If you’re the type of traveler who has been fantasizing about skiing from high Alpine peaks overlooking miles of idyllic cobblestone villages, or sipping succulent French wine on a sundrenched patio with the iconic summits of the Alps as your backdrop; then it’s time you started putting your plans into motion! For avid skiers and snowboarders, or anyone who appreciates a storied culture and breathtaking mountain views, a European ski vacation to any of these destinations should be bumped to the top of your travel list.
Zermatt is one of the most picturesque ski villages in the world and is located less than four hours from both Zurich and Milan. Switzerland is a country brimming with ski towns, but this city is the crown jewel, as it boasts scenery that is truly second to none. Every slope is postcard-worthy, and its skyline is dominated by the spiking pyramid of the Matterhorn, one of the most distinctive mountains on Earth.
Credited as being the birthplace of extreme skiing, and often defined as “you fall, you die”, the city of Chamonix offers travelers some the best lift-accessed steep skiing and snowboarding in the world. Located in the valley near the trisection of France, Italy and Switzerland, this destination lies in the shadow of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps.
One of the most stylish cities in Italy is also one of the country’s premier ski destinations. Located just three hours outside of Venice, Cortina is situated in a valley at approximately 4,000 feet and is surrounded by mountain peaks in every direction. Catering to all age groups and skill levels, this city harbors slopes that will be able to please everyone in your travel entourage.
Captivating medieval village transformed into internationally renowned ski destination, the vibrant city of Kitzbühel is the epitome of Austrian charm. This romantic locale, often referred to as the “Pearl of the Alps”, boats narrow cobbled streets, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and some of the most extensive skiing in the Alps. The posh attitude of the city spills over onto the slops, and travelers will find an array of trendy restaurants sprinkled throughout the mountainside.
The tiny land-locked principality in the Pyrenees known as Andorra is comfortably nestled between France and Spain. Andorra is an ideal alternative to pricier regions in the Alps, and offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the Pyrenees, resulting in optimum ski conditions. A day on the lifts offers skiers the chance to practice French, Spanish, German, Catalan, and even brush up on their Russian before they zip down the slopes, gliding between the pale blue glaciers, and breathing in the crisp, clean air.
Traveling to a foreign country can be daunting, regardless of how picturesque or powder-filled the locale may be, but Auto Europe makes planning your adventure a breeze. Fully immerse yourself in European ski culture and rely on us to help finalize the details of your European mountain excursion. Contact a reservation specialist toll-free at 1-888-223-5555!