Ski resorts are just as you imagined them to look like - picturesque mountain villages, cosy chalets with firewood crackling in a relaxed atmosphere, and stunning snow-capped peaks.
Europe is home to many of these resorts. They are so beautiful that you can't resist not documenting your ski holiday for your Instagram feed.
So, if you're searching for the prettiest ski resorts in Europe to grace your Instagram, refer below for a list of Europe's most Instagrammable ski destinations.
1. Lech, Austria
Lech is the place to be for a luxury ski holiday in Austria. The picturesque ski mountain village with perfectly groomed slopes and snow-capped mountains in the background can make your Instagram followers green with envy. Make your ski holiday even more envy-inducing by staying in super luxury hotels in Lech with stunning mountain views.
While Lech has a reputation for being a favourite hideaway of the elites, it can cater to every traveller regardless of your budget. It has family-run mountain lodges with Instagram-worthy views. In addition, Lech's slopes are suitable for skiers of all levels. For every groomed pistes, you will find a tricky bump run to test even the most expert skiers.
Lech's relative isolation is one of its draws, although it can also mean travelling there can be tricky, especially in bad weather and extreme snowfall. The summer route through Lech Valley shuts in the winter, and there's no rail connection nearby. For those driving, the best option is over the Arlberg and Flexen passes.
Aside from being part of Austria's largest ski area and one of the world's most extensive ski resorts, Lech is a versatile ski resort, making it popular with families, free riders and ski tourers.
2. Courchevel, France
Courchevel sits along the Three Valleys, considered the world's largest ski area, boasting over 600 km of pistes and an interlinked lift system featuring over a hundred lifts. With a vast area, it has ski runs for all levels and abilities, making it an ideal destination for families. In addition, Courchevel has one of the longest ski seasons in the Alps. If you come here in summer, the views are jaw-droppingly beautiful, making it one of Europe's most Instagrammable ski destinations.
Courchevel is not just a single resort. It consists of four separate ski resorts known as the "Courchevel 1850," linked by lifts, pistes, and a road, which means easy access between the resorts and towards its various slopes. Each resort offers a distinctive charm and atmosphere, yet all are Instagrammable. While the Courchevel 1300 exudes an old, rustic charm, the Courchevel 1850 is classier and boasts a quintessential French Alps village charm.
Aside from skiing, Courchevel offers many other exciting activities to delight non-skiers. There's also a skating rink, sauna, spa, and fitness centre. Just like Courchevel 1850, you'll find a leisure centre called the Aquamotion Centre, which has indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, and a surfing area.
3. Bormio, Italy
Bormio is a charming spa town in the Alpine mountains of Italy's Lombardy region. Boasting almost 50 km of pistes covering the nearby ski resorts of Valdidentro and Santa Caterina, Bormio is an Instagrammable ski destination with a good mix of open runs and tree-lined pistes.
The slopes of Bormio are more suitable for intermediate level, but there are also some beginner runs. Expert skiers could get bored since there's little in the way of challenging terrains, except for the top-to-bottom downhill run. Nevertheless, Bormio is a fantastic destination for those looking for a beautiful ski resort town that they can boast on their Instagram.
While Bormio is renowned for its snow-capped skills and ski activities, the charming town is also a picturesque destination in summer. The mountain town looks even more beautiful in the summer, offering the perfect destination for Instagrammers and sports enthusiasts. Summer in Bormio offers an overwhelming mix of fun outdoor adventures, from mountain biking to trekking. Those more interested on relaxing will find thermal pools and spas to pamper themselves.
4. Zugspitze, Germany
Situated along the Eastern Alps' Wetterstein mountain chain, Zugspitze is Germany's highest point and a popular destination for skiing. It's home to the ski town of Garmisch Partenkirchen, the country's highest and most snow-sure ski destination, towering at 2,720 metres. Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks and snow as far as the eyes can see, Zugspitze is Europe's most Instagrammable ski destination.
Accomplished skiers will love Zugspitze's ski runs, featuring 89 lifts and over 200 km of paths. Unless it is the peak season, there's plenty available. Zugspitze appeals to skiers of all levels. However, it's most thrilling for experienced skiers. It's a popular destination for families, and you'll find plenty of ski schools at the foot of the mountain for kids and beginners.
Getting to Zugspitze is an adventure in itself. The views from the Eibsee cable car are incredibly scenic, stretching towards the deep blue of the mountain lake below. It certainly deserves a spot on your Instagram feed. It looks even more beautiful on days when the snow is perfect, with the sun shining brightly.
5. Zermatt, Switzerland
Having a reputation for being one of the world's best ski holiday destinations, consistently being booked with ski holiday provider SNO, Zermatt is the perfect destination for your European ski adventure. Sitting at the heart of the Swiss Alps, the picturesque resort town is renowned for its spectacular mountain scenery and is undoubtedly Instagram-worthy. And with the iconic Matterhorn towering in the background, your Instagram posts in Zermatt will leave your followers swooning withoh envy.
Home to a picture-postcard town with wooden chalet buildings lining its pretty streets, Zermatt looks straight out of the pages of a fairy-tale book. It boasts several kilometres of pistes slopes, luring skiers of all levels. The ski area occupies two countries connected to the nearby Italian village of Cervinia.
You'll be in awe of the incredible mountain vistas from every angle as you explore Zermatt's vast ski area. Zermatt is also a delight for foodies, home to Switzerland's top restaurants, including mountain eateries surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
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