Top 10 European Ski Sites

Courchevel

With so many great ski sites across Europe, the hardest part of planning a European ski vacation may be choosing where to go.

 

There are many factors to consider such as your level of ski, who you’re going with, the distance you’re willing to travel, and of course, for many of us, budget.

 

While by no means a perfect list, the following are our top 10 European ski destinations.

1. Courchevel, France

Considered one of the world’s top ski resorts, Courchevel is comprised of four villages (high class vacationers will particularly like the Courchevel 1850 district) interconnected by ski lifts and ski buses. Great for beginners and experts alike, Courchevel also offers skating, sledding and skidooing facilities.

2. Igls, Austria

Located in the charming town of Innsbruck (two-time Olympic host), Igls offers some of the best skiing in Europe for all levels. You can also enjoy bobsledding, floodlit skiing and sledding.

3. Pas de la Casa, Andorra

Pas de la Casa is known for its great snow record (a huge plus), and is best suited for intermediate skiers.

4. Val D’Isere, France

One of Europe’s busiest ski resorts and a top destination amongst expert skiers, Val D’Isere has great slopes and spectacular views.

5. Soll, Austria

A lively ski village and a great ski school makes this a great vacation destination for families and people learning to ski.

6. Borovets, Bulgaria

Fantastic skiing for those on a budget.

7. Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Another great option for budget skiers.

8. Cortina, Italy

Reliable snow, well-maintained facilities and a five-star spa for the perfect pampering ski vacation.

9. Alagna, Italy

Best for big-mountain freeriding, there’s honestly not much else to do here except ski, so hop to it!

10. Kitzbühel, Austria

One thing’s for sure; if you visit Kitzbühel you won’t be alone. Thousands pack the place to watch the top skiers race downhill on the World Cup circuit.

Upcoming Events Across Europe

  • Rhine in Flames, Germany

    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

  • Chelsea Flower Show, England

    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.