Europe’s Top Luxury Ski Spots

With ski resorts now numbering in their thousands across the continent, skiing appears to be one of the most popular sports in Europe. Still, this doesn’t make it any easier for the discerning traveller to make up their mind: where does one go to enjoy a ski trip in total privacy and luxury?

Although skiing has now become a global phenomenon, with countries like Scotland and Poland birthing their own ski industries, they have yet to match the prestige and luxury that Europe’s best ski spots have to offer.

Cervinia, Italy

Cervinia is located at the foot of the Mount Cervin glacier and promises the best of Italian skiing. Its location is hard to beat, standing at 2,050m high, with panoramas of the Alpine summits all around.

There are many nearby attractions to visit if you choose to stay at Cervinia. Forte di Bard is a castle built in the 19th century by the House of Savoy, overlooking Bard. Climbing up to the fort will offer you some beautiful views of the Aosta Valley. Make sure you also check out Val Chisone, a valley esteemed for its enthusiasm when it comes to winter sports; events which have been held there include the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.

Wengen, Switzerland

There are three resorts set close together in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland, and Wengen is the one that overlooks the Lauterbrunnen valley. Getting there is an exciting event in itself, as it is reached only by a cog railway that goes all the way to Kleine Scheidegg.

Here, you can enjoy some of the most sumptuous scenery on the continent: it will ensure the Alps are permanently etched into your memory. The village is small, charming and traditional, with zero traffic. The runs are long and gentle, and complement the relaxing and gentle landscape. If you’re looking for a luxurious but calm and unhurried holiday, Wengen is the place for you.

Pragelato, Italy

Pragelato is home to Europe’s second largest skiing area, La Via Lattea and was host to winter sports at the Turin Olympics in 2006. Make sure you visit Pragelato with Club Med: there are twenty groups of chalets clustered around the resort, designed by Remy Camoin in a contemporary, urban style.

At an altitude of 1,600 metres, the Pragelato resort is ideal – especially if you’re travelling with your family as there are plenty of activities for the kids to get involved in while you hit the slopes. (Children’s club facilities from 2 years old.)

Valmorel, France

Located in south-eastern France, Valmorel promises designer luxury standards at the resort as well as a wide range of snow sports: you can ski, trek in snowshoes, snowboard and even go paragliding over the Tarentaise Mountains!

The Grand Domaine is impressively large: 3,600 hectares of ski slopes around Valmorel and neighbouring areas. There are 50 ski lifts, 315 snow cannons and two snowparks: there’s simply no chance of a lack of powder. You can also enjoy spa treatments and visit the Turkish baths for some extra relaxation.

It’s always worth remembering that although you could go skiing in a number of relatively new resorts or countries that are up-and-coming when it comes to the sport, you’ll never quite capture that feeling of Alpine luxury that you’ll find in the heartland of Europe’s ski resorts.

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