I’m almost finished my Trans Siberian trip (taking an 81 hour train to Moscow the day after tomorrow!) so Europe beckons for the first time in a couple of years. I’m really excited about trekking through Europe for the rest of the year, to finally hit up some of the countries I’ve been missing out on since I made travel my full-time lifestyle.
After hiking in Kazakhstan today and narrowly missing out on skiing here, it whetted my appetite for my journey ahead. I can’t wait to hit the alps and crash a thousand times or so as I finally try to master skiing (very slim chance), in tribute to that I thought I’d research the top 5 ski resorts in the alps:
Always featuring in the top 10 lists for ski resorts, Zermat is a must-see for all skiiers. The fact that it’s found on Switzerland’s most famous and most photographed mountain, Matterhorn, helps too; not to mention all the swiss luxury chalets to choose from, the all night parties and the 365 days a year snow. Perfect.
2) St Moritz:
Definitely more Austrian than French, but almost more Hollywood than Switzerland with all the glitz assocoiated with it. The actual skiing is quite spread out throughout the area, from Corviglia to Diavolezza but it’s still Switzerland so there are more than enough cable cars to get you around!
By all account this is much more backpacker friendly than pretty much any other resort in the area, with cheap (relative of course) accommodation, cheap booze and cheap restaurants. This place lacks the pizazz of many other places, but it makes up for it in personality.
It’s a bit of a newbie which means, for a while at least, the prices aren’t extortionate. Arosa attracts a lot of younger skiiers so it’s traveler-friendly too, and it has a great selection of beginner and intermediate routes so people like me don’t break their necks quite so easily.
This makes the list for my family and friends, more than a novice like me. It’s very isolated, therefore a little pricier, but the slopes are much emptier, and your chances of untouched powder are sky high. Very appealing for people who have done many of the other places.
I can’t wait to get my teeth stuck into some serious European skiing, hope to see you guys on the slopes! Happy travels!
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