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19 Dec

Top 5 European Ski Resorts for 2017

It’s that time of year when all thoughts turn to booking a winter holiday.

What you look for in a ski resort will differ from person to person, dependent on budget, ski level and the amount of après they would like to take part in, however this list includes the top ski resorts for 2017, so there is sure to be at least one that will take your fancy!

Bansko, Bulgaria

This charming old town, set on a flat valley floor in the scenic Pirin National Park, has hit the mainstream of late thanks to the installation of modern lifts on its slopes, alongside the construction of a plethora of new hotels and apartments with nearby access to the gondola. This rise to fame was given a helping hand in 2015 when Bankso hosted the World Cup women’s downhill and Super-G races.

Bargain prices coupled with fast lifts, picturesque towns and a thriving Après Ski scene is really putting Bulgaria on the map.

Grimentz, Switzerland

Since the 2015 installation of a 125-person cable car linking Grimentz to Val d’Anniviers as a whole, this stunning village is a fantastic base from which to easily access the region’s five varied ski areas.

With off-piste as the main attraction in Grimentz, a reliable snow record and uncrowded slopes you have the classic Swiss ski experience in a relatively uncovered gem of a town.

Laax, Switzerland 

Situated in the Swiss Alps, Laax has four snow parks, 224 kilometres of terrain and the world’s largest halfpipe. Add all of that to the new 3.3-kilometre 10-seater La Siala cable car taking guests from the Alp Sogn Martin base station up to the La Siala mountain station in just nine minutes and you have a winner!

Laax’s ability to make it easy for multi-generational families to enjoy an exciting yet relaxing holiday saw the resort awarded the ‘Families Welcome’ seal of quality by the Swiss Tourism Board in 2016. Little ones can have fun learning to ski in the Ami Sabi Snow Wonderland while the teenagers discover the snow parks. For adults Laxx appeals to both beginners and skiing connoisseurs thanks to the wide slopes and one of the highest guarantees of snow in Europe.

Kitzbühel, Austria

Kitzbuhel has been at the forefront of the ski industry for years. Effortlessly combining alpine tradition with modern Après Ski sophistication, Kitzbuhel offers much more than just the legendary Hahnenkamm mountain to explore.

The medieval old town leaves your days full of history and beauty to explore, and if you are looking for something less strenuous than skiing this year then Kitzbuhel’s plethora of designer boutiques and fantastic restaurants may be the answer you are looking for. 

Val d’Isere/Tingnes, France

Two very different resorts; Tingnes, a purpose built resort with accommodation and ski stations on a few different altitudes and Val d’Isere, a high end resort with a wide range of 4 and 5 star hotels centered around the town’s 17th Century church and town centre.

Joined by Espace Killy, three mountains and two valleys officially named ‘the most beautiful skiing area of the world’, Tingnes and Val d’Isere do have one major thing in common though; a giant ski area with 300km of pistes reaching from 1,550m to 3,456m, wonderfully prepared for every taste and ski level. Nearly 90 lifts transport ski lovers through the area quickly and conveniently, and 821 snow canons guarantee snow from the end of November to May.

If you are going away this winter to visit the slopes don’t forget to take out your travel insurance.  Winter Sports cover is included in our Annual Multi-Trip polices for 17 days up to the age of 70 and is also available as an add on with our Single Trip polices. Our Winter Sports cover provides you with cover for skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing and many other winter activities (see policy wording for a full list of activities). Cover also includes:

  • Winter sports equipment
  • Ski pack
  • Avalanche cover
  • Ski hire
  • Piste closure

 

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