Monterosa Ski Resort, Italy. Best Powder Hound ski resort in Europe.
Monterosa Ski Resort, Italy. Best Powder Hound ski resort in Europe.
Perfect powder at La Thuile ski resort, Italy.
Perfect powder at La Thuile ski resort, Italy.
St Anton ski resort. Classic Austrian skiing - huge terrain, modern lifts.
St Anton ski resort. Classic Austrian skiing - huge terrain, modern lifts.
Lunch - Alta Badia style. The Dolomites brings food to another level.
Lunch - Alta Badia style. The Dolomites brings food to another level.
Andermatt-Sedrun ski resort, Switzerland. Freeride paradise.
Andermatt-Sedrun ski resort, Switzerland. Freeride paradise.
Skiing the ViaLattea in Italy and France is a fairytale experience.
Skiing the ViaLattea in Italy and France is a fairytale experience.
SkiCircus Saalbach ski resort, Austria. Best rated overall resort in Europe.
SkiCircus Saalbach ski resort, Austria. Best rated overall resort in Europe.
Dolomites, Italy, is a Reader's Review favorite and this is why!!
Dolomites, Italy, is a Reader's Review favorite and this is why!!
Sestriere ski resort, Italy, is another Readers Review favorite.
Sestriere ski resort, Italy, is another Readers Review favorite.
Stubai Glacier, Austria. Some of the best facilities and glacier skiing in Europe.
Stubai Glacier, Austria. Some of the best facilities and glacier skiing in Europe.
Serre Chevalier ski resort, France, has excellent childrens programs.
Serre Chevalier ski resort, France, has excellent childrens programs.
Off piste powder in Europe lasts for weeks. Oulx, ViaLattea, Italy.
Off piste powder in Europe lasts for weeks. Oulx, ViaLattea, Italy.
Panoramas abound in Europe including at Mayrhofen, Zillertal, Austria.
Panoramas abound in Europe including at Mayrhofen, Zillertal, Austria.
Serre Chevalier ski resort, France. One of Europe's best all round resorts.
Serre Chevalier ski resort, France. One of Europe's best all round resorts.
Fine alpine hut dining is par for the course at Courmayeur, Italy.
Fine alpine hut dining is par for the course at Courmayeur, Italy.
Modern, comfortable lifts abound in Europe. Mayrhofen, Austria.
Modern, comfortable lifts abound in Europe. Mayrhofen, Austria.
Monterosa ski resort, Italy. Off piste terrain is superb.
Monterosa ski resort, Italy. Off piste terrain is superb.
Kronplatz ski resort, Dolomites, Italy, is serviced by 21 gondolas -WOW!
Kronplatz ski resort, Dolomites, Italy, is serviced by 21 gondolas -WOW!
When it dumps in Europe, break out the snorkel.
When it dumps in Europe, break out the snorkel.
Off piste excellence, Courmayeur, Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) Italy.
Off piste excellence, Courmayeur, Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) Italy.

Best Ski Resorts

POWDERHOUNDS AWARDS: Best Ski Resorts in Europe

Where is the best skiing in Europe? The following awards are for European ski resorts that have been reviewed by Powderhounds.com up to season 2016/17. Updated awards that include resorts from season 17/18 are coming soon. 

Top Rated European Ski Resorts for Powderhounds
Based on advanced/expert terrain + snow quality & quantity
+ lack of people riding off-piste
     

Other highly rated Europe ski resorts for Powderhounds included:
La Thuile, SkiCircus Saalbach, Courmayeur, and Oulx.

Best Ski Resorts in Europe - Overall
Based on multiple factors including infrastructure
& services, terrain, snow & cost
     

Other highly rated resorts included:
 Courmayeur, Serre Chevalier, Chamonix, & Mayrhofen.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Best Overall Terrain
St Anton, Monterosa, Via Lattea

Best Beginner Terrain
Alta Badia, La Rossiere, Serre Chevalier

Best Intermediate Terrain
Kronplatz, Via Lattea, Zell am See, Ski Circus Saalbach, Dolomites, Meribel
 
Best Advanced Qn-piste Terrain
Kronplatz, St Anton, Zell am See

Best Off-piste & Freeride Terrain
St Anton, Monterosa, SkiCircus Saalbach, Courmayeur, Serre Chevalier

Best Expert Terrain
Chamonix, Andermatt, St Anton, Verbier

Best Extreme Terrain

St Anton, Engelberg, Chamonix, Cortina, Verbier

Best Tree Skiing
Monterosa, Serre Chevalier, Oulx

Best Summer Skiing 
Stubai Glacier, Zermatt, Kaprun, Hintertux Glacier

Most Uncrowded Slopes

3 Peaks, Ski Circus Saalbach, Monterosa

Best Small Ski Resort

3 Peaks, Sainte Foy, Reinswald

Best Snow in Europe

Best Powder
La-Thuile, Andermatt, Monterosa, Oulx

Highest Likelihood of Freshies
Monterosa, Serre Chevalier, Via Lattea

Best Snow-making

Val Gardena, Kronplatz, 3 Peaks

Other Best Resort Categories

Best Resorts Accessible by Train
Kronplatz, Andermatt, Oulx, Zermatt

Best Family Ski Resorts 

Serre Chevalier, Alta Badia, Engelberg

Best Lift Infrastructure

Mayrhofen, Kronplatz, Dolomites, Zell am See, Meribel, Courchevel

Best Terrain Park

Stubai Glacier, Val Gardena, Kaprun

Nightlife

Best Après
SkiCircus Saalbach, Dolomites, St Anton

Best Nightlife
Mayrhofen, Cortina, St Anton

Best Restaurants
Cortina, Courmayeur, Serre Chevalier

Best Value for Money

Best Value for Money Overall
Monterosa, Dolomites, Via Lattea, La Thuile

Best Value Lift Pass

Sainte Foy, Via Lattea, La Thuile

To see how the Europe ski resorts rate against each other see our European ski resorts ratings.

Best Europe Ski Resorts - Readers' Reviews

These awards for the "best ski resorts in Europe" are based on the public reviews on Powderhounds.com. Come and have your say on the top Europe ski resorts by reviewing and rating a ski area. Navigate to the Europe ski resort you want to review and click on the "add review" link in the left-hand-column. Put your vote in!

NB only Europe ski resorts with a minimum of 4 reviews were considered in the awards. Where there are equal scores, the resort with more reviews is selected as the best.
1 The top overall Europe ski resort is based on an average of the other above factors.
2 The best Europe powder skiing is the average of the scores for snow, uncrowded and off-piste.

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Best Ski Resorts Trail Maps


    Monterosa Trail Map
  • Monterosa Ski Resort


    Andermatt-Sedrun Trail Map
  • Andermatt-Sedrun Ski Resort



    Trail Map
  • Serre Chevalier Ski Resort



    SkiCircus Saalbach Trail Map
  • SkiCircus Saalbach Ski Resort



    St Anton Trail Map
  • St Anton - Ski Arlberg Ski Resort



    La Thuile Trail Map
  • La Thuile Ski Resort



    Via Lattea Trail Map
  • Via Lattea (Oulx) Ski Resort



    Courmayeur Trail Map
  • Courmayeur Ski Resort



    Mayrhofen Trail Map
  • Mayrhofen Ski Resort



    Zermatt - Cervinia Trail Map
  • Zermatt - Cervinia Ski Resort



    Kronplatz Trail Map
  • Kronplatz Ski Resort