When it comes to a ski break, you want all the important facets of your holiday taken care of. You need good quality snow, equipment, ski schools, slopes that suit your ability level, apres ski, restaurants, and good quality accommodation. Luckily in Europe, you’ll find countless resorts that offer just that. Having said that, there are some that are better than others.
You’ll know how popular Austria and Switzerland are for ski resorts, and that’s basically because of the Alps and how good the snow is around this part of the world. I’ve put together a list of five of what I believe are the best ski resorts in Europe, and it’s no surprise that Austria and Switzerland feature heavily.
Interlaken, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
Here’s our first Swiss resort on the list! Interlaken is a year-around resort so that’s great for those who want to head out of the traditional ski season, and this is often when you’ll find costs lower. There are over 150 miles of ski tracks here, and the Kleine Scheidegg-Mannlichen is probably one of the prettiest areas in the whole of Europe.
Zell am See, Austrian Alps
This is a great resort for all abilities, because there is a slope or ten to suit every level. There are also over 125 miles of cross country trails, all offering amazing panoramic views of this stunning part of Austria. The entertainment and apres ski is also good here, and this is also a fantastic resort for families.
Val d’Isere, Rhone-Alps, France
Everyone has heard of Val d’Isere, whether they’re into skiing or not! There is a good reason for this, because it is a fantastic resort with some seriously good outside of skiing activities too. The nightlife is varied and bright, and there shopping is good too. There are many ski schools for beginners to get to grips with things, as well as the French National Ski Slope. The area also feels quite exclusive.
Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland
Situated in the Swiss Alps, and well known for the huge and imposing Matterhorn mountain, some of the best skiing in the entire Swiss Alps is found here. You can climb, hike, check out the views from the mile high cable cars, or do a spot of adrenaline inspiring downhill skiing. The choice is yours.
Madonna Di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Italy
Italy is beautiful at the best of times, but Madonna Di Campiglio is stunning, and also one of the largest resorts in the country, with 100 miles of downhill pistes and 20 miles of cross country trails. There is also access to eight alpine ski resorts in the area, which opens up the number of slopes to basically being countless!
Skiing is nowhere near as expensive as it used to be, and it’s easy to find details nowadays too. Neilson Holiday’s ski deals will save you money, so certainly check those out, and this will give you a wide choice of destinations to pick from too.