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We left Christmas behind, and we are already making plans for New Year’s Eve or a skiing holiday. When the local resort becomes too crowded, we should put our boots in our suitcases and take them to a European ski resort; we might even get there faster.

1. Saint Moritz Ski Resort, Switzerland

Saint Moritz Ski Resort, Switzerland
It is the pearl of ski resorts and the oldest town globally for this sport. It can’t be more elegant and exclusive than that: hotels, restaurants, shopping, parties, relaxation, entertainment, everything is excellent. The sun shines on average 322 days a year, and if you add that the air here is dry, you get perfect weather, called by connoisseurs “champagne climate.”

2. Chamonix Ski Resort, France

Chamonix Ski Resort, France
Chamonix is a kind of Mecca for ski lovers. The place is fantastic, located in the southeast of France, in the Rhone-Alps, the Mont Blanc massif dominating the imposing background. Skiers will discover an enchanting, adrenaline-filled, and often unpredictable experience. There are no less than 11 slopes, and in high season you can go down to 2000 meters.

3. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

The Dolomites in Italy create a fantastic landscape for the slopes of the famous Cortina resort. Tourists from all over the world come here to ski and experience the real dolce vita hibernal. Surprisingly, the slopes here are not as crowded as in many other European resorts in these conditions. Cortina d’Ampezzo is located in Veneto, in the north of Italy.

4. Gstaad Ski Resort, Switzerland

Gstaad Ski Resort, Switzerland
Located in the canton of Bern in southwestern Switzerland, Gstaad is a jewel of winter sports. There are five ski areas, including the Berner Oberland Glacier. Beginners will go to Haiti Gsteig and Lauenen, while advanced snowboarders will attend La Braye.

5. Gardena Valley, Italy

Gardena Valley Ski Resort, Italy

The villages of Val Gardena offer ski enthusiasts a simple and discreet experience. This resort is the most important and largest resort that makes up the Sella Ronda circuit. Val Gardena is connected to the huge Dolomiti Super Ski area, covering 1200 km of ski and snowboard slopes and offering extraordinarily beautiful alpine views.

6. Zugspitze Ski Resort, Germany

Zugspitze Ski Resort, Germany

At 2,962 meters, the Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. Its popularity among ski enthusiasts is given by the beautiful Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which is at its foot.

The resort has routes of over 40 km for both beginners and advanced, and they are interconnected over three mountains: Hausberg, Kreuzeck, and Alpipitze.

7. Kitzbuhel, Austria

Kitzbuhel Ski Resort, Austria

Kitzbuhel is the perfect winter destination for a romantic getaway and sports activities. The resort is located in the Austrian Alps, not far from Innsbruck and Salzburg.

Although its colorful villas are home to luxury hotels and expensive shops, such as Cortina or St. Moritz, Kitzbühel also has small family inns. The legendary Hahnenkamm is the most difficult of all the steep downhill races held every year at Kitzbühel.

8. Alpbach Ski Resort, Austria

Alpbach, Austria

The resort is a small town located on a sunny plateau (at an altitude of 1000 m), being one of the most beautiful in Austria and one of the most beautiful in Europe.

Its uniqueness is due both to a unique architecture (with wooden cottages and buildings, which are all provided with a balcony on the first floor), and due to the landscapes that open to several massifs of the Alps (these can be best admired with the help of a gondola).

Alpbach is an ideal resort for beginner skiers, the slopes with the highest degree of difficulty being three in number.

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