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I believe that the incredible rush of excitement you get just before starting a run is the reason so many people adore skiing. One of the most well-liked winter sports in the world, skiing is difficult to perfect and calls for a lot of ability and technique.

I love skiing! But before I took my first ski trip twenty-one years ago, I had no idea why anyone would want to spend a week outside in the bitter cold and snow. And to crown it all, I am NOT a fan of cold weather. I am THE biggest fan of summer! The warmer, the better.

However, what you don’t do for love. Due to some modest peer pressure from my then-partner/now-husband, I gave in to joining him on a ski trip. And that was it. I was convinced after the first trip.

I remember that at the time of our first ski trip, I thought snow skiing was the ultimate idea for corporate team building. There is a challenge for everyone, no matter your rank or title. Besides the breathlessly beautiful surroundings of Mother Nature, it is a great social experience.

Our annual ski-holidays were non-negotiable, and apart from Megêve, we made a point of always skiing in a new location. It’s such a terrific way to travel and discover unfamiliar places in the world. However, Megêve was SO worth breaking our tradition that we returned three times!

To conclude from my personal ski experience, it is the best for burning calories and losing a few kg’s despite indulging in cheese, goulash soup, gluhwein and, and, and!

So, what is there NOT to love about skiing!  I hope you enjoy my selection of ski resorts. From my days as beginner, to double-black diamond skiing* in California (which I’ll chat about in the follow-up article). 

Happy skiing!

*Double-black diamond skiing: These are the mountain’s most difficult and hazardous runs. Double black diamond runs are steep and are frequently located near the summit of the ski resort. Additionally, they could be small, feature trees, cliffs, or cornices that drop into the run. These trails should only be used by experienced skiers.

Ski-In Ski-Out Places

Síaréna Eplény, Hungary

St Anton, Austria

St. Anton is well known for its amazing off-piste skiing, copious snowfall, and wild après-ski scene. And since it is connected to the 306 km of slopes that make up the Ski Arlberg, things have only gotten better.

Bansko & Borovets, Bulgaria

Axams, Austria

The Axamer Lizum is a ski resort that welcomes athletes of all levels and the entire family. Every valley run concludes at the guest and bus parking area. Nine ski lifts and a contemporary funicular serve the major Olympic ski area at Axamer Lizum, which has a vertical drop of 762 meters (2,477 feet).

Cortina, d'Ampezzo, Italy

Every ski run leads to Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Dolomites’ queen! This treasure is difficult to match, especially when it comes to skiing.

Avoriaz, France

In the heart of Portes du Soleil lies Avoriaz, where twelve French and Swiss resorts meet up. Avoriaz is free of vehicles and 100 ski in/ski out.

Megêve, France

At the center of the Domaine Évasion Mont-Blanc, Megève is a sizable ski resort with 235 slopes for all skill levels and pleasures, ranging in altitude from 1113 to 2350 meters.

Zakopane, Poland

Beginners and those who want to ski for two to three hours each day before taking in the other winter attractions our city and its surrounds have to offer should consider Zakopane.

Rovaniemi, Finland

4-Day Small-Group Snowshoe Trek from Rovaniemi

Day Small Group Snowshoe Trek from Rovaniemi Finland winter tours

With your expert guide by your side, enjoy a spectacular 4-day snowshoe journey in the Pallastunturi National Park.

  • You will hike for about 50 to 60 kilometers through some of Finland’s most well-known fells and one of Europe’s last remaining wilderness zones.
  • Along the trip, you’ll experience breathtaking views of the Taiga forests, the clean, crisp air, the snow-covered trees and frozen lakes, as well as the vast open spaces and fells.
  • Follow the footprints left by wolves and other predatory creatures to see wildlife, birds, reindeer, or moose in their natural habitat.
  • You’ll stay in cozy wooden cottages in the wilderness for unforgettable nights.
  • This excursion is always planned for no more than seven people, allowing every member to completely appreciate the scenery and quiet.

Alta, Norway

3-day Karasjok Exploration by Snowmobile

Day Small Group Snowshoe Trek from Rovaniemi Finland winter tours

From Alta to Karasjok, this is the traditional scooter excursion across the Finnmarksvidda. Listed as one of the top five travel destinations in the world by Forbes Travel Guide and referred to as “the inner file of Finnmark.”

  • On a snowmobile over a gently rolling plateau, you’ll arrive at the classic inner Finnmark.
  • You’ll stop at two of the classic mountain lodges, including Jotka and Mollisjok Mountain Lodge, on the way from Alta to Karasjok.
  • On this journey, you will go along portions of the Finnmarkslp route and pass Lesjavri, Finnmark’s largest lake.
  • Along with visiting Sapmi Park, Knife Smith Strmeng, and Karasjok’s Shopping Center, we will also explore the Finnish trading center of Karigasniemi and Karasjok.