3 Classic European Destinations for your next Ski Vacation

Skiing is a fantastic sport that enables us to enjoy some unbelievable views while getting a workout in at the same time. No matter where you are in the world, if there are mountains with snow, you should consider checking out the slopes because you might discover and see more than you were expecting. Here are four ski destinations to consider checking out while travelling.

Les Deux Alpes, France

Les Deux Alpes is in the southeastern part of France in Venosc. It is home to the largest skiable glacier in all of Europe and it’s France’s second oldest ski resort. Because this resort is on a glacier, skiing can take place year-round.

Les Deux Alpes provides about 137 miles of skiable runs and over 7,000 feet of vertical drop! This is an outstanding destination no matter your level of experience and is also a great choice for families. Whether your children are just learning to ski or have no interest in skiing at all, they’ll easily find entertainment while you get your fair share of runs in. Just drop them off in ski lessons or take them to a childcare center on the mountain!

Beyond skiing, there’s so much entertainment to partake in at the resort including, spas, fitness centers, a bowling alley, a museum, a library, restaurants, bars and even clubs! You can go swimming or head to the ice rink to go ice skating, or, if you’re looking for more adventure, you can check out different views of the mountain by going paragliding or snowshoeing.

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Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Located in the Dolomites in Northern Italy, Cortina d’Ampezzo is a ski resort that fits the needs of all levels of skiers with over 74 miles of ski runs to play on. Cortina d’Ampezzo also has several other activities you can partake in if you want a break from skiing. Why not brush up on some local history and dive into the Great War in the Dolomites? You can choose to go on a guided tour, where you’ll find people dressed up in vintage uniforms from the war reenacting tales from the past, or, you can head over to the Lagazuoi 5 Torri, the tourist information center, where you can view remnants of the war, such as the war tunnels and trenches.

If history isn’t your thing but you still want to explore the Dolomites, you can opt-in for snowshoeing to indulge in breath-taking views. Or maybe you just want to enjoy your time and relax by heading to one of the spas on the mountain. With multiple places to choose from, you can take in the views while hanging out in hot bath barrels with a nice warm beverage of your choice!

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt is known as “The Matterhorn Ski Paradise.” It’s Switzerland’s highest ski resort with an altitude of over 12,000 feet. With 223 miles of runs to choose from, it’s the perfect mountain for any level of experience. If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, you can take lessons, or you can head straight for the slopes. For the more advanced, try testing out your skill at the Snow Park, where you’ll find rails, jibs, tables, boxes, and more!

Want a break from skiing, but still looking for entertainment? At Zermatt, you can go ice-skating or sledding. You can check out the mountain by hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, or you can go on a guided husky sleigh ride! Another way people enjoy the mountain is by viewing it from above by paragliding or in a helicopter ride.

Once you’re done with your adventures on the mountain, you can find entertainment all around. Check out some of the restaurants on the mountain, especially the ones with views of the Matterhorn. You can even visit sheep on the mountain and learn about animals and traditional farming. This is especially great if you have little ones with you! Lastly, the Zermatt hosts musical festivals outdoors. Who doesn’t love listening to live music while hanging out at the mountain!?


Whether skiing is a new hobby or something you’ve been doing since you were a kid, spending time at these iconic ski resorts redefines peak experience

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Michelle Gaudet | Certified Travel Counsellor | Adventure & Experiential Travel Specialist

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