Whether you’re a seasoned pro, keen to hit the slopes, or more excited by a log fire and glass of vin chaud, discover your perfect winter getaway with our edit of Europe’s top resorts…
FOR THOSE WITH A COMPETITIVE STREAK
The resort: Chamonix, France
The crowd: With steep chutes, free riding areas and unprepared runs, this is one resort that’s best left to the pros. Advanced and adventurous skiers from all over the world gather here each year, braving the challenging slopes and boasting (join in if you dare) post-ski in one of the many mountain-top bars. In other words, leave grandma at home.
The vibe: Packed with thrill-seekers, Chamonix has an electric atmosphere that’s perfect for serious skiers wanting to put their skills to the test. Although the slopes are far from peaceful, nestled beneath the tumbling glaciers is a charming town full of quirky boutiques, bookshops and galleries. Perfect for the less athletically gifted to browse for hours on end.
FOR BEGINNERS PRONE TO TAKING A TUMBLE
The resort: Cortina, Italy
The crowd: Renowned as one of the world’s most beautiful resorts, Cortina is perfect for beginners with plenty of well-groomed pistes and a number of instructors on hand to help. Expect skiers of all ages with a laid-back approach to the sport. Fall over as much as you want, there is no judgement here.
The vibe: Horse riding and indoor tennis? We know, we know – this doesn’t sound like your average ski break, but hear us out. After a challenging few days on the slopes, chances are you might fancy ditching the piste to do something different. Cortina has a number of unique activities to get stuck into – plus you can confuse your Facebook friends with pictures of you on random horseback excursions.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO INSTAGRAM
The resort: Courchevel 1850, France
The crowd: From footballers to F1 drivers, this exclusive five-star resort is a firm favourite amongst the jet set. Prepare to do some serious celeb spotting on the slopes – and in the bars, of course.
The vibe: If skiing just isn’t your thing, we’re certain you’ll still fall in love with Courchevel. After all, who can resist a weekend of open fires, outdoor jacuzzis and copious amounts of mulled wine? We thought so. With Michelin-starred restaurants and revolutionary spa treatments, you know you need this kind of luxury in your life. The surroundings are second to none and the place really comes alive after dark, priding itself on its eclectic mix of high-end bars. Do it for the #travelgoals.
FOR THE PARENTS IN NEED OF A BREAK
The resort: Arber, Gemany
The crowd: Tired parents rejoice, Arber is a fabulous family destination for all ages. Little ones are free to enjoy an action-packed week of obstacle courses, carousel rides and toboggan runs, while the dedicated lift and training school allows you to relax, safe in the knowledge that your mini skiers are secure on the slopes. Cheers to that.
The vibe: Situated within the depths of the Bavarian forest, Arber is a magnificent tree-lined resort that transforms throughout the seasons. Characterised by a warm and inviting atmosphere, the restaurants and hotels remain buzzing all year round – perfect for big families who want to ski and unwind together in a picturesque setting. Happy days!