The Top 10 European Ski Resorts

Updated: April 18, 2020 | By | More

Europe remains a key continent for ski enthusiasts, with a proliferation of resorts. It’s fair to say that new resorts are being opened at regular intervals, although the quality of those destinations can vary somewhat.

I enjoy a variety of winter sports and have been fortunate enough to visit a number of leading resorts. Here are my top 10 ski resorts in Europe:

1. Davos

The resort of Davos in Switzerland is most obviously associated with gatherings of the rich and famous. This should not, however, ignore the fact that it is also a location that provides beautiful ski conditions and a wide variety of entertainment.

Davos, Switzerland
Davos, Switzerland by Flyout

2. Verbier

The Swiss resort of Verbier is known as a place where you can enjoy luxurious accommodation, great ski conditions, wonderful restaurants and plenty of entertainment in the evenings. If you are looking for thriving nightlife, then Verbier clearly has a lot to offer.

3. St Anton

If you follow professional skiing, then you’ll know that Austria has a rich history in this area. It should come as no surprise, therefore, to see Austrian resorts within this list. The skiing in St Anton is fantastic and it’s worth noting that the resort is popular with leading celebrities too.

4. Levi

One of the advantages of choosing for a resort in Finland is that you’ll find that the ski season there is really extended. Indeed, you may even find that it’s possible to enjoy a ski vacation during the early part of the summer.

At first, you may feel that this seems a little unnatural. My own view is that it’s something that should certainly be embraced.

Levi, Finland
Levi, Finland by Leo-setä

5. Chamonix

Possibly the finest resort in France, where you can expect to have a pretty impressive experience. From gourmet food to stylish, French chic, this is a location that is not to be missed.

6. Pas de la Casa

Located within the tiny state of Andorra (in the Pyrenees, on the border between France and Spain), I have enjoyed skiing here in the past. If you do get bored, then it’s also nice to know that you have possibilities available to you in southern France and northern Spain, which are both within easy reach of Andorra.

7. Bansko

One of the newly emerging budget resorts, this Bulgarian town offers the skiing and entertainment, with a no-frills atmosphere.

Bansko, Bulgaria
Bansko, Bulgaria by Amorphisman

8. Les Arcs

Les Arcs is a French ski resort that caters to all tastes. Whether you are seeking a luxury escape, or a frugal family break, you’ll find that everything is possible in Les Arcs.

9. Livigno

The Italian resort of Livigno often seems to be overlooked, but it actually offers some fantastic budget skiing options. If you want the excitement of an Italian ski resort, without the high prices, then you can’t go far wrong with Livigno.

10. Kraniska Gora

You may already have heard of some of the resorts that I’ve mentioned, but Kraniska Gora is viewed as being a little away from the beaten track. Young families are often thrilled to spend time in this beautiful Slovenian resort.

Keith Barrett always investigates Verbier ski accommodation online, prior to heading for the popular Swiss resort. He also enjoys planning ski trips and experiencing the thrills offered by the slopes.

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