We give the lowdown on what slopes to hit in Europe, from France and Italy to Switzerland and Austria, based on your interests. Whether you're looking for the best apres-ski option, flawless powder or great facilities for your family, we've got the right pick for you.
Best For Snowfall
Val d’Isere, France – You’re almost guaranteed snowfall at the glam Val d’Isere. It features more than 300 kilometres of marked runs and powder-loads of off-piste skiing – and the snow is generally still dumping come April. The 96 lifts make it easy to get around, no matter your level.
Best For Food
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy – Set in the Dolomites, long lunches are just as important as the alpine skiing in Cortina d’Ampezzo. For a fabulous feed, don’t miss dining at the one-Michelin-starred Tivoli.
Best For Apres-Ski
Kitzbuhel, Austria – The Austrians sure know how to party and it shows in this picturesque resort. Hotspots include the Streifalm, a rustic ski hut at the base of the Streif course; super-trendy Jimmy’s cocktail bar, and The Londoner, where you can party all night long.
Best For Family Fun
La Tania, France – A small, traffic-free village with facilities like La Taniere des Croes kindergarten, which takes kids from four months to five years.
Best For Exploring
Innsbruck, Austria – The shopping, dining and nightlife scenes here are first class, with attractions like the Imperial Palace and the baroque Innsbruck Cathedral worth checking out.
Best For Having It All
Zermatt, Switzerland – Think 54 mountain railways and lifts, 360 kilometres of pistes and three ski areas.