Top European Ski Resorts: 2019

Updated: Dec 31, 2018

1. St. Moritz, Switzerland (Accessible by train Via Zurich and Milan)

A luxury ski resort in south-east Switzerland, St. Moritz has maintained a reputation as one of Europe’s most desirable destinations for decades. The area boasts an array of chic hotels, refined dining, high-end shopping and modern ski lift infrastructure despite being the world's oldest winter holiday resort. St. Moritz offers a range of activities including bobsledding, paragliding, sledding, kite skiing, ice skating and tobogganing. And in February you can catch the prestigious annual White Turf horse racing event hosted on its frozen lake.

2. Courchevel, France (Accessible by train Via Paris, Zurich and Milan)

Courchevel is quite possibly France’s poshest ski destination. A playground for the uber wealthy, the resort has everything one could want in an alpine getaway, from breathtaking views and luxury chalets, to ultra fine dining, high-end shopping and some of the world’s best slopes. Courchevel sits within France’s Trois Vallees, the largest ski area in the world and boasts 150 km of slopes serviced by 58 lifts. While there are trails for skiers of all sorts, the resort is primarily geared towards intermediate and advanced levels.

3. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (Accessible by train or shuttle transfer Via Venice and Innsbruck)

Just two hours north of Venice, Cortina is a low-key, ultra sophisticated town known for its restaurants, social scene and nightlife. It’s elite ski and fashion crowd have earned it the nickname, Queen of the Dolomites (mountain range in Northern Italy). Cortina is a perfect destination for first time skiers and also has one of the highest numbers of black trails in Italy.

Once you’ve made your way through the 140 ski runs and 50 miles of cross-country trails be sure to stop into town for a drink. Apres-ski in Cortina is a who’s who affair known for regular celebrity sightings. Places to checkout include, Enoteca, Bar Dolomiti, Villa Sandi, Pane Vino e San Daniele, and El Becalen. After 11 pm, head over to one of these late night spots: VIP Club, The Blu Room, The Limbo, The Bilbo Club, Disco Belvedere

4. Zermatt, Switzerland (Accessible by train Via Zurich and Geneva)

A charming, car-free resort town in Switzerland, Zermatt is easily the Alps’ most instagrammable destination. It is the highest lifted point in Western Europe and boasts stunning views of Switzerland's most famous mountain, The Matterhorn. Depending on how you arrive, the journey to Zermatt can be just as scenic as your stay. One can either travel via helicopter or take one of Europe’s most beautiful train rides via the Matterhorn-Gotthard Railway.

Zermatt is known for its stunning views and the many different ways to take them in. The resort is home to some Switzerland’s highest hotels including the Riffelalp Resort which is only accessible by mountain train. As you make your way down the slopes stop into one of the many fine restaurants perched on the side of the mountain. And if you’re looking for a truly unique experience, opt for paragliding or helicopter sightseeing flights around the Matterhorn - Don't forget to snap a photo of the Matterhorn and its reflection from across Lake Riffelsee.

5. Chamonix–Mont Blanc, France (Accessible by bus or train Via Geneva and Lyon)

Situated at the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix has attracted adrenaline junkies from around the world since hosting the first Winter Olympics in 1924. Whether for extreme skiing, off trailing, ice climbing or paragliding, professional skiers flock to this south-east France haven en masse to ski the more than 170 km of slopes. The resort features Europe’s longest off trail run, Valley Blanche, a 20 km monstrosity which has become a rite of passage for aspiring experts.

After hitting the slopes, skiers can head into town where there is a vibrant social scene with plenty of bars, restaurants and nightlife. Chamonix is made up of four main ski resorts, which have ample trails, activities, entertainment and stunning views of the elegant Month Blanc region.

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