By Daniel Mackrell on December 03, 2019
In Europe there are thousands of ski areas with slopes that appeal to skiers and snowboarders of all levels.
Our latest study looks at the best ski areas in Europe and ranks the 25 best places by examining many aspects that are important for skiers who want to get the most out of their time in the snow.
The elements we analyzed include the altitude and average snowfall on the mountains, the total number of departures, and the time it takes you to get there from the airport.
There were a total of fourteen French resorts that made it into the top 25, six came from Austria and five from Switzerland.
What are the best ski areas in Europe?
Our research has shown that Les 4 Vallees in Switzerland is the best ski resort in Europe based on the measurements we analyzed.
The area connects four ski areas with one ski pass and offers the ultimate experience for thrill seekers. It consists of Veribier, La Tzoumaz Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon, and they can be found in the country's southwestern mountain range,
Les 4 Vallees took third place overall and fifth place in the average snowfall, while 103 km had the most black runs, making it a great place for experienced skiers.
The French towns Les 3 Vallees and Les Portes du Soleil took second and third place overall, followed by two Austrian towns – Saalbac Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn and SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brxiental, which made up the rest of the top five.
If you are a less experienced skier and want to take your first steps on the snow, you can check out the places with the most blue slopes and the places with the most ski schools.
France ranks first on the blue runs, with Les 3 Vallees offering a total of 312 km for beginners, Les Portes du Soleil 310 km and Tignes 300 km away.
Most ski schools are located in two Austrian ski areas. There are 30 schools in the SkiWelt, 29 on the Ski Arlberg. Les 3 Vallees in France is not far behind. 26 ski schools are open to holidaymakers who want to improve their skiing skills.
If traveling from the airport is an important part of your travel planning, Megeve in France is the best place as it is only 20 minutes from the nearest airport.
Austria and Switzerland are the best areas to visit if you want more powder during your trip. Saalbach Hinterglemm in Austria has an average snowfall of 457 inches, while Laax in Switzerland has an average snowfall of 391 inches.
If you are planning a ski trip in Europe, you should read our interactive list to find out which resort is best for you.
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