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One of many people’s favorite pastimes in the winter is participating in some kind of winter sport, whether skiing or snowboarding. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get outside in the colder weather and do something active. If you’re looking for somewhere to indulge this hobby this winter, there are many wonderful places in Europe to visit for some great opportunities to snowboard or ski. Consider some of these destinations for your winter vacation this year.

Livigno, Italy

If you’re looking for a more affordable destination for winter sports, Livigno might be for you. One of the downsides to this resort is that it can take hours to get there from major airports or other ski resorts, but the trip is certainly worth the time it’ll take. In addition to lower prices, you’ll find fewer people at the resort and high-quality slopes. This tiny town sits along about 10km of mountains and offers slopes for people of all skill levels.

Alpbach, Austria

A great alternative to the pricier resort of Innsbruck, Alpbach offers a wonderful option for winter sports, especially for beginners. There are three ski schools in the area that can assist in learning the basics or brushing up on your skills. If you’re looking for more challenging slopes, Innsbruck is less than an hour away.

Innsbruck, Austria

If you want a lot of options and a thriving ski city, Innsbruck is for you. The city has six different ski areas surrounding it; the city’s downtown provides easy access to all of them. When you want a break from skiing, it’s also easy to access any of the city’s restaurants and attractions.

Chamonix, France

Chamonix sits on Mont Blanc, Europe’s tallest peak, which makes it a perfect destination for winter sports. This section of the Alps has some of the longest-lasting snow of the season, thanks to the glaciers in the area and altitude of the mountain. There are areas for all skill levels, including some of the most challenging slopes you can find in Europe. Visit the French Alpine village at the base of the mountain and walk the same terrain as those who participated in the first Winter Olympics.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt sits on the Matterhorn, which provides a beautiful backdrop for any visitors to the resort. You’ll find a 350km trail system and, if you’re skilled enough, the chance to ski to the southern face of the Matterhorn and into Italy.


Andorra is a tiny country and home to some great locations for winter sports. If you’re looking for a destination that attracts fewer tourists, Andorra can be a great option. In Andorra, you can find fancier resorts, but also more affordable locations, such as Pas de la Casa.