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Best ski resorts in Europe 2021

You have been more than 640,000 travellers from around the world to select your favourite ski resort in Europe. Europe is the leading ski holiday destination in the world and these 10 ski resorts are the best in their respective countries.


For almost 10 years millions have voted for their favourite ski resorts in Europe but also the most beautiful ski resorts in France, the best ski resorts in Italy or the best ski resorts for families, for luxury holidays, the best ski resorts for New Year's Eve and the cheapest ski resorts in Europe.


More than ever, after months of confinement you need to go out in nature. You are ready to travel less this year but favour unique trips to places recognized for their special tourist offers. You want to ski in the best ski resorts in Europe because this sport is part of your DNA and contributes to your well-being. It's time to have some fun! Here is a list of your favourite resorts, those popular with travellers from all over the world (the most visited ski resorts on our site during the last 12 months by travellers from 172 countries). 


Like Val Thorens and its "Clean United Label", the ski resorts listed below are committed to welcoming you in a friendly and safe environment this winter.


Health rules impose social distancing which implies fewer places available in accommodation and fewer people in the cabins of ski lifts. We therefore recommend that you book your accommodation, ski passes and flights in advance.


We wish you wonderful skiing holidays in the best ski resorts in Europe!


Val Thorens - European Best Ski Resorts 2020-2021
Val Thorens - European Best Ski Resorts 2020-2021

1. Val Thorens - France


Every winter, Val Thorens and its teams of  professional and passionate people, do their utmost to provide holiday-makers with magical experiences. By sharing these moments they transmit their values, passions and their know-how. A common vision, "LIVE UNITED" which has been written for almost 50 years, and which has only one goal: create together unique, festive, gourmet or sporting experiences. At 2300 metres above sea level, Val Thorens innovates and creates  experiences.



Val Thorens owes this exceptional reputation above all to its location: "Val Thorens has achieved the impossible by becoming the highest ski resort in Europe. Since the 1970s, sportsmen and mountain dwellers, who helped build this project, have given it exceptional fame to Val Thorens such as the Goitschel sisters" Vincent Lalanne, director of Val Thorens.



The goal is clear: to simplify and enhance everyone's stay! Val Thorens is committed to creating unique memories and lasting bonds between its customers and its inhabitants.


5 times awarded the title of best ski resort in Europe, Val Thorens has also been awarded several times with the title of best ski resort in the world. The most awarded ski resort awaits you this winter for a safe and fun holiday in Europe's best ski resort.


Open & close dates: 20th November 2021 to 8th May 2022.


Latest information:


Nearest airports: Book your flights to Chambéry (1h30), Lyon (2h), Geneva (2h30).


Where to stay: "Hotel Pashmina Le Refuge" which deserves the award of best ski resort hotel in Europe. Health & Safety measures taken. 



Best ski resorts in Europe - Kitzbühel copyright michael-werlberger Kitzbü

2. Kitzbühel - Austria


Kitzbühel is a perfect choice for skiers looking for the best ski slopes in Europe. You have also ranked Kitzbühel in first place of the best ski resorts in Europe for the New Year and in the first place of the most beautiful ski resorts in Europe


Kitzbühel, the most legendary sports destination in the Alps: this self-confident slogan stands for a town that effortlessly combines tradition with sophistication. The legendary Hahnenkamm, a long sporting tradition and pioneering ventures in Alpine golf and winter sports have all contributed to Kitzbühel's worldwide reputation.


Today Kitzbühel remains a place of contrasts, where rustic Tyrolean guesthouses rub shoulders with international designer boutiques. Visitors can experience Kitzbühel in many ways, from the alleyways in the medieval old town and the breathtaking pistes to the town's elegant hotels and scenic hiking trails.


Open & close dates: 30th October 2021 to 24th April 2022.


Latest information:


Nearest airports: Book your flights to Salzburg (1h10), Innsbruck (1h20), Munich (2h10).


Where to stay: "A-ROSA Kitzbühel" Situated in the best rated area in Kitzbühel. Health & Safety measures taken.


Best ski resorts in Europe - Alpe d'Huez - Copyright Gaspar Janos
Copyright Gaspar Janos

3. Alpe d'Huez - France


This resort is a perfect mix of fun, relaxation, sport; it is one of the favourite resorts for families but also friends, couples, beginners and experienced skiers. Alpe d'Huez is also one the best ski resorts for guaranteed snow. 3 times awarded the title of best ski resort in Europe, Alpe d'Huez is above all an incredible atmosphere. It is both a family ski resort, an authentic resort but also fun, chic, perfect for shopping or after-ski, finally it is one of the best ski resorts for ... skiing, in state-of-the art  infrastructure.


The resort is endowed with facilities that harmonize with the natural features of the resort; it offers holiday makers indoor / outdoor, sports and cultural activities. Alpe d´Huez is a "par excellence" lifestyle resort; with a wide range of opportunities for snow sports and plenty of other activities.


The snow will be there this winter and the restaurants and cafes will be open. France plans to stop imposing such a strong lockdown if the covid-19 epidemic resumes. For added security, we recommend that you book your accommodation and ski passes in advance because social distancing rules reduce the number of people allowed in hotels and cabins. 


Open & close dates: 4th December 2021 to 24th April 2022.


Latest information:


Nearest airports: Book your flights to Grenoble (1h30), Lyon (2h), Geneva (2h40).


Where to stay: "Les Grandes Rousses". 300 m from the ski lifts. Health & Safety measures taken.


Best ski resorts in Europe - Cortina d'Ampezzo copyright

4. Cortina d'Ampezzo - Italy


Cortina d'Ampezzo is a world-renowned resort in Northern Italy. It is 40 kilometres from the Austrian border; it is famous for the quality of its slopes and infrastructure and is within easy reach (highways, buses, Venice and Verona airports). Cortina d'Ampezzo -or simply Cortina- is Italy's best known mountain resort.


Skiers can enjoy 120km of slopes of different levels, from beginner runs to the slopes of the Women's World Cup. One cannot leave Cortina without trying the three ski areas, each with their unique characteristics: Faloria-Cristallo, Tofane and Lagazuoi-Cinque Torri-Giau. A slope an expert skier cannot miss is the Forcella Rossa, coupling steepness with unmatched panoramas.


Skiing in Cortina is an all-encompassing experience: skiing on perfectly groomed slopes is even better when you know you will stop for lunch and try a local dish at one of the many delicious mountain huts. And while you ski, remember to stop from time to time to enjoy the uncomparable views on the Dolomites and beautiful valley.


Surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Dolomites, Cortina in winter is a destination for skiers and snow lovers alike. Due to Covid-19 sanitary measures the number of accommodation will be limited, be sure to book your accommodation and ski passes in advance.


Open & close dates: 27th November 2021 to 18th April 2022.



Latest information:


Nearest airports: Book your flights to Treviso Airport (130km) but you can also land in Venice (150km).


Where to stay: "Faloria Mountain Spa Resort" 2km from the ski lifts. Health & Safety measures taken.


Best ski resorts in Europe - Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn - Copyright Bause
Copyright Bause

5. Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn - Austria


Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn have been placed among the best ski holiday destinations for many years.


The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is not only one of the largest ski areas in Austria, with an extensive range of exciting activities, international flair and breath-taking natural landscapes, it is the coolest ski area in the Alps. 270 km of slopes and much more are waiting to be discovered. With this health crisis we all want to get back to nature and Saalbach Hinterglemm is exactly what you need.


For a safe & nature winter holiday in Europe, book your stay in Saalbach Hinterglemm. Do not delay in booking your accommodation and your ski passes, health regulations will reduce the number of available accommodation and the number of places in the cable-car cabins.


Open & close dates: 26th November 2021 to 18th April 2022.


Latest information:


Nearest airports: Book your flights to Salzburg (1h30), Innsbruck (2h20), Munich (3h).


Where to stay: "Vaya Fieberbrunn fine living resort". Health & Safety measures taken.


Zermatt - European Best Ski Resorts

6. Zermatt - Switzerland


Every year you rank Zermatt among the best ski resorts in Europe. You have also ranked it among the most beautiful ski resorts in Europe, best destinations to visit by train and among the most luxurious ski resorts.


The snow sports resort of Zermatt - Matterhorn is one of the places you simply must have seen at least once in your life. Breath-taking Alpine panorama and 360 km of pistes attract ski fans, bon vivants and Alpinists. 


The village at the foot of the Matterhorn issurrounded by magnificent Alpine landscape. Covered in snow at 1,620 metres (the level of the train station), the village looks like something out of a fairy-tale. 360 kilometres of pistes, situated at heights between 1,620 and 3,883 metres both in Switzerland and in Italy, offer limitless and borderless skiing opportunities. 70 per cent of the slopes are on the glacier or can be snowed. Then there is Zermatt’s Snow Park, an absolute must for freestylers and snowboarders. 


Open & close dates: 4th December 2021 to 30th April 2022.


Latest information: 


Nearest airports: Book your flights to Geneva (2h45), Milan (3h)


Where to stay: "The Christiania Mountain Spa Resort" 100m away from ski lifts. Health & Safety measures taken. 



Best ski resorts in Europe -  Megève copyright Loic Legarde
Copyright Loic Legarde

7. Megève - France


Megève is one of the best ski resorts in France. Celebrities, actors and crowned heads love Megève because it is chic and casual. 


Located right in the heart of the Mont-Blanc massif, Megève’s skiing area benefits from a quality snow cover and an exceptional setting so that you can fully appreciate the 445 km of the Evasion Mont-Blanc skiing area. When skiing in Megève, one contemplates old historical farmhouses dotted along the slopes, one tastes local products in one of the many quality high altitude restaurants, of which only Megève holds the secret.


This authentic mountain village has the charm of yesteryear; It also offers more than 260 km of slopes and a wide choice of magnificent 5-star hotels. We particularly like the "M de Megève" Hotel located in the heart of the village. It combines modernity and tradition with an incredible wellness experience with its "Cinq Mondes" Spa. We also recommend the "Fermes de Marie" which also combines luxury, haute cuisine, tradition and hospitality. Enjoy a great meal at the gourmet restaurant, relax in the "Pure Altitude" spa or sip a delicious cocktail in front of the fire in this exceptional hotel.


Open & close dates: 18th December 2021 to 17th April 2022. 


Latest information: 


Nearest airports: Book your flights to Geneva/ Switzerland (1H20 by car). Check the travel restriction for Switzerland, they may be different from those from France


Where to stay: We particularly like the "M de Megève" Hotel located in the heart of the village.  Health & safety measures taken. 


Best ski resorts in Europe - Sölden - Copyright

8. Sölden - Austria


This winter ski in complete safety in one of the best ski resorts in Europe. In addition to the glacier ski slopes, the opening of the Sölden and Hochsölden winter ski area is expected for November. Skiers and snowboarders can choose from no less than 148 kilometres of perfectly groomed slopes for all levels and abilities, 35 mountain lifts with absolutely no lift lines. In Ötztal's renowned skiing paradise the winter term already has three seasons made to measure for early winter fans, passionate endurance sportsmen and après-ski aficionados.


Linked ski areas in the eternal ice The glacier slopes in the upper Ötztal, towering high above the skiers village, offer perfect snow conditions already from early September.


That's the time when usually the valley's meadows and forests wear their most colorfuldress – ranging from yellow to russet and dark red. The highest panoramic road in the Eastern Alps takes skiers and snowboarders effortlessly by car or coach from Sölden tothe slopes of Tiefenbach and Rettenbach glacier, one of Austria's largest glacier ski areas.


Of course, snow is also guaranteed between 1350 and 3340 metres above sea level from October through May - thanks to a top modern snow making system covering some 80 percent of all slopes.


Open & close dates: 20th November 2021 to 1st May 2022.


Nearest airports: Book your flights to Innsbruck Airport (1h10 by car).


Where to stay:  "Die Berge Lifestyle Hotel Sölden" Health & Safety measures taken


Best ski resorts in Europe - Gstaad - Copyright

9. Gstaad - Switzerland


These winter holidays, enjoy safe and chic experiences in one of the best ski resorts in Europe.


The combination of the special experiences for which Gstaad is so famous is unrivalled. It cannot be found anywhere else and makes Gstaad the ‘last paradise in a crazy world’ (quote by actress Julie Andrews, a regular visitor to Gstaad).


The prestige value of the brand Gstaad comes top of the list.The internationally renowned brand which is associated with luxury and high society creates a value that resonates far beyond the actual main target group. It is therefore not surprising to see Gstaad featured in the ranking of the most beautiful ski resorts in Europe and luxurious ski resorts in Europe.


Open & close dates: 6th November 2021 to 3rd May 2022 (Glacier 3000). 


Latest information:


Nearest airports: Book your flights to Zurich (2.5 hours by car) or Geneva (2h by car). 


Where to stay: "Le Grand Bellevue" 1 km from  ski lifts. Health & safety measures taken. 


Best ski resorts in Europe - St Anton am Arlberg - Copyright Copyright

10. St Antom am Arlberg - Austria

A gigantic ski area, packed with electrifying events, cool traditions, adrenalin kicks, unadulterated fun and unrivalled piste pleasures. St. Anton am Arlberg is also home of ski legends and pioneers, such as Hannes Schneider, who validate Arlberg’s status as the “birthplace of alpine skiing”.
State of the art cable car systems, exclusive hotels and international bars combined with chocolate-box village charm - visitors from around the world appreciate St. Anton for these qualities and characterise its cosmopolitan flair with their presence alone.


The Arlberg is the biggest interconnected ski resort in Austria / 5th biggest in the world.


Open & close dates: 3rd December 2021 to 18th April 2022.
Latest information:
Nearest airports: Book your flights to Innsbruck Airport (1h10 by car) or Zurich Airport (2h30 by car).


Where to stay: "Mountain Spa Residences" Health & safety measures taken.



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