The Swiss have won 20 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing gold medals.
The first ascent of the Matterhorn was in 1865.
Solden is Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3000m
There is so much to love about a ski vacation in Europe. Whether it's the wide open, endless boulevardes of groomed ski pistes, the jaw-dropping spectacular scenery, the access to steep, challenging terrain, the incredible food, the vibrant apres ski scene... the list goes on and on and on. If you've never skied Europe before, go.
Scout often says that style of skiing in Europe is different to North America (and Japan). And by style we don't mean parallel turns or one-piece ski suits. The style of a typical ski day in a European resort is not about being first on the lifts, thrashing the slopes for six hours and going home to cook dinner in a condo. Instead the ski day starts with a leisurely breakfast, slipping on skis to make the journey to lunch followed by a few runs on your way back to the village. Lunch (usually a couple of courses accompanied by a nice bottle of wine) is the key focus of the day. After a couple of hours in the hotel's wellness centre (usually consisting of a hot tubs, ice cold plunge pools, several saunas and steam rooms and a relaxation area) it will be off to a five course dinner, usually in the hotel.
The ski resorts themselves are different too. A vast majority of the resort areas are situated above the tree line. Only the pistes are marked and avalanche controlled so navigating your way through the off-piste (even within the resort boundaries) can be challenging and dangerous. We highly reccomend using a guide at least for a day or two to find your way around the resort and to discover the best runs for your standard. And if skiing off-piste it's also advisable to wear an avalanche air bag and carry the necessary safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe). There's also some excellent ski touring in areas around the resorts.
There are literally thousands of ski resorts to choose from in Europe. Whether you're a family, first-timers, party goers or thrill seekers Scout can help you find and book the perfect destination and hotel.
Europe Ski Resorts
Méribel is a chic chalet-style village in the heart of the extensive 3 Vallées ski area. It has some excellent slopes, a hopping après scene and luxurious hotels, mixed with private chalets.
At 2300m (7545ft) above sea level, the purpose-built Val Thorens is Europe’s highest ski resort resulting in exceptional reliability of snow quality and a vast area of wide open pistes.
Megève is the perfect combination of a magical village oozing French charm, world-class, picturesque ski slopes, stunning scenery, fantastic dining and great hotels. All with convenient access to a major ...
Courchevel might be better known for its glitz and glamour, but along with this is an exceptional ski resort that will keep all levels of skier happy.
The 3 Vallées is home to not only the world’s biggest lift-linked ski area but also to three unique villages, from the uber-luxurious Courchevel, to the chalet community of Méribel and the high-altitude ...
Chamonix is a true advanced skiers’ mecca with almost everything about the place grand and sheer.
One of Europe’s highest ski resorts, Tignes is the place to go for snow-sure slopes, fantastic off-piste, endless intermediate cruisers and convenience.
Whether it’s the delicious Italian food, the sunny ski area, the challenging off-piste, the charming old town or the jaw-dropping scenery, it’s hard to visit Courmayeur only once.
Val d’Isere has a winning combination of an extensive and excellent ski area, decent ski-lift systems, a true European-style, charming village, a wide variety of accommodation and easy access.
Verbier is part of Switzerland’s largest ski area, 4 Vallees, and it goes big on just about everything; big skiing, big scenery, big après… and big prices.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Matterhorn, Cervinia ski resort is one of Italy’s finest, with slopes that have an emphasis on intermediate cruising.
Set against the iconic Matterhorn, Switzerland’s Zermatt is one of the best ski resorts in the world combined with a picture perfect, happening village.
Engelberg is small Swiss town tucked at the end of a valley and surrounded by spectacular mountains that house some of the best off-piste skiing in Europe.
World-famous St Moritz is as spectacular as it is glamorous and with three main ski areas it also has some great skiing.
Lech is a charming village and excellent ski resort in the Arlberg ski area of Austria. It truly has something for everyone.
With a dynamic combination of excellent pistes and awesome bars, St Anton is the place to come if you want to ski hard and party harder.
Soelden ski resort in Austria is impressive in so many ways but particularly when it comes to fast, new lifts and a rip-roaring nightlife.
Alta Badia is one of the best places to ski in the Dolomites. It has gentle slopes accessible from several villages and is a great base for exploring the Sella Ronda.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is the type of resort we imagine there would be if there were skiing in heaven. Spectacular scenery, wide, gentle open slopes, a charming and historic town and food and wine that’s, ...