From Spain to the Alps, passing through the Pyrenees. Here we show you 10 spectacular ski resorts and their respective snowy villages that will not leave you indifferent.

1. The sale

It is not strange that Sölden has been the inaugural venue of the Alpine Ski World Cup. To the unquestionable quality of its snow, we must add the fact that it has three peaks that are over 3,000 meters high and two glaciers. In addition, it is a very popular place among young people for its so-called “Ski Parties” that take place every day from four in the afternoon.

2. Merano

Although Merano is a small town in the Italian Alps, it preserves strong German traditions. An example is its Christmas Market, whose atmosphere has nothing to envy to those of Bavaria or Austria. It is one of the most complete winter destinations in the country thanks to its renowned Merano 2000 ski resort and its thermal baths.

3. Zell am See

Very close to the Austrian city of Salzburg is the ski resort Zell am See. In the last decade it has become a pilgrimage center for snowboarding lovers since a large part of its facilities are specially prepared for the practice of this modality.

4. Ischgl

The Silvrette Arena ski resort is located between the Austrian town of Ischgl and the Swiss town of Samnaun. Crossing the border in full descent and being in a duty-free zone without having to go through customs is not a problem. On its 215 kilometers of skiable slopes, snow is guaranteed from the end of November to the beginning of May.

5. Val Thorens

Val Thorens, in the Trois Vallées, is probably the most international ski resort on the continent. More than 70% of its visitors are foreigners. Something more than logical knowing that it has the largest ski area in the world. Its 600 km of continuous slopes allow you to ski the Trois Vallées in the same day.

6. Verbier

Located in the region of the four valleys, Verbier is one of the most select winter destinations in the world. He specializes in high-end skiing and his name is synonymous with luxury. Its facilities see celebrities such as James Blunt, Victoria Beckham or Prince Henry of England stroll every year.

7. Saalbach Hinterglemm

In the heart of the Austrian Alps is Saalbach Hinterglemm, one of the largest ski resorts in the country with 200 km of slopes. Despite being located at an altitude of more than 2,000 m, 90% of the slopes have artificial snow cannons. Among its peculiarities, its heated chairlifts stand out, so as not to cool down between slopes.

8. Vielha and Mijaran

Vielha e Mijaran is located in the heart of the Arán Valley. This region of the Catalan Pyrenees enjoys an enviable natural environment where it is possible to find protected species such as the brown bear or the scavenger vulture. On its slopes is the Baqueira-Beret ski resort, the largest in the Spanish Pyrenees. Its 108 km of slopes become the winter showcase for Spanish high society. It should not be forgotten that the Royal Family spends their winter holidays there. The region is also an interesting gastronomic destination, where you can savor specialties such as the Aranese pot.

9. Saint-Lary-Soulan

In the heart of the French Pyrenees, the town of Saint-Lary-Soulan has all the charm of a mountain village. Its ski resort offers everything from a “snow Kindergarten”, for children around the age of six to start skiing, to slopes for the most experienced. The Tour de France has passed through here on more than one occasion, becoming, as is logical, a steep mountain pass for cyclists.

10. Cortina D’Ampezzo

The town of Cortina d’Ampezzo is located in the Sierra de los Dolomites. This mountain range located between the provinces of Trento, Bolzano and Belluno is famous for the beauty of its mountains and its lakes. Its ski resort, Dolomiti Superski, is the usual setting for high-level national competitions.

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