While many holiday goers in Europe seek the sun, sea and sand of the Mediterranean, it’s scenery of a different nature that is order of the day during the winter months – ski slopes. From the Alps dominated skylines of France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy to the emerging ski holiday destinations of Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania and Slovakia, Europe has plenty of choice when it comes to ski holidays. Whether you’re looking for a budget holiday, a once in a lifetime family break or a luxury chalet in the mountains, there’s something to fit all budgets in the European ski scene. To help you get started when planning your next European ski adventure we’ve listed 5 of our favourite ski resorts in Europe.
5 Top ski resorts in Europe
1. Avoriaz, France
The ski resort of in the north of France may not be among the prettiest in Europe but it is full of character and more importantly, affordable. A popular family ski resort, Avoriaz has entertainment in the resort to suit all ages including Disney characters. The entertainment is great but you want to ski, and ski you shall with skiers and snowboarders falling in love with these slopes which aren’t as challenging as others that France has to throw at you. A motor-free zone the only transport around Avoriaz is horse-drawn carts, just another part of the great character of this area.
2. Nendaz, Switzerland
The Nendaz ski resort is in the popular Valais region of Switzerland and offers skiers affordable access to the Four Valleys ski area, home of the epic free-ride terrain Verbier. With modern chalets and apartments available, you’ll get to enjoy the off-piste
Nendaz in the Valais region of Switzerland offers back-door budget access to the Four Valleys, home to the epic freeride terrain above Verbier. Book into one of the modern but traditional and plentiful apartments in Nendaz and you’ll be playing in the off-piste and itineraries above Tortin without having to pay through the nose for a Verbier chalet.
3. Baqueira Beret, Spain
When we think of a Spanish holiday we often think of the sandy beaches and sunny ourselves along the Costa’s but the Spanish Pyrenees offer some wonderful ski slopes for skiers of all abilities. One of the most popular resorts in Spain is Salana in . With 115km of pistes and regular snow fall this area is particularly popular with stronger, more experienced skiers. With popular restaurants and some great accommodation, Baqueria Beret will give a Spanish holiday with a difference.
4. Soll, SkiWelt, Austria
If you’re looking for a ski resort with plenty of choice and variety, both in terms of the slopes and things to do, look no further than the . With over 250km of pistes to suit all abilities and 70 mountain restaurants, and nine ski villages, you’ll never be stuck for things to do in Soll. Cheap beer and food in a perfect setting is an added bonus to the Soll ski resort.
5. Cervinia, Italy
The in Italy is perfect for first time skiers and those of you with young kids looking to introduce them to a skiing adventure. It is often said that nothing compares to a ski holiday and if you are planning your first family ski vacation, you could do a lot worse than heading to Cervinia. This is a relatively small resort with lots of easy slopes for kids and more intermediate one’s for the more experienced skiers among you. Cafes, restaurants and entertainment in the resort is perfect for families, making Cervinia a memorable family ski holiday.
If you’re new to skiing holidays but want to experience them over the winter months then be sure to shop online to get the best deals. You can make some great savings by booking your own flights and accommodation through websites like but remember to book all of your skiing equipment in advance before arriving at your resort. This way you can check in and hit the slopes immediately. If you’re a beginner be sure to avail of the training from the experienced instructors on the slopes.