Packed with picturesque villages, hotels, five-star chalets, and exclusive ski runs for all experience levels, Europe has some of the top snowboarding destinations in the world. Whether you like skiing or not, Europe hides many surprises and “hidden” cities, ideal for your winter holidays. You know, maybe it’s time to learn to ski a little bit.
If you are desperately looking to book tickets these days because you want to visit a European city at Christmas, listen to the advice we have to give you! Do not look at the mainstream options! Expand your horizons and seek refuge in more alternative but equally beautiful cities, which will allow you to live your winter to the fullest precisely as you imagine it; even if you do not ski, maybe it’s time to learn. But before you read the ideal ski destinations in Europe, we have compiled a list of what you need for you who will dare for the first time:
In Montgenèvre, the famous 400 km wide Milky Way ski slope on the Franco-Italian border is a traditional village with wooden houses. It has gentle skiing trails suitable for beginners, while 17 km of cross-country ski trails cross pine forests and cross the banks of the River Clarée. There are also points for snowboards. The Durancia Spa & Pool Complex features a children’s lagoon and a wellness center for lesser-known types.
St Anton, Austria
The Tyrol area located in the Austrian Alps has a lot to show you and is famous for its ski resorts. In the early 1900s, Johann ‘Hannes’ Schneider was the one who developed the techniques that came to define the modern sport of skiing. In addition to a long history, the resort has excellent chalets and bars. Après-ski parties start early in the afternoon and gradually become more lively. Suppose you wish to spend your next dream vacation in St Anton without planning and organizing all the details of your stay in the place at a relatively low cost. In that case, you can trust the company Erna Low, which promises you affordable packages to make this wish come true.
Tignes consists of many villages spread over a vast ski area. It offers almost every winter sport you can think of. Get ready to learn to ski, sled or snowshoe through impressive forests before skating on a frozen lake. If these activities do not give you enough adrenaline, you could also try paragliding, heli-skiing or Pala’fou, a daring ride that takes you on a 3 km sleigh ride through an ice tunnel.
St Moritz, Switzerland
Dating back to 1864, St Moritz is the oldest winter sports resort in the world and the jewel of the Southern Alps. Celebrities often visit it and its glamorous appearance is further enhanced by luxury hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants and designer shops. For many visitors, the delicious food is even more appealing due to the snowy mountains. You will find typical Swiss options along with influences from nearby Italy. Do not leave without trying the infamous “nusstorte” (a nut and candy cookie) from Hanselmann, a St Moritz foundation, since 1894.
For ski enthusiasts, Kitzbühel is synonymous with the famous challenging Kitzbühel Hahnenkamm Streif, a race that attracts thousands of spectators every January. For other visitors, the combination of the attractive, medieval city center and the surrounding spacious valleys make it an exciting destination all year round, whether you know skiing or not. But if you visit it, you can find out! With plenty of sunshine even in winter, Kitzbühel’s outdoor activities are at your disposal. Explore pine-covered snowshoe landscapes or follow a hiking trail to the Kitzbüheler Horn.
All look beautiful. Need to plan a few European backpacking trips real soon!