The Best Ski Hotels in Europe: 2022-2023
Picturing yourself on top of a snow-covered landscape? The feeling of cold air and adrenaline as you glide down the slopes? It’s true, there’s nothing quite like a ski holiday. From charming towns to lively après-ski spots, ski hotels offer something for everyone. Here’s our take on some of the best ski hotels in Europe.
You’ve probably heard of this tiny village, even if you’re not a frequent visitor. Known for its world-famous Matterhorn mountain peak, Zermatt has been featured in everything from commercials to chocolate bars. With its wooden chalets and horse-drawn carriages, it’s hard not to feel like you’re living a fairytale. Looking for some of the best food? The popular Swiss resort will also spoil you with a wonderful selection of eateries nestled high in the clouds; combining world-class cuisine with stunning mountain views.
Ticking most boxes, Val d’Isère has more activities for skiers and snowboarders than anywhere else in Europe. The high-altitude village boasts one of the world’s best lift systems, carrying up to 161,000 people per hour by cable car. Looking to take a break from the snow? The village of Val d’Isère has a unique buzz to it, with several after-dinner bars and nightclubs to spend your après ski. If you’re looking for the best the French alps has to offer, stay at the Chalet Alpen Valley, and drive to Val D’Isère (located one hour away).
The ‘capital of the Alps’ has hosted the Winter Olympics three times, and is the perfect destination for adventure seekers and mountaineers alike. Serving up 308 km of ski areas and 111 lifts, Innsbruck is the perfect intersection of ski holiday meets city trip. If you’re traveling with a group of friends, you’ll also have a chance to explore several boutiques, museums and restaurants. Visiting in the winter? Don’t miss out on the magical Christmas markets; delivered straight from a Christmas movie. Consider staying at the Grauer Bär, the 4-star hotel is located in the city center and was established in 1850.
Val Gardena Italy
At the heart of the majestic Dolomites is Val Gardena. As a magnet for pro skiers and powder hunters, Val Gardena is a holiday paradise, renowned for its warm hospitality. Whether you’d prefer to hike, cycle or enjoy the region’s exciting cultural events, you’ll find yourself surrounded by breathtaking peaks and picturesque meadows. Spend your days exploring the charming villages of South Tyrol, and savor the local cuisine in the evening. Book your stay at the Grand Hotel Wolkenstein, and unwind in their swimming pool or hot tub.
Siera Nevada Spain
As Europe’s southernmost ski resort, the Sierra Nevada ski resort of Pradollano is about as far from Alpine style as you can get. Only a few hours from Costa de Almeira, you’ll be able to treat yourself to the slopes in the morning, while you sunbathe in the afternoon. Outside your ski hours, you can enjoy walks through the area’s lush river valleys and pine forests, and take in the region’s rare flora and fauna. Looking for a luxurious getaway? Stay at the Vincci Rumaykiyya, a chalet-style resort drenched in peace and serenity.
Visited by stars like Julie Andrews and Roger Moore, Gstaad is a ski town that is stuck in time, complete with chocolate shops, swiss chalets, and horse-drawn carriages. Add that to its Glacier 3000 and 200km of slopes, and you have everything you need for a perfect day on the slopes. Whether you’re keen on trying your hand at snow hiking or cross-country, Gstaad offers the best of winter sports. Stay at the GOLFHOTEL les Hauts de Gstaad & SPA, a 100-year-old historical hotel complete with spacious rooms and suites.