Skiing in Europe should be on every skier's list. The Alps of Austria,
Switzerland, France and Germany are massive, with dramatic jagged peaks like
Matterhorn in Zermatt and Mont Blanc at Chamonix,
The Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The European Alps are like the
mountains of New
England skiing with the Rocky Mountains on top - from high elevation above tree-line skiing all the way to ski villages miles below. The scenery is extraordinary,
and the après ski is legendary - after all - the Europeans invited it! Many European ski resorts are
interconnected by modern lifts and offer a regional ski pass, like in the US at Big Sky Moonlight
or Snowbird -
Alta in Utah, but on a much grander scale. If you are considering, or better yet
- planning, a ski trip to the Alps, see our
travel tips for skiing in Europe
and our Tips for packing and
skiing in the Alps.
Austria, skiing the
Arlberg, Vorarlberg and Otztal resorts of St Anton,
Lech Zurs, and
Hochgurgl provides you unbelievable scenery, high elevation assuring great snow for a long
season, traditional on mountain dining in centuries old chalets, with modern Doppelmayr ski lifts and posh lodging for a luxury ski vacation in the Alps.
Austria's Arlberg region offers 94 lifts and 211 miles of skiing on groomed
trails and plus thousands of acres of open bowl off-piste skiing from
St Anton to Stuben,
St Chrisoph, to Lech and Zurs and Warth Schroken.
Solden offers high alpine glacier skiing, Solden is where the US Ski Team trains.
The Italian Dolomites, bordering Austria, offer incredibly alpine mountain
scenery of the soaring jagged peaks amid the biggest collection of Italian skiing slopes and villages.
and Val Gardena are the most well-known ski areas,
beautiful villages in the Dolomite Super Ski Region
provide access to 1,200 kilometers of skiing among 12
unique ski areas and 450 lifts - all on one Dolomiti Superski lift ticket.The other phenomenal quality of an Italian ski trip
is the food, the wine, the stylishness of the Italian skiers, La Dolce Vita.
France's Val D’Isère Tignes and Les Trois
Vallées are huge, more skiing than you can do in a week.
Despite the huge mountains and tons of terrain, skiing in Europe is as much
about the lifestyle of skiing as it is the actual sport of sliding
downhill. Mountaintop lunches serving gourmet cuisine and Gluhwein or Grappa
are as important as the fresh snow and first tracks.
Après ski in Europe includes dancing,
live music, drinks with a view of the slopes, followed by relaxing spa and sauna
treatments, then elegant dining often with a view of the slopes.
European ski resorts have lodging that ranges from quaint chalets to
condominiums, four and five star ski hotels to small inns and bed and breakfasts. Our
editors travel to Europe to review some of the best ski resorts in
Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany to help you plan your luxury ski trip to the Alps.