The top ten ski regions in Europe

1.      Courchevel

Les Trois Vallées is undoubtedly the largest ski region in Europe (and in fact the world). The area is so large that it can fit all of western America’s resorts within its perimeter. Featuring eight resorts with over 380 miles of ski slopes and 172 ski lifts, there is every kind of winter sport environment available. The most popular resort within Les Trois Vallées is Courchevel – featuring a number of themed slopes for all skill levels, slope side restaurants, bars, spas and shopping facilities.

2.      Sestriere

Located in the Piedmont region of the Italian Alps, Sestriere is an expansive ski resort that has slopes for all skiers and snow boarders. With some of its slopes reaching altitudes of 2840m, fresh snow is always guaranteed. Home to the Men’s World Cup races and host of the 2006 winter Olympics, Sestriere is definitely one of the largest and best resorts in Europe.

3.      St Moritz

The highly exclusive resort town of St Moritz is renowned for being the ‘go to’ ski spot for the rich and the famous. St Moritz offers much more than your average ski resort, attracting polo players, cyclists, sailors and winter sport enthusiasts who all come to compete in numerous events throughout the year.

4.      St Anton

If you’re looking for huge resorts in Austria, look no further than St Anton. It’s a heaven for both skiers and snowboarders, with some truly expansive runs, the longest being 10.2km. St Anton feels like a resort designed to cater for huge demand, and with 102km to cover it’s easy to see why. With over 420 snow cannons providing the snow, and ski lifts that can transport 120,000 skiers up the mountain every hour, you will never have to wait around here.

5.      Kranjska Gora

Slovenian ski resorts have been steadily growing in popularity in the past few years as low cost ski holiday demands have increased. That being said, the charming town of Kranjska Gora offers some very impressive slopes and facilities that match those offered by French and Austrian resorts.

6.      Val Thorens

This unique ski village located 2,300m above sea level (the highest in Europe) is completely car free, making it the best location for those wanting an isolated ski experience.

7.      Kitzbuhel

Being the home of the skiing world cup, it’s abundantly clear that Kitzbuhel is one of the top skiing destinations in the world. The “Streif” slope is widely considered to be one of the most challenging descents in Europe. Boasting ten ski areas and over 1000km of ski slopes, there are runs that can cater for all skill levels.

8.      Levi

Being located close to the Arctic Circle, Finland is the ideal location for those looking for expansive ski holidays. The freezing temperatures ensure that the season runs all the way through until June, making it a top location for those wanting to go skiing in Europe later on in the year.

9.      Cortina

Having been the host of the winter Olympics in 1956, Cortina is a highly polished resort for amateurs and professionals alike. With a number of tantalising restaurants and bars, there is much fun to be had off the slopes.

10.  Sauze D’oulx

If you’re looking forward to letting loose as much as hitting the slopes, Sauze d’Oulx has everything to offer and more. With more themed bars than you could shake a stick at, the fun doesn’t need to end when the sun goes down.

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