Blog post by Sophie Nicholson

Our Top 5 Hidden European Ski Resorts

Authentic, friendly, cosy, and full of character – our handpicked European Ski Gems all offer genuine and immersive winter experiences.

Think crackling fires, log cabins, friendly locals, amazing cuisine, quiet pistes, and secret powder stashes.

If you’re looking to escape the rat run this winter, we’ve got a whole host of amazing places up our ski jacket sleeves. Here’s five ideas to get you thinking…

1. Baqueira Beret – Spanish Pyrenees

With excellent snow cover and an impressive mix of both on and off-piste terrain, Baqueira Beret offers world-class skiing with a laid-back Spanish vibe.  The frantic ‘first lift’ mindset just doesn’t exist here which means you can truly relax and enjoy the fantastic tapas and Tempranillo at your own pace.

A couple of additional and mega plus points for Baqueira come in the shape of the low-cost heli skiing and the excellent British ski school on offer in the resort.

Best For: Anyone looking for a relaxed vibe with quality skiing and delicious food in droves.

2. Champoluc, Monterosa – Italy

If you’re into uncrowded slopes, excellent powder skiing, stunning scenery and Prosecco at après then the genuine alpine village of Champoluc will be right up your street.

Situated in the acclaimed Monterosa ski area (Italy’s Three Valleys), the skiing around Champoluc is not just vast, it’s truly world-class. The pistes are groomed with genuine Italian love and attention and the off-piste is as sensational as the homemade gnocchi in the local restaurants.

If a couple of Proseccos in the sun sounds like you’re perfect version of après ski then Champoluc could be an ideal choice this winter.

Best For: Prosecco, pasta and powder lovers, families and friendly folks

3. Åre – Sweden

Arguably the best ski resort in Scandinavia, Åre (pronounced aura) is a snow-sure destination located 220 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Whilst temperatures can be a tad chilly here from time to time, Åre is a warm, welcoming and trendy place with excellent skiing, fine dining and a cosmopolitan vibe. Think pine-scented saunas, pristine slopes, tasty Scandinavian treats and serene Swedish style.

Best For: Families, foodies and night skiing lovers

4. Levi – Finland

Finland’s premier ski resort – Levi – could be the perfect winter destination. Remote, beautiful, pure and traditional – a holiday in Levi offers everyone a chance to explore winter as it was meant to be. If you’re looking for excellent skiing, northern lights and a host of other other winter adventure potential then it’s time to head north.

Best For: Families, polar explorers, husky lovers and wilderness fans

 5. Fjord Ski Touring – Sunnmore Alps, Norway

If you’re looking for a truly unique ski touring experience then it’s time to leave the crowded alpine huts and busy skin tracks behind and head up north to the Sunnmore Alps. The opportunity to explore this remote and untouched part of the world aboard the beautiful wooden HMS Gassten is truly something special. Oh and the skiing, scenery, food and friendly crew are pretty amazing too!

Best For: Backcountry skiers looking for a top quality adventure with a difference

If you’re looking to mix it up this winter and experience something different from your European ski holiday then get in touch – there are plans to be made!

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