I have decided to embrace my experience regarding skiing holidays. I have been skiing since I was a little child. However, I have never become a top level skier. Probably because I am aware that I can hurt myself which I want to avoid. Most of my teenage age I skied in Poland. Poland is not known from skiing resorts. It is changing but very slowly.
My first serious skiing holidays were when I was 20 years old. My sister and I went to Austria for Christmas. We spent amazing 10 days in Zell am See/Kaprun. During that time I met my future husband:)
Later I came back to this ski resort couple of times. I think because my first visit there, was symbolic therefore I find this place so wonderful. Zell am See is beautiful, has lovely small Christmas market and fireworks over New Year’s Eve. Also skiing condition on a slope called Schmittenhohe are excellent. Kitzsteinhorn (a glacier) is lovely but not in December. Minus 28C is definitely a bad idea for skiing. Even Gluhwein (mulled wine) would not help. I skied in Italian Dolomites too. My husband and I loved Canazei (Italy).
Sella Ronda is an amazing challenge for a day. Apres ski is also not bad. Predazzo in Val di Fiemme (Italy) is a nice place but if you can, try to go to Canazei. We also visited famous Sauze d’Oux (Italy) too.
Nice place but no decent apres ski. The best skiing slopes, we found in France. We visited Les Trois Vallees (France) one year. Skiing in Courchevel is top class. I can easily say, one of the best slopes in Europe. Val Thorens is not so impressive.
Meribel is really nice French village but a lot of hill walking. We were in famous St. Anton, Lech & Zurs (Austria) but our favourite place is Ischgl (Austria). It is a winter Ibiza. Slopes are amazing going from the top to Idalp. Apres ski is the best, we have seen in the entire Europe. Everybody will find their type of music from German folk to trance. Nightclub Pacha makes this place unique. Ischgl invested a lot into parking spaces so there is no problem to park your car close to the gondola. Night toboggan ride (sledges) is crazy. Full of fun and must do when you are in Ischgl. About food I can’t complain in any of above places. It is simply excellent everywhere.
Beside skiing there are opportunities for wine&cheese tasting. You need to ask in the hotel or in the Tourist Information. If you want to take a break from skiing, there are towns worth to visit and grab a nice lunch: Bolzano, Zurich, Innsbruck or Salzburg.
Unfortunately, my recent knee injury does not allow me to go skiing next season but I hope to be back on slopes sooner than later.
Skiing in Europe