Europe has an abundance of ski resorts welcoming visitors from all over the world to its humble small towns and dazzling cities. The picky skiers and sports enthusiasts will find everything they are looking for in these remarkable ski destinations.
Have a look at some of the most popular ski resorts that offer a perfect family vacation these winters.
Megeve is a beautiful ski resort village in southeastern France in the midst of the mighty Alps. The humble commune is nestled in the Mont Blanc massif with rolling downhills, picturesque snow parks, and numerous cross-country trails.
The winter wonderland has upscale hotels, elegant chalets, and posh boutiques. Visitors love the rustic-chic vibes of the town with cobbled streets reminiscent of medieval times. If you are looking for some solitude or privacy away from the bustling crowds, this small town will offer you tranquility and peace with excellent dining options and mesmeric views of Mont Blanc.
The terrains are suitable for all levels of skiers with more challenging treks only accessible via drag lifts. For sports enthusiasts, options like ice skating, climbing, tennis, bowling, and swimming in the summer are also available. Don’t forget to attend one of the famous Megeve International Jazz Festivals running from March to April.
With a flamboyant, international ambiance and a hotspot for sports, Davos in Grisons is one of the largest resorts in the Swiss Alps. It offers a one-of-a-kind mountain holiday to its visitors with a healthy and hearty Landwasser valley atmosphere.
It is the world’s first ski resort so naturally; it holds a special charm for skiers of all skill levels. There are five ski areas including Parsenn, Pischa, Rinerhorn, Madrisa, Jackobshorn. Parsenn has a classic mountain feel to it and offers the ultimate Swiss skiing experience.
The longest trail is from Weissfluhgipfel to Kublis, challenging highly skilled skiers to flaunt their moves over a whopping 6,561-foot descent. However, if you are looking for some light skiing with quality family time, Madrisa is the right spot for you. On the other hand, Jakobshorn is perfect for those who are looking for some snowboarding action.
There are plenty of mountain resorts and a posh Bellevue hotel for an art-filled contemporary stay.
Courmayeur is a beautiful Alpine resort tucked in northwest Italy. It is located at the foot of Mont Blanc and is famously known for its snowy slopes, cable cars, the Saussurea Alpine Botanic Garden, and views of the majestic Monte Rosa and Matterhorn.
Head to the Italian-French border via the Skyway Monte Bianco for the glorious 11 miles of ski slopes and the famous glacial run of Chamonix’s Vallee Blanche. The Courmayeur cable Car is another top attraction running until midnight so that you can explore the resort and dine in fine-dining restaurants.
Expanding its snowmaking system, the resort is dedicated to covering more of its terrain so that you can get the ultimate snowy ski experience. Auberge de la Maison is the best option for lodging in Courmayeur, especially for honeymooners.
Head to Austria for a unique and distinct ski trip at Saalbach-Hinterglemm. The Alpine resort town is nestled southwest of Salzburg and is famous for its ski slopes. The ski circuits are accessible via a network of lifts and allow skiers of all skill levels to flaunt their moves on freeride slopes.
Besides its snowy slopes, the mountain bike trails allow access to Kohlmais, Schattberg, and Reiterkogel mountains. The lodging options are numerous with over 60 uber-cozy ski huts ideal for couples. There are also snow parks, a freeride park, toboggan runs, and floodlight slopes which are great for families.
To add some glamor to your trip, stay at the alluring 14th-century boutique hotel in Hinterglemm with private balconies and terraces offering enthralling views.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Ideal for those looking to pamper themselves amidst an alpine setting, St. Moritz is a luxurious resort town in the Engadin valley of Switzerland. The town has hosted the Winter Olympics twice and has the world-championship bobsled run made of natural ice – the Cresta run.
Offering ski and snowboarding areas in Diavolezza, Corvatsch, and Corviglia, it offers challenging terrains and cross-country skiing adventures. The town also has an outdoor Olympic ice rink with a frozen lake hosting one-of-a-kind sports adventures like horse racing on ice, polo, and cricket.
Visitors love the characteristic “Champagne climate” of the town with dry air paired with 322 days of sunshine every year. To treat yourself to the ultimate luxury, book a stay at the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel for a regal experience.