After enjoying New Year’s Eve, you might have some new year’s resolutions to keep yourself on track. One wants to go to the gym more often, others will try to quit smoking… However, ‘tis also the season to get back on your skis and slide down the snowy hills in Winter Wonderland! Luckily, there are several ski transfer services such as Sixt mydriver to give you a ride from and to the ‘Wintertraum’ of your choice, or get behind the wheel of your own car rental! We listed our top 5 ski resorts in Europe (in random order) where our services can take you, so you can go skiing in 2019.
1. Chamonix Mont Blanc – France
The first ski resort you can visit is Chamonix Mont Blanc. This enormous mountain is located on the border between Switzerland and Geneva and is well known for the Kandahar World Cup Grand Slalom that is held there. Since the ‘70s, the mountain is also frequently being used for great rally and autocross championships – there is always something going on in this place. The trademark of Chamonix Mont Blanc is the amazing slopes at altitudes of 2,500 meters and its pistes that stretch over 170 km. The Sixt mydriver / Sixt Rides ski transfer service will easily take you from the nearby cities Geneva, Switzerland, or Lyon, France, to the ski resorts.
Chamonix and Chamonix Mont Blanc offer plenty of space for every level of skier, whether you’re an absolute rookie or a veteran who’s unafraid to go off-piste. The ‘Chamonix’ side of the mountain covers 56km of the pistes and has 19 ski resort lifts available, whereas the ‘Chamonix Mont Blanc’ side has 63 lifts at its disposal. With the unlimited lift-pass, you can stay at a beneficial rate in the French resorts of Saint-Gervais, Les Houches, Megève and Vallorcine.
2. Ischgl – Austria
If you wish to go more South-East, Ischgl is a good choice with the Sixt mydriver ski transfer service. Ischgl in the Alps of Tirol promises to turn your day into an epic and unforgettable adventure, whether you’re a pleasure-seeker or hardcore winter sports enthusiast. The mountain has a top altitude of 2,800 meters and stretches over about 230 kilometers. Enjoy ski tours and experience the same tracks as winter sports athletes in this beautiful area. For the real enthusiasts, Ischgl also offers racetracks to really pump your adrenaline. Of course, everyone can experience the typical Tyrolean cuisine in one of the many restaurants the area has to offer or simply enjoy the fun après-ski atmosphere.
The Ischgl mountain lies in an area that is guaranteed to offer snow from November to late April, meaning there is plenty of time for you to enjoy the majestic hills of Ischgl. However, Ischgl offers so much more than just skiing. Visit the area for various amazing festivals and the wonderful landscape.
3. Val Thorens – France
On the border between France and Italy, you will find the Val Thorens ski resort. This is the highest ski resort in Europe with altitudes from 2,300 to 3,200 meters and stretches over a distance 150 kilometers in slopes. It was first opened in 1971 and has evolved to be a ski resort where you will find about nearly 80 pistes varying from green to black – perfect for the whole family. Fit everyone inside your ski transfer, so you can travel together during your perfect skiing break.
Val Thorens is also known for its varied and popular après-ski venues for both younger and older crowdy. Visit La Pandora and Mongolian Yurt to enjoy the beautiful views that Val Thorens offers. If you wish to relax after all the excitement, try out the different spa & wellness centers Val Thorens has to offer. From intense massages to swimming pools, you can find it all there.
4. Sölden – Austria
Another Tirolian ultimate ski holiday spot is Ötztal Sölden. Sölden is only about 90 kilometers away from Ischgl, but yet offers a completely different challenge. With its ski slopes stretching over 144 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 3.000 kilometers, ski resort Sölden will provide you with plenty of adventures.
What distinguishes Sölden is its inclusion of the cinematic ‘007 Elements’ installation. The James Bond movie ‘Spectre’ was partially filmed on the slopes of Sölden, wherein the film it housed a secret hideout. Now, you are invited to take part in that same adventure and walk through galleries paying homage to that film and its earlier installments. You don’t have to be a James Bond movie fan to appreciate exhibition on the summit of Gaislachkogl. But, make sure to dress up to the temperature, as there is no heating available!
Apart from the secret service, you can also enjoy various events and festivals that are hosted in the mountains. Enjoy the open-air theatre and see ski shows featuring the world’s most impressive professional skiers, or end the day with a typical Tirolean dinner on top of one of the summits at sunset! Your ski transfer service is only one click away from taking you wherever you wherever you want to go.
5. Zermatt – Switzerland
Fifth on this editor‘s pick list is the World Of Ski in Zermatt, located in the Swiss Alps. Zermatt is one of the oldest ski resorts in Europe, offering an outdoor experience since 1888. With slopes stretched over 200 kilometers in the Matterhorn region and an elevation of about 1,600 kilometers, there is enough to keep you busy throughout the day. No matter what time of the year you want to go skiing, at Zermatt you are always in the right place. The focus here is really on snow sports, so they use machines to produce artificial snow even during the warmer periods of the year to ensure the fun never ends!
Zermatt, however, isn’t limited to skiing adventure. If you’d like some more variation, have a sightseeing flight of the Matterhorn area and discover the immense size of the ski resorts. Or simply explore the beautiful mountains. Whether you want to do this by foot, mountain bike or dirtbike; it is all possible in Zermatt.
Like most ski resorts, Zermatt offers fun for the whole family. You can meet Wolli, the official Zermatt mascotte, who can entertain the kids while you ski the more advanced slopes. Enjoy various facilities for the young ones, including special events, family-friendly restaurants or even childcare facilities. For a less active but equally fun time, apply for the village tour and find out all Zermatt has to offer!
On your way with your ski transfer
Naturally, there are a lot more ski resorts you can visit in Europe, but we hope to have given you a little bit of inspiration on your first or next ski trip. Make sure while on your way to the ski resort of your choice, you choose the right ski transfer to get you there safely and relaxed. Enjoy your time in Winter Wonderland!