Steep mountain peaks and glistening snow compose a unique setting, especially for ski lovers, in unique mountain ranges full of dozens of small but beautiful winter resorts that are ready to welcome winter sports lovers and more. It isn’t easy to figure out which resort is the most beautiful since each has its own unique beauty, either natural or created by man. The scenery, the natural landscape, architecture, and atmosphere help each of these resorts be unique and have their own specific “personality”.
Cortina D’Ampezzo of Italy – The “Queen of the Dolomites”
Cortina D’Ampezzo, or Cortina as it is called, is located in the Dolomites, in the heart of the Southern Alps, in the Veneto region of northern Italy. It is a cosmopolitan resort, one of the most beautiful resorts in the Alps, where, unlike other villages, it has remained stylistically unaffected by its proximity to nearby Austria. Cortina has a history of at least a thousand years and a long tradition as a tourist destination; one can book a stay there through Booking.com. The ski resort has hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956 and many other sporting events, most recently the Women’s Alpine Skiing World Championship in 2006.
The ski resort has 120 km of slopes of all categories and 36 lifts, and the season lasts until the beginning of May. It offers a perfect connection with elevator and ski bus to the areas of Falzarego, Tofana, Faloria, Cristallo, Misurina, San Vito di Cadore, and Auronzo. Together with eleven other villages, it completes the Dolomiti SuperSki area, where with a ticket you can enjoy skiing in 12 areas with slopes with a total length of 1,200 km.
Bansko, Bulgaria – One of the Most Popular Ski Resorts in Europe
Bansko, in the southwest of Bulgaria, at the foot of Mount Pirin, is one of the most popular winter destinations in the Balkans. Going through another year, the ski resort of Bansko, recognized as “The Best Ski Resort in Bulgaria” grows from 900 meters and reaches 2,560 m, with its highest peak – Vichren – reaching 2,914 m.
The total length of the 18 tracks and trails is 75 km, which are served by 15 modern elevators 22 km (gondola, 6-seater, 4-seater, 2-seater, T-bars, etc.). Also, most of the tracks are served by 260 artificial snow machines. 35% of the runs are addressed to beginner skiers, 40% to advanced, and 25% to experienced.
Kitzbuhel, Austria – Τhe Most Challenging Ski Track in the World
In western Austria, in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps, Kitzbuhel has been one of the most popular winter ski destinations in the country and in Europe in general for more than 125 years.
Holding the title of ‘Best Ski Resort in the World’ for 2017, and the ‘Best Ski Resort in Austria’, since 2013, the Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel ski resort (also known as KitzSki) with an impressive network of 230 km and 92 ski trails, offers a variety of options. The 57 lifts and gondolas have the capacity to carry 103,741 people per hour.
Among other things, it has the most impressive and challenging track in the world, the racing Streif. It starts at 1,665 m and ends at 805 m, its length reaches 3,312 m, the average call angle is 27%, the maximum angle is 85%, the highest jump reaches 80 m, and the speeds reach 140 km / h. Freeriders will be thrilled with the large snow park that includes 35 total obstacles (half-pipe, boardercross, tubes and various jumps) while 13 marked routes for cross country skiing cover 41 km.
Alpe d’Huez – The “Island” of the Sun
A year-round resort, the sunny Alpe d’Huez attracts the interest of all ski lovers. It is part of the wider Grand Domaine ski area, which brings together a set of beautiful winter resorts for all tastes. Of course, the Alpe d’Huez has slopes for all levels of skiers, from beginners to experts. It also offers special services to all those families who want to spend their time on the snow, with its specially designed and award-winning family facilities. Suppose all this sounds fantastic and you are thinking of planning a holiday at Alpe d’Huez ski resort, in that case, you can contact Erna Low for fantastic accommodation and additional services.
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