A three-time champion, the ski resort Alpe d’Huez, located in Grenoble, France, has been voted European Best Ski Resort 2020 by European Best Destinations, the European Commission’s site dedicated to promote travel on the continent.
The best ski resorts competition is decided by travelers and the 15 most popular will be promoted throughout the year to more than six millions travelers, media and tourism professionals.
Based on the votes of some 120.000 travelers, the winners will be allowed to display the title “Best European Ski Resorts.”
Europe is the leading ski-holiday destination in the world and the 15 winners are the best in their respective countries.
The list includes, among others, the best ski resorts in Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland. The other 14 finalists are Avoriaz (Morzine, France), Zermatt (Switzerland), Val Thorens (France), Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy), Crans-Montana (Switzerland), Kitzbühel (Austria), La Plagne (France), Livigno (Italy), Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn (Austria), SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental (Austria), Val d’Isere (France), St. Moritz (Switzerland), Samnaun-Ischgl (Switzerland), Jungfrau (Switzerland) and Davos-Klosters (Switzerland).
With 300 tourism offices in Europe, EBD is, for the seventh year in a row, the most visited website for traveling in Europe.
“The Alpe d’Huez resort is a perfect mix of fun, relaxation and sport,” according to European Best Destinations. “It is the favorite resort for families but also friends, couples, beginners and experienced skiers. Alpe d’Huez is also the best ski resort for guaranteed snow.
Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental in Austria again arrived at the top of the list of favorite ski European resorts. It’s one of the largest and most modern ski resorts in the world with nearly 300 kilometres of ski runs. It has been voted best international ski resort out of 400 resorts around the world for four years in a row and was also voted best value-for-money ski resort in Austria.
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental “has a plethora of offers ranging from night skiing, winter hiking, paragliding, tobogganing, speed measurement runs and dozens of activities for children, fun parks, relaxation and wellness areas,” said the promoters.
At 2,300 meters, Val Thorens in France is the highest resort in Europe and the highest point of the largest ski area in the world, the Trois Vallées (600 kilometres of interconnected runs).
It’s the only site to be awarded Best Ski Resort in Europe four times, and is also regularly named as the best mountain resort in the world.
Livigno Ski Resort in Alta Valtellina, Italy’s Lombardy region, has 115 kilometers of alpine ski slopes (at 1,800 to 2,900 meters) for a total of 12 black slopes, 37 red and 27 blue, served by six cable ways, 14 chairlifts and 11 ski lifts.
In Livigno, the snow season starts early in the year and ends late. You can ski and practice all winter sports from autumn till May.
Crans-Montana ski resort is among the top five of the best ski resorts in Europe and appears in the first place of the best ski resorts in Switzerland. At an altitude ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 meters, the Crans-Montana ski area offers breathtaking views from its 140 kilometres of south-facing marked pistes, suitable for all levels,
“Crans-Montana combines all the benefits of the urban lifestyle within a mountain setting, with a wide selection of eateries ranging from mountain huts to award-winning restaurants, numerous boutiques and shops, a wellness centre, a variety of entertainment and a vibrant nightlife.”
Kitzühel Ski Resort in Austria wins the best ski resort in the world title almost every year. It appears in the sixth place of Best Ski Resorts for 2020 and ranked in first place of the best ski resorts in Europe for the New Year and in the first place of the most beautiful ski resorts in Europe.
“Tyrol’s most sophisticated resort attracts visitors from all over the world, including celebrities, with its traditional character combined with modern flair.”
Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn in Austria is #7 on the list and has been placed among the best ski holiday destinations for many years.
The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is one of the largest ski areas in Austria, “with an extensive range of activities, international flair and breath-taking natural landscapes, it is the coolest ski area in the Alps. 270 kilometers of slopes and much more are waiting to be discovered.”
La Plagne is one of the most iconic ski resorts in France and has been ranked among the top best ski resorts in Europe for seven years.
It’s part of Paradiski, the second largest ski area of the world with 425 kilometers of slopes. Of the actual ski area, 70% is above 2000 meters, which guarantees a high-level snow experience.