Looking to Europe and trying to find the ultimate ski experience? There are many different ways and the questions and the answers aren’t always the same. Early season snow? Late season snow? Best for kids and family? Best for nightlife? Completely focused on the skiing? Here are the top 5 that will have you packing your winter jackets and hitting the slopes.

For the number 1 recommended spot, think long season, a sure bet on the snow and thinner crowds on the shoulders when most people aren’t in the mood for snow sports. Head to Val Thorens, France. Situated above 2000 metres you won’t be disappointed with the snow.


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Number 2 goes to the all rounder for family friendly. Deck the kids out in some cozy Regatta Jackets to hit the slopes in Alpbach, Austria. Positioned with ski schools to take care of the little ones and terrain that won’t intimidate beginners just getting the feel for the slopes, this is the best bet for families.


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Head off the beaten track for number 3 in Åre, Sweden. Another sure bet for snow but also a good chance at catching the northern lights. Enjoy night skiing under the lights for a change.


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Number 4 caters to the off hill activities like shopping and eating. No better place to head than Courmayeur, Italy. Italian fashion boutiques and passion for fine food will keep you torn between the hill and the car free village.


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Can’t forget mentioning one of the grand dames of European skiing for number 5, Val d’Isere, France. Known for some of the best mountain views and extensive terrain to keep advanced and beginner skiers happy, there is a reason why this makes many people’s top resort lists.


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