The Five Best Countries for European Ski Holidays

in Country Guides, Travel Tips

Skiing in Chamonix, France - Photo: Frederic L.

For skiers and snowboarders, Europe is a mecca of sorts as it has some of the best mountain resorts in the world. You can find incredible skiing here as well as fun nightlife and great restaurants: this combination makes Europe the best place to go for some snowbound fun. The problem is that there is such a wide variety of choice that it can be very difficult to select which country to venture to. So how can you possibly choose between ski holidays in Italy, France, Switzerland and many other great places? Here are the top five skiing countries in Europe to help you make your choice.


If you have never been skiing in Europe before, it’s probably best to start in France, as this country does it best. Great, sprawling resorts such as Val D’Isere, Chamonix and Alpe d’Huez provide amazing skiing and vast swathes of terrain that will accommodate all skill levels. The chalets and restaurants offer a quintessentially European experience, while the nightlife goes until the break of dawn. France is exactly what you expect a European ski holiday to be.


For people that truly love to ski, it’s best to venture to Italy as it has some of the most challenging slopes around. Resorts like Arabba have some incredible runs that will delight and challenge expert and advanced skiers. Italian resorts also have the added benefit of the local cuisine: Italian food is absolutely delicious and a nice pasta meal is well suited for recovering after a day on the slopes.


Austria has a very good selection of wide-open mountains which, like France, will suit anyone. What really stands out here though is the nightlife: resorts like Mayrhofen have amazing bars and clubs which are a great deal of fun – come here for the skiing and the incredible après ski. Other great resorts in Austria include Alpbach and Kitzbühel.


Andorra is one of the least well known countries in Europe: nestled in the Pyrenees between France and Spain it is a tiny place that has hidden away from the world for centuries. This destination will truly surprise skiers, especially those with families, as resorts like Arinsal and Soldeu have great wide open terrain and excellent crèches and ski schools: if you have a family and want a quiet ski holiday in a beautiful place, then Andorra may be for you. In the summertime it is also a beautiful place to kick off walking holidays in Europe, so don’t forget about this hidden gem.


Finally, it’s worth venturing off the chart and heading up north to Lapland in Finland. There are a number of great resorts up there such as Levi and Saariselkä, which have easy slopes and good facilities for children. You can also find a wide variety of family-friendly activities such as husky rides and visits to reindeer farms which will keep anyone well entertained.

If you are lucky enough to be heading to Europe for a ski holiday, a trip to one of these five countries should work out just perfectly. Just be sure to choose a ski resort and country which suits you and your group – with so much choice out there, there’s no reason you can’t find the perfect place for your time in the snow.

Have you skied or snowboarded in Europe? What ski resort or country would you recommend? Make a comment and let everybody know!


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Ski Bunny Bree

I am German and have skiied just about every year since I was four (I am now 23) in Europe. My absolute favs are:

> Chamonix, France – the BEST of the BEST
> Flims Laax Falera, Switzerland
> Cortina d`Ampezzo, Italy
> Val d’Isere, France
> Kitzbuhel, Austria
> La Grave, France
> St. Moritz, Switzerland
> St. Anton, Austria
> Saas Fee, Switzerland

See you on the slopes 🙂


Meh, skiing and boarding in Europe is overrated. Japan is the best for powder and good times.

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