Ski Resorts in Europe: Top 15 Destinations for Skiing in Europe (2020)

Do you want to visit Europe in Winter? Why not check out this list of the top ski resorts in Europe you can visit for a full-on holiday adventure!
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Looking for ski resorts in Europe to visit this coming winter? We got you covered so read on!

There are many traditions rooted in European culture. Their modern life is a reflection of all those cultures and traditions kept alive by the many generations. Skiing is also one such part of the great European culture. The great Alps, for instance, have witnessed the hundreds of years of this tradition of skiing. No winter in Europe passes without the citizens indulging in skiing. From tradition, it has become one of the most loved sports and an excellent recreational activity during the winter.

Numerous villages have been developed to curate the sport. The rapid infrastructural development in these places is the result of a large number of people willing to take up the sport. One can find hotels, restaurants, chalets and ski resorts in Europe all across France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, and Sweden built, especially for the ski lovers. Besides indulging in the sport, one can pass the winter holidays in peace and harmony, completely relaxed in the lap of the Alps.

We bring you some of the best ski resorts and places to visit in Europe from the corners of various Europe destinations to make your holidays more memorable and exciting.

That said, a ski holiday is known as a group vacation but if you’re alone and looking to make new friends on a singles holiday, there are always ways to get around it so don’t be afraid to treat yourself a good time in the snow skiing your way down the slopes!

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Planning a Trip for Winter? Here’re the Top Ski Resorts in Europe to Enjoy Your Winter Holiday!

Chamonix, France

Chamonix, France

Located at the foot of Mont Blanc in the French Alps, Chamonix is one of the popular ski resorts in France and a perfect winter destination in Europe. It has road and rail connectivity with Martigny Switzerland and a road connection with Courmayeur in Italy via a tunnel.

The Chamonix has five different ski regions, each different from the other. It is famous among the expert skiers and those who like taking challenges. The cracks and crevasses run deep and are sharp and steep. The glaciers where most skiers descend is not always stable.

The ski starts from the tops of the highest cable car and one can have a nice view of the Alps across the Argentiere glacier. The place is well known for hosting the First Winter Olympic Games in 1924.

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Vuokatti, Finland

Vuokatti, Finland

Vuokatti is a beautiful snow filled village in the Kainuu district of Finland. Tourist comes running to the place to enjoy the wildlife in the region and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival that attracts the classical music lovers to it.

The ski lovers can find a skiing tunnel for the cross-country skiing throughout the year. At all seasons this tunnel is open for the skiers. Along with this, there is a sports academy also which can be visited.

The growing tourism and attraction for skiing have led to an increase in the infrastructure and economy of the place. The peaceful and pollution-free natural scenic beauty and the friendly locals have made it a popular tourist destination.

When you travel to Europe the Vuokatinrinteet ski- JA spa-resort is a major tourist attraction and the highlight of the region.

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Grandvalira Resort

Grandvalira, Andorra

Andorra is a small microstate located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France. Despite its small size, it is a popular skiing destination for many. The Grandvalira Resort is an example of growing tourism in the region. It was created by merging the resorts of Soldeu, El Tarter, and Pas de la Casa. Today it is the largest ski area in the country.

Another popularity quotient is that the Grandvalira Soldeu hosted the World Cup ski racing in the year 2012. The skiing area is equipped with world-class facilities and has around 66 lifts, six-seater chairlifts, and a 20 high-speed detachable quad. Andorra has no airports of its own.

The nearest airports to the region are those in Barcelona (Spain), Perpignan (France) and Carcassonne (France). One has to take a car ride from these airports to Andorra.

With that said, the roads in Andorra are nice and comfortable so it shouldn’t be a problem!

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St Anton Resort

St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

When in Austria the best pick is the St. Anton resort as it is among the top five resorts in the Alps. The first ski club in The Alps was built in 1901 and since then it has developed and earned the title of originating the modern ski techniques.

The great space for skiing extended further because of the shifting of the railway station from the center. The highly efficient around 88 lifts add to the uniqueness of the place. Being in one of the snowiest areas of Europe it is a major tourist destination.

There are some hotels, restaurants, and chalets around in the region. It is situated on the drive of about 3 hours from the international airport and can also be reached easily from the railway station. The public buses available are a convenient way to travel around the region.

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Åre, Sweden

Åre, Sweden

Located within the area of 100 km, Åre is situated in the village of Åre and it is a popular ski resort in Jamtland, Sweden. The four different skis that can be found in the area is – Central Åre, Duved and Åre Björnen.

The lift system for the ski is situated at the top of the mountain at an elevation of 1420m. Some summits do not have a lift but can be reached by a snowmobile.

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Levi, Finland

Levi, Finland

The slopes ideal for Skiing for beginners or intermediaries, the popular Levi Resort is located in Kittila municipality in Finland and is the largest ski resort in Finland. Besides for beginners, the slopes are a perfect getaway for the expert skiers. The destination is popular for being the early stop on the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup circuit.

The resort can be reached easily from the Kittila airport and Kolari railway station. The resort was chosen as the best skiing resort in Finland and is one of the two locations of gondola lifts in Finland.

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Cervinia, Italy

Cervinia, Italy

Cervinia is located in the part of the Alps in northeast Italy. It lies on the border shared with Switzerland. The tourist engages in many winter sports with access to the Zermatt’s glacier.

The summer stretch also provides for a long 11 km run. Heli-skiing is the most popular there with a vertical descent of 3000m.

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Verbier, Switzerland

Verbier, Switzerland

One of the popular holiday ski resort located in the Swiss Alps in the Verbier village in south-western Switzerland. It is popularly recognized as the off-piste resort in the world. There are many areas in the region that are mostly covered in snow.

The entire ski area is divided into four sections, which are – Medran, Les Savoleyres, Mont Fort and Brunson. The ski area in the four valleys has lifts and the steep slopes in the valleys have been attracting tourists. One can enjoy the weather, slopes and the popular resort culture here.

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Alagna Valsesia, Italy

Alagna Valsesia, Italy

Alagna is located in the province of Vercelli, Italy. This small village has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013. It has a huge on and off-piste descents and makes skiing experience more enjoyable.

This tourist destination is popular for mountaineering and other winter sports. Being in proximity to Milan, one can reach there from the Milan-Malpensa International Airport.

There is a cable car also which connects Alagna to Gressoney. Visit Alagna for an old-world feel with the touch of upcoming developments in skiing. So, stop thinking about what to do in Europe in winter and give yourself an awesome winter holiday in Europe.

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Ruka, Finland

Ruka, Finland

Ruka is a resort in the province of Finland and the 200 days of snow makes the place a perfect spot to indulge in various winter sports.

The area is also welcoming during the summers, and one can have fun at the National Parks there. The well-maintained slopes have efficient lifts and stunning views.

One can get there by train from southern Finland or take a flight to Kuusamo and then the bus to Ruka. Perhaps one of the best Ski resorts in Europe.

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Sälen, Sweden

Sälen, Sweden

This ski resort in Sweden has a total slope of 1065.6 km. There are efficient ski lifts which transport guests. The 630 ski lifts are at a height of around 1274 m.

The car is the most preferred mode of transportation to the spot. Tourist can enjoy the Vasaloppet there, which is the oldest and longest cross-country ski race in the world.

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La Grave, France

La Grave, France

La Grave is a small ski resort in the French Alps and it is visited by the off-piste and extreme skiers. The area is considered slightly dangerous for skiers if not supported by a well-trained guide.

The vertical descend drops at a total height of 2150 meters. It is also a desired location for ice climbing. The little sun in the winter creates a valley of snow on the sides and is a sight to be captured.

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Hemsedal, Norway

Hemsedal, Norway

Hemsedal is an attractive skiing resort in Norway. The Hemsedal and the Hallingdal mountains are known as the Scandinavian Alps and although the ski area is not very vast, it is still big enough.

There are many high lift-served slopes and around 20 lifts serve 49 trails.

The descent is suitable for skiers as well as snowboarders. The snow is good even in the summer months of May. One can get there via a train or a bus.

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Alpe d'Huez, France

Alpe d’Huez, France

Founded in 1936 Alpe d’Huez is a city located in the French Alps. It is popularly known as “L’ile au Soleil” (Island of the Sun) as most of the slopes face the South. It is a central resort of the Grandes Rousses Massif domain. The domain has linked pistes extending over an altitude of 2200m.

The place is not only popular among the ski lovers but is also regularly visited by cycling fans in the summer and the best way to get around the city is either on foot or by the free bus service. There are no car services due to the majority of areas covered in heavy snow.

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Planning a trip to Europe, you should get explore Grindelwald, Switzerland. Located in the Bernese Alps above sea level, Grindelwald is a village located in the administrative district in Switzerland. The exotic Swiss ski resort has slopes for beginners as well as experts.

There are plenty of other snow activities which one can enjoy there like sledding, hiking and snowshoeing. One can take cars on rental or get a train service from Interlaken to reach there.

These are the most popular options for travelers.

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So, every time you think of why you should go on a ski holiday, think about all these beautiful and mesmerizing places and make your Europe travel a memorable one. Most of you would be little surprised with the list about with some of the most underrated countries in Europe for skiing. So, get ready to explore some new unchartered slopes while planning to spend your holidays in Europe. If you have more Luxury holidays idea in Europe, feel free to share some of your experiences and ideas for us to know more about best Ski resorts in Europe.

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This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. I’m planning to go skiing in France this winter so this will really help me a lot. Nice list, thanks for sharing this.

  2. Wow. These places seem pretty awesome for skiing. I especially like Vuokatti in Finland. Classical music is great.

  3. Skiing is a good sport. I’ll be sure to try a few of the places especially LA Grave,France that caught my eye. what can I say? I just love thrills.

  4. A lot of places/spots to choose to but If I were to pick one it will have to be SWITZERLAND. I mean look at that that lake I can put my chair sit in the middle of it and draw the view. The view is truly breath taking.

  5. Most of these places look really beautiful! I would, maybe, choose Vuokatti, Finland and Cervinia in Italy. I think Austria would be too much for me.

  6. Sounds like memorable and exotic vacation points. I’d especially like to visit LA Grave for the challenging hills and the ice climbing.

  7. Sounds like exotic and memorable vacation destinations. I would especially like to travel to LA Grave for the challenging ski hills and the ice climbing.

  8. The Europe is really beautiful during winter. As my country did not have 4 seasons i definitely put this on my travelling list especially the Grindelwald and Verbier at Switzerland. The scenery is breathtaking and healing.

  9. I’ve never skied nor gone to Europe. These are all gorgeous places for skiing but looking at the photos make me shiver– everything looks extremely cold!

    1. You don’t have to come during winter tho 😉 These places are equally stunning in summer!

  10. Everything is beautiful. I like to see and experience winter. Create snowman and do snowball fighting but, realistically speaking, I don’t that my body is ready for that freezing cold.

  11. I’m moving to Europe next year and since I come from a Caribbean country I’ve never skied in my life but I’m looking forward to it!!! Thanks for your recommendations. I can’t wait!

  12. I have always thought that Scandinavian countries were the top destinations when going for skiing. France looks like a good place to visit also.

  13. ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG, AUSTRIA looks like a nice place for ski. From the look and your description in your post, it looks very cool to ski there.

  14. They all look so amazing to visit and enjoy the snow. I’m in Asia so I’m really used to the warm weather and afraid of making my skin breaking out. I think I need to brave the weather to visit a cooler climate and be able to learn how to ski. Maybe one day, I’ll drop by one of the places on this list. 🙂

  15. It seems like Finland takes the lions share of winter destination. Personally, its a favorite as well.

  16. This review of ski resorts is excellent and I am spoiled for choice. All the wonderful facilities have been highlighted. My personal favorite is ALPE D’HUEZ, France because of its stunning scenery.

  17. This is a very comprehensive listing. I have always dreamt of a time i can Ski or just watch other do it.The package at Verbier Hotel in Switzerland sounds like a great destination.

  18. I don’t know how to ski! 😀 But I would really love to see these places one day.

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