Where Is Your Perfect Europe Ski Destination?

1 November 2014

Nothing beats the magic of a ski holiday – the fresh powder; the crisp air; the warm lodge at the end of the day. Just as the weather starts warming up in Australia, the mercury drops in the northern hemisphere. This makes for a year-round winter (if that’s your kind of thing). Here are our top picks for your perfect Europe ski destination.

 Partners who snow-angel together, stay together

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A Romantic Ski Holiday Awaits

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Chamonix Mont Blanc is a monster of a mountain range situated where France, Switzerland and Italy meet. From mid-December to mid-March, you can ski the 110 kilometres of groomed slopes that played host to the first Olympic Winter Games in 1924.

Located on the French side, the town of Chamonix is sweet and quaint. It offers a wide range of shopping and dining options for you and your beloved, or collective of ski buddies. There is also accommodation to suit most budgets. As for the ski slopes, the terrain is pretty evenly split between beginners and intermediate. Daredevils can still find plenty of black runs to fit their style though. If heights aren’t your thing, be sure to close your eyes at the top of Europe’s highest cable car, which looms tall at 3,842 metres. On a clear day though, you would miss the most breathtaking views of the valley.

 Stay in a charming European ski village

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A Getaway That’s More About The Après Ski

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For more of an Austrian experience, head to Mayrhofen. This is the service town for 159 kilometres of groomed runs including the Harakiri. The slope has an average incline of 78 per cent and boasts five and a half kilometres of uninterrupted run. Runs are open from late November to mid-April. There are 45 kilometres of beginner runs, 94 kilometres at intermediate level and 20 kilometres of runs for advanced skiers.

Those wanting some glacier action can check out the Hintertux Glacier, which sits 3,250 metres above sea level and boasts skiing all year round. For après ski, you can do no better. Located about an hour from Innsbruck, Mayrhofen is the perfect weekend getaway to go hard and then go back to civilisation to recover. The town offers plenty of night life to let you make the most of your experience. It also hosts the Snowbombing sports and music festival each spring.

 Show off your moves on the slopes

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A Traditional European Ski Destination

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St Moritz is your Swiss ski destination from mid-November to late April. With so much space you’ll rarely have to fight for a spot on the chairlift. St Moritz has hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice (in 1928 and in 1948) and the Alpine World Ski Championship four times. It offers 350 kilometres and 88 trails across three main ski areas so you have every chance of finding yourself on your own private run.

Only a few runs are suitable for beginners, with 80 per cent for intermediate skiers and around 10 per cent for black run enthusiasts. St Moritz is also home to the oldest natural bob run, which was established in 1904. Each year the 1722-metre run is lovingly built with only snow and water.

Lucy Sutton

Having experienced her first international flight at the age of six months, Lucy Sutton is a globetrotter for life. Lucy has lived half her life in Australia and half in the United States, taking advantage of travel opportunities near each country.