One of the best things about winter is the excuse to take as many ski trips as possible.
We are very lucky on our Emerald Isle to be so close to Europe – and the never ending supply of ski resorts.
So, we’ve listed the Top 10 Ski Resorts in Europe, just in case you wanted to embark on a spontaneous (and snowy) adventure this winter.
Val Thorens is located in Tarentaise Valley in the French Alps. It is the highest ski resort in Europe.
It has won Best European Ski Resort for the last 3 years, and World’s best for two of those years.
Val Thorens’s terrain suits everyone from beginners to experts. The resort is linked into the vast network of trails across the across the well-known Méribel and Courchevel valleys in the Trois.
Alpe d’Huez is a mountain pasture in the Central French Alps, in the commune of Huez.
The ski area here has something for every level and ability of skier or snowboarder, including great snowparks.
Food is a big part of life in the French Alps, local specialities are often cheese or cream based (sometimes both) along with local meats, potatoes and green salad.
La Plagne is a French ski area in the alpine valley of the Tarentaise.
This resort offers a multitude of various activities. Snowshoeing, paragliding, tobogganing, zip lines.
There is a varied slope area for all level of skiers. Expert skiers can explore the 400km of runs in Paradiski as they please, enjoying the variety of slopes and landscapes.
Saint François Longchamp is a commune in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.
Nestled on the mountainside between 1450m and 1650m altitude the resort of Saint François Longchamp is protected between the Mont Blanc mountain range.
As well as the normal ski resort amenities, there is a state of the art Balneotherapy centre. Which includes balneotherapy pools, sauna, steam baths, jacuzzis, a fitness hall and gym.
Saint Gervais Mont Blanc is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-east France.
This village is best known for its beauty and location, and has been a popular holiday destination since the early 1900s.
It has 450km of ski pistes, and is known to be the third largest domain exclusively in France, and is one of the least busy ski areas of its size.
Yes, finally a ski resort that isn’t in France.
Saalbach Hinterglemm is in the Austrian state of Salzburg. It is well known for it’s skiing and other winter sports.
Saalbach is one of Austria’s first ski resorts, offering a wide range of runs and an extensive off piste. You can ski on both sides of the valley.
Kitzbühel is a small medieval town situated along the river Kitzbuhler Ache in Tyrol, Austria.
Who would not want to try to conquer the world-famous Kitzbuehel Streif on their own, or go with a certified mountain guide on a ski trip in the deep virgin snow.
This resort is well known for it’s Nordic Walking. The beautiful winter hiking trails in and around Kitzbühel are a paradise for walkers.
Gstaad is an upscale resort town in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps.
Its soaring mountains and prestigious international boarding schools have long made it a holiday destination for royalty and celebrities. (So it could be perfect for YOU)
Aswell as snowsport enthusiasts, night owls will enjoy Gstaad. There are lots of stylish bars with live music, trendy clubs with DJ music and chilling lounges in the resort of Gstaad.
Baqueira Beret is located in the Aran Valley in the Pyrenees in the province Lleida.
It stands at an altitude of 1500m. The ski resort extends into 4 Valleys: Baqueira, Beret, Bonaigua and Pallars.
The ski season here goes from December to April, so treat yourself at Christmas to a nice little ski getaway.
Åre is one of the leading Scandinavian ski resorts. It is located in Jämtland County, Sweden.
Åre village is a big city in miniature form, and offers a large range of both restaurants, shops and entertainment.
This resort offers the unique combination of skiing and entertainment in northern Europe’s cosiest and trendiest mountain village.