The easyCar Guide to European Ski Resorts: Part II

While many of us dread the winter months and keep our eyes peeled for the first signs of spring, the season does bring with it joy for those who have been waiting for the chance to grab their skis, boards and boots and hit the slopes. A great combination of thrilling sport, continental foods and fun après-ski activities tempt many of us to Europe for our skiing holidays, and there are plenty of resorts to choose from. Back in November, we recommended three top skiing resorts for both the tried-and-tested powder fanatics and the novices alike; here are three more of our favourites:

Val Thorens, France

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  • 140km of piste
  • Highest lift: 3230m
  • Quality of snow: Good
  • Lift pass prices

As Europe’s highest resort, with three of its mountain peaks measuring above 3000m, you are always guaranteed good-quality snow in Val Thorens, even late in the season. The mountain views are breathtaking, the slopes are plentiful, and the food especially is some of the best you’ll find in any French resort. We particularly recommend taking a visit to the Michelin-starred Oxalys if you can.

The closest airports to Val Thorens are Chambery and Geneva, which are 2 and 3 hour drives away respectively. If you’re flying in, it’s well worth renting in advance from easyCar for a hassle-free drive to the resort from the airport, with some great scenery on offer for you on the drive.

  • Krkonose, Czech Republic

 

  • 24km of piste
  • Highest lift: 1275m
  • Quality of snow: Average – Good

Nearest airport: Prague

The Czech Republic isn’t the first place that comes to mind when most think of skiing, but the Krkonose Mountains, in the north of the country on the border with Poland, are a picturesque and popular location for a winter holiday – as well as being great for those on a budget. The Krkonose offers a great selection of downhill runs and cross-country routes, ideal for a gentle ski session to take in the scenery. Špindleruv Mlýn is the most popular resort, and is great for boarders as well as skiiers because of its modern parks and U-ramp. We recommend taking some time out from skiing to visit the beautiful waterfalls nearby, and definitely don’t miss the Harrachov beer spa.

 

  • Livingo, Italy

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Nearest airport: Zurich/Milan

Livingo is a small Alpine resort located on the Swiss border and a few hours from Milan airport (or Zurich on the other side). This resort is an excellent choice for families, with plenty of wide beginner slopes and ski schools on offer. There’s a generally traditional feel to the village itself too, for those who are trying to avoid too much of the après-ski student clubbing scene.

Like Val Thorens, its high altitude guarantees good snow from the end of November right up until the end of April. While it’s less accessible than other resorts, it’s worth the car ride for the money you’ll save at the resort itself, which is a duty-free zone.

Wondering how you’ll get your kit from the airport to the slopes? When you get a rental car with us, you’ll have the convenient option of adding a ski rack to your rental car.

Have a read through our previous guide to European skiing resorts for further information. Have we missed off your favourite? Let us know via social media.

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