Whether you are a seasoned skier or heading out for a winter ski break for the first time, the thrill of the slopes will entice you back again and again. With the emergence of both budget and more exotic ski resorts such as Bulgaria, Canada or even Hawaii, the choice of destination when considering your holiday has never been more difficult. It’s important not to forget the tried and tested resorts of Europe. These are some of the favourites with celebrities and royals alike, with an established apres scene as well as incredible powder. Take a look at these European ski resorts when you next look to venture off piste.
Famous for having Prince William hitting its nightclubs, Verbier is an established ski resort with over 250 miles of stunning ski runs. The resort caters for every skill level of skier and snowboarder and has a great apres scene to accompany its achingly beautiful snow capped mountains. The sausages are a particular attraction, and many a skier can be seen ending their day on the slopes with a bratwurst and beer while admiring the rugged vista. The off piste skiing is also pretty good with Bec de Rosses providing oodles of challenge should you attempt to make a descent.
You could do a lot worse than selecting one of the many Andorra holidays on offer and hitting the slopes at Grandvalira. Relatively youthful, having only been opened in 2003, Grandvalira has quickly made a name for itself and is already a stalwart of the Alpine Skiing World Cup scene. With a real emphasis on providing an exceptional skiing experience for kids, there is an top quality skiing school, making this is a resort that proves popular with families across Europe.
With the imposing Mont Blanc as its backdrop, Chamonix has been a skiing haven for decades. The off piste and guide led excursions make for some challenging steep descents while at the same time the resort caters for the more laid back and, some might say, sane skier with its gentle glacial valley enclosed by the rugged rocky mountain peaks. If you enjoy stunning vistas and being awe struck as you go out on every run, this is the ski resort for you.
For something a little more remote with fewer tourists, you could travel to the delightful little village of Pichl in Austria. Here, you won’t find reams of chalets or serviced apartments or a nightclub. Pichl is an Austrian village that has not lost its traditions. From here you can explore the joy of the Dachstein glacier before returning to enjoy the local produce on offer in the village. To escape the crowds, opt for a quieter stay in a less tourist centric resort.
Wherever you choose to lay your ski helmet this winter, be sure to sample the delights of Europe. With wonderful powder, great runs and fantastic apres opportunities, it’s time that Europe reclaimed the mantle of being king of the ski resort continents.