Top ski resorts in Europe
Hitting the slopes for a few days may sound like the perfect getaway for many and Europe has some of the best skiing in the world with world-renowned runs and resorts and need be experienced. To help get you started planning your trip, here are some of the top ski resorts that can be found across Europe.
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La Grave, situated in southeastern France about an hour from Grenoble, is a quaint ski resort hidden in the Alps. This 12th century village of 500 residents has an intimate feeling that is great to come back to after a long day on the slopes. It is essentially an adults playground for extreme skiers and those that enjoy off-piste skiing. There is no avalanche control and no guide is required when you hit the slopes.
Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe sitting at an altitude of 2,300 metres in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville in Savoie in the French Alps. There are over 600km of interconnected runs that are there waiting to be explored. While it may not be the cheapest place to go, nor the prettiest, it does have great pistes and is suitable for all level of skiers. There are a limited number of restaurants around but they do have a supermarket which is great if you like doing your own cooking while on a ski break.
Italy also has a great resort to rival any in Europe, namely La Thuile. This resort is at an altitude of 1,440 metres and used to be an old mining town. Families might enjoy this area far more than partiers as there is not much of a night scene to be found. There is however a wide variety of restaurants to choose from for some scrumptious food options. This place offers lessons for all ages and skill levels and has quiet routes to match. There are ski links to La Rosiere as well which opens skiers up to 150km of slopes to explore and 35 lifts to help you on your the way.
Austria offers the great St. Anton resort which is ranked as one of the top 5 resorts in the Alps. With free public buses and a railway station situated in the town, this is one of the easier resorts to get to and around in. This cozy village also has a rich heritage and is ideal for advanced skiers and snowboarders. It is known for its off-piste skiing offering 340km of pistes and 180km of off-piste terrain to choose from. You will certainly not get bored here!