6 popular ski regions in the Alps

29/04/2024 - SnowTrex

If you fancy endless kilometres of pistes and lots of variety on the slopes, you should spend your skiing holiday in a place with several ski resorts nearby. Such ski regions offer everything a die-hard piste fan’s heart desires. SnowTrex presents six of the most popular ski resorts.

Infinite expanse in the Zillertal ski region

Ski regionCountryPiste kilometres
Dolomiti SuperskiItaly1.200 km
Ski AmadéAustria760 km
Les 3 ValléesFrance600 km
Les Portes Du SoleilFrance580 km
ZillertalAustria530 km
Matterhorn Ski paradiseSwitzerland322 km

1. Ski region Dolomiti SuperSki (Italy)

Italy also has a huge ski region that is impressive worldwide: The Dolomiti Superski ski region. In the heart of the Italian Dolomites, a whopping 1,200 kilometres of slopes with guaranteed snow are waiting to be explored by winter sports enthusiasts on skis or snowboards. Place names such as Val Gardena/Gröden, Alta Badia and Cortina d’Ampezzo sound like dreamy World Cup piste fun, especially to World Cup connoisseurs. But the Alpe di Siusi, Val di Fassa, the area around Arabba, Plan de Corones, the Sesto Dolomites, Val di Fiemme/Obereggen, San Martino di Castrozza, Valle Isarco and the Trevalli and Civetta areas are also great places to whizz down the slopes. The length of this list alone indicates the wealth of pistes in the region.

Why not take a breath of World Cup air in the Dolomiti Superski region?

In addition to fun on the slopes, the Dolomites also offer endless winter hiking trails and fantastic views over South Tyrol. So if Italy is your holiday destination, then let’s go there.

2. Ski Amadé ski region (Austria)

In the Ski Amadé ski region, you can ski against the marvellous mountain backdrop of the Hochkönig in Salzburger Land. Winter sports enthusiasts appreciate the region for its varied ski areas and traditional villages such as Maria Alm, Dienten and Mühlbach am Hochkönig. A total of 760 kilometres of pistes at an altitude of up to 2,700 m await winter sports enthusiasts in the Ski Amadé ski region. Whether on the Dachstein glacier near Ramsau, on the 4-mountain ski area near Schladming or in the far-reaching Salzburger Sportwelt – every winter sports enthusiast gets their money’s worth here!

In addition to the fantastic pistes, the Ski Amadé ski region is also attractive due to its proximity to the world-famous festival city of Salzburg. A visit is highly recommended if your thighs need a day off from the fun on the slopes.

3. Les 3 Vallées ski region (France)

Fancy the largest interconnected ski area in the world? – You can find it in France! The French ski region of Les 3 Vallées consists of the Belleville, Courchevel and Méribel valleys and comprises an incredible 600 kilometres of pistes at snow-sure altitudes of up to 3,300 metres. Nowhere else will winter sports enthusiasts find such a high alpine backdrop, exceptionally long and varied pistes and a huge range of freeride areas and snow parks. And not only the pistes, but also the villages have something to offer for every taste – from charming to sophisticated, everything is on offer.

The ski region is not only huge, it also offers Europe’s highest ski resort: in Val Thorens, winter holidaymakers are guaranteed snow from the end of November to the beginning of May at 2,300 metres above sea level. All in all, definitely a ski region of superlatives!

4. Les Portes Du Soleil ski region (France)

The Les Portes Du Soleil ski region is not far from Lake Geneva. A total of 580 kilometres of pistes await winter sports enthusiasts here. In good weather, you can not only enjoy views of the nearby Mont Blanc, but also of Lake Geneva and the Dents du Midi mountain range. The cross-border ski region comprises a total of 12 ski areas. Eight of them are located in the French Haute Savoie, the other four in Valais on the Swiss side.

The Les Portes Du Soleil ski region stretches across two countries

In the Les Portes Du Soleil ski region, winter holidaymakers of all kinds get their money’s worth: whether on holiday in a cosy family resort or in the lively après-ski zone, the valleys offer the right thing for every holidaymaker.

5. Zillertal ski region (Austria)

The Zillertal is incredibly diverse and yet unique. No wonder it is the favourite ski region of SnowTrex customers! It is also secretly known as the “most active valley in the world” – and with around 500 kilometres of pistes, this is absolutely understandable. The number of kilometres is made up of the ski areas of the Zillertal Arena near Zell am Ziller and Gerlos, the Mayrhofner Bergbahnen in Mayrhofen, the Ski & Glacier World Zillertal 3000 on the Hintertux Glacier, the Hochzillertal-Hochfügen-Spieljoch ski area near Fügen and Kaltenbach and the Wildkogel Arena in Bramberg.

Thanks to the glacier ski area on the Hintertux Glacier, snow is guaranteed in the Zillertal – all year round! Here it goes up to 3,250 m, where ski holidaymakers can expect a magnificent view. What’s more, couples and families as well as après-ski fans will find the right accommodation here. The Zillertal is prepared for winter holidaymakers of all kinds and offers many other attractions beyond the fun on the slopes. And if you want to hop from one ski area to another on the same day, you can simply take the free shuttle bus instead of the car.

6. Matterhorn Ski Paradise ski region (Switzerland)

In the Matterhorn Ski Paradise ski region, you can ski or snowboard against the magnificent backdrop of the Matterhorn. The total of 322 kilometres of pistes have varying degrees of difficulty and are located at altitudes between 1,524 and 3,899 metres. During the journey, winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy the breathtaking view of the surrounding four-thousand-metre peaks – 38 in total!

The highest ski area in Italy and Switzerland is located on the Matterhorn near Zermatt

In addition to the usual fun on the slopes, the ski region offers a number of other highlights: Whether ice climbing, paragliding or snowshoeing – active sports enthusiasts will definitely find the right offer here.

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