10 Splendid Ski Resorts in Europe

We haven’t had much snow this winter here in Europe, but we are holding our breath, as there is news saying we will have plenty in the weeks to come. Why not take advantage of that and let winter feel like winter by going skiing in Europe. Be it in Iceland or Switzerland, our list will provide you with an overview of ten of the best ski resorts in Europe.

10. Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

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Bernese Oberland offers skiing amongst the iconic peaks of Jungfrau and Monch and all this with a not so large crowd as other ski resorts from Switzerland. Not too far away you can find the Aletschgletscher which is the longest glacier in Europe and also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Don’t attempt to go at it alone, hire an experienced guide, as the terrain is filled with crevasses.

9. La Grave, France

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La Grave means business, it is not for the faint of heart. If you’re into steep skiing, as in 7,000 feet of vertical glaciers, cliffs and no-fall zones, then this is the place for you. It’s an hour away from Grenoble and this small town offers no ski patrol and no marked runs, so please hire a guide if you want to live to see another sunrise. We recommend you stay at the Skiers Lodge for $102 per night, including breakfast and dinner.

8. Bláfjöll, Iceland

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Bláfjöll, or the Blue Mountains, are 30 minutes away from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, one most popular skiing resort in Europe and the country’s favorite ski spot. Anyone can ski there, as there are bunny slopes for beginners and also something for the more advanced skiers. Another perk you’ll get to enjoy if you decide to visit Bláfjöll is the magnificent view.

7. Andermatt, Switzerland

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Andermatt has recently gone an extreme makeover which transformed this small alpine village into a luxury ski resort complete with six hotels, 490 apartments and two dozen villas. We recommend you stay at the Kumli Regliif you want something affordable and picturesque (it is only $50 per person and it includes breakfast). Gemsstock is one of Andermatt’s three ski hills, so if you’re up for a challenge, go right ahead!

6. Chamonix, France

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Chamonix is for skiers what the Vatican is for Catholics. There are five ski areas and lift access to the best and steepest slopes on Earth. The Aiguille du Midi cable car delivers you right in front of Mont Blanc! If you feel like you could tackle something big, try the Couloir des Cosmique, a 2,600 foot couloir that will change you forever. Stay at the Vagabond, it’s affordable and stylish.

5. Zermatt, Switzerland

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Come to Zermatt if you want to enjoy the best food you could ever find at a ski resort! And then work it all off in 155 miles of slopes. I’ve been here and I must say that enjoying a glass of red wine and a perfect pork steak while taking in the Matterhorn was one of the finest experiences in my life.

4. Verbier, Switzerland

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Go to Verbier if you want to ski and have the luxury vacation of your dreams. Richard Branson has a chic hotel here, called the Lodge and we heard the restaurant offers fantastic food. This is probably the best place in Switzerland where you can go wild on the slopes during the day and at night in the clubs. 254 miles of slopes, such as the Bec de Rosses will challenge you, so make sure you hire some guides from Adrenaline, the best ski school in Verbier.

3. Alagna, Italy

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If you’re into big-mountain freeriding then Alagna will deliver. It is situated on the southern side of Monte Rosa Massif in northern Italy and it has a population of only 400. Try the six-mile long La Balma that winds down a glacier and you’ll see something that will forever remain with you. After the complete workout, unwind at the Café delle Guide with a pizza and a hot tea.

2. Mürren, Switzerland

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Mürren is a secret among the ski resorts in Europe, because it is situated in the remote corner of the Alps and can only be reached by train or cable car. Yes, this city has no cars whatsoever, which is quite weird to witness. If you don’t like the noise of all the big resorts in Switzerland, then come here and you won’t regret it. If you come in January, make sure you sign up for the Inferno. It sounds bad, doesn’t it? It’s just a derby-style event with 1,800 persons attending.

1. Kitzbühel, Austria

ski resorts in europeKitzbühel is the best place to watch a race; over 80,000 ski-racing fans take the city by storm to see the most prestigious downhill race on the World Cup circuit. Try the Streif for yourself – a two-mile long track full of turns and steep pitches. If you manage to survive it, enjoy a beer and a steak in the Londoner and stay at the Goldener Grief. Remember that if you want to stay in the city during the races, you must book at least 5 months in advance.

Do you like to ski? Have you ever been to any of these ski resorts in Europe? We love skiing here at route4us, and we encourage you to share your best memory about winter and skiing in the comment section below.

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