5 of the Top 10 ski resorts in Europe according to Snowmagazine

1. Best for families – Wengen – Switzerland

Wengen is a calm, car free haven that is full of traditional Swiss charm. The resort is like a picture-perfect postcard with its awe-inspiring views of the Eiger’s north face and wonderfully twee chocolate box chalets.

The slopes are ideal for complete beginners and intermediates and the local ski school has children’s classes from age four as well as a non-ski nursery for kids aged 18 months and up.

Away from the slopes families will love the area’s many cog railways, notably the ride down to the stunningly located Interlaken and the discovery of the carved tunnels that lead to views of the Aletsch Glacier.

2. Best for skiing on a tight budget – Vogel (Bohinj) – Slovenia

Vogel is within the Triglav national park and a paradise for lovers of skiing, snowboarding, freestyle cross-country skiing, ski touring, free skiing or sledding. The beautiful forested runs in this pretty resort overlook Lake Bohinj and the low costs here make it a winter wonderland. Flights from London start from £20 and hotel rooms are as little as £50 per night. A four-day pass covering three different resorts costs from less than £90 and with the change from this you can have a pint (£1.50) and a hearty bowl of stew (£3) for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

3. Best for apres-ski – St Anton – Austria

When it comes to partying there is one resort that tops them all, St Anton. Apre here is off the charts. Music, dancing, and German beer in the form of 280 km of well-groomed terrain. Nothing clears a muggy head better than the fresh mountain air and there are copious amounts available here. The new Flexenbahn cableway enables skiers to access all areas without the need for a bus, making Alberg the largest contiguous skiing area in Austria.

4. Best for mixed groups – Alpe d’Huez – France

Standing alongside the Alpine big boy resorts, Alpe-d’Huez is the one place that caters for every ski or board ability. Blessed with vibrant blue skies and snow sure conditions it’s made up of a large modern resort surrounded by five smaller, prettier villages all linked into the core ski area and each with its own characteristics that makes it perfect for the ski novice through to the back run fiend.

The core Alpe d’Huez sector is packed with mid-altitude cruisers that flow into the motorway-wide gentle superpistes that are designated as beginners’ zones. For those seeking a challenge then the epic 16km summit to valley Sarenne run has been billed as the world’s longest downhill black.

5. Best for long lunches and amazing scenery

Cortina D’Ampezzo – Italy

Known as ‘The Queen of the Dolomites’, Cortina must be among the most beautiful ski resorts on the planet, perfect for taking it easy and enjoying the glorious landscapes to ski in. Cortina is superb for first timers as the skiing here is gentle with the gently-angled runs of the Socrapes area on Pomedes are ideal to take it slowly on and take in your surroundings. Let’s be honest Italy is the home of fine food and wine so it is perfectly acceptable to let your skis take second place the charming old town where you can enjoy some aperitivo and watch the beautiful world go by.

Source: https://www.snowmagazine.com/features/1208-top-tens/the-best-ski-resorts-in-europe

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