Skiing, together with snowboarding, is one of the most popular winter activities. Each year, thousands of people head to snow in search of the best winter holidays. And where to find better places to ski than in one of the best ski resorts in Europe?
However, it is not only skiing that makes up the ski holidays. Ski resorts in Europe are upgrading their offer each season, adding more activities, indoor and outdoor facilities, food and accommodation offers.
The leading destinations for the best skiing in Europe include Austria, Italy and Switzerland. But there are many less-known ski places in Europe you might want to explore. That is why we decided to make our own list of best ski resorts in Europe, as voted by travellers themselves.
How did we do it?
It is hard to say which ski resort is “the best”, but it seems fair to ask people who actually visited them. Among different approaches to making the list of best ski resorts in Europe, we decided to collect Google reviews and ratings of real visitors. Our goal was to list the ski resorts according to the rating they had at the moment.
Data was collected within a week, so the list includes the best-rated ski resorts with more than 1,000 reviews. In case two (or more) ski resorts have the same rating, we considered the number of reviews they had at the moment. Therefore, the ski resort with a higher number of reviews is ranked higher.
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50 Best Ski Resorts in Europe
Among hundreds of destinations for ski holidays, travellers picked the following 50 as the best ski resorts in Europe.
50. Tornik, Serbia
Tornik ski centre is one of the largest winter centres in Serbia. As a skiing destination, it offers about 7 km of ski runs along the Zlatibor Mountain. There are in total 4 lifts serving passengers and the daily ski pass is usually about €20. The closest town nearby is delightful Zlatibor.
This resort is popular among visitors both in summer and winter. However, visitors mostly refer to the affordable prices, the incredible nature and great skiing features.
“Great place for relaxing and skiing. Place where everyone can find lot’s of fun and enjoy in snow ⛄️”
49. Mount Teide, Spain
Although located on the sunny Tenerife islands, Spain’s highest mountain is also suitable for skiing. The ski resort is small but enough for everyone who wants to ski and snowboard in the area. There are up to 20 km of slopes and 4 ski lifts operating. The daily ski pass costs about €20.
The view from the cable car that goes beyond the clouds is impressive to all visitors. Some comment on the surface that resembles Moon or Mars, others recommend booking tickets in advance.
“Really fantastic, try to reach the top when funicular is closed, no crowd good vibes on the crater. Stunning view on the island!”
48. Breuil-Cervinia, Italy
The next one on our list of the best ski resorts in Europe is an alpine resort in Aosta Valley. Cervinia is one of the highest ski resorts in Europe and it shares the area with a popular ski resort Zermatt in Switzerland. However, the skiing season lasts throughout the whole year and the runs stretch for up to 22 km each. The regular ski pass for one day costs about €53 in high season.
Visitors who come here often combine it with Zermatt ski resort. They all admire the view of the Matterhorn glacier and love the town and its offer.
“Great ski resort very beautiful and magical when it snows many things to eat and see and easy access to the lifts from most parts of town!”
47. Val Thorens, France
One of the best-known ski resorts in France and the Alps is suitable for both beginners and experienced skiers and snowboarders. Val Thorens is a part of the Les Trois Vallees ski area with more than 600 km of ski runs. It is also known as the highest ski resort starting at an altitude of more than 3200 m. Besides the regular skiing and snowboarding, winter enthusiasts can try activities such as ice climbing, ice diving, skating, paragliding, zip line and many more. The regular ski pass for adults starts from €59.
Besides the extensive ski area, visitors love Val Thorens for its evening parties and buzzing nightlife.
“I love this resort. There’s long runs, loads of valleys and enough to keep even the most demanding skier/snowboarder entertained.”
46. Tatranská Lomnica, Slovakia
Tatranska Lomnica is one of the ski resorts located in the High Tatras in Slovakia. It offers almost 12 km of marked trails suitable for both beginner and advanced level skiers and snowboarders. Besides that, the area includes Lomnický štít, the second-highest mountain in Slovakia and the slopes are accessible via 9 ski lifts. Also, the daily ski pass for adults starts at around €49.
Some visitors consider this ski resort expensive, mostly referring to the tickets.
“The best resort in High Tatras. All types of slopes for good money and the beautiful view from the highest point Lomnický Štít.”
45. Jaworzyna Krynicka, Poland
The slopes of Jaworzyna Krynicka ski resort offer 7 runs during the 4-5 month period a year. However, the resort has a much wider offer that includes Polar Bear Academy, a skiing school, a snowpark and more. Also, visitors can enjoy many more activities and sightseeing in the area. The PKL passes vary in price and start from €3.
Visitors praise the overall experience, they comment on the slopes and love the restaurants. While some comment on the prices, others recommend visiting in summer as well.
“Love this place. Not too expensive it is just beautiful views from the top and that is what is about.”
44. Bachledka, Slovakia
Bachledova Dolina is home to a popular Slovak ski resort that offers challenging runs and a variety of other winter activities. There are ski lifts and cable cars in the northern part of the resort. However, they also serve as a bob lift during the summer. A daily pass during the top season is about €35.
Most visitors recommend walking in the woods, others criticize the parking lot. However, the majority is satisfied with the overall service.
“Once in the east part of High Tatras, you should not miss an opportunity to stroll up the trees … with a fantastic view on the surroundings of Belianske Tatry and Pieniny.”
43. Polana Szymoszkowa, Poland
The ski resort in Zakopane is among the most popular ones in Poland. This large resort is also known as The Winter Capital of Poland, offering access to 16 runs via 20 ski lifts. Generally, it lies on the border with Slovakia and can be easily reached by train or bus from Krakow. The daily pass price starts at €25.
Visitors love the mountain view and the slopes. However, some complain about the long queues but mostly praise the rental services.
“Good atmosphere. Relatively fast rentals, extra fee for storing your bags or shoes. Snow conditions are average but still enjoyable.”
42. Kotelnica Białczańska, Poland
Another Polish ski resort that ranked in the best ski resorts in Europe is located in Lesser Poland. Anyway, Kotlenica is one of three ski resorts in Bialka Tatrzańska. The best part is, all of them can be accessed with a single ski pass. Besides regular skiing and snowboarding, visitors can attend numerous amazing events and competitions. The regular daily ski pass costs around €30.
Visitors mostly warn about the queues. However, they praise the infrastructure and slopes, especially red and blue ones.
“Perfect place for beginners. Lots of easy and wide slopes with artificial illumination for skiing during dark hours. Most ski lifts are working from 9.00 till 22.00 hrs.”
41. Racines, Italy
Racines Giovo is an alpine ski resort with 28 km of slopes available. Generally, they are suitable for both advanced and beginner skiers and snowboarders. The resort is served by 9 ski lifts and offers various facilities around. Finally, the daily ski pass in the main season usually costs around €52.
Huts and gondolas steal most of the attention among the reviews. Visitors love the amazing landscape in all seasons.
“I visited it in the summer. The gondola lift is very beautiful and modern. Beautiful views and paths dotted with many mountain huts and refreshment points.”
40. Vlasic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Vlasic Mountain is one of the popular Bosnian resorts for winter and summer tourism. The area includes the highest point in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Opaljenik. Furthermore, the resort offers up to 14 km of ski runs and 5 ski lifts. All of them are suitable for both beginners and experienced fans of winter sports. Finally, the daily pass costs around 30 KM (€15).
Besides skiing and snowboarding, visitors love Vlasic Mountain in the summer season for its nature and landscapes.
“Beautiful natural masterpiece together with affordable touristic experience. Unique and genuine.”
39. Verbier, Switzerland
Verbier is a ski resort in Bagnes, Switzerland that offers a variety of activities and facilities. Besides skiing and snowboarding, visitors can try freeriding and heliskiing. The newbies can pick one of many ski schools or hire a ski instructor. Of course, ski passes vary, but the regular daily pass starts at around €70.
While some consider it expensive, most visitors praise the restaurants, bars and skiing slopes. However, many like the resort for its summer offer as well.
“Simply one of the most amazing ski resorts in Europe. Infinite choice of slopes, high altitude and off-track options, fun nightlife, diverse tourist community, great apres-ski. Just go!”
38. Bad Hofgastein, Austria
The spa town in Austria is also home to a large ski resort that is also a part of the Ski Amade region. With over a 1000 m difference in altitude, Bad Hofgastein offers a large variety of runs and ski lifts. The highlight of the resort for all skiers and snowboarders is the funslope Schlossalm. All in all, the daily ski pass starts from €47.
Visitors are impressed with the modernity of the resorts. They especially love the gondola and the amazing panorama from it.
“Beautiful modern facility. The cable cars are heated and wonderful views of the mountains and the town.”
37. La Clusaz, France
With more than 40 ski lifts and over 80 trails, La Clusaz is one of the leading alpine French ski resorts. However, its slopes are suitable for all levels and children as well. Besides the top-notch skiing experience, the resort offers all-year-round events, amazing restaurants and serene lake Annecy. The daily ski passes vary and start from around €40.
Visitors are impressed with the views from the top of the mountains, especially panorama of the Mt Blanc. Besides that, many mention huge opportunities for country skiing.
“For a beginner skiing here is nice! Plenty of blue and green options to start feeling comfortable and become confident!”
36. Alpendorf, Austria
Nearly 700 km of runs and over 200 ski lifts guarantee a lot of fun in the District of St Johann Im Pongau. The most popular resort of the area is Alpendorf, also a part of Salzburger Sportwelt and Ski Amade, offering 120 km of ski slopes of all varieties. It is suitable for both professionals and beginners with daily ski passes starting at around €60.
Visitors mostly praise the pistes, playgrounds and gondolas. Many recommend the area during the summer as well.
“Everything so clean, beautiful, playgrounds, leisure, restaurant, cable car ride, nature truly respected by people and arranged for people. I will definitely come back. A dream place.”
35. Kronplatz, Italy
Besides being one of the best ski resorts in Italy, it is apparently among the best ski resorts in Europe as well. Located in South Tyrol, Kronplatz offers more than 100 km of slopes with the modern technology of snowmaking. There are 32 lifts and the daily ski pass starts at €50. Also, the area offers several attractive holiday locations such as Bruneck, St. Vigil, Antholzertal etc.
Visitors love the pistes and the ski area of the Kronplatz mountain. However, many recommend it both in the summer and winter seasons.
“Looking for the perfect skiing and perfect terrain, then look no further. This place is as good as man maid ski mountain. Almost like it is not a piece of nature’s work. As close to perfect as possible.”
34. Bad Ischl, Austria
Bad Ischl/Katrin is relatively a small ski resort that offers only a few ski lifts and about 4 km of ski runs. However, the resort is ideal for families with children. It further offers several places to eat and drink traditional delicacies. The daily ski passes vary but start at €20.
Visitors find the panorama from the top very nostalgic. In general, they think nature is very impressive. The owners do their best to respond to all reviews.
“Nice nostalgic ride… Try and catch one with pillows and curtains… Easy trails with a great view waiting for you at the top…”
33. Aletsch Arena, Switzerland
Aletsch Arena is one of the best ski resorts in Switzerland, located near the massive Aletsch Glacier. It is suitable for both children and adults, with a variety of slopes and sports schools available for all levels. However, a ski pass for Aletsch ski arena starts from €57.
The glacier steals most of the attention among the visitors. Besides that, visitors love the restaurants on top and the overall nature. Also, the owners are trying to reply to most reviews.
“Haven’t eaten or stayed there but spend a week there skiing. Great place and ski resort with great views and plenty of well-maintained pistes. Highly recommendable.”
32. Ravna Planina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
One more Bosnian ski resort that ranked in the best ski resorts in Europe is located about 20 km from Sarajevo. This relatively new ski resort near popular Jahorina offers about 12 km of slopes and a single lift (not including the baby lift). The regular price of the ski pass is about €12.
Ravna Planina is highly recommended for families with children. Visitors love the service, the parking lot and nature both in summer and winter.
“Great for skiing! Beautiful nature and artificial lakes. Driving with a cable car and zip line is great! I recommend it to everybody!”
31. Pamporovo, Bulgaria
The sunniest ski resort in Bulgaria is a well-equipped ski area suitable for both beginners and professionals. The most popular advanced ski slope is “The Wall”, rental services are nearby and the ski pass costs around €30. Pamporovo resort is especially popular for cross-country skiing and off-piste skiing.
The slopes and the affordable prices are praised the most. Besides that, visitors love the hotels, the nature and recommend the resort for a ski holiday in Bulgaria.
“Great place to spend your vacation. It is child friendly with different difficulty according to the level of experience. People were warm and friendly. Would love to go again.”
30. Kopaonik, Serbia
With more than 40 km of runs, Kopaonik offers good opportunities for cross-country and off-piste skiing. Actually, it is the largest centre of winter tourism in Serbia with plenty of facilities and activities besides skiing and snowboarding. Moreover, Kopaonik is declared a national park, so it offers a lot in the summer season as well. The regular price for a daily ski pass is around €33.
Visitors praise the ski slopes and they love the affordable prices. They also love nature and its landscapes in all seasons.
“Very nice place for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. It was amazing, a bit hot so the snow was a little squishy but all in all amazing place.”
29. Marmolada, Italy
Marmolada Rocca Pietore Dolomites is one of the most popular destinations for sports lovers, both in winter and summer. The ski resort is located in the middle of the UNESCO Dolomites. Furthermore, it offers 60 km of slopes with modern lifts. Generally, the resort is part of the famous Sella Ronda ski resort, the regular price for a daily ski pass is around €60.
The cable car and the overall experience are the most mentioned features of the resort. Again, the area is both popular during the winter and the summer season.
“Wow wow wow, beautiful, breathtaking! Took the cable car up to the top and the view is spectacular, was strange to take a walk on the snow in the middle of the hot Italian summer!”
28. Steinplatte Waidring, Austria
One more Austrian ski resort that ranked in the best ski resorts in Europe is a perfect choice for families with children. The ski pistes are suitable for both beginners and intermediates, but there are also plenty of other activities on offer such as bobsleigh, ice skating, ice curling and more. The price of a regular daily ski pass is around €50.
The pistes and the viewing platform impress the visitors the most. Generally, visitors love the overall experience, especially snowboarding as an activity.
“Best place we’ve ever been skiing. Family of 5. Offers plenty for all! Beautiful, organised and fantastic service from all. Back again next year for the third year in a row.”
27. Zauchensee, Austria
Zauchensee is the highest ski resort in Salzburger Sportwelt. Besides, it is mostly known as the home of the Alpine Ski World Cup. With more than 70 km of ski slopes and about 25 lifts, the resort offers a high-quality experience. However, it is suitable for both recreational and professional skiers/snowboarders. Regarding the ski pass, the price for one day starts at around €60.
The pistes and slopes are largely praised by the visitors. However, they also love some other facilities such as hotels, parking and huts.
“Resort is not too big and not too small :). Slopes always perfectly prepared. Amazing accessibility with one of the cableways starting just 100m from an A10 highway exit.”
26. Reiteralm, Austria
Besides being ranked on our list of best ski resorts in Europe, Reiteralm is the only ski resort that has been awarded the International Piste Quality Seal in Gold four times. It is suitable for both experienced and inexperienced skiers and snowboarders. Also, visitors are able to attend top-equipped ski schools. The price of a daily ski pass starts at €58.
Pistes, huts and lifts are mostly praised. Some recommend it for ski training. All in all, most visitors love the landscapes of the area.
“Great ski resort! One of the best in Austria. Excellent choice of slopes for both beginners and advanced.”
25. Rigi, Switzerland
Another Swiss resort that is a part of our list of best ski resorts in Europe is a great choice for families and beginners. The ski resort is relatively small, with only 9 km of slopes. However, they are perfect for skiers and snowboarders of different levels. The daily ski pass price is around €70.
Visitors recommend taking a train to the top of Rigi Mountain. Besides snow and winter activities, visitors are very impressed by the lakes.
“Great train ride with lovely views in the snow. You can combine the train with boat trip on the lake best of both worlds.”
24. Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria
Located in Tyrol, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski resort offers a wide selection of slopes for skiers and snowboarders. What’s more, it is nestled within three villages, the perfect family destinations. The ski resort offers more than 200 km of well-maintained slopes covered by nearly 70 ski lifts. The price of a daily ski pass is around €58 for the entire complex.
Visitors are satisfied with public transport and cable cars. Also, they admire the apres-ski possibilities. A good number of them praise the huts.
“Amazing ski resort with many facilities and amenities. The routes are medium-hard difficulty with many of them being red. I would definitely recommend this ski resort.”
23. Ehrwalder Alm, Austria
One more ski resort in Tyrol is part of the Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena. Aside from skiing, the area is popular for cross-country skiing and tobogganing. A little less than 30 km of slopes is set at an altitude between 1100 and 1950 m. There is a total of 8 ski lifts and a daily ski pass costs about €50.
Of course, visitors praise the slopes and pistes. They refer to all winter sports, especially snowboarding.
“Slopes for everyone well maintained. Snowboard and ski, beginner and pro! Lots of parking. Good offers for half-day and even late afternoon deal. Good food!”
22. Sölden, Austria
One of the best ski resorts in Europe is the buzzing Soelden ski resort in Austria. It is largely popular among both families and those who want to feel like James Bond in “The Spectre”. Anyway, the resort is highly maintained and offers a huge number of facilities. The 144 km of slopes are covered by more than 30 lifts. Finally, the ski pass price starts at around €64.
Besides the pistes and winter sports, visitors also love mountain biking. Many remember it by the James Bond movie.
“My favourite ski resort. Excellent snow, good slopes of the different complexity…with one exception: will be hard enough for the absolute beginners. And the spirit of 007 (Spectre was filmed here)”
21. Vogel, Slovenia
The area of one of the biggest attractions of Slovenia – Bohinj and Bled lakes – is also home to a popular ski resort. Namely, Vogel is a ski resort located within the Triglav National Park. Besides skiing, other activities include airboarding, paragliding and more. Along the 22 km of slopes operate 9 lifts and the daily ski pass is around €35.
Although visitors love Vogel and the area around in all seasons, most reviews refer to the cable car ride and the tickets.
“Don’t cheap out on the fare: take the offer for lunch menu with the gondola ticket, you get incredible value from the view, hospitality and good food brought straight to you on the alpine plateau.”
20. Pejo, Italy
Pejo ski resort is located in the heart of Stelvio National Park. This relatively small ski resort offers slopes starting at an altitude of 3000 m. However, it is an ideal choice for families, especially those looking for a more peaceful resort. Besides winter sports, visitors can relax in Terme di Pejo, walks in nature and the amusement park. The price of a daily ski pass is around €40.
The usual topics such as pistes, gondolas and the summit are mostly discussed. Besides that, visitors praise the landscape and the mountain lodges.
“Superb view on all Dolomites, Adamello and Alps. Worth going up to just enjoy the landscape. Going down with the ski is the cherry on the cake!”
19. Säntis – Schwagalp, Switzerland
Säntis – Schwägalp is a small Swiss ski resort with only about 10 km of slopes and a single ski lift. However, skiers and snowboarders love it as it is suitable for different levels. The nearby town of Urnasch offers everything needed for peaceful winter holidays. Finally, the ski pass starts at around €40 for adults.
Visitors mostly refer to the great overall experience. Some praise the hotel, others are impressed by the view on the lake Constance.
“Very good place to enjoy hilly terrain and snow. Very easy to reach by road, just 30 km. from Saint Gallen. You can ride cable car to reach top of the Santis.”
18. Kreischberg, Austria
With 42 km of slopes covered by 12 lifts, Kreischberg is much more than skiing and snowboarding. Activities such as tubing and racing are suitable for an entire family. Some of the towns and villages nearby the resort are Murau, Sankt Lorenzen ab Murau and Sankt Georgen ab Murau. Regarding the prices, the daily ski pass is around €50.
Visitors consider gondolas modern but some complain about the queues. Many highlight snowboarding as the most attractive sport and others praise the charming huts.
“Great family ski resort with a decent freestyle terrain – from beginners to pros + an landing airbag.”
17. Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun, Austria
Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun ski resort is mainly popular because of its off-piste skiing opportunities. Starting at an altitude of 3000 m, skiing dominates as an activity. Besides winter sports, visitors can enjoy the thermal spa, nature in Hohe Tauern National Park and interesting sights nearby. The average price of a daily ski pass is around €60.
Visitors notice the ski resort is spacious and love the view from the glacier. Some visitors love the renting possibilities at the resort.
“My favorite skiing resort of them all! It is not a wast place but it is very well managed, beautiful and with security of snow even before Christmas when we usually come. Just love it here.”
16. Big Wood, Russia
The ski resort in Kirovsk is one of the best-rated ski resorts in Russia. With more than 26 km of ski slopes and a total of 8 lifts operating, Big Wood is suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. The charming village of Kirovsk offers interesting sights as the northernmost botanical garden in Russia. Finally, this relatively small ski resort offers affordable ski passes of around €20.
Expectedly, visitors mostly refer to the slopes. However, some complain about the long queues to get into the lift. Also, a good number of them admire the great view.
“A great place for skiing and snowboarding. If you buy the skipass on the website is cheaper (100rub)”
15. Kaunertal, Austria
Kaunertal Glacier ski resort is one more in Austrian Tyrol. It offers 50 km of slopes and 7 lifts for the guests. Thanks to the high altitude of more than 3000 m, the ski season extends to July. Besides skiing, there are various activities for all ages. Finally, the ski pass costs about €50.
Somewhat unexpected, but visitors mostly recommend taking a motorcycle to explore the area. Some warn about the fees, others comment on the climate changes visible in the resort.
“Great conditions, slopes are always perfectly prepared. Coming back every autumn and I’m always satisfied.”
14. Hochwurzen, Austria
Everyone from skiers and snowboarders to hikers can enjoy the charming Austrian ski resort. Skiers will be mostly satisfied with the options of night skiing, as well as a rich evening program. When it comes to prices, the daily ski pass starts at around €56.
Sledding is a very popular activity among visitors. Besides that, they love the area during all seasons and go-karting is by far the most popular activity.
“Perfect place to ski. Long, pleasant pistes with beautiful surroundings. One of the best mountains of the Schladming area.”
13. Livigno, Italy
On our list of best ski resorts in Europe is also one of the most popular ones in Italy. Namely, Livigno is a big resort with more than 100 km of slopes and over 30 ski lifts in total. The slopes are suitable for all levels, especially intermediates. Besides winter sports, visitors can enjoy plenty of amusement parks and fun activities for all ages. The daily ski pass is somewhere around €50.
Visitors mainly love the opportunity of duty-free shopping. Besides that, they love the charming towns nearby and the bike trails during the summer.
“Great resort in either the Winter or the Summer! Beautiful valley all the way from the lake up to the pass into Switzerland.”
12. Stubai Glacier, Austria
One of many Austrian resorts that ranked in the best ski resorts in Europe is Stubai Glacier. More than 60 km of slopes are ideal for skiers and snowboarders who want to engage in winter sports till the summer months. The resort is located less than an hour from Innsbruck and the daily ski pass costs about €35.
Visitors often mention the impressive view and the runs. One more attraction is the ice cave, however, visitors have different impressions of that.
“Nice skiing experience. Many lifts, facilities for children, reasonable eating. We are satisfied after one week of skiing there.”
11. Sportgastein, Austria
The ski resort in Gastein is relatively small but sporty. The 18 km of slopes are suitable for all levels, especially intermediates. The runs are covered with 3 lifts operating till afternoon hours. One of the most popular activities here is freeriding. Finally, the ski pass prices for 1 day start at around €50.
Visitors mostly refer to off-piste and backcountry skiing. Anyway, they all admire the landscape, the huts and love hiking through the area.
“The nicest ski resort I’ve ever been to. The ski facilities are great and the ski slopes are suitable for everyone and very long. The longest is 10 km. The views are the best.”
10. Jasna – Chopok, Slovakia
The largest ski resort in Central Europe boasts nearly 50 km of skiing slopes with 26 ski lifts operating. Often referred to as Jasna, Chopok ski resort is suitable for different levels of ski enthusiasts. Also, there is a possibility of night skiing. The area offers a dozen of bars and restaurants and the daily ski pass costs around €60.
Visitors love skiing, the weather and the slopes the most. Many recommend the place in summer as well. There are a lot of comments praising the food and the infrastructure.
“Really great place for skiing and winter fun with many slopes at various difficulty level. Beautiful panorama of the High Tatras. Lots of places to find accommodation nearby and regular ski bus lines.”
9. Balea Lake, Romania
The one and only ski resort that managed to rank among the best ski resorts in Europe is relatively small, but satisfying for all ski enthusiasts. With only 14 km of slopes and a single lift, mainly advanced visitors tend to enjoy here. Balea Lac or Balea Lake is the highest in the Carpathians and the closest town is Sibiu. Regarding ski passes, the prices go from €6 per ride.
Although a ski resort, Balea Lake appears to be more attractive during the summer months. Visitors only seem to be disliking the crowds.
“Amazing place to ski in winter. No car access. You have to take the cable car up from Balea Cascada. There is no piste or cable cars from Balea lake up so normal piste skis would not be good for this place.”
8. Dachstein Gletscher, Austria
Dachstein Glacier ski resort is relatively small with only about 5 km of slopes. However, it is best suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Anyway, Dachstein Mountain is considered a UNESCO Site that is adored by all winter fans. Some of the other attractive things to try here are Ice Palace and Sky Walk. Regarding the ski pass, the usual price is around €50.
The gondola is highly praised among visitors. Also, they are very satisfied with the overall experience, especially the view and the ice cave. A minority shows dissatisfaction with the ice palace.
“Amazing! If You want to see fantastic, impressive views, You have to visit this place. Pls, remember about warm clothes because even during summertime the temperature is close to 0 degrees!”
7. Mount Pilatus, Switzerland
Skiing on Mount Pilatus is suitable for all levels, both young and old. However, besides regular skiing and snowboarding, the resort is popular for snowshoeing with three marked snowshoe trails. Other interesting things to explore include Pilu Land for children and the Dragon Trail steeped in legends and myths. The daily ski pass for adults starts at around €60.
Visitors are impressed by the train that seems to be very steep. They also love the view from the cable car and often mention the ride in a gondola.
“So Absolutely loved it. Fantastic views and a great long gondola ride all the way up. A bit scary the gondola ride, so high up into the sky, but so worth it.”
6. Alpe di Siusi, Italy
Located on the slopes of Dolomites, Alde di Siusi is great for intermediate and beginner levels of skiing and snowboarding. There is about 175 km of slopes with over 30 lifts that offer all sorts of experiences, from ski schools to cross-country skiing opportunities. The price of a ski pass is usually around €60.
The surreal landscape impresses most visitors. Many recommend the place for mountain lovers during the summer months as well. Also, many love the possibilities of cross-country skiing.
“Breathtaking panorama, perfect for cross-country skiing, alpine skiing and magnificent walks.”
5. Stelvio Pass, Italy
Passo dello Stelvio or Stelvio Pass is a popular ski resort in Italy, especially known for summer skiing. From May to October, there is 9 km of slopes with 6 lifts best suitable for beginners. Although summer skiing is less possible recently. Right next to it is another famous ski resort Bormio. The approximate price of a ski pass is around €50.
While some visitors talk about the ski resort, most of them praise Stelvio Pass during other periods of the year. Also, the most popular activity appears to be riding a motorbike.
“Absolutely the most beautiful place I’ve ever had the privilege of experiencing! It feels like a totally different world. Go and go now!”
4. Logarska Dolina, Slovenia
One more Slovenian destination that managed to rank in the best ski resorts in Europe is a quite small resort with less than 1 km of slopes and only 2 lifts. Therefore, Logar Valley is great for beginners and those who just want to try snow activities without a lot of fuss. What’s more, the ski passes are affordable and cost about €10.
Most reviews admire the beauty of the Logar Valley, the nature and its features. Besides winter activities, hiking and cycling are favourite activities throughout all seasons.
“Such a beautiful place and very quiet, not that many tourists and free entry with an electric vehicle. Loved it and definitely a recommendation in Slovenia.”
3. Engelberg, Switzerland
Engelberg ski resort is not only one of the largest ski centres in Switzerland, but also home to the first revolving cable car. What’s more, the exciting ride to Titlis is included in the ski pass. Titlis – Engelberg has about 70 km of slopes and 18 passenger lifts. Most of the runs are suitable for intermediate levels of skiers and snowboarders. Regarding the prices, the daily ski pass is usually around €60.
Visitors are impressed with the view from the cable car. Surprisingly, many refer to the very cold temperatures. Others recommend visiting the ice cave.
“Stunning, jaw-dropping 360 views from the summit. The Rotair and Ice Flyer are amazing! This is a must-do.”
2. Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Close to the very top of the best ski resorts in Europe is a winter wonderland near Sochi in Russia. Krasnaya Polyana ski resort boasts 30 km of ski slopes and 13 ski lifts operating. However, the runs are suitable for all levels, regardless of experience. Also, the resort offers some great opportunities for heliboarding and off-piste skiing. When it comes to prices, the daily ski pass is around €50.
Many would recommend the place as the best ski resort in Russia. Generally, visitors here enjoy nature and outdoor activities in all seasons.
“The best place to ski in Russia! So well organized! There are so many cafes and restaurants! Hotels are available. Simply love this place!!!”
1. Pilsko, Poland
Pilsko ski resort is on top of our list of best ski resorts in Europe which might come as a surprise. Although relatively small, Pilsko – Korbielów ski resort provides an amazing experience for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Namely, there are only 8 km of slopes and 11 ski lifts, but the entire area is well maintained with a comprehensive offer. Regarding the prices, the daily ski pass is around €25.
Visitors admire the stunning nature and the mighty Pilsko Mountain. They love the winter activities and consider it totally worth visiting!
“I was there last January. Everything was white and calm. It’s not a hard mountain but the deep snow can make it quite challenging. Also really nice for skiing and snowboarding.”
Best ski resorts for families
Family ski trips are often a great opportunity for families to spend some quality time together. That is why more and more people look for the best family ski resorts for their holidays. More precisely, they look for activities and facilities suitable for all ages, especially to entertain the youngest. Some of the features of family-friendly ski resorts are ski schools & instructors, children playgrounds, amusement parks, beginner lever ski runs and family hotels.
Here is the list of the top 10 best-rated family ski resorts in Europe providing the best ski for families.
|Engelberg||Switzerland||Children’s areas, ski school, cinema, pool||4.8★|
|Mont Pilatus||Switzerland||Ski school, Dragon World, Piu Land, Fondue-Gondola||4.8★|
|Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis||Austria||Ski school, family hotel, activities for children||4.7★|
|Waidring||Austria||Beginner slopes, snow park, kids’ land, ski school||4.7★|
|Pamporovo||Bulgaria||Beginner slopes, ski school, family hotels||4.7★|
|Stubai Glacier||Austria||Ski school, Ice Grotto for children||4.7★|
|Val Thorens||France||Ski school, babysitters, snow parks, children areas||4.6★|
|Breuil-Cervinia||Italy||Snow park, sports centre, playparks, family hotels||4.6★|
|Les Arces||France||Indoor activities, children activities, family hotels||4.6★|
|Ellmau||Austria||Beginner slopes, ski school, child-care facilities, Kids Club||4.6★|
|Hafjell||Norway||KIDS Knerten, KIDS Mosetertoppen, KIDS Gaia||4.6★|
Best ski resorts for beginners
Not everyone is an expert in winter sports! But if you like the idea of going skiing or snowboarding, you don’t want to end up in a ski resort for professionals only.
Some of things you should take into consideration when looking for ski resorts to visit with no previous ski experience:
- ski schools and instructors
- beginner level runs (green and blue)
- facilities along the slopes where you can take a break
- a medical centre
- the size of the ski resort
If you’re a newbie or a beginner who wants to give it a try but don’t know where to start, here are some of the best-rated ski resorts in Europe suitable for beginners.
|Alpe di Siusi||Italy||4.8★|