Whether you love hitting the slopes with your skis (or snowboard) or if you’re more of the type to relax in the chalet with a hot chocolate or mulled wine, then look no further than exploring the best countries for ski resorts and winter sports. These countries offer world-class dining, beautiful scenery, and killer slopes.
The Swiss Alps comprise almost all of the highest mountains in the range. Switzerland is known for its stunning scenery, fantastic skiing, and alpine charm. It’s great for mixed abilities, families, and groups.
The top ski resorts in Switzerland are Zermatt for the view of the Matterhorn, Verbier for being part of the Four Valleys ski area, and Grindelwald for its charm.
Switzerland has some of the best mountain restaurants with local Swiss cuisine such as fondues, röstis and local cheese plus who doesn’t love Swiss chocolate?
Austria is known for its winter sports and snowsports, especially for its pistes. The slope preparation and lift systems are state-of-the-art. You’ll have an amazing mountain experience in Austria for varying budgets.
Food is known for being less expensive than in other ski areas and the ski resorts are known for their traditional alpine experience. The ski resort connections mean you can easily travel between resorts and the scenery wherever you stay is breathtaking.
Some of the larger ski areas are Arlberg, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Alpbach, Kühtai, and the SkiWelt, all perfect for mixed abilities, families, and groups.
One of the main ski resorts in France is the Portes du Soleil, which encompasses thirteen resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Other resorts include Val d’Isere and Tignes for their amazing terrain and off-piste activities. Val Thorens also has a hot spring and La Clusaz includes traditional alpine skiing.
The French ski resorts are known for their outstanding food with countless Michelin-star restaurants to choose from or, for the more budget-friendly, other restaurants with equally divine cuisine.
Italy is also known for its delicious food and its views which also has Michelin-star restaurants – or even local bars and restaurants for more budget-conscious meals.
The Dolomiti Superski area has twelve ski resorts connected to the Milky Way, one of the largest linked ski areas in the Dolomites. You can also choose the Corvara for gentle blue runs or challenge yourself with off-piste runs in Cervinia.
The tiny country situated in the Pyrenees mountains, nestled between France and Spain, is oft forgotten but it’s an excellent ski destination for landscape and culture. The mountain villages have charm and less over-commercialisation than the other top ski countries in Europe.
The Catalan influence brings sangria and tapas to the table instead of more traditional Alpine meals. Plus, there are more than sixty peaks with varied terrain for skiing. There are beginner trails too with tree-lined blues and off-piste skiing for the more experienced in your group.
The main ski areas are Ordino-Arcalis and Grandvalira. Two popular ski resorts are Arinsal and Soldeu.
If you have a bigger budget and are willing to travel further, you can always choose ski resorts in Canada, Japan, or the USA, but otherwise, Europe has everything you need for the best skiing holiday, no matter whether you’re searching for beginner blue runs or expert black runs. Let us know on Tria Beauty UK’s Facebook or Instagram where you love to go skiing.