Best Ski Resorts in Europe

Kühtai Austria rated best ski resort for powder hounds in Europe
Pitztal Glacier Austria rated 2nd best ski resort for powder hounds in Europe
Sainte Foy France rated 3rd best ski resort for powder hounds in Europe
Skicircus Saalbach Austria rated best overall ski resort in Europe
Kuehtai Austria rated 2nd best overall ski resort in Europe
Les Arcs France rated 3rd best overall ski resort in Europe
Murren Schilthorn in the Jungfrau ski region Switzerland rates highly for its expert off-piste terrain
Chamonix France is a highly rated ski area in many categories
Andermatt Sedrun is a world class ski resort in Switzerland that provides much of what powder hounds are seeking
Avoriaz in the Portes du Soleil is a must visit ski region in France & Switzerland
Tignes France expansive & diverse on & off-piste terrain ranks in the top ski resorts of Europe
The glacier ski resorts of Austria, like Kaunertal provide the long seasons unique to the European Alps
Skiing powder on the Austrian glaciers like at Pitztal is a European delight
Modern lift infrastructure is the norm in European ski resorts like Les Arcs
Europe's best ski resorts are often small & uncrowded like Sainte Foy in France
The Portes du Soleil in Switzerland & France has everything for everyone!
Après ski in Europe is the best & can be vibrant or relaxing like at Hinterglemm Austria
Lenzerheide in combination with Arosa is a highly rated Swiss ski resort
Sauze d'Oulx in the Via Lattea offers some of the best value skiing in the world
No best European ski resort list is complete without Zermatt in Switzerland

Best Ski Resorts in Europe

Best Powder in Austria

Best Ski Resorts Maps

    Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm ski trail map
  • Skicircus Saalbach Trail Map
    Kühtai Ski Trail Map
  • Kühtai Ski Trail Map
    Pitztal Glacier & Rifflsee Ski Resort Map
  • Pitztal Glacier Trail Map
     Les Arcs Ski Trail Map
  • Les Arcs Ski Trail Map
    Sainte Foy Ski Trail Map
  • Sainte Foy Ski Trail Map

Powderhounds Awards: Best Ski Resorts in Europe

Where is the best skiing in Europe? The following awards the best ski resorts in Europe are according to ratings provided by Powderhounds.com & are for resorts that have been reviewed by Powderhounds.


Top European Ski Resorts for Powder Hounds

Based on advanced terrain + snow quality & quantity + lack of people riding off-piste
Kuhtai Austria: Best Powder Ski Resort in Europe Pitztal Glacier Austria: 2nd Best Powder Ski Resort in Europe Sainte Foy France: 3rd Best Powder Ski Resort in Europe

Rounding out the TOP 10 Europe ski resorts for powder hounds are: Monterosa, Lauchernalp, Murren Schilthorn-, Andermatt Sedrun, Kaunertal-Glacier, Crevacol and Diedamskopf. All those small resorts in the top 10 that you have probably never heard of are definitely worth checking out on a powder day.


Best European Ski Resorts - Overall

Based on infrastructure & services, terrain, snow & cost
Skicircus Saalbach Austria: #1 best overall rated ski resort in Europe Kühtai Austria: 2nd best overall rated ski resort in Europe Les Arcs France: 3rd best overall rated ski resort in Europe

Rounding out the TOP 10 best overall ski resorts in Europe are: Monterosa, Zermatt, Hochzillertal, Gastein, Lenzerheide, Portes du Soleil and Kitzbϋhel.

With so many awesome ski area in Europe, it’s no surprise that some big names are just outside the top 10. They include fantastic ski resorts like St Anton, Obertauern, Andermatt Sedrun, Courmayeur, Chamonix and Ischgl.

Other Awards for European Ski Resorts

Best Overall Terrain
Avoriaz, Tignes, Les Arcs, Zermatt, St Anton

Best Overall On-Piste Terrain
Avoriaz, Kitzbϋhel, Tignes, Crans Montana, Kronplatz

Best Beginner Terrain
Alta Badia, Tonale, Aletsch Arena, Chatel

Best Intermediate On-Piste Terrain*
Ski Circus Saalbach, Les Arcs, Zermatt, Hochzillertal, Gastein
*Note that there are 30 resorts that we have rated 5/5 for intermediates – Europe is an intermediate skiers’ paradise. We have only mentioned the top 5 overall.

Best Advanced On-Piste Terrain
Arabba Marmolada, Grands-Montets, Cortina, Avoriaz, Murren Schilthorn

Best Expert & Extreme Terrain
St Anton, Murren Schilthorn, Andermatt, Chamonix, Verbier, Engelberg

Best Off-piste & Freeride Terrain
Diavolezza Lagalb, Grands-Montets, Murren Schilthorn, Tignes, Andermatt Sedrun

Best Tree Skiing
Monterosa, Serre Chevalier, Sauze d’Oulx, Lenzerheide

Best Powder
Andermatt Sedrun, Davos Klosters, Kuhtai, Pitztal Glacier, Sainte Foy

Highest Likelihood of Freshies
Kuehtai, Serre Chevalier, Grimentz-ZinalBrigels

Best Lift Infrastructure*
SkiCircus Saalbach, Les Arcs, Avoriaz, Hochzillertal, Gastein
*Note there are 24 resorts that we have rated 5/5 for lifts – no surprise as the infrastructure in Europe is generally exceptional. We have only mentioned the top 5 overall.

Best Ski Resorts Accessible by Train
Kronplatz, Aletsch Arena, Andermatt, Davos Klosters, Les Arcs, St Moritz, Verbier, Zermatt, Gstaad, Jungfrau, Champéry - Les Crosets

Best Family Ski Resorts
Serre Chevalier, Aletsch Arena, Alta Badia, Lech, Tonale

Best Small Ski Resort
Brigels, Sainte Foy, Reinswald, Diedamskopf

Best Summer Skiing
Hintertux Glacier, Zermatt, Saas Fee

Best Après & Nightlife
Kitzbϋhel, St Anton, Mayrhofen, SkiCircus Saalbach, Chamonix, Ischgl

Best Restaurants Overall (Day/Night)
Chamonix, Dolomites, Courmayeur, Saalbach, St Anton, Zermatt, Saas Fee, Kitzbϋhel, Zürs

Best Value for Money Overall
Kuhtai, Monterosa, Via Lattea, La Thuile, Brigels, Sainte Foy

Best Value Lift Pass
Via Lattea, Portes du Soleil, Ski Arlberg (Lech, St Anton, Warth Schröcken & Zürs), Ski ALPIN (Skicircus Saalbach , Zell am See , Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn)

To see how the Europe ski resorts rate against each other check out our European ski resorts ratings.

Best Europe Ski Resorts - Readers' Reviews

These awards for the "best ski resorts in Europe" are based on the public reviews on Powderhounds.com. Come and have your say on the top Europe ski resorts by reviewing and rating a ski area. Navigate to the Europe ski resort you want to review and click on the "add review" link in the left-hand-column. Put your vote in!

NB only Europe ski resorts with a minimum of 4 reviews were considered in the awards. Where there are equal scores, the resort with more reviews is selected as the best. 1 The top overall Europe ski resort is based on an average of the other above factors. 2 The best Europe powder skiing is the average of the scores for snow, uncrowded and off-piste.

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