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Find out about the ski resorts in Europe we recommend – what we like, who it suits as well as anything to watch out for and consider before you book.

We also show the most recent find we have had for the resort. It’s a guide price only as ‘Researched on’ is the date this price was found on the web.

Our sweeping summary:

Ski Italy for great prices, quiet runs, amazing food and friendly locals.

Ski France for convenience, high standard ski schools and of course the fondue and raclette.

Ski Austria for well kept runs, high tech lift systems and chocolate box villages.

Ski Slovenia for beginner families, friendly locals and amazing views.

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Italy

Champoluc, Monterosa, ITALY

Empty runs, high and snow sure, an unspoilt Italian treat 

Great for:
Intermediate to advanced, free ride and adult groups or experienced family

Skiers and boarders

Foodies

The village and resort

The village of Champoluc is the biggest and busiest of all the resorts in the Monterosa ski area but still has a very small and quaint feel. It has a scattering of excellent restaurants and bars in its centre as well as a few small gift shops and a supermarket. It is a traditional Italian valley village with a a river running through, a picturesque church and plenty of classic mountain village views. Some lovely Baitas to stop at on the slopes and a small apres offering at the base of the cable.

The skiing

This resort is a dream for intermediate explorers looking for good mileage across several valleys. The Monterosa area offers plenty of reds with high altitude views and reliable snow coverage. Some amazing off-piste opportunities, and above Gressoney a designated free ride area.Most of the skiing is above the treeline and there are some really spectacular views over the alps.

Ski pros
Empty runs with reliable snow cover
Great off-piste opportunities
Dedicated free ride area
Varied runs

and cons….
Limited skiing from Champoluc for progressing beginners
Above the treeline for those who love a nice forest run

Champoluc ski scene

Resort Info

  • Resort height: 1500 M
  • Total ski area: 180 km's
  • Transfer time: 1 hour 35 mins

San Vigilio Di Marebbe, Kronplatz, Italy

Picture perfect alpine dream

Great for:
Medium to large adult groups or family groups
Beginner to intermediate skiers
Foodies

The village and resort

If Disney did ski resorts I imagine they would come up with something simillar, but San Vigilio is no film set it is authentic, the real deal, an almost too good to be true resort straight out of a fairy tale book. It’s pretty village centre is also a foodies dream with plenty of restaurants serving the local Ladin specialities at really decent prices. The healthy mix of Italian and Austrian produce and style reflects the villages location at the cross-roads of different alpine cultures and histories.

The skiing

Perfect for beginners and intermediates, the 119kms of well groomed slopes offer some lovely wide runs, with the majority descending from the top of the ‘Korona’, a cartoon style mountain peak. Many of the runs feel almost like US style snow fields, offering skiers the chance to perfect their techniques on quiet terrain with the stunning backdrop of the unique peaks and rock formations of the Dolomites.

Thrill seeking intermediates to advanced skiers might like to boost their adrenalin levels with a trip down one of the 5 blacks in the area, including the Piculin. It is one of the steepest runs you will find anywhere in Europe – the incline is quite frankly a little insane but it drops over into another remote valley which is a lovely serene antidote to the hair raising journey down.

Beginners will love the long length of the nursery slope as it gives ample chance to practice along a picturesque, tree lined gradual descent and as with most runs in resort the return trip up the mountain is in a cable.

Ski pros
Perfect for first ski trip to fall in love with the whole snow experience
Plenty for lower intermediates and beginners
Quiet runs and few if any lift queues
Efficient cable lift systems

and cons….
Strong intermediates to advanced might get bored once they have done the blacks there’s not a huge area (119kms total).
One too many cable cars for me personally, I began to long for a chairlift.

Get booking

Guide price £355 PP
Trip for 6 adults
Long weekend Thurs Jan 23rd to Mon 27th Jan
Flights from London to Innsbruck using Skyscanner approx £91 PP
Private transfer approx £75 PP (based on 6 in a van)
BB hotel Garni Cristallo £185 PP (based on a shared double or twin)

Researched 14th August 19

Snowy village scene

Resort Info

  • Resort height: 1200 M
  • Total ski area: 119 km's
  • Transfer time: 1 hour 50 mins

Pila, Aosta Valley, ITALY

Mega views from scenic tree lined runs

Great for:
Beginner to intermediate, family and groups, couples 

The village and resort

Pila is perched high up above the Roman town/city of Aosta. This means you can base yourself in the ski resort of Pila or have a more cosmopolitan experience by staying in bustling Aosta and catching the cable up each morning.

Pila has some beautiful tree lined runs and is an ideal resort base for families. Everything is in the small resort centre including some lovely local restaurants, a few shops and ski hire. Off the runs there is also a fun park with tubing and sledging runs which the kids will love.

If you chose to stay in the beautiful busy Roman town of Aosta directly below the skiing you will also have access to a multitude of restaurants, bars and shops. Its easy to lose yourself in the maze of the old pedestrianised centre.

The skiing

There are some lovely long runs here with great vistas to take in, including views of Mont Blanc along the Aosta valley. Ideal for those progressing from lower intermediate, the resort has predominantly reds. There are also a few cheeky bowls up at the top of the resort for more experienced skiers and a decent length green at the base of the resort for newbies.

Ski pros
Enjoyable scenic runs
Snowpark for boarders
Speedy lift system
Quiet runs and minimal lift queues
One day pass in Courmayeur included in lift pass (recommend for intermediate and above)

and cons….
It’s a fairly small area so not a big challenge for higher intermediate and advanced skiers
If you want to be a long way from civilisation then you may not enjoy the views of the town below.

 

Aosta town

Resort Info

  • Resort height: 1800 M
  • Total ski area: 75 km's
  • Transfer time: 1 hour 30 mins

Alleghe/Civetta, Dolomites, Italy

Breathtaking lake and towering Dolomite mountains

Great for:
Medium to large adult groups or family

Beginner to intermediate skiers at Civetta and Intermediate to advanced at Marmolada and Arabba.

Foodies

The village and resort

The village/town of Alleghe is a small traditional centre on the lakeside with a few shops, bars, restaurants a supermarket and also a bank. It has everything you need but is quite small and quiet in the evenings. 

The skiing

This resort is a dream for beginners and intermediates looking for lots of blue and red mileage with vistas to die for at every turn. The runs drop down to picturesque small hamlets including Selva Di Cadore and Zoldo and then there is the spectacular run dropping back to resort with Civetta towering above and the lake below. There are plenty of cafes and lunch spots dotted around up the mountains with great Italian specialities to enjoy.

More advanced skiers can also access the incredible heights of the glacier Marmolada via an easy bus ride. On a clear day the 3, 300M summit gives you views across the whole of the Dolomites and down to Venice. A 12 km red run descends the glacier and gives you the option of also skiing over to Arabba.

Ski pros
Perfect well kept runs with plenty of snow making
Plenty for lower intermediates and beginners
Not too busy
Efficient lift systems
Varied runs

and cons….
Strong intermediates to advanced might get bored skiing just Civetta and getting the bus to Marmolada is easy but some won’t want to do buses.

View of ski dolomites

Resort Info

  • Resort height: 980 -2,100 M
  • Total ski area: 80 km's
  • Transfer time: 2 hours

Bardonecchia, Italy

Friendly box ticker with the best of old and new charm

Great for:
Singles, families, couples, groups
Beginner to intermediate skiers
Foodies and those looking for good value

The village and resort

There is something about Bardonecchia I absolutely love and it’s very hard to put my finger on it. It doesn’t have the spectacular mountains of the dolomites, it doesn’t have the advanced lift tech of Austria and it doesn’t have the high mileage of the three valleys, but what it does have is some lovely runs through pines, two very different ski areas, a long meandering high street filled with shops and restaurants plus some really friendly locals. It also has an architectural mix of old charm and cool mid centuary modern which I have a soft spot for. I think perhaps the charm of Bardonecchia is also in fact its modesty. It doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not.

Another plus, it is a resort which is excellent for it’s easy accesibility. A very straighforward drive from Turin (Just one big main Auto Strada all the way) or by train direct from Turin plus the option of a direct bus too.

The skiing

Great for beginners and intermediates, there are some lovely runs to explore once you have found your feet on the nursery slopes. There are quite a few easy reds and blues coming down from the Campo Smith/Arnaud ski area.

Intermediates to advanced skiers and boarders will be able to explore the resort fairly quickly and it is probably worth setting aside a day for each ski area as you may need to take the short free bus journey between the two. The Jafferau area has some great vistas and was pretty much empty when I skied it. Some lovely reds to take on here. Nothing too tricky but very enjoyable none the less.

If you are an advanced intermediate and find yourself running out of piste (around 103kms) there is also the option to ski over in the neighbouring area Via Lattea which offers, Sauze, Claviere, Montgenevre and Sestriere so a huge area of over 400kms. Snowboarders will really enjoy the park in Bardonecchia originally built for the Olympics.

I expect the old lift systems on quite a few runs are part of the reason the resort has been overlooked slightly. There is also quite a long button lift so for beginner snowboarders this might be hardwork.

Ski pros
Great value and reasonable size
Accesible and quick transer time
Quiet runs and few if any lift queues
Friendly ski school and locals

and cons….
Some quite old lifts
Slightly disjointed ski areas as resort is two different areas

Get booking

Long weekend Guide price £299 PP
Trip for 2 adults, 2 kids (ages 7 and 11)
Long weekend Thurs Feb 6th to Mon 10 th Feb
Flights from London to Turin using Skyscanner approx £29 PP
Private transfer approx £100 PP (based on 4 in a van but coach and train also available at cheaper rate)
2 bed Apartment San Francesco (1x double and 1 xbunk) £679
Researched 5th September 19

Clouds and snowy mountain top

Resort Info

  • Resort height: 1300 M
  • Total ski area: 110 km's
  • Transfer time: 1 hour 15 mins

Austria

Nassfeld, Austria

A perfect playground for  intermediates to explore

Great for:

Families
Medium to large adult groups
Beginners and lower intermediate skiers

The village and resort
This ski area has a few village bases to choose from and they are all quite different. Tropolach is the lower main area at the foot of the millennium gondola and is the busiest, Sonnleitn is fairly quiet but is set in the midst of the runs and surrounded by pines so perhaps the most atmospheric. Sonnenalpe is great for accessibility to the nursery slopes and ski school as well as access to the higher up skiing. There are some lovely bars and restaurants dotted around giving a taste of Carinthian cuisine which blends the best of Austrian and Italian dishes.

The skiing
An awesome area for skiers progressing to intermediate, there are predominantly easy red runs in this resort. The area offers some really varied areas to explore – bowls, tree lined, some nice long trails all spread over two valleys. Beginners have the advantage of some nice high up blues, some are quite lengthy too giving the opportunity to really enjoy new skills learnt.

Ski pros
Well groomed runs
Fast efficient lifts
A dream for intermediates
Some good off piste

and cons….
More advanced intermediates may need more challenges
Limited black runs

View of snowy valley

Resort Info

  • Resort height: 1400 M
  • Total ski area: 110 km's
  • Transfer time: 1 hour

Bad KleinKircheim, Austria

Austrian spa resort with varied runs

Great for:
Medium to large adult groups or family groups
Best for intermediate skiers
Spa fans – Austrians do it best!

The village and resort
One of BKKs strengths is the Spa in resort. An impressive large outdoor pool area houses the thermal waters and there are plenty of different sauna and treatment rooms to try. The Austrians definitely rule when it comes to high quality spa experiences in Europe, their herbal rooms coming top for a healthy and rejuvenating/cleansing experience.
The resort of Badklein Kircheim is typically Austrian in appearance and quite practical with everything more or less coming off the main road that runs through the valley and resort. There are the shops, bars and restaurants here that you would expect in a mid size resort. The food is delicious and typical of this area – it is influenced by the location close to the Italian and Slovene borders. The Carinthians have their own version of gnocchi and plenty of schnapps and strudel.

The skiing
This is a great resort for an intermediates short break as there are 103 kms to enjoy which are mostly reds. There is a larger area that links up with St Oswald and has a great lunch stop with beautiful views. For those up for a challenge there is the Franz Klammer black run (he hails from BKK) which is on the much smaller ski area on the other side of the valley. Those looking for easier cruising will enjoy the blues at Nockalbahn.

The back to resort run from the start of this area at the top of Priedrof is nice and long and varied.

Ski pros
Perfect for a good value short break ski fix
Not too busy
Good ski area to explore

and cons….
Not a huge amount for advanced or beginners
The connection between the two areas wasn’t seamless when I visited although its likely to have improved

Get booking
Guide price £175 PP
Trip for 4 adults
Short Weds 15th Jan – Sat 18th Jan break
Flights early from London to Klagenfurt and returning mid afternoon using Skyscanner approx £36 PP
Private transfer approx £55 PP (based on 4 in a van)
BB Pension Haus Anna Garni £84 PP (based on a shared family room of 2 x single and an Austrian twin)
Researched 9th September 19

Blue ski and mountain top

Resort Info

  • Resort height: 1070 M
  • Total ski area: 103 km's
  • Transfer time: 1 hour

France

Montgenevre, France

Big ski area with quiet runs

Great for:
All level skiers and boarders
Families
Single travellers

The village and resort
The resort is a really well planned out mix of French functional and traditional and is spread out along the long ‘front de neige’. Nearly all the shops, bars and restaurants here are on the ‘front’ facing out towards the runs on opposite side of the valley. One of the pluses of this resort is that most of the traffic goes through an underground tunnel, so aside from the ski buses you don’t see a huge amount of traffic.
The resort is influenced by its location on the border of Italy so the locals speak both languages and the restaurants offer the best of both fondue and pizza. There is not that much in the way of apres here it is a quiet French family resort, but there are still a few bars with their share of sociable locals and British reps and workers.

The skiing
If you want to clock up your mileage this is a great option with 410kms to explore. The resort links with neighbouring Italian resorts of Claviere, Sauze and Sestriere and each resort offers quite a different ski experience. Montgenevre is quite high up at a snow sure 1800 and offers some nice wide reds plus for the beginners a very long blue to practice on. The neighbouring resort of Claviere in Italy has a lovely quiet valley with some peaceful runs through the woods back to resort. If you want to explore further afield you can ski all the way over to Sestriere and back. It’s worth noting that the local Montgenevre local pass also includes one day for the whole area so you may not want to buy a full area pass. Sauze D’Oulx links up with the area on the other side of the valley, it’s quite different still to the other resorts and is quite popular with the Brits, Sestriere is quite new and unsightly but has some good skiing.

Ski pros
High up so snow sure
Big area to ski with some real variety
Good value
Quiet runs
Convenient and well planned out resort

and cons
A few flat areas for boarders to watch out for

One side of the valley is quite exposed to the sun so by the end of the day can get a little slushy
Watch out for hung over Brits on the slopes in Sauze area

Get booking

One week single traveller guide price £467 PP
Trip for a single traveller (double room single use)
Flights from Luton to Turin return Sat 11th Jan to 18th Jan approx £43 PP
Room only Hotel Valerie £374
Scheduled transfer with Alpine Transfer Company £50 PP return

Researched 20th September 2019

Deep snow and blue sky

Resort Info

  • Resort height: 1850 M
  • Total ski area: 400 km's
  • Transfer time: 1 hour 20 mins

VALLOIRE, France

Traditional village charm with large family friendly ski area and quiet, scenic runs

Great for:
All level skiers
Families
Groups looking for a laid back experience

The village and resort
The village is tucked away at the end of a valley with no through traffic. It has some lovely old stone architecture and is quiet and picturesque with the ancient church being somewhat of a central point. It’s visitors are mainly French families. The resort offers a very laid back ski experience with everything you need, but small and with just a handful of restaurants, bars and shops.

The skiing
The area links up with Valmenier which means it’s great for those who like to explore domains covering a few different valleys. A lot of the ski area is above the treeline offering snowsure skiing with great views, but there are also some lovely tree lined runs and drops into valleys with rivers meandering through. The village is tucked away in a bowl and a small bubble car whisks you up to the plateaux above the village where the skiing starts. Mid week you are likely to have the runs almost to yourself, making the views all the more special. Plenty of reds for the intermediates, some blacks for those after a challenge and some nice gentle greens too for beginners, this resort is great for mixed ability families.

Ski pros
Caters for every ability
Big varied area to explore
At a good snow sure height
Good value
Quiet runs

and cons
A few flat areas for boarders to watch out for

 

Fresh powder run

Resort Info

  • Resort height: 1400 M
  • Total ski area: 150 km's
  • Transfer time: 2 hours

Combloux, France

Savoie charm with a hint of glamour and plenty of mileage

Great for:
Families, couples, groups
All levels of skiers and boarders
Fans of fondue and chocolate box villages

The village and resort
Combloux is a village that I have driven through on my way to other resorts and I have to confess to previously being unaware of just how much it has to offer. It is very close to Megeve and shares it’s large ski area but the real bonus is it doesn’t have the huge price tag attached to it. Only the rich and famous head to Megeve, the savvy fans of Savoie head to Combloux.

It’s location opposite Mont Blanc and above Sallanches ensure some mega views of the highest peaks in the alps. In the morning and evening the orange and pink sunrises and sunsets bounce off the mountain ranges, and at night the twinkling lights of the town below in the valley give an awe inspiring view.

Combloux’s resort centre is a very pretty Savoyard village which is not huge, but has everything you would need including nice restaurants, shops and bars and you can of course get your fill of the lovely local fondue. The resort centre however is removed down the hill from the ski area which means you need to choose between ski convenience or resort village convenience here. The property I have featured in the deals section (Chalet Hotel Alpen Valley) is the only hotel placed right in the heart of the ski area so there is no need to take the ski bus. You can literally fall out of the front door and be heading up the slopes on the lift in less than one minute – The convenience of a big modern french resort but without the ugly buildings and crowds of people.

The skiing
I spent my time skiing in Combloux with progressing beginner/intermediate kids, and it was awesome to see them explore the mountains freely. The runs in the Combloux area flow really nicely for this level skier and there was no getting caught out and having to go down a tricky run to get to easier runs. There’s a real variety of levels and all have the stunning backdrop behind plus many meander through some lovely pine areas always with the awesome view not far round the corner. For more advanced skiers there is the opportunity to explore the whole Mont Blanc Evasion area which covers 270kms with every type of skiing you could wish for.

I visited in peak season during French Half Term and the lift queues were still really minimal never waiting more than about 3 minutes and the lifts were pretty modern and efficient.

Ski pros
Lots of varied skiing perfect for a long weekend
Accesible and quick transer time
Quiet runs and few if any lift queues
Awesome views and a hint of Megeve glamour

and cons….
Ski resort and village centre seperate although connected by regular ski bus in day

Get booking

Short break Guide price £475 PP
Trip for 2 adults
Sunday to Wednesday March 22nd to 25th
Flights from London Luton to Geneva using Skyscanner approx £ 37 PP (early am out and late eve back)
Private transfer approx £113 PP (based on 2 in a van. This route is also easy to drive in hire car to reduce cost)
Double room at Chalet Hotel Alpen £325 PP (Please note this hotel is perfectly placed for skiing – lifts, ski school and hire are on the doorstep, but it is difficult to get to village centre in the eve)

Researched 6th September 19

Skis propped against wooden hut

Resort Info

  • Resort height: 1100 M
  • Total ski area: 445 km's
  • Transfer time: 1 hour

Vars, France

High up ski area with plenty of quiet runs

Great for:
All level ski and board groups

The village and resort
The resort is split into two areas, St Marie and Les Claux. The resort has a great feel it is chilled, friendly and not too hectic compared to a lot of the bigger french resorts. It’s a secret French family affair with a good local community, off the beaten track situated in the Southern part of the French Alps hidden away from the usual Brits stomping ground.

Although the resort centre is not huge it does offer everything you will require. Good ski school, good shops and restaurants including two supermarkets.

The skiing
With the majority of the skiing being above the tree line, there are some great 360’s to be had at the the top. The resort links up with Risoul which has a few more pretty tree lined runs to offer and there are 185 kms to ski. Freestylers will love the snowpark while skiers will enjoy the variety of runs here for every ability plus there’s some great off piste opportunities too.

Ski pros
High up so snow sure
Big varied area to ski
Good value
Quiet runs

and cons
Lift system not the newest and a few drags for boarders to watch out for
Fairly long transfer so best suited to big groups sharing private transfer cost

Get booking

Mid week 5 day group eight adults Guide price £339 PP

Trip for a group of eight
Flights from Gatwick to Marseilles return Monday 20th Jan to Friday 24th Jan approx £44PP
Shared self-catering Chalet En Bois £127PP
Scheduled transfer with Alpine Transfer Company or SkiLifts £158PP return

 

Snow covered trees

Resort Info

  • Resort height: 1850 M
  • Total ski area: 185 km's
  • Transfer time: 2hours 45 mins

Slovenia

Vogel, Slovenia

Spectacular scenery and views from this high plateaux above Bohinj lake

Great for:
Learn to ski
Families
Progressing beginners

The village and resort

The resort of Vogel is high above the magnificent glacial lake valley of Bohinj. It is reached by a steep climbing cable car and is not a village as such as it has just one hotel and a handful of bars and restaurants scattered amongst the runs. The ski hire shop and the ski school are at the cable car station. It is a remote location and is only accessible by the cable car. For this reason I have always chosen to stay in the beautiful and peaceful valley below which consists of a few idylic villages located on the lakeside. The tiny hamlet of Ukanc  is by the bottom cable car station and is best located for skiing however there is a ski bus which winds round the lake each morning if you would prefer to stay in Ribcev Laz or Stara Fuzina. Here you can find  lovely authentic ‘Gostlinas’ serving some awesome local dishes including cheeses, tortellini and some great local schnapps and brandys. The local beer is also really good and for some reason never gives you hangover!

The supermarket is in Ribcev Laz as well a bus stop if you chose to head to Bled.

The skiing

If you want to find a great place to learn to ski on a budget in a lovely location then this could be it. The instructors are super friendly and the prices are really reasonable for ski school, lift passes and hire. There are a variety of runs for beginners and progressing intermediates with some nice long blues and greens to get your practice on and once you are accomplished there are a few reds to move on to. Intermediates to advanced won’t find mileage here it is a really small resort however it is home to my favourite run so far anywhere! This long red run which starts right at the top of the resort plunges through forests and moguls to wind right down into the valley until you turn a corner and find yourself at the head of the valley with breath taking views of the lake.

Ski pros
Great value
Spectacular views
Good ski school
Home to an awesome red

Ski cons
Queue for cable up can get busy at weekends so arrive early or late at weekend
Some quite vintage lifts
Not much mileage for intermediate or advanced

Get booking
Guide price £ 184 PP
Trip for 4 adults
Long weekend Friday 6th March to Tuesday 10th March
Flights from Stansted to Ljubljana EasyJet £58 PP
Private transfer 4 sharing van £50 PP
Self catering Apartment Lake Bohinj on Booking.com £76 PP

Researched on 27th Nov 19

Vogel view Slovenia

Resort Info

  • Resort height: 1200-900M
  • Total ski area: 22 km's
  • Transfer time: 1 hour