Winters in Europe are incredible for those who love winter sports and activities. Many prominent destinations of Europe are snow-clad and offer plenty of adventurous activities for the sports lovers. Skiing is one of them and quite phenomenal in the continent. The ski resorts in Europe are fascinating and enchanting packed with a plethora of activities. The resorts are located at the majestic Alpine mountain ranges. The altitudes and the snow-clad mountain slopes are perfect for skiing, ice-skating, snow scooter and other fun-filled activities. I had a personal experience of skiing in one of the mountain slopes. The memories tempted me to pen down an article of 8 fascinating ski resorts in Europe. So, hey travel freaks, here is the list for you to pick and choose your next wintery travel destination for that snowy skiing experience.
Zermatt is the one of the most scenic and fascinating ski resorts in Europe. Located at an altitude of 3900 meters, it has long stretches of snow-capped mountain slopes for enthusiastic skiers to glide along with it. There are two paths, one for the matured skiers and another less tough for the less experienced skiers. The thrilling and challenging ride is the Matterhorn glacier ride. From the year 2019, there is a 3S cableway that has the capacity to carry 2,000 skiers an hour. Wolli’s Park offers a bit easier ride and can be undertaken by skiers who are less mature. You can witness the mystic views of the scenic landscape as you glide past the slopes with your skiing gears on.
Courchevel is one of the largest ski resorts in Europe, interconnecting several of them in chains. It is popularly known as Les Trois Vallées or Three Valleys. The place has 60 lifts with the capability to access the 600 km long array of resorts. The key attraction of the resort is its location spread around 10 summits; each being 2500 meters in height. The terrains of the resorts have a wide variation of tracks for the beginners, intermediate level and for the experts. The officials maintain the skiing tracks efficiently. Even if the region experiences heavy snowfall but the safety is guaranteed.
Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy
Cortina D’Ampezzo is one of the spectacular ski resorts in Europe. Surrounded by the Cinque Torri mountain peaks; the skiing terrain has different levels of gliding. The lifts interconnect resorts stretching for almost 400 km in length. The special feature of the place is the Olympic rink created for ice skating; since 1956 when the Winter Olympics was held here. Due to international visibility, its terrains are mostly for the intermediates and the experts. However certain tracks are present for the beginners too. The trails present a mind-blowing experience at night with the lights illuminating the slopes.
St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
St. Anton am Arlberg comprises of one of the challenging and thrilling ski resorts in Europe. Situated at an altitude of 1347 meters; the 10 km long stretch has quite difficult tracks to glide away. Some of the terrains require guides due to the high difficulty levels. Its terrains are much tougher compared to the other ski resorts in Europe. The view is enthralling, entertaining the skiers as they glide on the mountain terrains and slopes.
Zugspitze is one of the prominent and beautiful ski resorts in Europe. Skiers love the place especially because of its mix of terrains and the breathtaking views. Situated at an altitude of 2962 meters, the place is accessible by cable car reaching a stretch of about 250 km. The best part is the conglomeration of the three majestic mountain ranges Hausberg, Kreuzeck, and Alpspitze.Those who are interested to try on the challenging terrain, the Kandahar Downhill is for them. In 1936 the Winter Olympics was held in these tracks and also other International Alpine Skiing Championships.
Val d’Isere, France
Val d’lsere has 150 ski lifts for the skiers, an easily accessible climb to the 3000 meter altitude mountain peaks. It has a 300 km stretch terrain for skiing at different difficulty levels. The tracks are well maintained and even children can attempt skiing and have fun. The Espace Killy track is quite famous, being named on Jean-Claude Killy, the Olympic triple gold medal winner. The lifts help to reach the mountain peaks at varying levels as per the ski level difficulties preferred, thus offering chances for everyone to enjoy its serene beauty.
Chamonix is one of the significant ski resorts in Europe. Located at a high altitude of 4807 meters at Mont Blanc; it has some of the challenging ski terrains of the world. The first Winter Olympics was held in this place and it continues to mesmerize the skiers with its varying tracks. Out of the 6 terrains at Chamonix, the toughest one is Grands Montets. For the intermediate level, you can go to the areas near Brévent – Flégère. From here, you can witness some astounding views of the scenery around. Beginners also won’t be disappointed as the Balme – Vallorcine ski area is perfect for them.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz is phenomenal and unique in hosting several Winter Olympics, Alpine World Ski Championships and other sports events as well. Its has numerous terrains for the skiers at different difficulty levels. The world’s only skijoring horserace, the annual White Turf St. Moritz, is held in February at this place; a magnificent experience to watch. The views of the Alpine mountain ranges from St. Moritz is one of the best and you can immerse into its beauty while gliding down the slopes.
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