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October 14, 2020

The European Best Destinations organization selected the ski resort of Val Thorens, France, as the “European Best Ski Resort” for the 2020-2021 season for the fifth time, making it the most-awarded destination.

Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and awarded EBD’s “Clean United Label,” together with other ski resorts listed below committed to welcoming travelers in a friendly respecting the guidelines and recommendations of sanitary protocols and other recommended measures to help control the coronavirus.

The new health rules impose social distancing – this implies fewer places available for accommodation and fewer people in ski lift cabins – so we strongly recommend to book accommodation, ski passes and flights in advance.

We understand that after months of confinement you need to go out and stay outdoor enjoying nature. If ski is your passion you want to ski in the best ski resorts in Europe. Below you will find the list of our recommended and EBD best resorts, celebrated and famous all over the world.

 

1. Val Thorens – France

Val Thorens and its teams of professional and passionate people, do their best to provide travelers with magical experiences.  A common vision, “LIVE UNITED” which has been written for almost 50 years, and which has only one goal: create together unique, festive, gourmet or sporting experiences. At 2300 metres above sea level, Val Thorens innovates and creates  experiences.

5 times awarded the title of best ski resort in Europe, Val Thorens has also been awarded several times with the title of best ski resort in the world.

Val Thorens has constantly evolved since 1971 and it is close to celebrate its 50th anniversary and has never stopped questioning and renewing itself. Val Thorens it is the highest point of the 3 Valleys, the largest ski area in the world and benefits from a location which 48 years ago was qualified too remote, but the truth is that it boasts beauty and charm.

Vincent Lalanne, director of Val Thorens, said “Val Thorens has achieved the impossible by becoming the highest ski resort in Europe. Since the 1970s, sportsmen and mountain dwellers, who helped build this project, have given it exceptional fame to Val Thorens such as the Goitschel sisters

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A pioneer station in terms of technological transformation such as the drone of the piste service, which assists the daily missions of ski patrollers, Val Thorens relies on excellence in all sectors. The goal is to always create unique memories and lasting bonds between its clients and inhabitants

“This award recognizes imagination, a taste for risk, a pioneering spirit and teamwork, based on a common philosophy, LIVE UNITED. However, this is a great responsibility and an obligation of excellence that always drives us to work for the improvement and satisfaction of our customers”. Vincent Lalanne, director of Val Thorens.

Open & close dates: 21st November 2020 – 9th May 2021.

Sanitary measures: All professionals of Val Thorens who adhere to the Clean United Label promise to respect the guidelines and recommendations of their respective professional sectors. This commitment is valid for both the application of sanitary protocols and other recommended measures to help control the virus.

Covid-19 rules:https://www.valthorens.com/en/useful-informations/covid-19-valthorens

Travelling to France: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions.

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/FRA

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Chambéry (1h30), Lyon (2h), Geneva (2h30).

Where to Stay:  La Datcha Val Thorens Click Here

2. Kitzbühel – Austria

Kitzbühel is a perfect choice for skiers looking for the best ski slopes in Europe. You have also ranked Kitzbühel in first place of the best ski resorts in Europe for the New Year and in the first place of the most beautiful ski resorts in Europe.

Considered the most legendary sports destination in the Alps, Kitzbühel, the legendary Hahnenkamm, a long sporting tradition and pioneering ventures in Alpine golf and winter sports have all contributed to Kitzbühel’s worldwide reputation.

A places of contrasts where rustic Tyrolean guesthouses rub shoulders with international designer boutiques. Travellers can experience Kitzbühel in many ways, from the alleyways in the medieval old town and the breathtaking pistes to the town’s elegant hotels and scenic hiking trails.

Tyrol’s most sophisticated resort attracts visitors from all over the world, including celebrities, with its traditional character combined with modern flair. International events like the Snow Polo World Cupmulti-award-winning restaurants serving up creative cuisine, and a state-of-the-art conference centre show how Kitzbühel manages to move with the times while staying true to its roots.

Open & close dates: start at the 24.10. with one slope at the Resterkogel. The Hahnenkamm cable car will start at the 14.11. and the rest 28.11.

Health Protocol: Mandatory mask in public transport, cable cars, shops. If you experience any flu-like symptoms during your stay and if you don’t feel well call the hotline 1450. The Covid-19 test will be free of charge.

Travelling to Austria: Entry from a country with a stable COVID-19 situation is possible without restrictions.

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/AUT

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Salzburg (1h10), Innsbruck (1h20), Munich (2h10).

Where to stay: “A-ROSA Kitzbühel” Located in the best rated area in Kitzbühel. Health & Safety measures taken

3. Alpe d’Huez – France

Alpe d’Huez is a resort that combines the perfect mix of fun, relaxation, sport; families love this resort but also friends, couples, beginners and experiences skiers.
Alpe d’Huez is also one the best ski resorts for guaranteed snow. 3 times awarded the title of best ski resort in Europe, Alpe d’Huez is above all an incredible atmosphere. This ski resort features holiday makers indoor/outdoor, sports and cultural activities. Alpe d´Huez is a “par excellence” lifestyle resort; with a wide range of opportunities for snow sports and plenty of other activities.

France plans to stop imposing a strong lockdown if the covid-19 epidemic resumes. For added health protocols, we recommend that you book your accommodation and ski passes in advance because social distancing rules reduce the number of people allowed in hotels and cabins.

Open & close dates: 5th December 2020 to 24th April 2021.

Health Protocols: The people working in the ski resort are trained to welcome you in safe and hygienic conditions. Floor markings in shops and hotels to guarantee social distancing as well as hydroalcoholic gel dispensers and cleaning standards have been put in place by the ski resort. You will be asked to respect social distancing, to wear a mask or cover your nose and mouth but also to have fun in great skiing sessions.

Travelling to France: Traveling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions.

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/FRA

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Grenoble (1h30), Lyon (2h), Geneva (2h40).

Where to stay: https://chamoisdor-alpedhuez.com/en/ Health & Safety measures taken.

4. Cortina d’Ampezzo – Italy

A world-renowned resort in Northern Italy, Cortina d’Ampezzo is located 40 kilometres from the Austrian border, famous for the quality of its ski slopes and facilities, within easy reach (highways, buses, Venice and Verona airports). Cortina d’Ampezzo -or simply Cortina- is Italy’s best known mountain resort. 
With 120 km of slopes, skiers can enjoy different levels from beginners runs to the slopes of the Women’s World Cup. One cannot leave Cortina without trying the three ski areas, each with their unique characteristics: Faloria-Cristallo, Tofane and Lagazuoi-Cinque Torri-Giau. A slope an expert skier cannot miss is the Forcella Rossa, coupling steepness with unmatched panoramas.

When you ski in Cortina you will experience perfectly groomed slopes. And while you ski, remember to stop from time to time to enjoy the uncomparable views on the Dolomites and beautiful valley.

In Cortina visitors love to take a stroll around pedestrian Corso Italia, a legendary street that offers one of the best shopping scenes in the Alps, but if you’d rather meet up with your friends, head to one of the many wine bars for aperitivo. And the day is not complete without dinner out: let yourself be spoilt for choice between a fancy restaurant and a traditional agriturismo.

Due to Covid-19 health protocols the number of accommodation will be limited, be sure to book your accommodation and ski passes in advance.

Open & close dates: 14 november 2020 to 14th April 2021.

Health protocols: Cortina d’Ampezzo is preparing to host the world ski championships in the best sanitary conditions (social distancing, masks, signposted routes, etc.). 120,000 people were planned for this global event, there will be 60,000 people in fact. It is advisable to book your accommodation today

Travelling to Italy: From an EU country or from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, may I enter or exit this country for tourism? Yes, with limitations.

Entry restrictions: Specific entry rules for each country are available at ViaggiareSicuri

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ITA

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Treviso Airport (130km) but you can also land in Venice (150km).

Where to stay: Cristallo Hotel Cortina. Health & Safety measures taken.

5. Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn – Austria

Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn have been placed among the best ski holiday destinations for many years.

The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is not only one of the largest ski areas in Austria, with an extensive range of exciting activities, international flair and breath-taking natural landscapes, it is the coolest ski area in the Alps. 270 km of slopes and much more are waiting to be discovered. With this health crisis we all want to get back to nature and Saalbach Hinterglemm is exactly what you need.

For a safe & nature winter holiday in Europe, book your stay in Saalbach Hinterglemm. Do not delay in booking your accommodation and your ski passes, health regulations will reduce the number of available accommodation and the number of places in the cable-car cabins.

Open & close dates: Nov 27, 2020 to April 11, 2021.

Health Protocols: To guarantee you a safe holiday, the resort’s employees working in contact with customers have been regularly tested since September 1st. So far, nearly 25,000 tests have already been carried out on tourism professionals (hotels, campsites, hostels).

Travelling to Austria: Entry from a country with a stable COVID-19 situation is possible without restrictions.

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/AUT

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Salzburg (1h30), Innsbruck (2h20), Munich (3h).

Where to stay: “Vaya Fieberbrunn fine living resort“. Health & Safety measures taken.

6. Zermatt – Switzerland

Among the most luxurious ski resorts in the world, Zermatt is also one of the best resorts in Europe and best destinations to visit by train.

The snow sports resort of Zermatt – Matterhorn is one of the places you simply must have seen at least once in your life. Breath-taking Alpine panorama and 360 km of ski slopes attract ski fans, bon vivants and Alpinists.
Zermatt is a village that is located at the foot of the Matterhorn surrounded by magnificent Alpine landscape. Covered in snow at 1,620 metres (the level of the train station), the village looks like something out of a fairy-tale. 360 kilometres of pistes, situated at heights between 1,620 and 3,883 metres both in Switzerland and in Italy, offer limitless and borderless skiing opportunities. 70 per cent of the slopes are on the glacier or can be snowed.
Freestylers and snowboarders love the Zermatt’s Snow Park. 

Open & close dates: 30th Nov 2020 – 1st May 2021.

Health Protocols: Since September all leisure and entertainment businesses and tourist attractions in Switzerland may be open again. Everyone must observe the rules on hygiene and social distancing (keep a distance of 1.5 metres, wear a mask if you can’t keep your distance as well as in public transport, mountain rail and cableways and in shops).

Travelling to Switzerland: Travelling from EU/EAA countries, including the United Kingdom, is in principle allowed. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/CHE 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Geneva (2h45), Milan (3h)

Where to stay: Zermatt Peak Chalet or visit here for more luxury chalets https://hauteretreats.com/city/zermatt/ 

7. Megève – France

Megève is one of the best ski resorts in France.
Celebrities, actors and crowned heads love Megève because it is chic and casual. Set in the heart of the Mont-Blanc massif, Megève’s skiing area benefits from a quality snow cover and an exceptional setting so that you can fully appreciate the 445 km of the Evasion Mont-Blanc skiing area.
You will love the old historical farmhouses dotted along the slopes, one tastes local products in one of the many quality high dotted along the slopes, one tastes local products in one of the many quality high altitude restaurants, of which only Megève holds the secret. It also offers more than 260 km of slopes and a wide choice of magnificent 5-star hotels.

Open & close dates: 12th December 2020 to 18th April 2021.

Health Protocols: Megève applies the recommendations of the French State concerning the reception of travellers (social distancing, masks in closed places, cabins, ski lifts). It is better to book your accommodation in advance because for health reasons there will be less accommodation available in the ski resort.

Travelling to France: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions.

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/FRA 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Geneva/ Switzerland (1H20 by car). Check the travel restriction for Switzerland, they may be different from those from France https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/CHE

Where to stay: https://hauteretreats.com/city/megeve/ 

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