Dreaming of just letting go and hitting the slopes? We’ve got a handful of excellent ski destinations to add to your bucket list. Dust off your skis and prepare for some serious, snow-capped wanderlust.
As one of the largest skiing destinations in the world, Europe has an incredible amount to offer to those looking for an unforgettable ski break. Whether you’re a first time skier, or an intermediate returning for a snowy trip to the mountains, check out our top 5 destinations for an epic ski holiday in Europe!
1) Chamonix, France
Chamonix (Chamonix-Mont-Blanc) is one of the leading European winter sports destinations in recent years, offering breathtaking scenery with some of the most demanding descents in Europe.
This beautiful resort truly offers something for everyone; from gentle rolling slopes to challenging sleep runs for those seeking an adrenaline-pumping escape. Low mountains for beginners include La Vormaine and Le Savoy, while experienced skiers will enjoy the higher mountains of Les Grands Montets and Les Houches. Renowned for its fantastic alpine skiing, it’s a great place for families or groups with varied levels of ski abilities.
2) Grindelwald, Switzerland
The village of Grindelwald, in Switzerland’s Bernese Alps, offers stunning views from the slopes – perfect for both walkers and skiers. With lots of long intermediate runs, it’s a hugely popular destination for experienced skiers in particular. Trains carry skiers to the Kleine Scheideff while the First area behind the old village itself has varied skiing on sunny slopes.
3) Tonale Pass, Italy
Tonale Pass, a high mountain pass in northern Italy across the Rhaetian Alops, offers 100km of runs to suit all levels of skiers. With wide and sunny trails above the treeline, this is a beautiful place to hit the slopes. With several beginner slopes at village level, groups can remain assured that first-time skiers are well catered for. Experienced skiers particularly enjoy the Paradiso; which drops 700m over its 2km length. Tonale Pass is also home to off piste Pisgana – one of the most challenging in Europe!
4) Tatra Mountains, between Slovakia and Poland
Skiing is hugely popular in Slovakia because a large part of the country is covered by snow for a half or greater part of the year. The Tatra Mountains create a natural border between Slovakia and Poland and offer fantastic walking, trekking tours and skiing. The slopes can be challenging for beginners and casual skiers – but exhilarating for those with experience!
5) Tirol, Austria
Tirol, a western Austrian state in the Alps, is another popular destination for skiers. With spectacular mountainscapes, Tirol is home to over 80 ski areas ready for you to explore. The resort boasts fantastic ski trails and hundreds of ski schools for beginners or casual skiers – a great destination for families or groups. Tirol’s largest ski resorts include Mayrhofen, with 136km of slopes and Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, with 160km of slopes.