Skiing in Europe an experience not to be missed, with some of the best resorts on the planet. Centuries old towns, picturesque resorts and pure adrenaline, practicing sport has never been so good. Easter falls late this year, with Easter Sunday on April 22, stick with a high altitude resort to be certain of the best possible conditions. Sunny spells in recent weeks have affected the resorts at low altitude although excellent snowfall at the beginning of the season has provided a good snow base on the pistes. What’s more, winter is not quite over – a cold front is predicted to bring more snowfall in March.
Prepare to enjoy haute mountain refuges, quaint local restaurants and extraordinary views in well known France’s Chamonix, Courchevel or Val d’Isere, or Verbier and Gstaad in Switzerland. Then there are others, not as popular but little gems not to be missed!
Alpe d’Huez, France
No surprise, known by many as the Best Ski Resort in Europe based on thousands of travellers’ votes: France’s Alpe d’Huez.
Fly into Grenoble, Geneva and Lyon to reach the resort that has a perfect mix of fun, relaxation, sport for families, couples, beginners and experienced skiers. It also offers a wide range of opportunities for snow sports and other activities.
Open 1 December to 27 April
High in the Lombardy region of the Italian Alps, Livigno close to the Swiss border and likely the best ski resort in Italy. Livigno is a resort for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, including 115 kilometers of alpine slopes (from 1800 to 2900 meters of altitude) for a total of 12 black slopes, 37 red and 27 blue.
Open 1 December to 1 May
In northern Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, known as a centre for mountain sports and offering what’s considered one of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes. A ski area for families with children as well as for advanced skiers and is part of the Dolomiti Superski, a network of 12 ski areas in the Dolomites that can be accessed with one ski pass.
The closest airports are in Bolzano, Innsbruck, Verona, Bergano.
Open 6 December to 7 April
Kitzbuhel And SkiWelt Wilder Kaise-Brixental, Austria
These two famous Austrian resorts in the western province of Tyrol appear on many world lists of the best and most beautiful ski slopes.
Kitbuhel, in an idyllic position in the heart of the Kitzbühel Alps, is a small Alpine town east of Innsbruck selected repeatedly as one of the most beautiful ski resorts in Europe.3
One of the largest ski resorts of the world, also in Austria’s Tyrol region, SkiWelt Wilder Kaise-Brixental. With nine villages, 284 kilometers of runs and 21 downhills, there is something for skiers of all levels, whether beginner, family, recreational or competitive.
Open 1 December to 31 March
Closest airports for both resorts are in Munich, Innsbruck and Salzburg.J
Looking for something out of the ordinary? Here’s an unexpected resort where budgets may well stretch further than at the more glamorous Alpine neighbours.
Jasna is Slovakia’s top ski resort, its largest and most challenging and one. Known for its dramatic natural landscape and numerous castles.
The Jana ski resort, called a “little-known gem” by The Guardian, sits in the thickly-forested slopes of the Low Tatras mountains and offers stunning landscapes, easy access, great powder runs for all levels and friendly locals.
Nearest airport (45 mins) Poprad Tatry, 3 hours from Bratislava and Kosice and from Krakow in Poland.
Open 1 December to end of April