Itching to whizz down ultra-steep slopes, or crisscross through the mountains? We’ve selected some of the finest ski resorts from around the world.
At almost 3,000 meters (9483 ft) above sea level, the Zugspitze is Germany’s tallest mountain. Head here for spectacular views and extensive ski slopes. There are also some geological highlights you can explore such as moraines from the last ice age. This ski area is known to be very family-friendly and well suited for younger people.
This season, Austria’s Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski resort is granting guests the right to cancel or postpone their stay free of charge. Winter sports lovers will need to purchase a ski pass and activate it by showing proof of full vaccination or recovery. Although some regional events have been scrapped due to the pandemic, guests can still go night-time tobogganing and skiing.
Switzerland’s Valais canton is ideal for skiing and snowboarding. Head for the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise that lies nearly 4,000 meters above sea level. Aside from first-class slopes, there is a brand-new autonomous gondola lift with camera and sensor technology. A new cable car is also planned, which will permanently link Matterhorn mountain with nearby Italy.
Val Gardena, Italy
Val Gardena, a valley in Italy’s South Tyrol province, is another fantastic spot for a winter getaway. Together with Seiser Alm, the two combine to form the largest ski resort in the Dolomites. You can also experience the longest ski slope in South Tyrol, the “La Longia”, which is more than 10 km long and features 1,273 m of elevation gain. The slopes even showcase a natural canyon and a frozen waterfall.
The largest ski resort in the Pyrenees, situated in one of the smallest countries of the world. With over 210 kilometres of ski trails, you are in for a treat. The region offers slopes specifically designed for children. You could even give the alpine trail or zip line a go.