Besides the festive season there is only one thing I look forward to even more, and that’s skiing. While searching for my winter getaway destination, I’ve decided to show you Europe’s three best ski resorts that are on my list (with three matching outfit inspirations added). For early or late season skiing, or just to be absolute sure of snow on your ski holiday, these following resorts are the places to go. Do you already have plans in terms of skiing?
1. Lech, Austria
When it comes to skiing and snowboarding, the first destination that comes to most of our minds is the picturesque snowy landscapes of Austria. Lech especially. Lech in the West Alberg region in western Austria on the banks of the river Lech, 120 km west of Innsbruck, and 20km from the town and ski resort of St Anton. It’s is rather popular with beginners and intermediates as well as with families because of the gentle slopes, the ski-in ski-out hotels and the many various facilities for the kids such as tobogganing for instance. Non-skiers can visit exclusive boutiques, enjoy a nice walk by the area’s lovely 14th century church and crystal clear river. Lech has both independent apartments and hotels up to 5-star. If you are not a pro, like me, you can make a good use of their ski classes and guides too. I was told that they are excellent!
2. Val Thorens, France
Val Thorens in France is an exceptional location indeed as it is the highest altitude resort in Europe. The resort forms part of the 3 valleys linked ski area which, with over 600 km of piste, is the largest linked ski area in the world. Opposed to Lech, the ski area offers great snowsports to beginners and experienced skiers alike. From luxurious chalets and hotels to the best budget options, Val Thorens has a place to offer whether you are up for an exquisite spa time after a long day, parties with your friends or a cosy evening with your family at a good price. Thanks to its world class snow park and multi-faceted leisure opportunities, in 2013, Val Thorens was voted ‘World’s Best Ski Resort’ and ‘France’s Best Ski Resort’ at the World Ski Awards. It was also voted ‘Most Improved European Resort’ at the World Snow Awards 2013. Ready to conquer all the three valleys?
3. Cervinia, Italy
Cervinia stretches through three valleys in two countries, Italy and Switzerland, from the 3,883 m of the Piccolo Cervino descending to the 1,524 m of Valtournenche. Ski runs offering the chance to ski all day without ever repeating the same run twice, alternating easier runs with those of increasing difficulty. This is not a resort for experts though, the abundance of great cruising runs here are particularly good for beginners and intermediates. The village itself has plenty to offer apart from skiing: an excellent range of accommodation, good restaurants and numerous activities such as spas, shops and clubs. Once you are there it is a good idea to ski up and over the Swiss border, enjoy some of the skiing on the Zermatt side, and return to Italy in time for a late (and much cheaper) lunch! How does it sound?
So ladies, do you already have plans on where to escape for a ski holiday? If so, please let us know, I’m really in need of some cool tips!