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Are you a winter sports fan? Great, because we found about some ski resort destinations perfect for those skilled skiers and for the less talented ones! These ski slopes are perfect, and the top of the mountain landscapes are absolutely fascinating. So, I suggest grabbing your skis or snowboard and blast off these full of snow slides.
10. Åre, Sweden
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The Swedish resort, Åre, is a safe choice for beginners. Here you can explore frozen caves, eat a portion of hot delicious stew or take a trip in a dog sled, all these activities in one day. The resort is full of black slides and runs for advanced skiers, but also easy slopes ideal for kids and beginners. Besides Åre, Duved resort, located nearby, is a worldwide ski resort with top slopes even for snowboarding, telemark and carving, one of the most challenging techniques through which skiers are doing spectacular cornering. Also, extreme sports enthusiasts can practice heli-skiing here – plunging from a helicopter into unexplored snow. After skiing you can go to highest cafe in Sweden located on top Åreskutanca.
9. Baqueira Beret, Spain
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Baqueira Beret in Spain is one of the favorite winter destinations of the Spanish royal family, is a complete resort, divided into three distinct areas: Beret, Baqueira and Bonaigua with different features. The resort has maintained slopes ideal for all skiers, regardless their training level, a network of modern facilities, an adventure park for snowboarding enthusiasts. Baqueira Beret provides easy pedestrian access to parking facilities in the area, restaurants, cafeteria, school, and very wide and moderate slopes which makes this resort ideal for beginners and families. Also in Beret is located the Stadium, a place that often hosts high-level competitions. The geographical location of the resort and unique microclimate ensures an extra hour of daylight from other ski destinations in the Alps, and plenty of snowing so skier to enjoy skiing on the slopes.
8. Gstaad, Switzerland
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Swiss resort Gstaad is known for its combination of special experiences available to tourists, transforming it into an unequalled skiing destination. British actress Julie Andrews, Oscar winner for her role in the “Marry Poppins” musical, described the resort as “the last paradise in a crazy world.” Thus, the reputation of the resort has been associated with global high society luxury.
7. Kitzbühel, Austria
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Kitzbühel is recognized as the leading destination of winter sports in the Alps. Besides combining tradition and refinement, Kitzbühel has worldwide good reputation thanks to its golf courses, which have turned it into Alps golf center. Moreover, winter’s top event the ski competition on Hahnenkamm, where the best skiers in the world compete on the Streif slope with the hardest descent in the world, attracts many sports fans. Kitzbühel is also a place of contrasts, where Tyrolean rustic guest houses stand shoulder to shoulder with the international designer boutiques. The resort offers visitors a complete experience, from long walks on the medieval old town alleys, to elegant hotels and scenic hiking trails, but especially for those impressive slopes for all winter sports fans.
6. Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria
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Saalbach Hinterglemm is part of the “Ski circus” Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, the largest ski resort in Austria, with 270 km of slopes and 70 modern lifts for tourists. Saalbach Hinterglemm slopes are ideal for ski-in / ski-out (a concept that allows walking only with boots, without the need to change shoes). Also, the resort has amusement parks and over 50 mountain huts where you can buy and taste local specialties.
5. Saint Gervais, France
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Saint Gervais resort is closely located to the highest mountain in the Alps. The area has undergone through a radical transformation in recent years, and the specific Belle-Époque architecture regained its splendor, and the village has regained its original charm. In winter, Saint Gervais revive the magic of the night by multiplying outdoor nighttime activities, such as skiing, ski touring or snowshoeing. The resort is famous for its thermal baths, present here since the Roman Empire. The entire ski area Evasion Mont-Blanc, which hosts Saint Gervais, has a total of 445 km of slides and 217 ski slopes for all skiing levels. The six places that make up the Evasion Mont-Blanc, Saint Gervais, Saint Nicolas, Megève, Les Contamines, Combloux and La Giettaz are connected optimally by 116 lifts and shuttle buses with free access.
4. Saint-François-Longchamp, France
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The resort is located on the mountain between 1,450 and 1,650 meters altitude, being protected from Mont Blanc to the north and the Pic de l’Etendard to the south. Here are practiced a lot of winter sports, are given ski lessons for children and are organized dogsled rides, and in the evening you can make sleigh group descents. There are also a lot of spa centers. François Longchamp ski area is linked with Saint Valmorel forming together the “Grand Domaine” a playground for winter sports lovers, including over 165 km of ski slopes suitable for all tourists. In this area visitors can practice snowshoeing or Nordic skiing.
3. La Plagne, France
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La Plagne is a family resort located in the French Alps between 1,250 and 3,250 meters altitude. The destination has 225 kilometers of slopes for all levels of difficulty, known for this for over 50 years. Europe has seven bob slopes, including La Plagne, with unique slopes.
2. Alpe d’Huez, France
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Alpe d’Huez is located at 1,860 meters above sea level on a southern plateau of the mountainous group Grandes Rousses, being considered a paradise for those who love snow and outdoor fun, but also the sunny climate of the resort. The ski area called “Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski” includes Auris-en-Oisans resorts, Huez, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany, Villard-Reculas, La Garde and Le Freney. The peak, Pic Blanc measures almost 3,330 meters altitude and offers an exceptional panorama that includes over 20% of French territory. Alpe d’Huez offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports and cultural activities.
1. Val Thorens, France
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Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe, located at an altitude of 2,300 meters. For three consecutive years, 2014, 2015 and 2016 was awarded as “best ski resort in Europe”. There is also three Vallée, the largest ski area in the world with approximately 600 kilometers of interconnected slopes. This destination combines superlative skiing in a unique atmosphere, so each visitor gets a unique experience. The ski resort of Val Thorens promotes the concept ski-in / ski-out and is positioned as a car-free destination for tourists to be able to fully enjoy the pure mountain style.