It’s safe to say that the continent of Europe is perhaps filled with the most desirable skiing destinations in the world today. That’s why when it comes to selecting a skiing destination for your 2019 holiday, it can be downright difficult. Whether it’s the scenery, the snow, the culture, or the overall experience, there is tremendous variety by region and resort.
That’s why we’re going to compile our list of the best skiing destinations in Europe for the 2019 season:
1. Zermatt, Switzerland:
Is there any European country that more perfectly marries mountainous cascades with lush valleys and fresh water below? Zermatt, Switzerland contains the highest vertical drop in all of Switzerland, plus a view from the Matterhorn of the Alps in unmistakable detail. The southern face of the Matterhorn skis down into Italy, which means mountain-goers can be in two countries in one day.
2. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy:
If you’re looking for more of an upscale and luxurious skiing outing, you can definitely find it in the designer and boutique-filled town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Equipped with Olympic-grade steeps and high-altitude snowfields, the mountain contains easy to difficult paths for every kind of skier. There are also miles of scenic cross-country ski trails, as well as a bobsled track.
3. Chamonix, France:
As Europe’s tallest peak at 4,807 meters, Chamonix is hard to ignore when planning an epic skiing holiday. Surrounded by glaciers, skiers can always count on proper weather to ensure there is cold, frozen snow on the slopes. Also as the site of the world’s first Winter Olympics, there is plenty to see and do as the region pays homage to its infamy.
4. Val d’Isere, France:
Providing 300 kilometers of skiable terrain with over 150 ski lift, it’s safe to say, you could spend more than a week at this resort and never ski all of the trails. Made with families in mind, there are plenty of kiddy hills and attractions that will keep them entertained and safe while you ski off for the day. Ingeniously designed, all lifts work in tandem to ensure you reach your slope destinations without awkward ski-walking.
5. Zugspitze, Germany:
As Germany’s highest peak, Zugspitze sits atop the gorgeous Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen below, with shops, bars, dining, and more. From the summit, enjoy a 360-degree panorama that extends as far as four countries in every direction. After taking the lift, you can even ski the nearby glacier, making it an unforgettable experience.