10 Of the Best Kept Secret European Ski Locations


Have you been thinking of taking your skiing adventures a notch higher? Probably skiing in lesser-known Europe’s ski locations?  Well, there are some breathtaking ski destinations that you have probably not heard of yet. These locations have more than picturesque sceneries to offer. Forget about dealing with long queues at your regular ski resort. You will have a rich, yet adventurous experience in one of these Europe’s best kept secret ski destinations.

Without further ado, here is the list of the best-hidden ski locations in Europe:

La Mongie, France

You’d better get to this secret off-piste ski location before it becomes too crowded. La Mongie (also knows as Grand Tourmalet Bareges) is a fast developing ski area in France. It has over 100 km excellently groomed slopes. Any snowboarder or skier would undoubtedly relish skiing on these slopes. 

La Mongie is vibrant with awe-inspiring scenery as well as updated infrastructure. Its architectural designs are from the 1970s; they are truly a rare beauty. 

Borovets, Bulgaria

Borovets is a beautiful town that sits in the northern part of the Rila Mountains, located in Bulgaria. It is endowed with a host of snowboard and ski areas. 

Apart from its wide variety of pistes, there are numerous incredible hotels, bars, and restaurant, and you can ski both during the day and night. There is also something for everyone, be it beginner, intermediate or professional skiers. Though it is the oldest ski resort in the country, the skiing infrastructure is exceptional. As a modern skier, you certainly won’t be limited.

Trysil, Norway

Have you ever been to a ski-in/ski-out hotel? Tysil in Norway offers a host of them. This location is ideal for family holidays. There are safe areas among the many well-groomed slopes that everyone in a family could enjoy. Cross-country trails are available for those who like breaking their records in terms of distance. Cross country skiing is reknowned for producing some of the fittest athletes in the world!

Tysil is about 3 hours from Oslo. It has vast ski areas with the highest peak at 1132 meters above sea level. If you manage to get there, you’ll get a remarkable view of the resort.

Canillo, Andorra

European Ski Locations

Are you a skiing enthusiast looking for new skiing grounds? Canillo, one of the finest skiing destinations in Andorra awaits to surprise you. It is located at the edge of the larger Grandvalira resort. 

If the idea of skiing in between trees appeals to you, then you’ll be pleased by the smooth runs here. You can choose between the gentle runs and the challenging slopes. 

This area offers an adventure-packed, quiet getaway.

Gressoney, Italy

European Ski Locations

There are lots of spectacular views to enjoy as soon as you get to Gressoney. First, you’ll notice the magnificent traditional wooden houses, then the wonderful view of the famous Monte Rosa. As you get acquainted with this destination, you’ll see the captivating blue and red slopes. Besides the groomed slopes, you can also enjoy skiing on the vast off-piste terrain, which is not congested. There is simply lots of freedom as you explore. 

You can expect a state of the art infrastructure in Grossoney, including drag lifts, cable cars, and chair lifts. Besides that, there are 3 accessible valleys to choose from for your skiing endeavors.

Riksgransen, Sweden

Sweden boasts numerous ski resorts, but Riksgransen stands out as a rare, less known skiing destination. It takes 4 hours on a plane to get to Kiruna and a 2 hours drive to reach Riksgransen. What makes this journey worth it is the 29 runs awaiting your exploration.

 There are 6 lifts to get you to different locations conveniently. And besides the 60 peaks that offer fabulous skiing experience, there are about 1 million acres of off-trail skiing site that is accessible on a helicopter. 

Have you ever wanted to ski under the moonlight? If you make it to this destination in May, then you can make your dream come true.

Grimentz, Switzerland

European Ski Locations

Grimentz has preserved most of its history as a farming village. You might be surprised by the traditional farmhouses that are still intact. It’s a rare beauty that doesn’t get crowded. 

Grimentz is situated in Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland. The slopes here stretch to about 100 kilometers. This is a perfect destination for average skiers.

There is also a free ride section for the experts who enjoy new challenges with the elevation points ranging between 1500-2900m. No one ever has any complaints about a ski holiday in Switzerland!

Obergurgl, Austria

European Ski Locations

In the Otztal Valley, Austria lies the Obergurgl ski resort. This is a charming ski destination with outstanding features. It has the fastest lifts ever witnessed at a skiing destination in the world. The skiing season in Obergurgl can last up to 160 days, which offers an endless scintillating skiing adventure. If you enjoy backcountry skiing and varying slopes that can accommodate all skiing levels, then this is the place to be. 

Baqueira-Beret, Spain

European Ski Locations

Baqueira is a pearl in Spain. It is a skiing location that even the Spanish royal family and other skiers have found to be irresistible. It has about 150 kilometers spotless slopes and 35 lifts that make the vast skiing area completely navigable. 

The icing on the cake is at the major village in Baquiera, which lies in the Aran valley. In this area, you’ll find the highest skiing peak, which stands at 2500 meters. The skiing area stretches to 153 km.

 The snow does not disappoint either; you’ll probably never get enough of it. You can also enjoy some of the finest Spanish delicacies and enchanting hotels while here.

Davraz , Turkey      

European Ski Locations

One of the characteristics of a superb skiing destination is varying levels of difficulties. Davraz, a skiing destination in the Isparta Province of southern Turkey, is nothing like the regular skiing resorts. 

The highest skiing peak is known as Buyuk Davraz and stands at 2250m high. There are also a variety of runs, which are accessible through chair lifts and drags. 

You can get a well-rounded skiing experience in Davraz, especially if you are not shy of trying different terrains.

If you’d like to go on a unique skiing adventure, consider traveling to any of the above destinations. You might end up having the best time of your life.

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