One of the greatest joys of winter is snow… along, of course with the opportunities to go skiing! Thing is, in cities like London, and across the UK generally, our snow game is never really that great so when you want guaranteed chance of winter fun, you’ll wanna go where the snow is and that place in Europe is definitely the Alps!
Spanning 8 countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia, and Switzerland – thanks wikipedia), the Alps are the highest mountain ranges in Europe and are pretty stunning to see in and of themselves – the most popular of course, arguably being the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.
If you’re up for for ski fun, here are 9 ski resorts in the alps that you definitely need to check out.
Tignes in the Savoie region of the French Alps has made a name for itself for being open for an impressive nine months of the year. This may not sound like a big deal, but most resorts are only open for six months at a time, so you will get an extra three months of skiing here if you end up leaving your skiing plans till the last minute.
2.) Val d’Isère
Many of the world’s top ski events are held here (we even managed to catch the ski world cups here in December) – with one really good reason – this resort is known for having some of the best and most consistent snow anywhere in the Alps.
3.) Val Thorens
Nestled in the Tarentaise Valley in the French Alps, Val Thorens is famous for being the highest resort in all of Europe. At 2300 metres it’s great at the end of the season if you are still looking for snow.
Lying at the base of Mount Blanc, Chamonix is the place to come not just for skiing but also for the town. Unlike other resorts Chamonix actually has a huge amount going on if you are bored with the slopes.
5.) La Thuile
If you are in the Italian Alps and you want to go heliskiing then La Thuile is the place to do it. There are also 150 kilometres of runs here so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Set in the gorgeous Italian Alps, Livigno is also a duty-free area. With that in mind it’s also known as one of the cheaper resorts in the region so if you’re looking for a wallet-friendly ski trip in the Alps, this is the place to do it.
7.) St Moritz
St Moritz is widely reputed to be the best ski resort in the world. It’s played host to the Olympics, is home to part of a UNESCO World Heritage site and attracts lots of wealthy skiers year in year out. This popularity does of course, mean that this is one of the more expensive ski holidays to go on but with dramatic views, idyllic scenery, and powdery snow throughout, it’s safe to say it’s worth it!
8.) Saas Fee
If you really want some breathtaking scenery then Saas Fee in the Swiss Alps is the place to find it. The resort lies in the shadow of a glacier and a 4,000 meter snowy peak.
Engleberg in the Swiss Alps has the big draw of lying close to Zurich Airport. So close in fact that there is a shuttle that runs between the two until 11pm at night, so you can fly in after a busy day in the office and be on the slopes first thing in the morning.