Chamonix France
Chamonix France
St Anton Austria
St Anton Austria
Great Lift Infrastructure -Zurs 8 pack hooded chair
Great Lift Infrastructure -Zurs  8 pack hooded chair
Verbier Switzerland
Verbier Switzerland
Saasfee Switzerland
Saasfee Switzerland
Innsbruck Austria
Innsbruck Austria
Axamer Lizum - Innsbruck Austria
Axamer Lizum - Innsbruck Austria
Zurs Austria
Zurs Austria
Great Apres & Nightlife
Great Apres & Nightlife
Sestriere Italy
Sestriere Italy
Val d'Isere FRance
Val d'Isere FRance
Tignes France
Tignes France
Lech Austria
Lech Austria
The Dolomites Italy
The Dolomites Italy

Europe

Ski EuropeThe locals have their priorities a little skewed when it comes to a ski holiday in Europe. To ski Europe, food is the most important component, and then après ski festivities, whilst the actual skiing or snowboarding is only the third priority. This is what makes Europe a great ski holiday destination! There’s excellent skiing and snowboarding, but also a chance to soak up some fabulous European culture, enjoy après and the animated nightlife, and eat the wonderful cuisine.

There are lots of ski resorts in Europe. Much of the skiing is in The Alps, which span the Mediterranean coast of France through Switzerland, Northern Italy, Austria and into Slovenia. The mountains are giants so skiing in Europe offers endless runs on huge vertical, and the spectacular scenery can be admired from the slopes or from soaring cable cars. The ability to ski from village to village is common, and in some places you can even ski from country to country. The old-world villages are quaint and offer opportunities to stop for a hot chocolate, wine or beer. Part of the culture is the long lunches, so this is an essential part of your European ski holiday.

Skiing in France Ski France for its great food and wine, but also for the extensive skiing with dramatic scenery, high altitude, and wide runs. The French locals in the mountainous areas are incredibly friendly, which adds to the experience. Some of the best extreme terrain can be found in Chamonix with Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc. This French ski resort is on steroids and it attracts hard-core skiers in particular. Val d’Isere is another one of the best ski resorts in Europe. It caters to the well heeled market and has plenty of wide runs for beginners and intermediates.

Switzerland Ski ResortsSki Switzerland for the Swiss organisation, cosmopolitan flair, great lift systems, charming villages and dramatic scenery. The après is relatively restrained in Switzerland, but there’s still nightlife, and partaking in fondue is essential. Verbier boasts steep and deep off-piste skiing. St Moritz is glamorous and fashionable, and is well suited to intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Klosters is also refined and sophisticated, whilst Zermatt Ski Resort is a fabulous all-rounder and has the towering Matterhorn overlooking the old-fashioned town.

Ski ItalySkiing in Italy is as much about the eating, long lunches and wine consumption, as it is about exploring the slopes. The culture is super relaxed and friendly. The Matterhorn is right on the Swiss-Italian border and Mont Blanc straddles the French-Italian border, with resorts such as Sestriere near the winter Olympics host city Turin (Torino). Cortina in the Dolomites (northeast corner of Italy) is very stylish and up-market, and has stunning scenery. The fabulous towns of Milan, Turin, Verona and Venice are also within a few hours of the resorts.

Ski Austria The Alps cover most of Austria so there are lots of opportunities to ski Austria. Austria is where alpine skiing was born and perfected, and the Austria ski resorts offer a very traditional skiing experience which resorts in other countries try to emulate. St Anton ski resort in the Arlberg region attracts advanced skiers and has the most rocking après in the world. Lech and Zurs are fit for princes and princesses, whilst Kitzbuhel and the Innsbruck ski resorts are also popular Europe ski resorts.

Cost of Skiing Europe Skiing in Europe is generally not as economical as other destinations, but it largely depends on the currency exchange. It can be quite costly, especially if you enjoy drinking and eating out. Shopping is expensive, and accommodation will hit the hip pocket (particularly the French ski resorts), although of course there are different options available from budget to extravagant. You might need to save up for skiing in Europe, but the money spent is oh so worth it because the experience is amazing!

A less expensive alternative is Andorra in the Pyrenees Mountains, between France and Spain. More Eastern European ski resorts are also becoming popular as cheaper alternatives. In Poland the mountainous southern rim provides prospects such as Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains. On the other side of the range is Slovakia, which is a new destination with lots of mountains and varied terrain. Ski resorts include Jasná, Donovaly, Vratna and Drienica. Otherwise, Romania is becoming an attractive destination for skiers including Poiana Brasov and Sinaia. Skiing in Russia is also transforming itself, and in Slovenia, the best known areas are the Kranjska Gora and Maribor Pohorje which host downhill events. Bulgaria’s resorts include Borovets, Pamporovo, and Bansko.

More Reasons to Ski Europe In Western Europe, coping with the foreign language isn’t too difficult. You’ll probably already know a few words of French, Italian and German, and there are so many British tourists frequenting the resorts that a degree of English is spoken in most places. Eastern Europe isn’t quite so populated with English tourists, but in order to get away from the crowds, the small vocabulary you’ll need to learn will be worth it. Learning some European language will be part of the cultural enjoyment of the skiing holiday.

And the best thing about Europe - did we mention the food?!

Ski Tours in Europe

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Engelberg - Adermatt Freeride Ski Tour DETAILS
GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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USD 3,495
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Explore deep powder turns around Andermatt while skiing thousands of acres of off piste. With over 5,000' feet of vertical from the top of Gemsstock, our groups will have unforgettable days in the Alps. Then ride Engelberg - the freeride mecca of Switzerland with some of the biggest descents and best snow in the Alps.
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Powder Skiing Safari France-Italy DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 7 Skiing | 3+ Resorts
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USD 1,717
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Skiing between the French and Italian alps over the southern alpine glaciers, this exceptional tour begins in La Grave, France, passes through Serre Chevalier and ends in Sestriere, Italy. Great off-piste combination of high alpine and tree skiing, plus beautiful villages and accommodation.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Skiare GOLD Packages DETAILS
PRIVATE GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
Hotel & Apartment Options
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USD 3,889
Ability: Beginner, Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Make the most of your Dolomites ski holiday with a private guide / instructor who will show you many of the great sights & ski areas whilst helping you to improve your skiing. Whilst this example package is based on 7 nights, packages are fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 days plus and can start from any day of the week.
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Skiare SILVER Packages DETAILS
MIXED GROUP GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
Hotel & Apartment Options
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USD 2,884
Ability: Beginner, Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Make the most of your Dolomites ski holiday with a MIXED GROUP guide / instructor who will show you many of the great sights & ski areas whilst helping you to improve your skiing. Whilst this example package is based on 7 nights, packages are fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 days plus and can start from any day of the week.
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Monterosa Ski Safari DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 7 Skiing
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USD 1,749
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
This guided tour takes in some of Italy & Switzerland's iconic alpine areas in the upper valleys of the Monta Rosa Massif among 4,000 metre peaks such as the Matterhorn. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours
LaGrave Expert Off-Piste Weeks DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED OFF-PISTE TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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Ability: Expert
This tour is for expert riders wanting to ski some of the best off-piste terrain in the world. With 2,100 m of vertical you will ski chutes, 50 deg pitches whilst avoiding couloirs, cliffs & crevasses. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route Tour DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOURING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Ski Touring
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USD 1,619
Ability: Advanced, Expert
This trip is for serious, fit, expert backcountry skiers. This tour links the best known resorts of Chamonix and Zermatt with 6,000 m of ascents / descents and over 120 km of touring. Join a fixed date tour or wrangle your own group together for a private custom tour.
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Bernese Oberland Traverse DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED SKI TOURING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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USD 1,619
Ability: Advanced, Expert
This trip is for advanced (or better) off-piste ski tourers (no snowboarders) taking in some of the most spectacular scenery in the Swiss Alps. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together an do a private custom tour.
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Chamonix Ultimate Experience Ski Tour DETAILS
GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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USD 3,495
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Ski 3 countries in one week based in the legendary Chamonix. Experience the Grands Montets, Aiguille du Midi, the Valley Blanche, Verbier and Courmayeur in amongst the highest peaks of the Alps.
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Europe Ski Resorts & TownsSki AustriaSt Anton
Lech Ski Resort
Zurs Ski Resort
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Ski FranceChamonix
Courchevel
Meribel
Val d'Isere
Tignes

Ski SwitzerlandVerbier
Saas Fee
Zermatt

Ski ItalyCervinia
Dolomites
Sestriere