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The Top 3 Ski Resorts in Europe

1. St. Moritz, Switzerland


Image courtesy of Carlton Hotel St Moritz

 

Located in the Engadin Valley, in the south of Switzerland, St. Moritz has something for everyone. Including slopes for winter sports enthusiasts, a track network for cross-country skiers and plenty of walking trails for winter hikers. The stunning St. Moritzersee frozen lake is set for skating, polo, cricket and curling. Providing some great alternatives when you’re feeling like giving your skis and snowboard a rest.

 

Most commercial flights will fly into Innsbruck or Milan airports, located a three-hour drive away from the resort. The most convenient way of getting there is to fly privately to Samedan Airport, just a ten-minute drive away from St Moritz.
 

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2. Courchevel, France


La Bergerie – Image courtesy of Oxford Ski

 

Courchevel has many things to offer all types of visitors whether it’s glamorous party spots, excellent family hotels or fantastic slopes.

 

Courchevel is at the east end of the highest resort in Europe, Les Trois Vallées, the world’s largest linked ski arena with over 600 kilometres of slopes and the heart of French Alps.

 

Courchevel consists of four charming villages, whose names reflect the different altitudes of each resort. Courchevel 1850 is known for its luxurious hotels and famous clientele, whilst the other villages are more family orientated.

 

Courchevel also has the highest asphalted runway in Europe, at an altitude of 2,008 metres. Landing at this airport provides you with amazing views and not to mention avoiding a very long drive from Grenoble or Lyon, the closest airports commercial flight airports.
 

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3. Gstaad, Switzerland


Image courtesy of The Alpina Gstaad, Gourmoer

 

The skiing season in Gstaad begins at the end of October and finishes at the start of May, thanks to the vast glaciers of the Bernese Oberland valley, where the resort is situated. Guaranteed snow for half a year makes the resort a unique spot for winter sports lovers. The alps surrounding Gstaad and overlooking magnificent castles creates a great setting for a romantic winter getaway.

 

For the adrenaline seekers, there is a wide range of slopes and off-slope routes. The Snowpark Glacier 3000 offers snowboarders brilliant facilities to practice their skills at various difficulties lines with tables, rails and boxes at an altitude of nearly 3,000 metres.

 

The best option to get to Gstaad is to fly directly to Sion Airport, which is located less than 100 kilometres away. It is then a short helicopter ride or drive to Gstaad. This small airport can easily accommodate private jets and is a great alternative to flying to Geneva.
 

Chartering a private aircraft will make your winter break completely hassle-free by getting you to your destination in the most convenient way as possible.

 

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