What Is The Best Alpine Ski Resort In Europe?

A ski resort is a resort developed for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports. In Europe, most ski resorts are towns or villages in or adjacent to a ski area – a mountainous area with pistes (ski trails) and a ski lift system. On this page, you will find a slip list of ski resorts which we think are the best in Europe. The editor who create the list was visited only Kopaonik, but my college (students of medicine) recommended me other ski resorts. If you think we need to add more others, write to us. So let’s start.

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What Is The Best Alpine Ski Resort In Europe?
What Is The Best Alpine Ski Resort In Europe?

10 Kopaonik, Serbia

What Is The Best Alpine Ski Resort In Europe? Kopaonik, Serbia

Kopaonik, the largest mountain range in Serbia, extends from the northwest to the southeast for 80 km, and has a width of around 40 km in the middle. The highest section of Kopaonik is the spacious Ravni Kopaonik plateau around which rise Suvo Rudište and Pančićev Vrh (the highest peak at 2017 m Pančić’s Peak).

Kopaonik is the largest ski resort in Serbia with excellently prepared runs, which offers unlimited joy to all categories of skiers, from beginners to highly skilled ones. Kopaonik ski resort comprises of about 55km of runs for alpine skiing and12 km of runs for cross country (nordic) skiing. For those who enjoy skiing at night, we have prepared a lighted run “Malo Jezero” in the very centre of the resort. Apart from that, for the youngest skiers and all those who are taking their first ski steps, we have prepared a secured “ski kindergarten” area with a conveyor belt and a carousel which makes learning basic skiing skills easier.

Where to stay

I recommend you to stay in Grey Hotel Kopaonik (google maps) (4 stars), because there is beautiful, hotel is new and everything look luxary. It is important that you know that when you leave the hotel you can immediately skiing. Visit hotel on Instagram (here).

See also: Ski School Kopaonik: The Best Ski Instructor

9 Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn.
Source https://www.seacoastskiclub.net/zermatt-switzerland

Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn. The town’s touristic development is closely linked to what is most probably the world’s most famous mountain. The vacation destination is a car-free zone, has preserved its original character and offers nearly unlimited possibilities as far as excursions are concerned.

The location of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and in the middle of an enormous hiking and ski region makes it one of the world’s most attractive vacation villages. The ski region encompasses 54 mountain railways and lifts as well as 360 kilometers of pistes. The region called “Matterhorn glacier paradise” is Europe’s largest and highest lying summer skiing region. Numerous national ski teams train here in the summer.

The region is legendary amongst mountaineers: the Haute Route, a challenging international route that takes several days to complete, leads from Mont Blanc to Zermatt. Over 400 kilometers of hiking trails lead through and out of the Matter Valley, including the mule traders’ trails, which date back to the 13th century (a part of these paths is paved).

Where to stay

We recommend you to stay in Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, the hotel with a history.

Towards the end of the 19th century, the remote mountain village of Zermatt was an up-and-coming summer resort. Wealthy city-dwellers would withdraw, often for several weeks at a time, to this retreat in the mountains for their summer holidays.

Book direct for best price on Instagram.

8 Val d’Isère, France

Val d’Isère offers a vast ski area with great snow and optimal weather conditions for skiing
Source https://www.skisolutions.com/countries/france/resorts/val-d-isere

Val d’Isère offers a vast ski area with great snow and optimal weather conditions for skiing. Temperatures are regularly subzero during the day and/or at night during the entire winter season, as well as in April. This maintains snow cover, even without new snowfalls. The snow is always there!

The snow guarantee allows you to ski almost all year round with a break in May and June and from mid-July to November. Val d’Isère offers a wide choice of special offers featuring spring and summer skiing. You can ski during the summer in the mornings from June to mid-July on the Pissaillas glacier. A shuttle bus offers transport from the village to the foot of the glacier with an all-inclusive ski pass and discount for kids. Don’t miss the opportunity of enjoying summer skiing above 3000 meters.

Where to stay

We recommend you to stay in Hôtel Avenue Lodge, the hotel is ideally located on the main street of the resort, 300m from the slopes and ski lifts.

Each room unites harmony and design, in both its colors and its furnishings. The materials and colors evoke the ever-present mountain.

These spacious rooms have a delightfully fashionable atmosphere, with amenities carefully selected from among the most innovative products.

Bathrooms meet the standard for upscale design, creating a space for true relaxation.

The Spa is open from 10:00 am to 8: 30 pm. A covered swimming pool, two saunas, a hammam, two jacuzzies, and a small fitness room are available.

Visit hotel on Instagram.

7 Mariborsko Pohorje, Slovenia

Mariborsko Pohorje Biggest ski centre in Slovenia!
Source https://maribor-pohorje.si/skiing–winter-fun.aspx

Biggest ski center in Slovenia!

Excellent ski slopes, first-class wellness-spa centers, beautiful natural surroundings, and traditional Styrian parties are all in the immediate vicinity of Maribor!

Why visit Mariborsko Pohorje in the winter?

  • An excellent and the biggest ski center in Slovenia
  • Opulent wellness-SPA offer on and below Pohorje
  • Party on the ski slope or in the city
  • The immediate vicinity of the center of Maribor
  • Special Offers and Packages

Where to stay

We recommend you to stay at Betnava hotel Maribor, it is a modern city hotel situated on the southern outskirts of the city Maribor, right next to Betnava forest. The strict center of the city is only 5 minutes away by car, the same distance will take you to the foot of the mountain Pohorje and its sports facilities. Due to the hotel’s location near the fast way, the hotel Betnava represents the harmony between nature and the city. If you want to avoid the city traffic and noise, but you still want to be close to the city center, then hotel Betnava is the right place for you.

Hotel Betnava is a business hotel; well known for its hospitality and excellent service, where all the city travelers, groups of sports teams on preparations, individual travelers with pets, are more than welcome. If you want to spend a few nights or less in a clean hotel in Maribor with comfortable rooms and great prices for your overnight you should visit the hotel Betnava.

Visit hotel on Instagram.

6 Popova Sapka, Macedonia

Popova Shapka ski resort will appeal to powder hounds looking for a sense of adventure and something completely different
Source https://www.thousandwonders.net/Popova+%C5%A0apka

Popova Shapka ski resort will appeal to powder hounds looking for a sense of adventure and something completely different. The ski slopes are all set above the treeline on high alpine meadow terrain requiring very little snow base to become skiable.

The on-piste terrain in the resort is limited to about 20km of prepared trails but has a very respectable 835m of skiable vertical. Ski lifts include a couple of double chairs & surface lifts. Plans are gathering dust to put in a new six-seater chairlift. The off-piste has loads of opportunity & very little competition unless the cat ski clients have a down day!

The real business at Popova Shapka is the expansive backcountry ski terrain. Access is via the lifts in the resort and then either human powdered or snowcat powdered! The terrain is varied and can include easy alpine bowls, steep chutes, tree skiing, and everything in between. Several peaks can be climbed & skied including the area’s tallest, Titov Vrv (2747m).

Where to stay

We recommend you to stay in Noli’s Konak Hotel.

Noli´s Konak is located in the northwestern part of Macedonia in Popova Shapka. Popova Shapka is one of the most popular winter ski resorts in the country. It is situated on the beautiful Sar Mountain, 1,780 meters (5,840 ft) above sea level, just 35 kilometers (22 mi) from the capital Skopje.

Popova Shapka offers an excellent ski environment and hotel accommodations. Visitors not only from the Republic of Macedonia, but also from many other countries, return season after season here to relax, have fun, and experience adventure.

Visit official website.

5 Bansko, Bulgaria

Bansko ski resort is the best winter resort in Bulgaria with the longest ski runs and the richest cultural history
Source https://www.traveltalktours.com/8-reasons-to-ski-bansko/

Bansko ski resort is the best winter resort in Bulgaria with the longest ski runs and the richest cultural history. The town of Bansko is situated at the foot of the Pirin Mountain in southwestern Bulgaria, 160 km from Sofia. The resort offers excellent ski and snowboard conditions and infrastructure. A lot of hotels of various standards and prices are available for booking online. Regarding Apres ski – the resort offers hundreds of bars and traditional restaurants called ‘mehana’. Bansko mountain resort is an excellent choice for your ski and snowboard holiday in Bulgaria.

Where to stay

We recommend you to stay in Aparthotel Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax 5 stars.

The hotel is located at the entrance of the resort town and only 450 m away from its center and the historical streets and houses.

Aparthotel Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax is suitable for large families (accommodation for children free of charge) as well as corporate events.

Our hotel in the town of Bansko is renowned for its excellent service, attention to detail, and cozy interior.

Aparthotel Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax is a popular pick throughout the year with its interesting package deals tailored to the season, as well as the holidays and their duration.

Visit Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax on Instagram.

4 Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jahorina has the Paradise valley
Source http://www.sanitours.com/jahorina.php

When someone mentions Jahorina, the first thing coming to one’s mind is snow and skiing, because only Jahorina has Paradise valley. Since 1923, when the skies were used for the first time on Jahorina, on the Vukelina Voda plateau, this mountain has been providing excellent conditions not only for the top-notch athletes but also for all fans of winter sports and the joys of winter. Jahorina belongs to the Dinaric mountain system. The length of the massive dominating the surroundings and lacking clear morphological, biological, and hydrological boundaries or a clear boundary to the neighboring mountains is 25-30 km, with a width of 5-15 km. The highest peak is Ogorjelica – 1916 m. There is snow on the mountain for around 180 days per year, from November to April. The average height is almost 100 cm, and the lowest temperatures occur in January, with an average daily temperature of -9.9 ⁰ C. Fog is rare and can occur in spring and fall. There is no strong north wind, and southern winds are blowing on the peaks of Jahorina.

Where to stay

We recommend you to stay in Mountain House “Rajska Vrata”.

Mountain House “Rajska Vrata” was produced as a result of the idea of the existence of a place in Jahorina, which will bring together lovers of the mountain, in comfortable surroundings and with excellent food and drink, hang out.

Mountain House “Rajska Vrata” was produced as a result of the idea of the existence of a place in Jahorina, which will bring together lovers of the mountain, in comfortable surroundings and with excellent food and drink, hang out.

For many skiers frozen the fire in the hearth was our salvation. For those who find pleasure in the “active” holidays, the terrace is the place where the sun shines from the first rays of sunrise to sunset on the last. In front of a view that stretches from the place, certainly, will not remain indifferent. All you visit us is a sign that we are on track in its efforts to satisfy your wishes.

Visit Mountain House “Rajska Vrata” on Instagram.

3 Andermatt, Switzerland

Andermatt, until recently a ski resort in decline, is back with a bang
Source https://www.thechediandermatt.com/en/Andermatt/Winter

Andermatt, until recently a ski resort in decline, is back with a bang. It’s Gemsstock mountain has always appealed to free-riders and off-piste skiers, but its new hotels and its shared SkiArena with lift-linked Sedrun means it can now compete again as a mainstream winter sports resort.

In the Ursern Valley, at the crossroads of Switzerland’s North-South and East-West Alpine passes, Andermatt was once one of the traffic hubs of Europe. The opening of the St.Gotthard railway tunnel in 1882 and the road tunnel completion nearly a century later, however literally undermined Andermatt’s economy, and what was once a thriving area became a dead end.

Its lifeline was the Swiss army. From 1885 to the early 21st century, Andermatt became a garrison town. This military occupation choked off its development as a ski resort. Andermatt had a snowy mountain, high ski lifts reaching nearly 3,000m, and narrow streets lined with traditional chalets but it also had barracks full of soldiers and a heavy-arms firing range.

Where to stay

We recommend you to stay in The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland.

The Chedi Andermatt will captivate and move you. With its authenticity, the unusual liaison of Alpine chic and Asian expression. At the heart of the Swiss Alps, 1,447 meters above sea level, this exclusive hotel in Andermatt will captivate your imagination with its 123 elegant rooms and suites, four outstanding restaurants and bars, a modern Health Club, and exceptional spa area. The Chedi Andermatt has been named Hotel of the Year 2017 by GaultMillau and offers a glimpse of another world and views of an unforgettable piece of Switzerland.

Visit The Chedi Andermatt on Instagram.

2 Villars, Switzerland

Villars is posh, polished and very Swiss, with its mountain railway
Source https://globalgrasshopper.com/destinations/europe/big-pictures-winter-villars-switzerland/

Villars is posh, polished, and very Swiss, with its mountain railway, picturesque chalets, elegant restaurants, and smart hotels. It’s also one of the best family ski resorts close to Geneva, with a ski area that stretches across to Les Diablerets, Gryon, and high, snowsure Glacier 3000.

Villars Sur Ollon has a long pedigree as a ski resort. It has been one of the classiest places to take a winter holiday for over a century. There are excellent hotels; fine restaurants on the slopes and in the village; not only normal ski lifts but also a mountain railway connecting Villars with the slopes above it and the neighboring resorts of Les Diablerets and Gryon; a snowsure glacier at the far end of the ski area (‘Glacier 3000’); good nursery slopes and a choice of child-friendly ski schools. And everything is within easy reach of Geneva airport making Villars a great weekend destination.

Whilst Villars may not have the visible glitz and bling of nearby Verbier, a lot of the rich and famous own property around here. And it’s not just celebrities who prefer Villars’ discreet charms. Some of Verbier’s mountain guides bring clients over, knowing that they’ll have the backcountry largely to themselves. In fact the mountains around Villars form the first 3000m barrier on the North-West side of the Alps, collecting whatever snow comes that way. Of course, Villars is much too staid and traditional to boast about its freeriding potential, so very few know it makes a surprisingly good short-break destination for mixed ability groups whose strongest skiers and boarders want off-piste excitement almost as much as the rest of their party want a really nice long lunch.

Where to stay

We recommend you to stay in Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa.

Chic and casual, cozy and authentic, the Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, invites you to enjoy relaxing moments in a unique setting. In winter or in summer, the Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa is a haven of peace in the heart of the Villars-Sur-Ollon resort in the Swiss Alps.

The 63 rooms & suites and 30 residences invite you to relax with family or friends. Comfort and serenity are the keywords in these peaceful living spaces, where luxury and style come together in harmony.

Our Chef welcomes you to a variety of different restaurants based on your desires and cravings. Le Jardin des Alpes, a fine-dining restaurant, One Michelin Star, 2018, and 16 points in Gault & Millau 2018, invites you to discover an innovative and creative cuisine. Le Rochegrise offers you traditional recipes and Le Grizzly with its carnotzet atmosphere is the promise of a mountain escape.

Visit Chalet RoyAlp & Spa on Instagram.

1 Serre Chevalier, France

Serre Chevalier Vallée ski area is one of the largest in Europe
Source https://www.snowmagazine.com/ski-resort-guide/1011-france/serre-chevalier-ski-resort

With 410 hectares of marked runs and 3901 hectares of total influence, Serre Chevalier Vallée ski area is one of the largest in Europe, a great destination for your next ski holidays. Great skiing in France in a high mountain atmosphere, calm skiing in the larch forests, fun skiing in our terrain parks, family skiing in protected areas – there is a Serre Che for everyone!

Serre Chevalier ski area has one of the most extensive snowmaking networks in France and Europe to ensure the best snow conditions all winter long.
A third of the entire ski area, which is over 154 hectares (approx.380 acres)is covered by our network of snow cannons.

Throughout the year, the ski area staff prepares the ground for your ski vacation to be a dream holiday! They are also there to welcome you on-site, in the Sales Offices, on the slopes, at the lifts, on the terrain parks, … Do not hesitate to meet them!

Where to stay

We recommend you to stay at The Hotel Le Grand Aigle.

The four-star Grand Aigle Hotel & Spa brings you a breath of fresh Alpine air in a newly renovated genuine mountain chalet. Perched 1,400 meters above sea level in the Serre Chevalier ski resort in the French Alps, our hotel offers you exceptional facilities with its elegant rooms, spa, and restaurant as well as a seminar room.

The Grand Aigle Hotel & Spa is located in the picturesque Guisane Valley in the Hautes Alpes département of southeast France near the Italian border, in the village of BEZ, not far from the spectacular Ecrins National Park. We are right in the heart of Serre Chevalier ski resort with its 250 km of skiable slopes and 300 days of sunshine per year. Our village, La Salle les Alpes, boasts a medieval church.

Visit Grand Aigle Hôtel & Spa – Serre Chevalier official website.