Many of the finest ski resorts in the world are located in Europe. From France to Italy and Austria to Switzerland, the choice is vast but which resorts provide the best facilities for all levels of skier from beginner to advanced?
1. Val d’Isere France
Just three miles from the border with Italy, Val d’Isere links with nearby Tignes to form a huge ski area in some of the most beautiful scenery of any resort in France or indeed Europe. There are a huge variety of slopes here to suit all levels of skier. Val d’Isere is particularly friendly to beginners with a number of nursery slopes to ease you in. The nightlife is also very lively and there is a plethora of restaurants to choose from.
2. Chamonix France
Sitting in the shadow of the mighty Mont Blanc, Chamonix was the host of the very first Winter Olympics in 1924 and is one of the oldest ski resorts in France. This scenic resort boasts a number of ski schools for both children and adults which take into account each individual’s personal skill levels. With a range of shops, restaurants serving a variety of cuisine and a great selection of bars, Chamonix is perfect for those who like their skiing holidays to come with all the extras.
3. St Anton Austria
One of the most famous destinations in the world for skiing holidays, St Anton in Austria has an extensive range of ski runs for various levels of skier. Whether you are a beginner, at the intermediate level or an advanced skier, you will find something to suit. The village possesses a certain charm but can become extremely lively at night, particularly during high season. St Anton is also family-friendly with special slopes provided for toddlers and older children.
4. Verbier Switzerland
Verbier is one of the most chic ski resorts in Europe. The nightlife is vibrant and enjoys a definite touch of sophistication while the dining options are first-class. While mainly attracting younger people due to the nightlife scene, Verbier still manages to have a varied clientele throughout the resort. Once again, the slopes here vary in difficulty with something for all skill levels.
5. La Plagne France
The area of La Plagne is actually made up of a number of separate mini-resorts, eleven in total. With atmosphere and character varying from resort to resort, La Plagne is ideal for those who are not quite sure what they want from their ski holiday. Although there are some advanced slopes, La Plagne is probably better suited to beginners.
This is obviously just a very small selection of the huge number of excellent ski resorts throughout Europe. When deciding on your preferred destination for skiing holidays, do some research beforehand to ascertain the facilities available and how suitable each resort is for the skills levels of the people in your party. Another deciding factor is the length of your holiday. For instance, if you are only going for a weekend then somewhere in France is the best option.
Carl Palin is a seasoned traveller who has written on the subject of travel for a range of websites and printed publications. From skiing holidays to summer beach breaks, Carl has tried them all.