Skiers who are passionate about skiing love to ski over Les Trois Vallees, and make the most of the fresh powder in Lech or Gstaad. However, the crowds can be a problem.
A growing number of resorts have been popping up across Europe due to the popularity and long-standing winter season in the mountains. Each one has a distinct atmosphere and robust infrastructure.
Take a look at our selection of unusual destinations for skiing to book now if you want to expand your search beyond the standard offerings.
Although Greece isn’t the first destination that comes to mind when you think of ski resorts, it has been offering visitors quiet access to the Parnassos Mountains for more than 30 years.
Three resorts are available in the area, with each offering chair lifts or cable cars for access to the passes and the 19 off-piste trails.
There is plenty of snow from December through May, which is perfect if your schedule doesn’t allow for a week before Easter. You can also book into luxury hotels close by. The Aegli Arachova is a five-star hotel. For a more relaxed atmosphere, the Boutique Hotel Skamnos is a better choice.
Arachova, Parnassos and other attractions offer an abundance of history and culture. You’ll find the 4th Century BC Temple of Apollo and the Delphi Archaeological Museum. These museums are filled with treasures from Ancient Greel History.
Aviemore is a great place to spend a weekend, with guaranteed snow from January through April. You will find 31 slopes that are equally divided between advanced, intermediate, and beginner when you climb Cairngorm Mountain.
There are 11 lifts, tows, and tows that take you to various runs, including many blacks and off-piste ones. You can enjoy a day off the slopes by visiting Inverness, which is also located within Cairngorn National Park.
North Aviemore’s Cairngorn Brewery offers tasting tours and brews traditional ales. Dalwhinnie Distillery is a little farther out of town and offers three different whisky and chocolate tours.
Book into the Muckrack Hotel for a bit of eccentric comfort after a long day on the slopes. Enjoy cavernous bathtubs and comfortable beds, as well as a seasonal menu, next to a roaring fireplace.
In recent months, Ischgl has been remodeled to be more famous for its world-class musicians who grace the slopes each year to kick off and end the season. The old, tired chairlift that took passengers up to Palinkopf has been replaced with a newer, more modern heated high-speed lift.
This Austrian resort has 238 km of piste, including one that is an impressive 11-kilometres long. It offers plenty to keep even the most avid skier satisfied.
Stay at Hotel Trofana Royal for relaxation. Located away from the main city, the spa offers 8 saunas as well as steam baths to soothe tired muscles after a hard day on the slopes.
You can book a Ischgl stay before the resort becomes as popular as Tyrol.
Riksgransen, the northernmost ski resort in Sweden is one of Lapland’s most magical spots.
The northern Arctic wind blowing through the pass makes it snowy and beautiful. It is also a great place to escape the crowds further south.
All ski passes have access to 42 pistes and miles of off-piste trails across Riksgransen and Bjorkliden. Book a session of Heli-skiing to have a certified instructor take you up the mountain and then guide you back down.
For the best snow, book around Christmas and then check into the Meteorologen Ski Lodge to experience a bit of boutique luxury. You might be able to see the Northern Lights if you are there before April.