The ski season is here and we can't wait to hit the slopes and we're sure you can't either, so we've put together a list of a few of Europe's best ski destinations to visit in 2016 and also asked our ski ambassadors Dario Cologna and Jon Olsson as well to give you a comprehensive guide this winter.
“There are many good destinations. If you are learning cross-country skiing it’s important not to take on difficult tracks, somewhere flat, like Engadin. In Davos, where I train and live, there are more hills but it’s great to ski for the more advanced cross-country skier.
“I can also recommend Norway because that’s kind of the home for cross-country skiing. It’s a great experience to ski there and the people are really into the sport – they’re doing it all weekend – and Holmenkollen Hill in Oslo is very famous for skiing so that’s definitely one of the places to be.”
“Japan because they get pretty much more snow than any other place, British Columbia, Canada for the heliskiing and Verbier, Switzerland just cruising the piste there."
You've heard from the ambassadors, now see our selection of ski destinations that we think are must visit resorts and slopes this ski season.
Corvara – Italy
A picturesque village perfect for the skier who doesn’t want to scrimp on quality and wants to maximise time spent on the slopes, Corvara is a fun, bustling resort making it our favourite Italian ski destination.
Ideally suited to skiers at an intermediate level, Covara is a lively and family friendly village. The local Alta Badia ski area gives easy access to the Sella Ronda circuit – rich in well-groomed red runs. At sunset, the cliffs of Dolomites turn an amazing shade of pink – enjoy the view in one of the many exquisite mountain restaurants that Covara has to offer.
St Anton – Austria
The resort of St Anton is famed for its excellent snow conditions, but it’s the legendary après ski scene that makes this destination our favourite Austrian ski resort.
Regarded by many as one of the top ski resorts Europe has to offer, St Anton is a popular pick amongst advanced skiers. Snow cover is usually reliable; the village itself is line with cafes, sport shops, fine hotels and inns. Less accomplished skiers can enjoy the more friendly slopes of Lech and Zurs – situated on the other side of the Rendl ski valley. Be sure to make it back from the slopes in time to enjoy St Anton’s awesome nightlife!
© Julie Falconer
Courchevel - France
Courchevel is made up of four different villages, each with its own unique atmosphere. Its wide range of appeal to skiers with different abilities and resort preferences makes this destination our number one in France.
A popular area amongst those seeking glitz and glamour, this resort has been named the smartest and most expensive village in the Trois Vallees ski area. However, Courchevel has more to offer than just multi-million-euro properties, beginner slopes with mild gradients and easy lifts are a plenty – there’s also a wide range of ski and snowboard schools around making it the perfect choice for a budding ski/snowboard enthusiast.
© Meribel Tourisme - JM Gouedard
Bansko – Bulgaria
The resort of Bansko has been long regarded as offering the best in value in eastern European ski resorts – a week on the slopes for a family of four is said to cost four times less than a stay in Switzerland’s Zermatt, giving this resort the cutting edge in Bulgarian skiing.
Located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, the resort boasts long ski runs and a rich cultural history. Bansko is a particularly good choice as the ski season lasts from 15th December to 15th May – the longest ski season in Bulgaria.