Published On: Wed, Dec 11th, 2019

3 Great Skiing Destinations In Europe

It’s winter in the northern hemisphere right now and the perfect time to plan a skiing vacation in exciting European destinations. Here are three of the top ski locations for the perfect skiing and après-ski experience.

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  1. Courchevel, France

At Courchevel, skiers can access Les 3 Vallées, considered to be the largest ski area in the world, with its 600 km (373 mi) of beautiful slopes, including around 140 red-black slopes and 180 green-blue slopes. This remarkable ski resort offers something for every level of ski enthusiast including children and novice skiers, and also features mostly free-to-ride ski lifts, wide runs and gentle slopes.

Once the basics have been mastered, the several blue and green runs are available in Courchevel itself, as well as Les 3 Vallées. All this, while gazing at amazing, panoramic views over the mountains. Naturally, dining is well and truly catered for, including an excellent après-ski experience!

  1. Zermatt, Switzerland

Next in the list of top ski destinations in Europe, Zermatt boasts of being the highest ski resort in Switzerland, which attracts skiing enthusiasts from around the globe. With miles of pistes and great slopes, it’s hard to find a better place to be. Wherever you are in Zermatt, the stunning Matterhorn can be seen on the horizon, while there are 360 km (224 mi) of black, blue, red and yellow runs to choose from, modern lifts and cable cars to get there, as well as the newly opened Matterhorn glacier ride.

If you are new to the sport, there are nine ski schools in Zermatt, with multilingual ski instructors to get you on your way. There are also sports shops where ski equipment can be hired. In the village itself, enjoy the delights of gourmet restaurants and fabulous après-ski offers, as well as some of the best accommodation in the world.

  1. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo forms part of the Dolomiti Superski Area in northern Italy. This area includes the Falzarego Pass with its fabulous downhill runs. Cortina features various attractions from the 1956 Winter Games, including the Eugenio Monti bobsleigh run and the Ice Stadium. Also, Cortina Snow Park is a fun destination for various jumps and ski tricks.

While there hasn’t been that much snowfall in Europe so far this year, most of the slopes in Cortina are open and ready for action. Many of the pistes in the area are technically challenging, but there are plenty of blue slopes to keep beginners happy too. 

According to the Evening Standard, this ski resort is popular with aristocrats and the jet-set, but everyone can feel comfortable there, so there’s no need to buy the latest fashion brands for a ski vacation. It turns out, however, that Naomi Campbell, George Clooney and even writer Ernest Hemingway have enjoyed themselves at Cortina.

Get out on the slopes of Europe this year – enjoy the adventure, suitable for every level of ski enthusiast, the fabulous views and a truly wonderful après-ski experience.

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