Are you a skier or are you a snowboarder?
It can be hard to find the perfect resort for your chosen winter sports – but do not fear! We’ve saved you hours of endlessly trawling the internet by creating this handy, one-stop guide including the best ski resorts and the best snowboard resorts!
Alpe d’Huez, France
Regardless of what you enjoy when clipped into a pair of skis, Alpe d’Huez has everything you could dream of: moguls, longer, steeper runs, and even nice, quiet pistes with beautiful views.
Ever fancied night skiing? Alpe D’Huez provides some of the best night skiing in the Alps. You can give it a go every Thursday (and Tuesdays during French half term). Prefer daylight skiing? Alpe D’Huez is famous for its sunny and warm climate. It really is a destination that keeps everybody happy.
Zermatt is definitely one to tick off your ski resort bucket list. It is the highest ski resort in the Alps, with skiing on offer 365 days a year. Why not head there towards the end of the winter season for pristine snow conditions and perfect pistes?
Zermatt is also home to Europe's most iconic mountain, the Matterhorn. It’s the ideal resort to get that postcard perfect picture of you skiing down the mountain - the Matterhorn resplendent in the background.
Rated the best ski resort in the world three years in a row, it’s not hard to see why when there’s guaranteed snow up to 180 days of the year. Some people say that skiing was invented in Kitzbühel. One thing is for sure: the annual Hahnenkamm downhill race is without a doubt one of the scariest ski races in the world.
You too can attempt sections of the Hahnenkamm, just like the pros. With excellent options for skiers of all levels, and plenty of snow parks and off-piste available Kitzbühel is a fantastic place to spend your winter holiday.
One of the first resorts to properly welcome snowboarders by dedicating a section of the resort to snowboarding only. With its own park and pipe this is still one of the best destinations for snowboarders to head to today!
Avoriaz links with the Portes du Soleil ski area, a massive 13 resorts and 650km of marked pistes. Whether you’re looking for parks (there are three major snow parks in Avoriaz alone), fantastic off-piste opportunities, or maybe you’re more of a piste person this resort is definitely worth a visit next winter.
Fast becoming one of the most exciting ski resorts in the Alps, Livigno is making a big name for itself as now confirmed as one of the venues for the 2026 Olympics and it’s easy to see why.
The unique layout means there are dedicated areas and lifts for beginners straight from resort level, while more experienced skiers and boarders can head to the top and enjoy a huge range of on and off-piste in the area as well as fun parks, boarder cross tracks and for those looking for some serious fun, head to the Mottolino snowpark which has hosted many international freestyle competitions.
Mayrhofen offers 133km of piste and is just around the corner from the Hintertux glacier where you can enjoy snow all winter long! Home to the Vans Penken park, famous throughout Europe as one of the best all-round terrain parks. The likes of Jamie Nicholls and Katie Ormerod head to train. Why not give it a go?
Of course, we cannot forget that Mayrhofen is also home to Snowbombing, snowboarding’s most famous festival. With amazing music and entertainment the atmosphere is ideal for a late season snowboarding holiday. It’s time to take advantage of everything Mayhofen has to offer.
Whatever you are planning to do while on holiday, we hope we have given you some excellent ideas for your winter holiday next year. Don’t forget to get looking soon for your next year bargains and hopefully we’ll see you in one of our fantastic chalets or hotels!