European Ski Destinations for all Abilities
Winter is now upon us and for many holidaymakers that means booking a trip to the ski slopes. When it comes to finding the right ski resort for you, there's an endless choice of accommodation, facilities and locations to suit every taste.
However, one of the biggest considerations that should guide your choice of resort is finding the ski destination that suits your specific level of ability.
With this in mind, here is a look at the best French, Swiss and Austrian ski resorts available and which level of skill they cater to.
Alpe d'Huez, France
For anyone considering ski holidays in the Alps, there is an excellent area for beginners available in Alpe d'Huez, with notably broad and gentle slopes. The area has speed restrictions to prevent the more advanced skiers intimidating those learning. As well as this, the four free beginners' lifts means you don't have to fork out if you're still unsure whether it's the right sport for you.
With the longest black-rated run in Europe, advanced skiers will be spoilt for choice in the six valleys that make up L'Alpe d'Huez La Sarenne.
Les Deux Alpes
This is a ski resort that offers the best of both worlds. The 225 kilometres of ski runs cater to those who are just starting out as well as the more advanced skiers. There is also an outstanding snowpark, half pipe and big air contest available for people who may be curious to check out other winter sports.
Are you ready to take your skiing to the next level? Arcs Extreme may be ideal for you. There is high performance snowboarding and ski equipment available for hire, as well as advanced ski training programmes for anyone showing particular promise.
There is a nice array of nursery slopes on the edge of the village and when you're ready to progress there are gentle runs on the glacier down into Morenia.
This is a truly all-round ski location, with excellent family-friendly facilities and ski runs to suit all standards. It's a great location for cross country skiers, with 105 miles of runs to choose from. If you get tired of your skis, swap them for your snow shoes and a long walk in the picturesque valley.
With excellent snow for most of the season, you won't find a location which is better suited for making those first turns. There are plenty of beginners' slopes to choose from and the ski school offers great value for money classes.
There's a huge variety of choice when it comes to skiing in Kitzbühel, with the most famous being the Hahnenkamm downhill run. But that's not all that's available here. With over 158km of its own runs, Kitzbühel ski holidays offer excellent choice of terrain and difficulty for skiers of all abilities.
St Anton features generally quite steep slopes and a healthy variety when it comes to the more challenging ski routes. It is definitely a destination for the more confident skiers in your group.