Close your eyes and imagine a picturesque village nestled into the base of The Alps. You stand on your private terrace, drink your coffee and think about the rush of adrenaline you’ll soon experience as you ski down the mountain in an awe-inspiring part of the world!
It’s nice to imagine this but even better would be to experience it! Seasoned and novice travelers alike are answering the call of the snow, scenery, culture and cuisine of The Alps. Ski enthusiasts and those who are enthusiastic to try skiing are flocking to Europe for their ski adventures at a record pace!
Some of our favorite ski destinations are nestled in the 800 miles of European Alpine runs, from the jet-set and glamour resorts of France and Switzerland, to the lesser known mountains of Austria and Italy. Whether you’re traveling with the family and want a traditional chalet or traveling with your love and want a luxurious hotel for a romantic weekend on the slopes – Luxury Concierge Travel can design the perfect ski experience for you! Here are a few of our designers favorite Alpine ski experiences:
1. France – Chamonix sits in the shadow of Mont Blanc and offers some of the most challenging skiing in Europe. The town is in the center of a string of villages spread out along a valley cutting deep through the Alps; the village of Argentiere is six miles up the valley, beneath the renowned Grands-Montets slopes, and Les Houches is a small resort a few miles below. The huge variety of on- and off-piste skiing in Chamonix attracts all levels of skiers, and this shows in the sportive atmosphere in the bars and restaurants. Chamonix is known for its ski-hard-party-hard atmosphere and the nightlife won’t disappoint. There is a casino for those wishing to try their luck on the tables. Chamonix’s other activities include swimming, bathing in Turkish baths, indoor ice skating, and bowling.
2. Switzerland – Go big, or go home, the mindset in Verbier! Situated between the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc at a height of 5,000 feet, a Verbier ski vacation offers one of the largest ski areas in Europe. Verbier offers the blend of a happening ski town, incredibly scenic Alpine peaks and some of the most renowned Swiss skiing. This delightful village is located on a sunny plateau, in the grand circuit of the Four Valleys ski areas—linking Verbier to Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon.
3. Austria – Expert Skiing, Amazing Nightlife…here it is in St. Anton. If you’re looking to escape to a charming Austrian village that offers a unique modern-meets-historic experience, a St. Anton ski vacation fits the bill. Renowned for its happening nightlife, this Arlberg resort town offers visitors a wide range of restaurants, bars, shops and accommodations. The pedestrian village and easy lift access makes it one of the best all-in-one destinations in the Alps. Escape the hubbub of the village on the vast slopes of Arlberg ski region, which includes bus-accessed Zurs and Lech ski resorts, and discover the infinite terrain that makes this area one of Europe’s premier destinations.
4. Italy – Cortina – If a lively party scene, both during après-ski and late into the night, a fashionable base village and million-dollar views are high on your travel BLISS list, then a Cortina ski vacation is sure to impress. Cortina, unlike other Italian ski resorts, is exclusively in Italy, you won’t find Germanic influences or speakers here, making it an authentic experience. So, if you want to blend in with the Italians, there’s only one way to explore the Dolomiti Superski, a massive interconnected 460-lift system, comprised of 12 resorts and over 750 miles of trails. Wake up late, ski to one of literally hundreds of restaurants, eat a huge lunch, wash it down with some wine, then lie in the sun and take a nap until four o’clock in the afternoon when everyone heads down to the disco. But if you do want to experience the endless ski terrain, unlike the Italian visitors, Cortina truly has something for every level.
5. Germany – Garmisch -A mere 60 miles south of Munich lies the winter wonderland of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This resort is situated around Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. This iconic mountain is abutted by the joined villages of Garmisch and Partenkirchen. Garmisch Partenkirchen has been noted for an almost perfect winter climate: not too cold, plenty of sunshine and considerable snowfall. This sprawling resort is spread over numerous ski areas, some of which straddle the Austrian border. With a “Top Snow Card” lift ticket, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 175 miles of terrain via 53 chairlifts. You can even ride a cogwheel train to get turns and views atop Garmisch’s high glacial peaks. Vacationers have even more to experience in Garmisch’s village including authentic Bavarian accommodations and traditional beer gardens, halls and restaurants. A Garmisch ski vacation also offers visitors a more modern experience and amenities in its 24-hour casino. But be sure you’ve had enough sleep because there are tons of outdoor winter activities and events to experience, including 68 miles of cross-country trails.
Crisp air, breathtaking scenery, exquisite shopping, culture, action, relaxation and more! Don’t just imagine…the amazing Alpines of Europe are calling you! So call us and we’ll tailor an experience just for you!