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Must-Visit Ski Resorts in the Alps

  1. Alpe d’Huez, Heuz, France
Alpe d’Huez

The Alpe d’Huez resort is truly meant for those who love the outdoors. And of course, especially for those who love the snow. The resort is ideal for skiing in both the summer and winter months. It is located in a village which sits high on top of a plateau. This plateau is located on the Grandes Rousses mountain range and goes up to a height of about 1860 meters. The skiable terrain is known as the Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski. It links many small villages together, like Villard-Reculas and Auris-en-Oisans. The summit is known as Pic Blanc and is located at a height of 3330 meters.

 

  1. Mongenèvre, France
Mongenèvre

Mongenèvre is nothing short of a historical ski resort. It has been catering to skiers and tourists for many years now. Located near the Italian border, Mongenèvre is a part of the Southern Alps. It combines the charm of a small alpine village with the vastness of a ski terrain. The Mongenèvre terrain is known as the Via Lattea and runs for more than 400 kilometers. The slopes go across the border, providing skiers with a complete European experience.  The advantage of Mongenèvre lies in its location and its easy accessibility. You can easily reach the resort by taking a TGV (France’s high speed train service) train from Briancon or from Oulx.

 

  1. Saalbach Hinterglemm, Salzburg, Austria
Saalbach Hinterglemm

Saalbach Hinterglemm is the largest ski resort in Austria. The official name of the resort is Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. The resort boasts of 70 lifts and 270 kilometers of skiable terrain. Huge masses of powdery snow greet you as you enter the resort. Your eyes are instantly attracted toward the perfectly shaped peaks. You also get to see a lot of snowboarders and skiers all over. Want some more? There are also over 50 mountain huts or restaurants serving local dishes. Go for a ski or enjoy a meal at any of these huts. There are just too many options at the Leogang Fieberbrunn ski resort.

 

  1. Les Contamines-Montjoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Les Contamines-Montjoie

Les Contamines-Montjoie is located at the Mont Blanc range. The summits of this popular range dominate the skyline of the resort. Les Contamines-Montjoie is located at a small village by the same name. It is renowned as one of the best family ski resorts in the French Alps. The good thing about the Les Contamines-Montjoie is in the sheer variety it offers. There are lots of preserved areas for the curious minds. There are also the natural surroundings which make for beautiful photographs. Another great thing about the Les Contamines-Montjoie resort is that it offers a complete value for your money. You can easily reach this ski resort in about an hour from the Geneva Airport.

 

  1.  Ischgl-Engadin Samnaun, Switzerland
Ischgl-Engadin Samnaun

The Ischgl-Engadin Samnaun ski resort is perhaps the best known winter sports resort in the Paznaun region of Switzerland. It is home to only about 1600 people, mostly belonging to the Kappl, See and Galtur communities. Located at a height of 1377 meters, the resort is situated between two mountain peaks known as Verwall and Silvretta. Ischgl-Engadin Samnaun  has perfectly made up pistes (marked ski path or run) for the skiers. Visit the Ischgl-Engadin Samnaun for the warm sunshine, whether during the summer or the winter months. The Ischgl-Engadin Samnaun is truly a destination for fans of winter sports.

 

  1. Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria
Kitzbühel

The Kitzbühel ski resort is nothing short of a legend in Austria. Patrons of the resort claim that it should be visited by everyone! Why this legendary status? Kitzbühel has been a ski resort since 1893. It has been voted as a premier skiing destination several times. The best thing about the resort is that it combines modernity with tradition. It is also known for the Hahnenkamm, whose downhill slope is regarded as one of the ‘most famous ski run in the world.’ You will find international boutiques rubbing shoulders with rustic guest houses in the area. You will also find medieval towns dotted with several upscale modern hotels.

 

  1. SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental, Söll, Austria
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser

The SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser ski resort is one of the largest ski resorts in Europe. It is also one of the most popular. As many as nine villages provide direct access to the resort. At the resort, you can enjoy skiing on more than 280 kilometers of skiable terrain. There are 90 modern lifts for taking you anywhere you want to ski. The terrain itself is surrounded with mountains reaching a height of up to 3000 meters. SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser is perfect for just a casual ski trip or for serious skiing. It is truly meant for everyone. Along with the ski terrain, there are also ski runs and four fun parks.

 

  1. La Plagne, Mâcot-la-Plagne, France
La Plagne

The La Plagne resort has been voted numerous times as the best ski resort in Europe. It is a complete family destination.  The resort is located between 1260 and 3260 meters above sea level. It offers many opportunities both during the winter and summer months. Over the years, La Plagne has become world renowned because of its huge skiable area. The terrain runs for almost 225 kilometers and is meant for all levels of skiers. The infrastructure and the atmosphere add to the fun quotient for the visitors. Skiing at La Plagne is always described as participating in tradition. La Plagne has been home to more than 50 years of skiing and winter sports.

 

  1. Gstaad, Switzerland
Gstaad

Gstaad was described as the ‘last paradise in this crazy world’ by actress Julie Andrews. It is true that the experiences found at the Gstaad cannot be replicated anywhere else. People visit Gstaad not only for skiing, but also for biking and for climbing. There are also opportunities for paragliding and hiking. The neighboring village has a promenade dotted with cafes, art galleries, and numerous boutique shops. Several one day trips are available for covering the resort at one go. Gstaad is the place to be if you want to have many beautiful experiences within a short span of time. As the slogan of Gstaad says, ‘come up and slow down’.

Originally posted 2017-05-16 12:56:07.

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