Europe's Most Exceptional Ski Spots
Collected by Maggie Fuller, AFAR Staff
Clustered in the dizzying, breathtaking heights of the Alps, Europe's best ski resorts offer some of the most incredible skiing in the world. Whether you're in it for the heart-dropping descents, the expansive backcountry skiing, the world famous views, or the glitzy, glamorous resort life, Europe's best ski resorts are absolutely unforgettable.
6580 St Anton am Arlberg, Austria
The Alps are home to a wealth of backcountry skiing so it takes a special resort to claim it has the finest off-piste terrain. St. Anton, however, does. The Austrian resort may be known for attracting advanced skiers and no-holds-barred partiers...
396 Rue du Lyret, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Chamonix (74) is the famous winter-sports resort in the French Alps at the foot of Mont Blanc. It has the Mer de glâce, one of the biggest glaciers in Europe, accessible by the Montenvers rack railway. Chamonix was the host of the first Winter...
Verbier, 1936 Bagnes, Switzerland
The charming Swiss village of Verbier is a breeding ground for fearless, thrill-seeking mountain bikers. Be warned, though: Even a rockstar mountain biker from Colorado or Utah will feel like he needs training wheels when he tackles these...
Mürren, 3825 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
More so than most places, Switzerland offers serious skiers the chance to fly down unblemished mountainsides—especially in Mürren. The town is blessed with powder-packed bowls that maintain fresh snow for days after a big fall, drawing...
The Jungfrau is one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps, located between the southern canton of Bern and the northern canton of Valais, halfway between Interlaken and Fiesch. It's the perfect place for the quintessential Swiss experience. The...
St Moritz, Switzerland
In a country full of swanky resort towns, St. Moritz takes the crown with its wide array of five-star hotels, designer stores, and award-winning restaurants. The town is also home to such exciting activities as skijoring and ice cricket, which...
Promenade 72, 3780 Gstaad, Switzerland
After a long day of skiing, we stopped here for a few après ski drinks. The view of the mountains is breathtaking as the sun sets. There are huge cushions and lounge chairs to rest. Foozeball tables and hightops provide for a great...
im Alpenhaus, Wilhelm-Fazokas-Straße 2, 5710 Kaprun, Austria
The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier has a lot to offer - all year round. Whereas I love to go there for spring snowboarding, many others enjoy the amazing Gletscherwelt 3000. With a simple lift pass, you can get as high as 3.029 meter above sea level and...
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