Skiing is no longer a sport for those with bags of cash and with so many new places popping up that offer skiing holidays the prices now vary to suit peoples budgets. There are several places in the World to ski but Europe has by far the best range of slopes and ski resorts to spend your vacation. Here we run down the top 4 places in Europe for your skiing vacation.
For many years France has been the pinnacle fro European skiing, the Alps mountain range offers some of the greatest and most varied slopes in the World and it houses some beautiful towns and villages to enjoy your holiday. If you want to enjoy a ski holiday in France then the places that you should be looking at are; Chamonix, varied slopes and adventures on the side of Mont Blanc; Tignes, a resort that offers glaciers and lakes as well as great pistes, and Courchevel, a lively resort with a whole range of winter sports on offer. French ski holidays are generally a little pricier but with good reason, great snow quality and an industry that has operated for years at high standards.
On the other side of the Alps, Italy has certainly gained it’s place amongst the best places to ski in the World, the apes-ski scene in Italy is fantastic and combines beautiful Italian culture with great options for skiers of all abilities. Italy’s resorts are generally a little cheaper than in France but the quality is just as high in terms of the snow, the service and the standard of resorts. The top places to head to in Italy right now are; Courmayeur, Livigno and Andalo, 3 resorts that offer a wide range of slopes and beautiful landscapes with excellent accommodation options and lively atmospheres.
Not always known for it’s ski resorts, Croatia has grown rapidly in popularity over recent years as people look further afield for their skiing holidays. One of the main draws of Croatia is that compared to it’s European counterparts it is incredibly cheap, from ski and clothing hire to food and drink, a ski holiday in Croatia will cost you significantly less than in places like France, Italy and Austria. The ski resorts in Croatia are easily accesible and often near big cities which means you can combine your ski holiday with a city break. The slopes in Croatia are not equal in standard to the Alps but they offer more than enough quality for a great ski holiday. The best resorts right now are Delnice, Mrkopalj and Cavle, all of them are great budget options for your next holiday.
The Swiss possess arguably the best side of the Alps mountain range and with that some of the best ski slopes in the World. The resorts around the base and side of the Matterhorn mountain are widely considered to be the best in the World and the slopes vary in range but have an emphasis on the black slopes for advanced skiers. The Swiss attitude to apres-ski is somewhat more relaxed to the French and Italians with less parties and more chilling out. Switzerland can be expensive for a ski holiday but this is due to the high quality of snow and accommodation on offer coupled with the fact that in general Switzerland is an expensive country to stay in. Zermatt and Verbier are two of Switzerland’s most prestigious and renowned resorts.