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Between the feeling of zipping down snowkissed slopes, enjoying hot chocolate with a view of sprawling mountaintops and cosying up in front of a fireplace every night, Europe ski holidays really do have everything. We can’t get enough of them.
Which is why it’s great that there’s so many to choose from across the continent! From Switzerland to Italy, Poland and even Slovenia, we’ve rounded up the best Europe ski holidays – including both the ski areas and hotels you should check out – when booking your next trip. Snow boots at the ready: it’s time to slide into your next adventure…
1. Hotel Falken and Grindelwald skiing: Wengen, Switzerland
Just a short walk from the station and the main street of car-free Wengen, Hotel Falken is a Victorian-style stay furnished in traditional alpine style. Think wooden floors, chandeliers and centuries-old furniture which transport you back to 19th-century glory. Whether you crave steep peaks or gentle, wide runs, the local area has plenty of choice for skiers. There’s pistes galore on the Grindelwald side – served by wonderfully speedy chairlifts.
3. Hotel Castel Rundegg and Schnalstal ski area: Merano, Italy
High-altitude adventurers will fall in love with the glaciers of South Tyrol. Head to the valley of Schnalstal and experience your favourite winter sports in a breathtaking 185-acre natural park. In dream-like Merano, ski-lovers can dive into a duvet of snow. With 40km of slopes providing wide and pleasant descents, the only thing that can top it off is nearby Hotel Castel Rundegg. Savour many a delicious delicacy in the South Tyrolean restaurant and marvel at the 12th-century castle and its spacious, finely furnished rooms.
4. Hotel L’Helios & SPA and Les 3 Vallées: France
Don’t want a long commute between your bedroom and your ski set? Hotel L’Helios and SPA bridges that gap wonderfully. The chalet is actually based on the Doron’s slope overlooking Les 3 Vallées – the largest linked ski area in the world – so you can switch between skiing and relaxing with ultimate ease. Enjoy a traditional French snack at the hotel’s creperie, “2 de Doron”, before jumping into one of the resort’s 180 ski lifts and heading up to your favourite mountaintop. Or book a quick massage at the hotel’s spa before stocking up on ski equipment at the handy onsite store. Europe ski holidays were never so convenient – or so exhilarating.
4. Hotel Alte Goste and Kronplatz: South Tyrol, Italy
A mountain mutiny, Kronplatz is an exception to the usual rough and rugged Dolomite terrain. It’s like a smooth cone, a poster boy for the perfect slope – as if purposely sculpted for adrenaline-pumping skiing. Fast long pistes provide thrill-seekers with the ultimate descent, while beginners can cruise at their own pace on gentler slopes. Then, after a day hurtling down the mighty mountain, linger in a herbal bath, warm up in the sauna or enjoy a recharging treatment at Hotel Alte Goste. Book in for the weekend and soak up the Dolomites from your very own bedroom in this charming hideaway, first mentioned in a document in 1142.
5. Sierakow Manor and Podstolice resort: Dobczyce, Poland
After a revitalising day in the mountains, a beautiful night’s sleep is just the thing. Sierakow Manor is one of the most charming ski hotels in Europe, delivering endless comfort to skied-out guests. Bask in winter sun on the peaceful Wieliczka slopes of Podstolice before retiring to an English-style masterpiece. There are paintings, engravings, photographs and furniture filled with soul – savour a wine by the roaring fire and admire them all. Slow food buffs will delight at the award-winning menu here – chefs blend modern and traditional recipes for natural, local cuisine you’ll never want to end.
6. Vetrov Castle and Aš Ski Resort: Aš, Czech Republic
The scenery is splendid. The slopes are well-groomed. The sleeping arrangements are regal. Welcome to your dream ski holiday – among the clean soft stretches in the westernmost part of Czech Republic. Aš Ski Resort is entirely illuminated, making it ideal for night-skiing lovers. After a day (or dusk) on the pistes, dive under a goose-down duvet at Vetrov Castle – a regal 19th-century castle in the heart of a natural Bohemian park and one of the most historical ski hotels in Europe. Expect queen-sized beds, aromatic gardens and freshwater ponds (where the team fishes for one of the hotel’s finest dishes – its famous grate-baked trout).
7. Villa Bergzauber and Hinterstoder ski area: Austria
Based on top of a hill overlooking glorious Windischgarsten, you couldn’t pick a nicer location than Villa Bergzauber from which to experience Austrian skiing. Sink into the hotel’s heated outdoor saltwater pool to admire dreamy landscapes aplenty after spending long days zipping down the various slopes, hills and peaks of the neighbouring Hinterstoder ski area: a typical Austrian mountain village where you can enjoy unspoiled surroundings and hours of snow-sporty fun. Europe ski holidays don’t get much better than this.
8. Gino Park Palace and Mojtín ski resort: Slovakia
Embrace 7km of slopes and an endless amount of thrills at the Mojtín ski resort, located in Slovakia’s Trenčín region. Both skiing and snowboarding are popular activities, here, and with easy and intermediate slopes to choose from, skiers of every ilk are bound to find ample entertainment. Better yet, amazing accommodation awaits you. Just 20km away from the resort, you’ll find the award-winning Gino Park Palace, which was recently voted “Best Hotel in the Region” at the Local Tourism Chamber awards: and after marvelling at the property’s carefully-renovated rooms and various indulgent lounge areas, you won’t be surprised that it’s so well-loved!
9. Kurhaus Bergün and Darlux ski resort: Switzerland
Looking for Europe ski holidays the whole family can enjoy? Head over to Darlux. Along with a variety of adrenaline-pumping, skills-testing slopes, you’ll discover a winter sports region designed especially for children: perfect for when you want to bring the whole gang along. And for a taste of something different, you can even go tobogganing!
If that weren’t enough, you’ll discover an astonishing art nouveau-style hotel – Kurhaus Bergün – close by. It comes complete with a glittering blue ballroom, seventy renovated rooms and much more, and along with skiing, guests can also enjoy 200km of hiking trails, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Lai da Pulpuogna – “the most beautiful lake in Switzerland” – and a whole host of other wonderful activities during their stay. A true pastoral paradise.
11. Antiq Palace and Kranjska Gora: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Out of more than 100 ski areas in Slovenia, the biggest and bestest is in Ljubljana. Kranjska Gora is where the world cup competitions are held, with slopes for all levels of experience. Less than a half-hour drive from the city centre is Krvavec ski resort – named the best winter sports region of Slovenia multiple times. Make Antiq Palace your winter base: in the heart of the capital and brimming with majestic old-world charm, it’s close to Ljubljana’s most iconic landmarks and all the ski-based fun.
10. Hotel Park and Voss Resort: Norway
Hotel Park is a family-run hotel beloved for its ambience and based in historic Bergen. Enjoy easy walking distance to the city centre, fine, plush furniture and friendly service during this most splendid of Europe ski holidays.
Take care of the ski portion of your stay with frequent trips to Voss Resort – the biggest ski resort in Western Norway, and, accordingly, packed with opportunities for enthusiastic skiers. Fly down 24 ski slopes and fuel up at the resort’s four restaurants during your exciting visit. You can even book evening ski sessions to slide down the slopes under the stars. Sign us up.