Ski resorts in Europe to visit this piste season

When it comes to choosing a skiing holiday it can be difficult to know whether to stick to the big five countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland) or visit some of the less well known ones. Skiing is never going to be the most budget friendly holiday but when it comes to enjoying yourself and taking in breathtaking surroundings it really is ideal with many of the European pistes offering stunning views and terrain that is suited to all abilities.

If you are looking for a ski resort in Europe then here are a selection of some of the best on offer:

Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France: Offering a staggering 153km of pistes complete with 47 ski lifts Chamonix has much to offer. Whether you are looking for a green run, of which over half their runs are, or some extreme off-piste action then Chamonix has it all. There are two different lift passes available depending on whether you want unlimited access or a more refined area to explore allowing you to either explore the whole resort or choose a more budget friendly option. Chamonix was home to the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924 and it is easy to see why this snow sports enthusiastic magnet is a popular resort that people return to year after year.

La Plagne, France: Home to French freestyler Kevin Rolland La Plagne is a fantastic resort with a multitude of terrain for all experience levels. Offering 225km of runs means that La Plagne will offer all you need for a week of skiing. La Plagne is suited most towards intermediate skiers who want to cover vast amounts of ground but does have pistes suitable for beginners or experts also. Should you fancy trying something different you can also experience bobsleighing, snowboarding, paragliding, ice climbing and sledge riding here.

Saalbach, Austria: Saalbach is definitely one of the largest and most east to navigate ski resorts on offer in Austria with the wonderful atmosphere that you would expect from Austria. If you are looking to take a trip on your first ever ‘black run’ then this is one of the most recommended resorts for first timers as the runs here tend to be easier than on other Austrian resorts. There are enough channelling zones here to make the terrain ideal for intermediates in particular with beginners being able to try something new and broaden their skills also.

Livigno, Italy: With almost a 1/3 split each between pistes for beginners, intermediates and experienced skiers Livigno has it all, including no VAT on anything! The transfer time can be up to 5 hours from Bergamo, however once you have visited for yourself you will see why this is just not an issue once you arrive. If you are looking for somewhere to travel late in the season then Livigno is ideal with a high snow covering right until the end of the season thanks to its location between the Alps and the Dolomites. There are pistes on both sides of the valley which are served by a reliable lift service and beginners will find the starter area ideal as they are located at village level but thanks to the altitude they still retain a good coverage of snow between November and May.

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