oasis Tauern Spa with an active relaxation in the 25-meter-long sports pool or the soothing spa treatments. Enjoy!