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The top 10 European ski resorts to satisfy your skiing needs

While it’s still not certain when emerging Europe’s ski season will begin – a consequence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions – when it comes to the best ski resorts, we’ve provided our favourite spots for ski and apres-ski, a mix of high-profile winter hangouts and remote, high altitude destinations made for the serious downhiller.

1. Selva Val Gardena

The Italian resort hosts World Cup level ski competitions, with a wide range of pistes suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers. Beginners can let loose due to the relaxed nature of the courses. Selva Val Gardena is the largest resort in the Dolomiti Superski area, boasting several non-skiing activities, perfect for those non-skiers or for when you fancy a break from the slopes. Bowling, climbing and ice skating are available, as well as some spectacular playgrounds for the kids to go wild in. With an excessive amount of snow and far more reasonably priced than their French equivalents, Selva Val Gardena is an all-round great place to ski.

2. Val D’Isere

Val d’Isere has to be one of the most beautiful French ski resorts, nestled in a ,valley at the foot of the mountains with its chocolate-box chalets and high-end hotels spread between the central town and its outlying villages. If you are looking for a challenge, the infamous La Face gives those daring enough to face it a start elevation of 2,908 metres and end elevation of 1,848 metres. They haven’t forgotten about those beginners, with longer, smoother runs in their Solaise area allowing you to perfect your technique. One of the most popular bars in the Alps, the Cocorico is perfect for apresski, along with Dick’s Tea Bar, which since opening in 1979, has become the coolest place to party the night away.

3. Tignes

Tignes is full to the brim with seasonaires taking a break from their hard work. There are plenty of affordable restaurants and bars which are perfect if you have a smaller budget. Tignes is a group of villages that form a highaltitude ski resort in the French Alps, near the Italian border. There are 300 kilometres of pistes, including numerous snow parks and glaciers, at your disposal if you purchase a full area pass. If you favour a smooth, wide run then this is perfect for you with an abundance of blue piste slopes. Although it borders Val d’Isere, Tignes has an authentic atmosphere all of its own and is sure to satisfy your skiing needs.

4. Les Arcs

The Folie Douce family came to Les Arcs at the beginning of the 2019/20 season, so this is a new location for the famous apres-ski chain. Situated in Savoie, France, near the Tarentaise Valley town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Les Arcs covers all bases and is suitable for families, avid skiers and those who prefer their apres-ski. A wide variety of restaurants and cafes adorn the side of the pistes, ensuring you have the opportunity to refuel throughout your stay. Although Les Arcs is aimed at intermediates and experts, you can purchase a full area pass allowing you to access the La Plagne slopes, which cover over half of the Paradiski area. La Plagne is suitable for beginners and is close enough for you to enjoy both areas on the same day.

5. Meribel

Meribel, in the Tarentaise Valley, is situated right in the middle of the French Alps and is the largest ski area in Europe. The resort, near the town of Moutiers, is part of the Les Trois Vallees, alongside Val Thorens and Courchevel. It is easy to access all three resorts thanks to their interconnecting pistes, which attract many established skiers. The resort offers a sensational array of on and off-piste ski terrains in its own right. Big enough that one may not feel the need to explore beyond its boundaries, it’s a modern resort with abundant amenities yet has preserved its traditional ‘low-rise’ Savoyard-style village. Meribel is suitable for all levels, ages and abilities, ensuring everyone has the chance to work on their skills and challenge themselves.

6. La Rosiere

Situated in southeastern France, La Rosiere is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a quieter, friendly resort and is perfect for families. There are plenty of restaurants and bars, ensuring the adults can relax and enjoy themselves whilst the little ones are in their lessons. It shares a ski area with La Thuile over the Italian border. The slopes are best suited to beginners and intermediates, with lots of gentle blues and long reds, and a great ski school. The secluded and quiet luxury of the slopes more than makes up for having fewer pistes, ensuring you can carve down the slopes to your heart’s desire. You can stay in either the main La Rosiere town or the smaller village of Les Eucherts, 1 kilometre down the road.

7. Val Thorens

Another part of the Les Trois Vallees, Val Thorens is widely popular for being Europe’s highest resort town, allowing for high-quality snow throughout them whole season. The popular nightclub, Le Malaysia, is the biggest club in the Alps and is famous for playing the best music, making it a prime spot for student trips and younger skiers. The steep runs are great for skiers who like a challenge, while beginners can head to the magic carpet. A fantastic resort for both families and party-goers.

8. St Anton

St Anton is the most popular resort in Austria, and the first that springs to mind for most skiers. With over one hundred black and red runs, St Anton is ideal for experienced skiers who love a challenge. It’s famed for excellent snow conditions, legendary off-piste and one of the best apres scenes in Europe. Skiing here can be challenging, especially in the Galzig area, but your pass gives you access to a substantial 305 kilometres of varied terrain in the Ski Arlberg area. With world-famous bars such as Krazy Kanguruh, which boasts Arlberg’s largest outdoor dance floor, and MooserWirt, with their world-renowned table dancing, St Anton is a haven if you are looking for a lively getaway.

9. Madonna Di Campiglio

Madonna di Campiglio is a ski resort in northern Italy. It’s the place to be if you’re looking for a classy, cosmopolitan affair with three Michelin star restaurants to entice you, including the fine dining restaurant, Stube Hermitage. Beautiful scenery and a perfectly groomed 150-kilometre piste await you, making Madonna di Campiglio the perfect place to practise your technique and for experts to let loose. If you want immense rails and jumps, then Ursus Snowpark is the perfect playground to practise your free styling.

10. L’Alpe D’Huez

L’Alpe d’Huez is a ski resort in southeastern France at 1,250 to 3,330 metres. It is a mountain pasture in the Central French Western Alps, in the commune of Huez, which is part of the department of Isere in the region of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes. A great resort for families thanks to its short transfers and varied runs, L’Alpe D’Huez is known as the ‘Island in the Sun’, boasting over 300 clear days annually, and is famous for hosting the Tomorrowland festival. It offers husky rides, night skiing and a wide selection of other activities, as well as having the longest black piste in The Alps to test both your skill and your confidence.

So when you can, grab your skis and start ticking the fabulous resorts that Europe has to offer off your list.

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