We always strive to take our clients to incredible ski resorts all over Europe – and, recently, we discovered we might have selected just the best ones.
In an article on the Evening Standard we found a list of the 8 best ski resorts in Europe. To our delight, they have all been part of our event destination portfolio for a long time!
Here’s a shortened version of the list, in case you’d like to take a peek.
Val d’Isère, France
Best for: High-altitude style.
Party place: Cocorico at Rond Point — riotous ski-in après at the bottom of the piste.
Val d’Isère gives you everything you want in a resort, including snow-sure slopes for all levels and lots of breathtaking off-piste. There’s the buzzing social scene, with lots of live music and (expensive) champagne flowing at La Folie Douce.
Best for: Mountain magic.
Party place: Hennu Stall on the Furi-Zermatt slope — order the metre-long “ski” of shots.
It’s hard to take your eyes off the Matterhorn here, one of Switzerland’s most gorgeous images. For a classy alternative to après ski, try the boat-shaped Snowboat Bar beside the River Vispa in the centre of town, where gorgeous sushi is served with a huge selection of cocktails.
Les Arcs, France
Best for: Families, powder hounds… just about everyone.
Party place: Red Hot Saloon in Arc 1800 — live music and late-night partying.
What Les Arcs lacks in glamour it more than makes up for in incredibly varied terrain — think fun slopes, steep blacks, air-thinning peaks and sheltered woodland runs. Extend your lift pass to include La Plagne and take advantage of the new high-speed chairlift to Champagny-en-Vanoise.
Best for: Glitzy celeb-spotters.
Party place: Funky Fox in Courchevel 1650 — the place to see and be seen.
Don’t let Courchevel’s bling blind you to the superlative skiing in this starry corner of the Trois Vallées. This winter, expert skiers can tackle a new black run, Eclipse, which plunges into Le Praz at a drop of 970m and a 30 per cent gradient. Not for the faint hearted.
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
Best for: Old-school glamour.
Party place: Janbo in the town centre — for late-night good times.
The classy queen of the Dolomites rivals anything in the Alps for its jaw-droppingly beautiful granite mountains. And now those pink-tinged peaks will be easier to reach with the new gondola linking Tofane with Cinque Torri’s fabulous Super 8 circuit — and, ultimately, the Sella Ronda circuit.
Best for: Off-piste heaven.
Party place: Hotel Farinet in the town centre — look out for flame throwers and bar dancing.
Verbier offers an exhilarating taste of the high life — its off-piste is among the best in the world. The new high-speed Médran gondola between Verbier and Les Ruinettes will make life so much easier. This winter’s new Mont 4 Zipline, the highest in Europe, starts at 3,300m and whooshes you at 100km/h until your head spins.
Best for: Medieval beauty and World Cup racing.
Party place: The Londoner — an English party pub, not for the faint-hearted.
Every January, crowds descend on Kitzbühel to watch the World Cup’s most thrilling downhill race on the Hahnenkamm course. But there’s so much more, including an enchanting medieval centre and 233km of varied slopes. Mileage-hungry skiers can test the new circuit between SkiWelt and KitzSki, the longest in the world.
Best for: Village atmosphere.
Party place: Hotel Le Tremplin at the foot of Pléney — the annual closing party is not to be missed.
These neighbours in the Portes du Soleil make a perfect couple. You’ve got pretty Morzine with its traditional Savoyard chalets and can also hop on the cable car to futuristic Avoriaz and its high-altitude slopes.