Europe’s Best Ski Resorts

Europe’s Best Ski Resorts

Looking for a great ski holiday but don’t know where to go? Count on icelolly.com to plan your trip with our rundown of all the best slopes, facilities and après-ski bars!

Les Deux Alpes, France

Les Deux Alpes is the second-oldest ski resort in France, and continues to be popular to this day due to its reliable snowfall, family-friendly vibe and comparatively low prices on everything from ski lift passes to hot chocolates. The resort caters for all levels of difficulty with slopes ranging from blue to black, three snow parks for children of various ages and the largest skiable glacier in Europe for those who are feeling daring. Les Deux Alpes is also renowned for its wild nightlife, making it a great option for those seeking a great ‘après-ski’ experience.

Les Deux Alpes

Kitzbuhel, Austria

Kitzbuhel is the ski holiday choice of the moment, having been voted ‘Best Ski Resort 2013’ by www.skiresort.de this year. The resort boasts 60 ski runs catering to all ability levels, and although there are more options for the less-experienced, those looking for a challenge can head to ‘the Streif’ on Hahnenkamm Mountain, one of the most difficult ski runs in the world. Non-skiers will also find plenty to do here, in the pretty cobbled streets of the medieval town or on day trips to nearby Innsbruck and Salzburg.

Kitzbuhel

Zermatt, Switzerland

A ski holiday in Zermatt has become most popular among the more mature market, with the resort becoming increasingly upscale. The resort’s centre is a charming old mountain village which hosts the world’s best mountain restaurants and relaxed bars in which to end a tiring day on the slopes, while those with energy left over can party the night away at one of the resort’s nightclubs. The skiing experience is hard to beat, with four areas of snow-sure slopes catering to all abilities and offering great views of the Matterhorn.

Zermatt

La Thuile, Italy

Italy is often overlooked as a ski destination, but a ski holiday in La Thuille definitely has its benefits; the resort’s lack of renown keeps the prices low and the lift queues short! While the first instinct is to assume the lack of visitors means the resort is second-rate, I would urge people to instead think of La Thuille as a hidden gem. There might not be a thriving après-ski scene but it’s perfect for families or those who put ski before social, and you can take advantage of the opportunity to go off-trail on a heli-skiing trip.

La Thuile, Italy

Pas De La Casa, Andorra

Pas De La Casa is the highest ski resort in the Pyrenees, with a great snow record and stunning views. While the most seasoned skiers may be disappointed by the shortage of challenges, this resort caters well for beginners and intermediates with plenty of blue and red slopes, and is also a favourite among snowboarders. The nightlife is designed for the young crowd, with a plethora of clubs and bars to choose from, and shoppers can pick up plenty of bargains thanks to Andorra’s duty-free prices.

Pas de la Casa

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Last Updated on 11th December 2013