10 Best Places to Ski in the Alps


Ah, the Alps, capital 'A', for the idyllic chocolate box lid adorning mountains, the quaint alpine villages, with their smoky chimneys promising a warming feed, and the promise of some really wicked skiing.

Skiers won over by the promise of the Alps still have some decisions to make though: the region spans six countries, Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and reaching into Slovenia, and almost a thousand miles – that's a lot of ski resorts to choose from...

Austria invented aprés ski - the bit about going skiing that happens after the skiing bit, the French Alps have the sculptured terrain, ranging over peaks and dropping, heart in the mouth, into steep valleys, and Italy's resorts have the food and fashion, and attract the foodies and fashionistas. Germany and Switzerland are about traditional local charm meeting efficiency and reliable facilities in a stunning setting, and Slovenia is the new discovery, perfect for adventurous spirits and people looking for a bargain.

Each individual resort has its own appeal as well, some offer great snow parks for snowboarders, some cater well to families, some have world class ski schools, some have the night life or the aprés ski, but there are a few destinations that epitomise the experience of skiing in the Alps. These are classic destinations that promise the three great pleasures of the Alps by the avalanche load:

The Chocolate Box Views

Ski under, or or around one of the great mountainous beauties, Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Jungfrau or the Zugspitze, or just admire them from the balcony of your lodge where you're sipping proper Swiss hot chocolate.

The Traditional Alpine Village Charm

Though now classic ski resorts, these aren't purpose built, these alpine hamlets have been here for centuries, their old wooden chalets next to newer shinier resorts. There's an added element of charm to skiing these destinations, because not only are there decades of skiing prestige on the slopes there's proper local restaurants and traditions.

Great, Easy to Access Skiing

Another perk of age are the decent transport links and tried and tested infrastructure. These resorts are easy to get to, and once you get there it's easy to get out on the slopes.

These are the 10 Best Places to Ski in the Alps (from left to right)

  • Chamonix

    Both crowned and dwarfed by Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps and its gigantic collection of attendant glaciers whic…

  • Ski Zermatt

    No matter where you find yourself on the slopes of this remarkable ski area, the granite monolith of Europe’s most famous peak,…

  • Grindelwald

    Located in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, at Grindelwald you can ski beneath the towering north wall of the Eiger and the g…

  • St Moritz

    This scenic resort finds favour amongst both skiers and non-skiers, with an extensive range of other activities including shopp…

  • Davos

    Perfect for intermediates, Davos is comprised of five mountains, offering a huge variety of ski areas. The nursery slopes offer…

  • Lech

    Along with its twin resort Zurs, Lech offers an extensive array of skiing, appealing to skiers of all abilities. With nursery s…

  • St Anton am Arlberg

    For many, St Anton-am-Arlberg is both the cradle and Holy Grail of the skiing and snowboarding world. Ringed by majestic peaks,…

  • Seefeld

    Seefeld has a pretty good reputation for coverage, but in times of need they back it up with snow making machines on all slopes…

  • Cortina d'Ampezzo

    Cortina is an excellent resort for beginners, with a vast choice of long cruising runs and nursery slopes, although the lack of…

  • Kitzbühel

    The Tirolean town of Kitzbühel has a surprisingly extensive variety of skiing, despite its low altitude of just 760m. With four…

For help planning your ski trip to the Alps, consult one of World Reviewer's Wintersports Travel Specialists.


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