Guest blog by David Coates
Europe is a beautiful location to visit. The continent harbors a multitude of countries famous for their beautiful landscapes, iconic languages, and cultures. It’s also home to some of the finest ski resorts. But did you know that skiing actually existed before the conception of civilization? It’s believed that hunter-gatherers developed and used skis when hunting and migrating during the ice age. Skiing has also had an important role in European history, as it was used by farmers in Europe during the Middle Ages. These are just some of the reasons this activity is at the heart of European culture and lifestyle. So where better to go and experience skiing than Europe? Here are five of the best skiing destinations to visit in Europe all with a variety of different qualities and preferences in mind.
1. Alpe d’Huez – France
The French Alps are famous for their majesty and beauty. Alpe d’Huez is an excellent location to go skiing, whether you are a novice or a more experienced skier. The resort is open all year round and has become famous and prestigious in the sporting world, not just for its skiing – it’s also famous for its grueling Tour de France stage. For an extremely versatile sporting resort look no further than Alpe d’Huez.
2. Kitzbuhel and SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixenta – Austria
Austria is a beautiful country with exceptional landmarks and natural beauty. SkiWelt and Kitzbuhel are located in the western province of Tyrol. Kitzbuhel, in particular, has been voted the world’s best ski resort almost every year. For an incredible skiing experience visit SkiWelt or Kitzbuhel this season. SkiWelt also offers a more family-friendly and diverse experience for skiers. The resort here is friendlier and a better choice for skiers with less experience.
3. Livigno – Italy
Located in the beautiful Valtellina valley, Livigno has been voted as Italy’s best ski resort for two consecutive years and it’s suitable for all abilities – whether for entry-level skiers or professionals. Livigno holds an incredible 115km of ski slopes with beautiful views from the peaks of the Alpine mountains. Some of Italy’s greatest skiing experiences can be found here.
4. Jasna – Slovakia
Jasna, located in the deeply wooded Low Tatras mountains, has become Slovakia’s greatest ski resort. The resort offers multiple powder runs for all levels, and the thickly wooded slopes offer incredible views of the surrounding countryside. You can even ski in the evening on illuminated slopes! Slovakia’s beautiful landscapes can be seen from the peaks of its beautiful Low Tatras ranges.
5. Hemsedal – Norway
Hemsedal is a family-friendly resort perfect for groups and families to visit. Located in Norway’s Scandinavian mountains, the resort offers some of the country’s highest skiing and best snow conditions. The resort offers incredible views of the surrounding landscape, too, with rugged peaks and heavily wooded slopes all around you. A perfect resort for the family.
So when can I start skiing?
Before venturing out on a skiing holiday, it’s wise to consider the costs of flights, accommodation and travel insurance. It’s important to consider all your options and decide which resorts are suitable for your trip. Although accidents are relatively rare (with 1.7% of UK skiers returning home in crutches), skiing can still be a dangerous activity, so it’s important to organize the right insurance for peace of mind. You can focus all your energy on the skiing instead – worrying is snow fun after all!
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