Ski Holidays In Europe – Where To Go This Winter?

Winter is finally here, and it’s time to start planning your ski holidays and make the most of the white gold covering the mountains across Europe – there are literally thousands of ski resorts just in Europe, so which one do you choose?

Like with any trip, the destination, budget and your interests play a big role in how your ski holidays turn out.

Here are five ski resorts that suits different tastes and will guide you to choosing the ski holidays that are right for you…

Budget Friendly Livigno, Italy

The ski resort that is on everyone’s lips this season is Livigno in Italy, having won several awards this year – the biggest award was the prize as Best European Resort at the World Snow Awards 2012, which is a pretty big deal.

One of the reasons for the award was its off-piste skiing, so if you’re into that then this is the ski resort for you.

However, Livigno is also famous as a duty free zone, making bars and clubs refreshingly free from overpriced beers, and gives way for some lively aprés ski.

If you buy a 6-day pass or longer, you get one free day of skiing in the Swiss Engadin region, which includes the luxury resort St. Moritz – it’s a great ski resort, but also very expensive so we definitely recommend taking advantage of this pass and ski for free!

Beautiful Zermatt, Switzerland

For us, this was the hardest to pick, as it all comes down to perception – we love ski resorts with chocolate-box chalets, breathtaking views and car-free centers.

Zermatt has all three, and besides, few mountain drops are as iconic as the Matterhorn…

Exclusive St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz is one of the world’s classic ski resorts for exclusive ski holidays, and is one of the most fun ski resorts we’ve been to.

Surrounded by the rich and famous, and with paparazzi waiting at the top of the mountain – St. Moritz is indeed an unusual place to find yourself in.

You will feel completely out of place, but nobody will actually treat you as such, so just sit back and enjoy the seat warmers in the ski lifts and the amazing views from the mountain.

The town is set by a frozen lake used for horse racing, Polo, golf and cricket, and famous for its crazy Cresta toboggan run – a traditional sport you have to try when in Switzerland!

The ski pass is a bit expensive, but if you ski in nearby resorts like Italy or another one in Switzerland you can often find deals and discounts (we did).

Aprés Ski in St. Anton, Austria

Many claim that St. Anton is the home of aprés ski, or more precisely the infamous bar The Krazy Kanguruh. The party gets going already at 3pm and continues until way after dark.

Another popular place is Mooserwirtz, which is rumored to sell more beer per square metre than any other bar in Austria.

While St. Anton does attract those who are more interested in partying than skiing, it’s a great ski resort for those looking for ski holidays that combine the best of both, as the skiing is also excellent.

Which ski resorts would you recommend for ski holidays in Europe?

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11 Responses to Ski Holidays In Europe – Where To Go This Winter?

  1. Hogga January 8, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    I would love to go to any of these places for any reason!

    • Sofia January 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      Yeah! you should get over here and try some skiing in Europe ;)

  2. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista January 8, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    In my opinion, Zermat is wonderful anytime of year! St. Moritz didn’t capture me but the apre-skiing in St. Anton sound right up my alley.

    • Sofia January 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

      Hey Debbie! Zermatt really looks beautiful in any season, would love to experience all of them.

  3. Nico of A Travellers Journey January 10, 2013 at 3:35 am #

    I’ve got to ask about the photo below St. Moritz; ski horse racing?

    • Sofia January 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

      Hi Nico,

      The sport is called skijoring, or ski driving. It looks pretty crazy doesn’t it :)

  4. John January 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    I’m heading g to Zakopane in Poland. I will be in Krakow in February and from there it is an easy day or overnight trip.

    • Sofia January 11, 2013 at 9:07 am #

      Cool! Never been skiing in Poland, the photos look beautiful.

  5. Peter Lee January 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Great Sofia! Your article really helps in choosing ski holiday destination according to one’s mood. I would like to go for St. Moritz

  6. Becky GlobalGrasshopper January 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    I haven’t been skiing yet but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, great list!

  7. Thomas January 13, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    I just got injured out of skiing but I think that Livigno in Italy is really a wonderful place. I had a great experience with the lodge that we stayed and the accommodations made us feel like we were home. Although my leg was hurting a lot due to my injury, I still got to enjoy the great view.