Europe is certainly the leading ski holiday destination in the world. Amid a dip in the value of the Euro and a gloomy global economy, tourists are still seeking for their winter sports fix. The beginning of December, the end of January, and the end of April are always the cheapest times to plan a skiing trip. However, timings and dates vary depending on snow conditions. Hoping for the first full skiing season in three years due to the Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions, avid skiers are excited to explore their options this year. Across Europe, many properties are already booked with people gearing up for this unbeatable experience.
Deciding where to ski in Europe can be difficult, as there are numerous options available in France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. These top destinations are not only renowned for their ski-friendly climates but also for their terrain, infrastructure and amazing rental properties for tourists. The lively ski scenes and restaurants located in wildly scenic locations as well as luxurious lodging are some of the things which attract powder-hungry travelers every year to these locations. But with more than thousands of skiing resorts available in Europe itself, choosing the right winter getaway can be overwhelming.
Zermatt, Switzerland is known for its iconic Swiss location and impressive skiable terrain. The oldest winter holiday resort in the world – St. Moriz – attracts avid skiers from across the world.
Courchevel in France is a dream ski destination and is also popular for post-skiing fun as it is connected to Les Trois Vallees ( The Three Valleys). This upscale ski destination has its own share of Michelin-starred restaurants and a dedicated child ski area. The resort’s natural high elevation ensures guaranteed snow during winters. Overlooking the French Alps, Chamonix in France boasts legendary off-piste skiing in addition to its fantastic inbound skiing and expert terrain.
Coming to the Dolomites in Italy, Cortina d’Ampezzo is well connected to 12 ski areas which all operate under one pass. This resort has been appointed as the 2026 Winter Olympics host. The town of Courmayeur in Italy boasts stunning views of Mont Blanc and does not only draw skiers but people also flock to the resort town to ride the Skyway Monte Bianco cable car.
A global worsening of energy prices and the cost of living crisis has left a huge impact on ski operations. Panarotta ski area in Italy has already announced that it will not be operating ski lifts this winter. Operators of both big and small ski resorts are closely monitoring the situation.
In France, many resorts are currently in negotiations to renew energy contracts and are working towards a 10% drop in energy consumption this season. An increase in the cost of ski passes is unavoidable and Dolomite Superski is already facing a 10% hike in their ticket prices.
In Switzerland, Jungfrau ‘the Top of Europe’ has an adult advance booking season pass whose price has risen from CHF 777 (€783) to CHF 850 (€857). Many resorts are trying to adopt energy-saving measures like turning down the thermostat, restrictions on night skiing, and slower-moving ski lifts. Properties which have already invested in renewable and sustainable ways of operating are at a distinct advantage and will implement no hikes in their prices this season. In order to achieve savings this year, families should book in advance during off-peak weeks and track early bird passes.