Europe for the Ski Lover
It’s an undeniable fact that Europe boasts some of the finest skiing you will find anywhere in the world, as well some of the most luxurious ski resorts. Whether you’re a complete novice looking for lessons or a seasoned skier seeking more challenging slopes, Europe has a resort to suit your tastes and budget. Read on for a selection of some of the best ski resorts on the continent.
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Saalbach and Hinterglemm, Austria
The neighbouring mountain villages of Saalbach and Hinterglemm occupy a prime position in the famed ‘Ski Circus’ area which offers more than 200 kilometres worth of superb skiing against a spectacular snow-mantled backdrop. You can choose between 60 pistes, offering a selection of beginner, intermediate and advanced level skiing, as well as 11 cross country trails and the opportunity to take part in some night skiing. Hinterglemm is quieter and has gentler slopes while Saalbach is the ideal place to enjoy some apres-ski drinks. If you tire of skiing you can also try a little flood-lit tobogganing. The two villages share four toboggan runs, perfect for an evening of thrills and perhaps a few spills as well.
San Lorenzo, Italy
If you’re fond of ski chalet holidays and are looking for a luxurious winter escape, opt for a stay at the San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge in the Dolomite mountains of Italy. This beautiful alpine chalet has been frequented by its fair share of the glitterati which comes as no surprise when you consider that it offers tasteful furnishings, spacious bedrooms, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath and outdoor whirlpool which commands breath-taking mountain views. With cross-country and alpine skiing on offer in the breath-taking Dolomiti Superski area, you couldn’t ask for more.
The Verbier ski resort is one of the most famous in the world, highly regarded for its superlative skiing and stunning surroundings as well as its extensive range of amenities. If you choose to stay at Verbier, you have a choice of 412 kilometres worth of slopes at your disposal spread out across ‘Les 4 Vallees’ and the neighbouring resorts, and you can also enjoy other outdoor activities which include mountain-biking, sledging and snowshoeing. If you’re a beginner, there are a number of ski schools available, and when you need a break from the rigorous hours on the slopes you can enjoy a menu of pampering spa treatments at one of the resort’s wellness centres.
Ski holidays can offer the perfect balance of energetic action and indulgent pampering, and the spring months are often a better time to go, money-wise. Late season chalet deals and off-peak periods can result in big discounts for the ski fan, so it’s worth checking out the European ski scene before it finishes for another year.
Emily Coyne is a winter sports fan and freelance travel blogger who prefers hitting the slopes to hitting the beach. She is currently based in Luton with her husband and two children.
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