Stretching across a massive 1200km, The Alps are Europe’s best known ski destination. Covering seven European countries it is the highest and most extensive mountain range that lies entirely in Europe. The star of many Holywood movies, charming and without a doubt stunning, the world famous mountain range is home to some of the worlds most sought after ski destinations for a whole range of abilities, from the time served thrill seekers to those new to skiing
Epicentre of the European Alps
Easily the most popular European winter holiday destination in the world, France is home to some of the largest and most diverse ski areas. Popular with families, corporates and individuals, there is truly something for everyone here, offering not only phenomenal landscapes and terrain, but also great food and atmosphere. Who doesn’t love an après ski? For example lovely Chamonix- Mont- Blanc a classic mountain town with the atmosphere of a city and host to hard core mountain culture.
Renowned for its opulence and unique apres and nightlife
Recognised as one of the world’s best snow-sure skiing destinations, Austria’s Alps are famous for long and powdery winter seasons. With some of the very best winter sports infrastructure in Europe, Austria’s resorts seamlessly combine modernity with tradition. In addition to rustic mountain towns and varied ski areas, Austria impresses with its legendary après ski culture and unique cuisine, expect friendly crowds, delicious food, and catchy tunes. A definite must visit is St. Anton am Arlberg, the cradle of alpine Skiing.
Where tradition meets terrain
Well known for its dramatic and stunning scenery, and quaint mountain villages, Switzerland is renowned for being a very picturesque region of the Alps. Many of Switzerland’s resorts are high and glacial, making them almost snow sure in the Winter. Although many of the large mountain towns are modern, you can expect to be welcomed in a true Swiss manner and experience traditional Swiss culture and cuisine. This swiss culture is all over in Verbier, a vibrant ski area with plenty to choose from.
Diverse in its mountain and cultural offering
Morzine is a lively resort that offers something for everyone. The short, 1.5hour transfer from Geneva makes it an ideal location for a short break. Located in the heart of the French-Swiss ski area of Portes du Soleil, the ski resort of Morzine is perfect for beginners, intermediates and experts alike. Whilst the large Portes du Soleil ski area appeals to winter sports enthusiasts, the slopes in the Morzine-Les Gets sector are ideal for intermediate skiers. For those who are looking for the steepest black runs in the Alps, head straight to the Chamossière black run or the famous “Swiss wall”. Being an authentic French town, Morzine offers a wide range of restaurants and bars and the resort is host to the newest ‘Folie Douce’, providing the finest apres parties.
As famous for its après ski as it is its slopes, Mayrhofen is a traditional Austrian town located at the base of the mountains. In the heart of the Zillertal valley there is no shortage of skiing for all abilities, with easy access to a range of other resorts including the famous Hintertux glacier. Be sure to also check out the Harakiri, Austria’s steepest slope at 78%, or at least watch the brave tackle it from the comfort of a deckchair at the bar at the bottom.
One of the most critically acclaimed resorts in the Swiss Alps
Located in the shadow of the iconic Mattherhorn, Zermatt is a pretty Swiss town with magnificent scenery. Despite the dramatic terrain, and being famed for adventurous skiers, Zermatt has slopes that will suit all levels.Being glacial, snow is pretty much guaranteed and it is possible to ski well into July. Most people travel to Zermatt by train as the journey up through the valley is one to remember. Zermatt is proud to be sustainable and eco friendly, with the resort itself being car free. Boasting 4 Michelin star restaurants in town, Zermatt is world renowned for its haute cuisine. With a range of on and off mountain bars, there is also a great apres ski scene.
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