If there is one thing we like to do here in Austria, that is skiing throughout the holiday season and well into the end of winter. You too? Great. Got your skis and your ski poles? Now, all you need is to select one among these six great ski destinations In Europe and let’s go!
St Anton, Austria
Book a chalet in this magical Austrian ski destination with 305 kilometres of marked ski slopes and 200 km of off-piste, and don’t forget to pack up some dresses too. With a great nightlife and fantastic slopes, this Tyrolean gem is one to be seen. But be prepared and take some aspirins with you; the après-ski partying at Mooswirt and Krazy Kanguruh bars are famous for being the wildest in the Alps.
In Switzerland, instead of the upscale Saint Moritz, which is the choice of Russians and Italians, we prefer the chicer Gstaad that looks like it just popped out of a fairy tale. Skiing, glamorous tradition, thermal baths and even luxury shopping opportunities are waiting for you in the beautiful Swiss resort. Read our article “How To Look Fab in Your Skiwear This Season” to make sure you look your best on the slopes as you will you rub shoulders with la crème de la crème of the jet-set in Gstaad. Definitely worth the extra bucks.
More North, you say? Try Sweden. At the famous Åre Ski Resort, snow is almost guaranteed from November to May; the only downside is that you’ll have fewer daylight hours comparing to the warmer Alps. It is the largest and most diverse resort in Northern Europe, with 103 runs for all levels, not to mention dog sleighs and ice climbing!
Interlaken is Winterland starting point to enjoy snow sports in some of the most beautiful corners of Switzerland, such as Grindelwald, Wengen and the picturesque Zermatt, at the feet the majestic Matterhorn. Zermatt is the highest winter sports resort and has the greatest vertical drop in the Alps. By the way, the Matterhorn Glacier Ride is the world’s highest cableway and makes year-round skiing possible.
The French sure know how to tend to their slopes. Ever-famous and culturally various Chamonix is proof. Located on the snow-capped Mont Blanc, Chamonix was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924. Its famous Piste Verte, that is used for World Cup downhill races, has just been renovated and improved, just in time for the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in February 2020. As from this year, “La Verte des Houches” can now also host parallel slalom competitions.
If not even Åre is North enough for you, get the ultimate winter experience in Lapland, where the white wilderness stretches as far as the eye can see. Finland’s northernmost region is waiting for you with all its magic – and fantastic ski slopes, of course. Lapland’s resorts are much more relaxed than most of Europe‘s crowded ones. Because not many know about the secret Lapland, you won’t have to deal with people elbowing their way trying to cut the lift lines. Plus, the skiing season goes from late October till early May.