Top European Skiing Destinations With Breathtaking Views

by Lexa Pennington / Oct 28, 2014 /
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Skiing is not only a fantastic way of keeping fit, but the spectacular beauty of many European premium ski resorts make them a scenic and appealing holiday destination, regardless of how much piste action you see. If you’re contemplating a skiing holiday, whether it’s your first time or you are experienced skiers looking for somewhere new and attractive to explore, then knowing which areas offer outstanding beauty can help you make the best visual choice. Read on to discover some of the most breath-taking ski spots in Europe, certain to give you a holiday to remember.

View from the Saulire peak at 2700 metres, the highest Courchevel peak. North-easterly view showing Vizelle gondola.

View from the Saulire peak at 2700 metres, the highest Courchevel peak. North-easterly view showing Vizelle gondola. Wikimedia Commons: Pete Southsea

 

Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Streets of traditional Swiss chalets and a traffic-free village give Saas-Fee plenty of chocolate-box pretty appeal. Its good looks have resulted in the area being used to film a music video as well as providing a stunning holiday experience for thousands of skiers. Surrounded by impressive peaks which are known for their reliable snow, the area has plenty to offer beginner and intermediate skiers, as well as those who prefer to simply shop or enjoy the après-ski.

 

Morning in Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Morning in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Wikimedia Commons: Copernicus

Verbier, Switzerland 

Possibly the most luxurious resort in the entire European Alps, Verbier is crammed full of designer shops, fancy restaurants, and cocktail bars. The skiing joins up to the 4 Vallies giving over 200km of piste, and such a variety of slopes that even the locals never leave the town. All of the accommodation and luxury chalets in Verbier can be booked through Tempston Luxury, who also offer various private catering options. The town is well suited to both family and groups of friends!

Zermatt, Switzerland

Dominated by the unique and unforgettable Matterhorn, Zermatt has a long and distinguished reputation as a superb skiing destination. The town is a large one, blending traditional buildings with more modern developments. The snow is usually excellent and there is plenty of opportunity for off-piste exploration. Benefit from spectacular views of the Matterhorn and other mountains in the range, which can be enjoyed from the comfort of the iconic mountain railway as well as from the ground.

 

Zermatt at night

Zermatt at night. Wikimedia Commons: chensiyuan

 

Courmayeur, Italy

With a fantastic location boasting views across the Monte Bianco Massif, Courmayeur offers varied skiing and the chance to enjoy classic runs which are well-known for their spectacular scenery. Why not enjoy the thrill of the Vallée Blanche run down to Chamonix on the French side of the Alps? Traditional restaurants and pleasant accommodation ensures that this resort is one of the most visually impressive spots in Europe.

 

Courmayeur from the North

Courmayeur from the north, to the left Val Ferret, right Val Vény. Wikimedia Commons: anaulin

 

Courchevel, France

Famous for its spectacular skiing as well as the unbridled luxury of much of the accommodation, retail opportunities and fine dining, it’s still possible to enjoy an affordable holiday at this amazing location. Part of the Three Valleys area, skiing here is varied and easily accessible. Well-known as a haunt of the rich and famous, Courchevel is actually composed of four small villages, distinguished from one another by their respective heights. The most exclusive is Courchevel 1850, which has been named as the sixth most expensive place in the world!

 

 Courchevel 1850 shot from the balloon

Courchevel 1850 shot from the balloon. Wikimedia Commons: Nikgrech

 

Whether you chose to stay in one of these irresistibly appealing resorts or opt for another nearby, a skiing trip to the Alps guarantees fantastic snow and skiing action as well as some of the prettiest and most impressive scenery in the world. If you crave the excitement and exhilaration of challenging runs amongst beautiful mountains, amazing valleys and timeless, traditional Alpine villages, then a trip to the peaks of Europe is an absolute necessity.

You can book a superb ski holiday package deal though MountVacation’s website and let your eyes feast on the breathtaking scenery.