How to Spend Winter in the Alps
Collected by Simon Willis , AFAR Local Expert
The Alps offer some of the best ski and snowboard runs on the planet. Throw in valleys full of untouched powder, snow parks for all skill levels, and a multi-day route of international acclaim and it’s no wonder visitors come from all over the world.
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...
6290 Mayrhofen, Austria
For regulars to Mayrhofen, the legendary Vans Penken is more than just a gnarly snow park; it's an institution. The freestyling heaven has remained a destination for sick shreds, high-octane competitions, and thumping après parties for more...
Remmeswiese 10, 59955 Winterberg, Germany
When daytime skiing down perfectly groomed pistes or powdery, backcountry terrain is simply not enough, skiers and snowboarders head to Skiliftkarussell Winterberg for a host of floodlit runs. This internationally known resort boasts the...
Spitzingsee, 83727 Schliersee, Germany
74400 Chamonix, France
For an arduous yet gratifying tour of the Alps, look no further than the Haute Route. This ultimate Alpine adventure—beginning in Chamonix, France and ending in Zermatt, Switzerland—can be undertaken either on foot (which takes 12 days) or on skis...
Unterer Mooserweg 2, 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
You’ll never truly understand the joy of après ski until you’ve partied in Europe—especially at MooserWirt in St. Anton. Rumored to sell more beer per square foot than any other bar in Austria, MooserWirt epitomizes the après scene, blaring Euro...
3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
While Switzerland draws seasoned skiers and professional riders with off-piste slopes and snow parks, the country also has plenty to offer beginners. In particular, Zermatt features an excellent array of ski schools, which help novices cut their...
Arlberg, 6655, Austria
For those who treasure off-piste terrain and lighter-than-air powder, heli-skiing is the ultimate adventure. The once-in-a-lifetime sport allows skiers and snowboarders to fly above the Alps and drop onto untouched slopes before snaking down...
5753 Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria
Austrian culture is deeply rooted in skiing and Skicircus is its crowning achievement. Spread over Saalbach-Hinterglemm and Leogang, the winter sports area features nearly 170 miles of piste terrain and is extremely popular with both skiers and...
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