Best Resorts in the Alps

Best Resorts in the Alps

Whether you’re in a search of a new skiing rush, a ski bunny seeking tame slopes but wild nights or looking for place to take the family, the Alps have what you’re looking for.

The Alps span the Mediterranean coast of France through Switzerland, Northern Italy, Austria and into Slovenia. The peaks are bigger than most in North America, meaning long, endless runs, lengthy seasons, dramatic scenery and plenty of diverse terrain.

Chalets in Courchevel, France. One of the few ski resorts with multiple Michelin star restaurants. The Chabichou and Le Bateau Ivre have two stars apiece. For some French country atmosphere, local specialties and top-notch foie gras, book a table at the Le Bistrot du Praz in Courchevel 1300.

Chamonix, France. Home to Europe’s highest peak, the beautiful 15,771-foot Mont Blanc, this testosterone-charged resort offers some of the world’s most challenging skiing. Its reputation as a global off-piste capital attracts adrenaline junkies from all over.

Livigno, Italy. This carefree, unpretentious Italian resort has a long season, over 62 miles of perfectly groomed runs and lots of sun. A tax-free shopping haven at 5,905 feet above sea level, Livigno has terrific restaurants and accommodations for all budgets.

Wengen, Switzerland. Stepping off the quaint cog train here is like stepping back in time. Children still get around on their toboggans in this magical village amid the Jungfrau mountain range, with the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau as spectacular backdrops. The resort also has natural ice-skating, mountaineering and snowshoeing. Apres-ski is laid-back, with folklore evenings, dining or hobnobbing at a few bars and restaurants.

Megeve, France. One of the oldest ski villages in the Alps, this quaint yet chic village has cobbled streets, horse and buggies, and picturesque wooden chalets.

St. Anton, Austria, pulsating apres-ski scene is as fast and furious as the skiing itself. Many start the day’s revelries at wild on-slope watering holes such as the Krazy Kangaruh or the record-breaking beer-dispensing Mooserwirt before heading to town for dinner. Head to the Sennhutte for schnapps, beer and dancing in ski boots on tables to Austrian accordion oompah and Euro techo-pop. Be careful when skiing back down to town in the dark!

St. Moritz, Switzerland. Has 117 miles of trails meandering through the famous Engadine valley and along the resplendent, glittery shores of St. Moritz Lake. The station provides illuminated night trails, heated dressing rooms and a top-notch ski school.

Verbier, Switzerland is a village located in south-western Switzerland in the canton of Valais. It is one of the largest holiday resort and ski areas in the Swiss Alps and is recognized as one of the premiere “off-piste” resorts in the world. Some areas are covered with snow all year. Many top skiers have settled in the Verbier area in order to take advantage of the steep slopes, varied conditions and resort culture.

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