Since their inception in 1924, the Winter Olympic Games have been hosted 13 times by a European nation, making it the highest number for any continent.
Speaking strictly from a skiing point of view, Europe has it all―tall, snowy mountains, amazing weather conditions, and outstanding facilities for winter sports. As the skiing season begins, enthusiasts from all over the world head to Europe to ski, snowboard, and ice skate to their heart's content.
Another reason that draws skiers to Europe is the relative ease of traveling from one country to another. So, whether you choose to visit one country or ten, it only adds to your skiing experience.
10 Amazing Places to Go Skiing in Europe
But the single aspect that puts Zermatt in this list is the domineering presence of the Matterhorn. Skiers come here to enjoy the three interconnected Swiss skiing zones, as well as two more across the border in Italy.
Rugged, thrilling, and unpredictable is what best describes the skiing experience in Chamonix, with 11 ski zones in the vicinity. During peak season, skiers can enjoy vertical drops of up to 9,000 feet. Chamonix is located in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France.
What brings skiers here is the Männlichen-Kleine Scheidegg trail, an Alpine trail that offers the most amazing views you'll ever witness. Interlaken is a town located in the Swiss canton of Bern.
With 75 miles of downhill runs of varying difficulty levels, this area also has 68 miles of cross-country trails, and a terrain park as well. The Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is located in southern Germany.
Lapland is the perfect getaway for families wanting to soak in some history, as well as enjoy their time skiing. Besides the obvious, you'll also be able to witness the northern lights since you're so close to the Arctic. It is a province in northern Finland.
Heiti Gsteig and Lauenen are favored by beginners, whereas snowboarders love to frequent La Braye. Gstaad is located in the canton of Bern, southwestern Switzerland.
Europe offers the best in terms of skiing; be it facilities, or spell-bounding natural beauty. So, if skiing in Europe is on your mind, just take a pick from any of these amazing destinations and enjoy the vacation of a lifetime!