Best Olympic ski resorts

The worlds top 10 best Olympic ski resorts

Chamonix

Traditional mountain resort, varied, high altitude t...

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Off-piste
  • après ski

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Val d'Isere

½ of Espace Killy, Fantastic après, Traditional cho...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Groups
  • Non skiers

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St Moritz

Stylish town centre , High-altitude glacier skiing, G...

Great for:

  • Late-season skiing
  • Non-skiers
  • Couples

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Meribel

3 Valleys ski area , Excellent ski schools , Lively a...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Groups
  • Non skiers

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La Plagne

Paradiski Ski Area, Bobsledding, High Altitude Skiing

Great for:

  • Beginners
  • Glacier Skiing
  • Off Piste

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Sestriere

Relaxed atmosphere, Cuisine & Culture, vast Milky Way

Great for:

  • Families
  • Snow-sure
  • Groups

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Sauze d'Oulx

Links to Milky Way, Amazing Italian après , Somethi...

Great for:

  • Après-ski
  • Intermediate skiing
  • Italian Alpine charm

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Whistler

Largest ski area in North America , Consistently vo...

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Families
  • Non-skiers

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Igls

Near Innsbruck, Opportunity to upgrade to a glacier ...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Short transfer
  • Glacier skiing

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Steamboat

Legendary Champagne Powder, Friendly town, Quieter Co...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Groups
  • Powder skiers

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Two resorts remain legends in the history of the Winter Olympics; Chamonix hosted the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924 and again in 1949, St.Moritz hosted the first games to be celebrated after World War II (ending a 12 year hiatus since the last Games).
Igls was home to the 1976 Games in Innsbruck - you can still try the Olympic bobsleigh (our very own @SNO_man did, with Brit’ Olympic driver and brakeman!) as well the red Patscherkofel run, where Franz Klammer famously won Gold).
In France, the 16th Winter Olympics took place in Albertville in 1992. Val d’Isere was the site for the men’s downhill race (if you’re good, try skiing the mogulled Face de Bellevarde run for a taste of the action) as well as the men’s giant slalom. Meribel hosted the women’s downhill and the ice hockey events (check out the Olympic centre and La Face piste). La Plagne famously hosted Bobsleigh, which you can still try out today – if you’re brave enough!

For the 2006 games in Turin, Sestriere was the main venue for both the Winter Olympics and Paralympics and was also the site of one of the three Olympic Villages. Sauze d’Olux hosted the aerials and mogul events and Bardonnechia was home to the snowboarding events – ride the boardercross and halfpipe to follow the tracks of gold medallists Seth Wescott and Shaun White.
Over in North America during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, nearly all of the alpine, nordic, luge, skeleton and bobsled events took place in Whistler. Although it hasn’t hosted any events, Steamboat deserves a mention, not for every hosting the event, but for having produced more Olympians than anywhere else than North America (so if you want to share a chairlift with a champion, this is the place to ski). Their local slogan goes “When athletes go to Sochi in 2014, it’s called the Winter Olympics. When Olympians gather in Steamboat, it’s simply called Friday night.”

Holidays in the Top Ten best Olympic ski resorts

As the global capital of winter sports, Chamonix’s history, skiing and scenery make it a true alpine legend. Every seasoned snow lover should come here at least once; skiing the awesome terrain from a proper mountain town with the Mont Blanc massif as your backdrop will make for a week to remember.

Ski never-ending pistes and powder, ogle at colossal peaks and cosy Savoie architecture, then end the day with some of the most wild and wonderful après ski. Val d'Isere is considered by many to be the best ski resort on earth, and we’re inclined to agree.

St Moritz is THE original ski town, having seen the start of winter tourism way back in 1864. One of the world’s high society resorts, it’s more exclusive than Zermatt but without the bling of Courchevel. With multiple ski areas and stonkingly pretty sights, it has to be skied at least once.

Meribel has a special place in many British hearts – not simply because it’s slap bang in the middle of the biggest ski area on Earth. A resort for long ski days, ski-boot-stomping après and cosy chalets, there’s a great deal to do and ski here, which is why many of us have been coming back for decades.

A fabulous all-rounder: ski the Paradiski’s wonderful mix of tree-lined trails, knee-deep off piste and wide open cruisers, before returning to whichever purpose built village or age-old hamlet you’re staying in. La Plagne’s easily one of Europe’s best ski resorts and one we visit again and again.

With world class skiing, beautiful vistas and a relaxed Italian atmosphere, Sestriere offers amazing, high altitude skiing conditions for all abilities in the heart of the Milky Way. For a stylish ski and apres week and short transfer, look no further.

Located high on the Sunny Balcony of the Italian Alps, with amazing Après and an expanse of scenic tree-lined routes stretching across the Milky Way, Sauze d'Oulx offers the ideal winter retreat to the slopes for every level of skier. Spend your days exploring the blanketed piste and your nights tasting some authentic Italian cuisine or supping a cocktail in a lively bar.

Consistently voted near, if not at the top of almost every skier’s dream destination as well as most official rankings, Whistler has planted its roots very deeply and is there to stay. This monolithic resort has hosted events like the 2010 Olympics and continues to draw in athletes, holiday makers and anyone else who visits with an intense, immeasurable and undiminishing pull.

A former Olympic resort, Igls sits in the Innsbruck mountain range and is less than half an hour from the big city itself. Here you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds: the sleepy charm of an old spa town in the mountains and the chance to pop into Innsbruck if you’re craving the lights and sites of the city.

With its own mountain range and signature champagne powder, Steamboat resort is seriously world class (a record number of Olympians call it home). Ski Town USA - the legendary Cowboy town of Steamboat Springs - is a few miles down the mountain and we love its friendly locals, proper pubs and unpretentious vibe.

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