TopSkiResort website best ski resorts 22/23yr. Considering factors like resort: slopes, ski lifts, apres ski, off piste skiing, freestyle, resorts for family, village beautty&atmosphere... website topskiresort.com anked the Europe best ski resort rating. Take a peek at the destinations listed below, and don't forget to vote for your favorites to have a say in next year's list.
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10. Val Thorens
At an altitude of 2300 metres, the highest ski resort in Europe and the highest point in world’s largest ski area «Les 3 Vallées», with more than 600 kilometres of runs, Val Thorens is without a doubt an exceptional destination.
The ski area is excellent for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. The modern lift system can get up the mountain quickly and efficiently and the height of the resort means the snow is generally fantastic all season. Most of the lifts from the resort are fast chairs or gondolas and several of these lead to the Col de la Chambre which takes you over to Méribel. This opens up the whole of the Three Valleys but if you are going to head to Courchevel for the day it is best to go early and leave plenty of time to get back.
Val Thorens has revealed itself in recent years as the "Mecca" of French après ski. With 20 bars and three discos in the area, Val Thorens truly offers something to satisfy every taste.
9. Madonna di Campiglio
Madonna di Campiglio is a large but traditional alpine village magnificently set beneath the towering peaks of the Brenta Dolomites.
Madonna di Campiglio is a chic area that offers breathtaking scenery courtesy of the surrounding Brenta Dolomites, 150km of tree-lined and open slopes, and plenty of off-piste activities. Most of the main trails feature state-of-the-art chairs and gondolas, and the terrain spans as far north as Folgarida and as far south as Pinzolo.The village itself is pedestrian-friendly and set in a beautiful wooded valley, dotted with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, offering easy access to multiple lifts.
The city, grown from a small alpine village between the slopes of Ahorn and Penken, is one of the most popular ski resorts in Austria. This famous sports center is located at an altitude of 630 m above sea level, in the center of the Zillertal Valley. Here is the longest cable car, the steepest descent in Austria and the three main skiing areas. The Ahorn massif - a quiet, picturesque and absolutely safe place - is recommended for beginners and skiers with little experience, the extensive Penken slope is for experienced sportsmen and professionals.
Mayrhofen a cheerful atmosphere reigns, that's why young people like to rest at this resort. The buildings in the town are almost all of traditional Tyrolean chalet design giving the resort a natural ambience and a picturesque image.
Few ski areas in the Alps can match the Ötztal Arena in Sölden in terms of versatility. Reason enough to include this area in the list of the best ski resorts in Europe. From glaciers to authentic and extremely large restaurants, FIS competitions and major events, pole dance clubs and vibrant après-ski. The ski area of Sölden roughly consists of three parts: the Gaislachkogl, the Giggijoch and the glaciers.
In this elongated village you will find bustling après-ski, a nightlife, but on the other hand also picturesque houses and beautiful walking paths along the river.
St Anton is a legendary resort in the world of snowsport. The ski resort St. Anton am Arlberg has 350 km of perfectly prepared pistes and over 200 km of undisturbed free ride ski routes. The ski area St. Anton am Arlberg is the cradle of ski sports and lives up to its name. The ski resort St. Anton is for more experienced skiers who love piste and powder.
St. Anton is bustling, with a mainly pedestrianised centre and, although with traditional Tirolean scenic quality, it stops short of being chocolate-box twee. There are bars, restaurants and top-notch ski and board shops in equal measure, with banks, supermarkets and every other essential.
Ischgl possesses access to the largest ski area in the Eastern Alps, the Silvretta arena. This accounts for around 240km of vast open slopes, with neighbouring Swiss resort Samnaun included in the lift pass. Add to this, Ischgl’s high altitude (at around 2865m above sea level), and the strong advancements made in artificial snow cover over the last few years, and you have a winter season that seems to last all year round.
In this 1600-inhabitant village, contemporary luxury hotels stand alongside traditional, more affordable chalets. With almost 400 places to stay and 8000 beds, you’re certain to find accommodation that’s suited to your budget and taste.
Kitzbühel is regularly recognised as one of the best ski resorts in the world, and with spectacular views of the Alps, 51 cable cars and over 170km of slopes, we can see why. Many of the resort’s slopes are beginner or intermediate, however, experienced skiers won’t be disappointed by the off-piste opportunities and black runs, such as the Streif, where the world-famous Hahnenkamm race takes place each year. On the high end of the scale, Kitzbühel is home to a plethora of designer shops and boutiques, such as Louis Vuitton and Prada, as well as privately catered chalets and fine dining establishments for those looking for a luxury holiday.
3. Selva Val Gardena
Selva Val Gardena in Italy, at an altitude of 1,563 m, is the valley head of Val Gardena. The highest village in Val Gardena offers you direct access to the Sella Ronda and the cross-country skiing area of Vallunga. The Ciampinoi, Passo Gardena (Dantercepies), Passo Sella (Plan de Gralba, Piz Seteur and Piz Sella) ski areas are close by and can be reached quickly from Selva Gardena. Selva Gardena is considered very snow-sure.
The Val Gardena ski area has over 54 kilometres of slopes, 175 kilometres together with the Alpe di Siusi. Dolomiti Superski: The Val Gardena ski area is part of the world's largest ski association with more than 1,200 km of slopes.
From Val Gardena, you have direct access to the Sella Ronda, which takes you around the Sella group.
Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski resort in Tyrol is THE family winter sports destination in the Alps. For many years, the resort has been offering great attractions and specials for families with kids, ranging from a children’s snow alp to the Murmli park and Murmli trail. Perfectly groomed slopes, state-of-the-art lifts, spacious ski depots, clear signposting, great childcare and lots of other great offers make the ski resort a perfect winter holiday destination for families with kids.
Thanks to constant improvements, the ski resort is the number 1 destination for premium-quality family ski holidays in Tyrol. However, the resort’s 200 kilometres of slopes are not just great for families with children – they are also the perfect playground for experienced skiers, freeriders and freestylers.
Nr. 1 is Livigno
Located right on the Swiss border, Livigno is one of the most popular ski resorts in Italy. The area has 115 kilometers of conventional slopes as well as freeriding and fun parks. Livigno has two main ski areas: the western side of the valley around Carosello and the eastern side around Mottolino.
Apart from that, Livigno is famous for its duty-free shopping and typical alpine architecture.