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Top 5 Picturesque Ski Resorts

8th January 2019

A blog from Seren...

When you think of a quintessential chocolate box style ski resort I’m sure there are a few that come to mind. Winter is our favourite season, and for many people, it’s not just the quality of the slopes of that is important, it’s the overall atmosphere of the resort.

We have compiled a list of some of the most beautiful ski resorts in Europe, pack your camera, these are truly picturesque.

5. Cortina d’Ampezzo – Italy

Situated in the Veneto area of Italy, just 2 hours from Venice, Cortina d’Ampezzo provides breathtaking views of the Dolomites. The village of Corso Italia sits at the heart of Cortina, it’s cobbled streets are traffic free thanks to the one-way link road that skirts the village. Lining the streets are a selection of chic boutiques and high-end jewellery stores. The jewel in the crown of Corso is the soaring church campanile which is floodlit in the evenings. Keep an eye on the mountains when dusk falls, they turn a beautiful dusty pink colour, keep the camera on hand, you won’t want to miss this.

4. Courchevel 1800 – France

Courchevel sits at one end of the world’s largest ski area, The Three Valleys. With terrain to suit every level of skier, there is truly something for everyone. Courchevel village is the largest of the four villages in the Courchevel area. It is a prestigious village often frequented by the rich and famous. This is not to say that Courchevel is only open to a certain budget. If you are looking to self-cater in Courchevel then Morion is ideal, the boulangerie is worth a visit. To save time, if the weather is pleasant, take the Plantrey chairlift instead of the main gondola in the morning, there is rarely a queue.

3. Saas Fee – Switzerland

Often regarded as one of the most charming resorts in the Alps, this snow-sure resort reaches up to 3,600m. As a resort, Saas Fee is ideal for beginners and families looking to enjoy a winter escape. The car-free town is relaxed and welcoming to all. As far as off-piste skiing is concerned it is recommended that you stay close to the marked piste due to the high risk of seracs and crevasses. In terms of accommodation, there is a range of properties available form luxury spas to rustic retreats. To maintain the traditional beauty of Saas Fee strict building regulations are enforced, meaning that every new building must follow the traditional Swiss chalet style of construction.

2. Megeve – France

Megeve is a rustic, charming village within close proximity to Geneva. Popular with French skiers, in particular, this beautiful village has a warm and welcoming air about it. If you are a food lover this is the resort for you, Megee is home to Michelin star restaurants, in fact, there are 8 that hold Michelin star status. As a resort, it tends to be busier on the weekends with locals and weekend ski lovers descending on the village. Megeve was the first ‘purpose-built’ resort in France, yet it oozes charm and traditional Haute Savoie design. In the heart of the resort is a beautiful 13th-century church, the town square is the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat.

1. Zermatt – Switzerland

Sitting in the shadow of the majestic Matterhorn lies Zermatt, the breathtaking car-free village has long been a favourite with skiers from across the world. Even if you are not a skier yourself there are a plethora of activities on offer in Zermatt. The pistes are perfect for all abilities, and the apres ski is just as good. The main street has a certain buzz about it with with lively bars, shops and café’s lining the streets. From Zermatt you can ski into Italy, this is something you can find in many areas of the Alps. Being a car-free resort you are immediately hit with a noticeable silence making you take note of your breathtaking surroundings. If you love music then consider visiting in mid-April, the Unplugged festival attracts artists such as David Grey and Seal.

For Further Information

If you have been inspired to visit any of our Top 5 Most Beautiful Ski Resorts then call the team today to book your dream ski holiday on 02921 880022 or enquire online.

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