Which European Country Has The Most Ski Resorts? [Facts!]

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Every year, people are looking to make their next holiday destination and many of them are choosing Europe as their first port of call. The options are endless when it comes to hitting the powder with friends and family and more and more Europeans are getting in on the action. With the European Union building a bigger and better Europe, with its own specialities, products, and landmarks, those heading for the continent should pack accordingly. From popular British hills to the legendary slopes of the French Alps, and everything in between, this trip-planning guide will put the fun in logistics so you can sit back and enjoy your holiday.

Argentina Vs. Australia

Located in the southern part of South America, the world’s ninth-largest country prides not only on being the world’s eighth-largest economy but also on its extraordinary geography and incredible biodiversity. A ski enthusiast’s destination par excellence, the Argentinian Andes boast a truly magnificent range of ski resorts and provide the perfect backdrop for hitting the slopes in style. It’s not only about the altitude either, as the air is thick with the scent of pine trees and oranges and the temperatures are mild enough to allow you to get genuinely warm. The ski season kicks off in the Southern Andes at the end of October and continues until April, with a December to March summer holiday when the temperature rarely gets above freezing. There are 70 ski resorts scattered around the majestic Andes with Cora, located in the Lakes District, becoming the first Argentinian ski resort to see snow in March. One of the best Argentinian ski resorts is Las Leñas, located in the Lakes District and boasting the country’s highest elevation. The resort’s chairlift gives you access to endless undulating runs that follow the contour of the incredibly scenic Cerro Cathedral. There are 11 ski resorts scattered around the majestic Andes and nine of them offer nightlife, making it one of the most popular holiday destinations among the young and the lively.

Australia is also a paradise for the sporty (and sensible), boasting some of the world’s greatest beaches, beautiful countryside, and a tropical climate that encourages outdoor adventuring. The island country is actually a collection of continents that came together to form one big landmass, called Gondwana, about 140 million years ago. This gave birth to the Australian Alps, which consist of the Great Western, NSW, and Victoria ranges. While the country may be known for its beaches and surfing, you should also consider heading inland to explore the winding streets and whitewashed stone buildings of the gold-mining towns that sprung up around the time of the colonization in 1851. These days, you can ski just a couple of hours north of Sydney at Thredbo, located in NSW, or just outside Melbourne at Falls Creek, also in Victoria. The ski season kicks off in Australia around October and continues until April, with a summer holiday from December to March. The best time to visit is between March and October, as the weather is pleasant enough to allow you to get out and about but not so hot as to make you want to stay indoors all day.

Chile Vs. New Zealand

Bordering with Argentina, Chile is the longest country in the world and the third-largest in terms of area. The world’s eighth-largest economy is also one of its most stable and wealthiest, largely due to the country’s vast copper-mining industry, which provided the basis for its early economic success. This wealth is still reflected in the architecture of Santiago, which was beautifully designed by French architects in the early 20th century. The largest city in the world, Santiago, is located on an island, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. This creates unique geography that features cobbled streets, baroque churches, and plazas. Despite its size, Chile is one of the premiere golfing destinations in the world. There are 26 golf courses scattered across the majestic Andes, including the iconic San Francisco Golf Club. The longest one is the Chilean Golf Grand Slam, which features 18 holes and can accommodate up to foursome. New Zealand is also a paradise for golfers, with the country home to nine majors, which are held annually. The 11th annual NZ Open, for example, was held last November and boasted world-class fields, including some huge names, such as Rory McIlroy and Jason Day. The only country in the world larger than New Zealand is Australia, which is why you’ll see so many Kiwis out there. The skiing scene in New Zealand is pretty small but has been rapidly expanding in recent years; Queenstown, in the South Island, for example, now features the country’s longest ski run, Thredbo, which extends for over a kilometer and winds its way through the stunning Remarkables Ski Resort. The slopes at Treble Cone, located in the South Island, are especially beautiful and feature some great hiking trails and the country’s highest elevation, Mt Hutt, which is also home to the National Park. There are only 12 ski resorts in New Zealand, with Thredbo, near Queenstown, being the largest one, with Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt, in the northern and southern hemispheres, respectively, being the country’s highest ski resort. The ski season begins in New Zealand in October and continues until April (or June, if you’re in the South Island), with a summer break in December to February and a warm but pleasant winter holiday as an alternative to a winter holiday.

France Vs. Italy

Italy is the third-largest country in the world, both in terms of area and population, and the seventh-largest in terms of GDP, although it has been declining in recent years. For centuries, the country was known for its art, food, and wine, which continues to be popular today, with millions of tourists flocking to the shores of the Mediterranean every year. Those looking for a European vacation should head to France, where the season starts later but lasts longer. The largest city in France is Paris, which is often called the “Ecole des Beautés” or “The School of Beauties”, due to its prestigious fashion houses and galleries. The most popular ski resort in France is Chamonix, with its brand new gondola connecting it to Les Pléiades, a complex featuring the country’s highest elevation and some great off-piste scenery. The French Alps boast some truly magnificent ski resorts, including Val d’Isère, which features the magnificent Gare du Nord, one of the most famous railway stations in the world, designed by architect Le Corbusier. Courchevel, in the French Alps, is one of Europe’s most popular ski resorts, with over 100 kilometers of slopes, 30 restaurants, and nightlife, along with its famous Ballroom, which is built in the shape of a tennis court. There are 22 ski resorts in France, making it the largest country in the Eurozone, with seven of them being ultra-luxurious, featuring world-class chefs, massages, and spa pools. You could spend a whole winter holiday just at one of them, which is probably why so many people do, year after year.

As for Italy, the most popular resort is undoubtedly Cortina D’Ampezzo, located in the Italian Alps and featuring the country’s highest elevation. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the famous Villa Doloriani, featuring spectacular views of Lake Garda, with its impressive 19th-century villa and botanical gardens. There are 17 officially designated ski resorts scattered around the majestic Italian Alps, which are connected to one another by a magnificent cross-country skiing trail, the Via Latina. One of the most picturesque is Leysin, located in the Swiss Alps, featuring the iconic Hotel Leysin, designed by renowned architect, Le Corbusier. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the grand opening of the hotel, which still boasts its original design and luxury fittings, and is now one of the great luxury hotels in the world. In addition to its magnificent hotels and elegant boutiques, Cortina D’Ampezzo also hosts the Sòtone Music Festival every year, connecting leading musicians and performers with huge popular appeal. It’s the perfect winter escape for those looking for a taste of Europe’s cultural scene. There are 16 ski resorts in Italy, including the famous St Moritz, in the Swiss Alps, that continues to be a popular winter sport for Europeans, with skiing having been introduced to the country in the early 20th century by the Swiss and Austrians. The winter season in Italy runs from October to April, with a summer holiday in June to September and an extremely mild winter holiday as an alternative to a winter holiday.

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