Winter is officially here! Either you are a beginner or an expert, now is the ideal period to book your next ski trip! If you’re looking for a skiing adventure inclusive of an entirely different cultural experience in a place where skiing has been a way of life for centuries, we recommend these resorts in Europe. Think snow, pack your equipment and bon voyage…
Cortina d’Ampezzo : A famous racing town and host of the 1956 Olympics, it certainly has some serious skiing. It offers to its Italian and foreign visitors a unique welcome treatment that is known throughout the world. Cortina is not without reason known worldwide as the “Queen of the Dolomites”. 120 km of perfectly groomed slopes and 38 different lifts and cable cars and a total of 72 slopes, ranging from blue to black, offer boundless winter sports fun for young and old. All in all, the ski region exists of 3 ski areas. In the three regions of Cortina are numerous traditional huts, restaurants and après-ski bars which invite you to take a break.
The town centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo (image via wikipedia)
(image via www.ultimate-ski.com)
- Madonna di Campiglio: Madonna di Campiglio is an elegant ski resort located at 1550 m of altitude in a natural conch nestled between the Brenta Dolomites mountain range and the Adamello and Presanella glaciers. The ski Slopes of Madonna are suitable for each level of skiing or snowboarding, from novice skier or snowboarder, advanced or even for the experts. Madonna di Campiglio is part of the Skirama Adamello-Brenta Area and has direct access to 150km of downhill skiing, with 51 individual pistes, served by 61 ski lifts. However, for those that want to do something other than sports, Madonna is famous for its great designer boutiques, restaurants, as well as nightlife.
(image via www.campigliodolomiti.it)
Avoriaz: Surrounded by Portes du Soleil, lies the ski resort of Avoriaz. In total 72 top-groomed slopes and 34 modern lifts extend over this ski resort. The ski area has a superpipe and five snowparks in different skill levels. In this car-free destination, there is a very narrow selection of hotels and restaurants, but just a lift ride away (with more choice) is the British favourite, Morzine.
(image via snowangel.co.uk)
St. Anton am Arlberg: St Anton is unique amongst ski resorts in holding three legendary reputations simultaneously. It is part of the Arlberg area of ski resorts – a region that includes 94 cable cars and ski lifts, 340 km (210 mi) of groomed pistes and 200 km (120 mi) of deep-snow runs, all of which are covered under one lift pass. Especially popular with expert and advanced skiers. There are lots of lively discos and bars, which keep going from 3 pm to 2 am., so it’s not for those who like a quiet life and gentle, uncrowded slopes.
(image via www.tirol-infos.at)
St. Moritz: St. Moritz is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious and glamorous ski resorts worldwide. The village which is situated at the foot of the ski resorts Corviglia/Piz Nair is especially well known for its extravagance and therefore attracts celebrities from all over the world to the Swiss Alps. You can find 163 km of perfectly groomed slopes, 42 km of which are marked blue for beginners, 87 km red for advanced skiers and snowboarders and 34 km black for all professionals. There are 22 lifts and cable cars open up the entire ski area. In St. Moritz, there are numerous huts and mountain restaurants with amazing view.
(image via smart-travel.hr)