The Alps lies entirely across the Europe. The mountain range has subsequently become one of the most popular tourist destinations with many skiing resorts distributed to many countries. Nowadays adventure sports have become very popular among younger generations and skiing is the only one adventure sport that can be played by people of almost any age. Even a four-year-old can take part in this sport. There is something special about skiing that binds ski lovers of all ages together. The joy of snowplowing the way down the mountain is somewhat a different experience that everyone appreciates. Here we handpicked the top best 10 places to ski in Europe:
1. Chamonix, France: The skiers hail this place as their motherland. The 10-mile long valley comprises five different skiing areas. Hop into the Aiguille du Midi cable car, and it will take you to the Vallée Blanche, the front door of Mont Blanc or Couloir des Cosmiques, from there you can ski in 45 degrees, 2600 foot down the couloir. Skiing in Vallée Blanche is somewhat less dangerous as it has a 13-mile rolling schuss which ends in a glacial valley surrounded by the Alps. This place is nicknamed the Route Blanc or the White route.
2. La Grave, France: La Grave is another ski place in France; an hour away from Grenoble. To go there fly to Geneva airport of to Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport and take a bus to Grenoble. This place is hailed as Mecca for those skiers looking for no frills steep skiing. You can ski through 7000-foot vertical glaciers, cliffs, no- fall zones and couloirs. You can ski freely as there is just one lift with no any control, no ski patrol or marked runs. If you want to ski there safely, book a guide.
3. Kitzbühel, Austria: This ski area is voted as the best ski area in the world as this ski area has 179 km of perfect slops and 54 cable cars and lifts. If you’re able to ski icy black diamond, which is also known as ‘the sheriff,’ a two-mile track with steep pitches and hairpin turns is waiting for you. If you want to go at Kitzbühel go to Munich and hop into a bus or train to Kitzbuhel station.
4. St Anton, Austria: St. Anton is famous for being the best place to do Apres ski. This place offers 200 miles of run with 440 miles of country terrain. You can ride up at Valluga peak to ski your way down, or you can snowplow to Lech, a neighborhood village via Zürs. St. Anton is less than a hour from Innsbruck airport.
5. Verbier, Switzerland: This Swiss town located at the western part of the country and speaks French. Verbier can give Chamonix a fierce competition regarding lift accessed steeps. The lifts offer easy access to 250 miles slopes with roughly 50-degree angle (Bec Des Rosses), which can be accessed from the Mont Fort tram. Though it is not as good as regarding hardcore ski alpinism, the style and beauty of this place can spin your head. To go to Verbier, fly to Geneva airport and hire a car.
6. Mürren, Switzerland: This place is one of the best and still not too well known amongst the skiers. Situated at one corner of the Alps Mountain, Mürren is the pollution free and car free village that can only be accessed by the cable cars. If you want a hustle free ski area with absolutely homely feel, this place is the one for you, as it remained somewhat undiscovered by the skiers. This ski area offers only 33 miles of slopes.
7. Alagna, Italy: Alagna is small village located at the Valesia Alpine Valley and a UNESCO world heritage site.This northern Italy ski palace gives you the experience of classic mountain freeriding. Alagna will offer you just one gondola and two different ski areas Champaluc and Grissoney. Alagna is internationally known for off-piste skiing. To get there, fly to Milan and take a car to main road SS299 to Alagna.
8. El Pas de la Casa, Andorra: The name El Pas de la Casa means “the pass of the house” as there was a single hut until the early 12th century. This ski area is located at Andorra, near to the border of France. It has 31 lifts, 100km pistes, and 6.26 square kilometer skiable area with the highest skiable point of 2640 meters. This place is popular for burgeoning ski and snowboarding. To go there you have to get to Barcelona and take a bus.
9. Cervinia, Italy: Cervinia is most probably Italy’s most snow-sure ski resort, located at the altitude of 2050m. This resort is perfect for the beginners and intermediate level skiers with 19 lifts and over 200 kilometers of skiable areas. You have to take a bus from Milan to get there.
10. Andermatt, Switzerland: The SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun is the ski resort located in Andermatt, Switzerland. The ski area covers five mountains, namely Gemsstock, Nätschen, Sedrun / Oberalp, Realp and Valtgeva. Train services are crucial as trains are the only transport available. To get there you have to fly to Zurich and hop into a train. The train ride usually takes two hours.
Except these above mentioned Location there are many other options you can avail. France, Switzerland and Austria are holding the majority of best Ski resorts in Europe. These are as follow:
• Alpe d’Huez, France
• SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser, Austria
• Gstaad, Swiss
Europe is full of these magnificent places to ski. Once you successfully start skiing, you won’t be able to stop loving it. The feeling is beyond anything of your imagination. Those who are interested in skiing should know that a skiing vacation is neither a cheap holiday option nor it will cost you a fortune if you choose your ski destination tactfully after researching. And you will get to enjoy the adrenaline rush while enjoying the scenic beauty of Alps.