As voted for by over 52,000 winter sports enthusiasts
Snowplaza, the largest ski resort test portal in the world, recently carried out a survey asking participants to name their top 10 ski resorts in Europe for the year 2016. The favourites are France and Austria who seem to dominate the European ski market with the exception of the beautiful Dolomites region of Italy, which always makes it into the top 10. This year, though, Austria is the clear winner, with the country boasting no fewer than 14 (!) of the top 20 ski resorts.
Here are the top 10:
10. Les Trois Vallées, in the French Alps in the Savoy region. Great space: 8 ski resorts sharing 600 km of pistes with great snow conditions until May. Most famous of them are Courchevel and Méribel. This skiing region is so vast that the pistes never feel crowded.
9. Salzburger Ski World connecting Alpendorf, Wagrain, Flachau, Zauchensee and Radstadt. Austria’s largest skiing region boasts award-winning children’s facilities and a huge variety of different pistes for skiers and boarders of all levels of confidence.
8. Les Portes du Soleil, connecting France with Switzerland, is one of the largest ski regions on Earth. Heli-skiing on the Swiss side is an absolute must!
7. Sölden in the Ötz valley in Austria offers some of the best lift networks in the world and guaranteed snow due to its altitudes of anything up to 3,340 m. The region also offers amazing ski touring for all touring fans.
6. Val Gardena in Italy, with the breathtaking-beautiful Dolomites looming large in the background, offers quite unparalleled skiing for all levels of ability. The region is also well-known for its great choice of cross-country skiing and unique Italian flair.
5. Ski circuit Saalbach-Hinterglemm in Salzburg, Austria, is one of the best regions in the world for beginners and intermediate skiers, and (in)famous for its legendary après-ski parties, which they say can be heard several valleys away.
4. Zillertal Arena, in Austria’s famous Tyrol region, offers a huge network of ski slopes spread across three different mountains, with great facilities for children, some of the world’s best ski schools and amazing scenery.
3. Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, is pure luxury in Austria, with 4- and 5-star hotels only. The top choice amongst all those who love luxury and are happy to pay for it. The region mainly features red runs, with a huge choice for snowboarders and freestylers.
2. Ski World Wilder Kaiser Brixental is Austria’s largest interconnected ski area, connecting 9 ski resorts. It also offers a vast range of different runs for beginners and intermediates, and facilities for snowboarders that are the envy of most regions.
1. Ischgl-Samnaun-Silvretta in Austria is and remains the hottest spot in skiing. This place has got it all: a fast, modern lift network, great snow conditions, a versatile ski region for all levels of skiers and boarders, excellent snow cover, first class restaurants, international celebs, brilliant après-ski… and we could go on! There’s definitely a reason why Ischgl just keeps turning up at the very summit of this list.
Some of our personal highlights from the rest of the list include the ever-popular Hochzillertal-Hochfügen in Tyrol, as well as the amazing Obertauern in Austria (where the Beatles filmed their iconic scene on the slopes in Help!). We are also immensely proud that 3 of our single parent ski holiday destinations have made it onto the list! Click here for more information on our single ski parent holidays.
Do you agree with Snowplaza’s ranking? Who do you think deserves the top spot and who do you think is overrated?