We are getting very excited about the start of the ski season. Fresh mountain air, knee-deep powder and that sweet, sweet ice cold lager at the end of the day, heaven!
Whether you are looking for an outdoor adventure in the artic circle or a weekend break, feasting in the mountains, Europe has it all. Here is our guide to the best ski resorts in Europe.
What to See
With a huge variety of slopes and cracking nightlife, St Anton is just the ticket for a full-on winter holiday. The Arlberg Ski Pass guarantees all access to a huge area, with some of the most reliable snow in Austria. Just make sure you are not too knackered after a hard day on the slopes, as the Mooserwirt bar is not too be missed.
Photo – Josef Mallaun
For more information visit stantonamarlberg.com
Only 50 miles from Geneva and in the middle of the Portes du Soleil ski area, which links 14 resorts and 2 countries, this little alpine resort is a fantastic ski-base. It offers masses of skiing, snow parks and walking, plus the town is packed with fabulous restaurants.
For more information morznet.com
In the shadow of Mont Blanc this awesome town has amazing skiing. The height (Mont Blanc is 4810m) means you get plenty of long runs and there are some really challenging slopes for more advanced skiers.
Thanks office de tourisme de Chamonix for the image.
For more information visit chamonix.com
This little beauty is the highest resort in Europe, and the highest point of the 3 valleys. Located in the Savoire region where the food is rich and cheesey, this purpose-built resort has some fantastic ski-in ski-out accommodation and some of the best snow-fall around.
For more information visit valthorens.com
Grandvalira is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees. Tucked away in Andorra, an independent state that sits between Spain and France, Grandvalira has more than 200km of slopes, 4 showparks and stunning scenery. This is a great all round resort.
For more information visit grandvalira.com
The picturesque village of Zermatt boats three ski areas and has the highest cable car in the world that whisks skiers 3,820m up to the top of the mighty Matterhorn that dominates the resort.
For more information visit ski-zermatt.com
St Moritz, Switzerland
In a stunning lake-filled valley, surrounded by mountains this is where the beautiful people come to ski. The town is split into two halves; the fashionable St Moritz Dorf and the more sleepy St Moritz Bad. Pick your side and dress to impress even when you hit the slopes.
Photo and banner from St. Moritz By-line: swiss-image.ch/Max Weiss
For more information visit stmoritz.ch
A beautiful, laid-back mountain village, with fantastic food and lovely accommodation makes this a fantastic family resort. The skiing is fairly low-key, but adrenalin junkies, fear not, just head in to the vast back country for off-piste or even more awesome heli-skiing.
For more information visit skiincourmayeur.it
Wrap up warm for this epic Lappish resort deep in the Arctic Circle. You can expect dramatic daylight, masses of snow and some of the most unbelievable back country to explore. Make sure you book a cosy log cabin for the full Lappish experience.
For more information visit ski.pyha.fi