Popular European Luxury Ski Destinations

Ever get your ski resorts in Europe mixed up? Well here is our guide to the best of the best resorts this winter for luxury winter sports holidays.

Courchevel 1850, France, tops the list of luxury ski destinations in Europe. It is at the end of the Trois Vallees ski area. There are two Michelin starred restaurants and several luxury hotels. It is comprised of five villages along with Coruchevel 1850 including Courchevel 1650, Le Praz, La Tania and Courchevel 1550. Courchevel 1850 has the easiest access to the pistes. The nightlife and après ski is lively and famous for lasting well into the night. It has an ice rink, parapenting, high altitude skiing, indoor pool and many more activities along with the snow sports.

Also in France is one of the most expensive ski resorts in Europe. Val d’Isere in the French Alps was named the most beautiful ski area in the world by Jean-Claude Killy. It is at an especially high altitude, so there is skiing all year-round. There are 300 kilometres of ski slopes and ultramodern chalets for a home base. There are many activities off the slopes as well as a Firemoon Festival with skiing in the moonlight and a DJ party afterwards.

Switzerland has St. Moritz with the Cresta Toboggan Run, horseracing on the frozen lake, sometimes dragging skiers behind the horses and first class skiing. The two main hotels are the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains and Badrutt’s Palace.

Zermatt, with the spectacular views of the Matterhorn, is another luxury ski destination in Europe. There are no cars in Zermatt so visitors arrive by train. All the transportation in the city is electric. It is a big resort, but maintains its rustic charm and has many excellent restaurants.

Grimentz, Switzerland has endless ski options from off-piste trails and many snow parks with blue and black trails. It also offers magnificent views of the Matterhorn and the other peaks that make up the Imperial Crown. The après ski is famous for fondue.

Austria has St. Anton in the Arlberg region. It is considered a skier’s paradise and linked to Lech in 15 minutes by bus and the same ski lift pass. The pistes are well groomed with the excellent snow fall and suitable for beginners as well as experts. There are outstanding first class restaurants. It is a favourite with locals from Austria and Germany. There are also excellent spas in the area, some right on the slopes.

Kitzbuhel, Austria is another luxury ski destination in Europe. The village has narrow streets with colourfully painted houses and several world-class restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. It is in the Tyrolean Alps and has excellent skiing as well as ice skating, balloon trips, squash and sleigh rides. There are boutiques and jewellery stores with designer items and hot public baths just like in Ancient Rome.

In Italy, Cortina is the place where Italians spend their winter breaks. For the affluent locals, skiing is only for the morning. The rest of the day is for a three hour lunch, siesta, shopping and late dinner. The shops are mainly from Milan or Florence. The slopes are well groomed with snow making facilities and are excellent for beginners and intermediates. The scenery is spectacular.

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One Response to “Popular European Luxury Ski Destinations”

  1. October 3, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    Europe has some of the best skiing environments in the world and in breathtaking settings. Anyone looking to challenge themselves should test out the slopes of Switzerland and Austria.

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