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European Ski Holidays

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We think that the most exciting skiing and snowboarding in the world is to be found right here in Europe. No matter what type of ski holiday you like, you'll find it catered for somewhere within the vast array of resorts and accommodation. Apart from being cheaper than skiing in the USA or Canada, it's also an awful lot quicker to get to a European ski holiday. If you're skiing in a group you'll usually find that it will be Europe that has both the breadth of skiing/boarding levels and flexibility of budget to ensure that you find a holiday to suit everyone. The most popular ski resorts for holidays departing from the UK are all in Europe, with the top 2 usually being Meribel in the 3 Valleys and Val d'Isere in the Espace Killy. If you want to know what the vibe is for the various European ski resorts, there some that have stood out over the years and become famous in their field.

In terms of the main skiing nations, the cliches are often quite accurate. France is all about the mountain with the biggest linked ski areas (think Espace Killy and the awesome Three Valleys) and some of the highest and most snow-sure resorts, including Val Thorens which is the very highest in Europe. Austria has some of the most charming villages and the the best apres ski, including the most famous of them all, St Anton. Skiing in Italy is a more well rounded affair with as much emphasis on the "holiday" as on the skiing and is wonderful for families and foodies. If you want the very best in terms of altitude, ambiance and luxury, try one of the Swiss greats like Verbier or Zermatt. Europe has both the widest selection of holidays (in chalets, hotels and apartments) and of resorts, so our biggest recomendation is to call us and explain what kind of ski trip you're planning - we'll make sure you get the right resort and accommodation suggestions to ensure a memorable holiday.

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Europe has a huge variety of resorts to offer. From the vivacious après resorts such as Ischgl and Tignes for those looking for some hardcore partying with a large side helping of skiing to the wide-sloped, picturesque resorts suited to those looking for a leisurely ski and to brush up on technique. France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland are the most popular countries to go skiing in Europe.

Europe boasts a whopping 3753 ski resorts. From bargain Bulgaria to the exclusive Three Valleys in France - you truly are spoilt for choice, and there is something for everyone.

Take a magical trip to Lapland for an unforgettable holiday with an abundance of activities to do in addition to skiing, such as husky sledding, ice-karting, horse-riding and, of course, visiting Santa!

For a high, snow-sure resort, Meribel, nestled in the heart of the Three Valleys in France, is a great place to visit in January. Cortina in The Dolomites is worth visiting for its excellent skiing, selection of accommodation, shops, and bars. Tofana area has a women’s downhill World Cup Run, and there are some fabulous gourmet mountain restaurants in this region.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm in Austria has a large and varied ski area; it also has the highest proportion of fast lifts in the world for the more impatient skiers among us. Other February favourites include Avoriaz in the Portes du Soleil area and Selva in The Dolomites.

Obergurgl is one of Austria’s highest resorts and is great for families. Obergurgl offers some experiences that you don’t often find in many other European ski resorts – try the night-skiing or head up the Festkogl gondola for a traditional Tyrolean meal at the cosy Hohe Mut Alm. Chamonix is also extremely popular during March.

Mayrhofen is home to the legendary Snowbombing festival in April and comprises 515km of piste with the Zillertal Superski pass. This traditional, yet diverse Austrian resort has something for all types of skiers and snowboarders, whether you are a beginner or looking to challenge yourself on Austria’s steepest run, the Harakiri. Val Thorens is another great resort in April, being the highest and most snow-sure ski resort in Europe.

Although there is a multitude of resorts to choose from, the crown for the best après-ski in Europe should probably go to Ischgl – famously known as ‘Ibiza on Ice’. Some other resorts boasting an outrageously vibrant après scene are Tignes, Val d’Isere, St Anton, Mayrhofen and Val Thorens.

Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe at a hefty height of 2300m. This snow-sure resort situated in the notorious Three Valleys is a fabulous place to ski all winter. Discover more snow-sure ski resorts.

Best Europe Ski Deals

Accommodation Resort % Discount £ Price (pp)
Hotel Mercure Les Arcs 45% £ 613
Hotel Avenue Lodge Val d'Isere 42% £ 909
Chalet Hotel Ducs De Savoie Val d'Isere 40% £ 399
Hotel Carlina (Belle Plagne) La Plagne 39% £ 989
Hotel Hameau de Kashmir Val Thorens 39% £ 749
Hotel Ambassador Zermatt 35% £ 889
Le Mirabeau Hotel & Spa Zermatt 35% £ 849
Chalet Hotel Ducs De Savoie Val d'Isere 34% £ 459
Hotel National Zermatt 33% £ 819
Hotel Le Sherpa Val Thorens 32% £ 609

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