Skiing in Europe: locations, prices, life-hacks

Skiing in Europe: locations, prices, life-hacks

Ski holidays in Europe fully meet the requirements of the most sophisticated tourists, therefore, the vacation spent here is always worth the money. GetRentacar invites you to check the TOP-4 best European resorts for skiers and snowboarders, whose ratings are confirmed year after year by competent expert assessments and reviews of travelers.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The German resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is famous throughout Europe. There are not many pistes here, nevertheless, the location attracts many experienced skiers. What's the secret? The solitude and incomparable beauty. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is famous as a natural climatic and balneological resort.

The history of the town as a center for skiing began in 1936 when the Winter Olympics were held there. Many people try to visit Garmisch-Partenkirchen in order to ski along the unique cogwheel railway, laid up to the top of the Zugspitze. Below it, at an altitude of almost 3000 m above sea level, there is a picturesque glacier. In addition, from the resort town, it is easy to travel to the famous Bavarian castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, to the ancient monasteries of Ettal and Oberammergau, as well as to visit interesting cities — Munich, Innsbruck, Nuremberg, and Salzburg.

Ski-pass in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

A daily ski-pass for adults costs €44.5, for teenagers (16-18 years old) - €35.5, for children (6-15 years old) - €23.50. A weekly ski-pass costs € 261.50 for adults, €240.50 for teenagers, and €131 for children. If you pay the daily resort tax (€2 per day), you'll receive a special resort card for using ski buses for free, having discounts on visiting cinemas, and visiting the pool, casino, concert, or exhibition in the spa park for free.

How to get to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The nearest airport to the resort is in Innsbruck (60 km). But it would be more convenient to land at the Munich International Airport, rent a car and drive there by the A-95 route. Visit GetRentacar service to find a proper car.

Chamonix

Chamonix resort is located at the foot of the famous Mont Blanc near the border with Italy. This is a mecca for skiers and climbers. Skiing has begun here at the end of the 19th century and got a new wave of popularity after the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924.

The length of the easy trails in Chamonix is 71 km, the average difficulty level is 60 km, and the difficult ones are 59 km. The resort has three ski areas with a free shuttle bus between them. Professional skiers and free-riders tend to choose the Gran Monte area because of the variety of secret spots. The most populous and popular area is Brevent-Flègeres, located at an altitude of 2500 m. Brevent-Flègeres is also rich for nightclubs, boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. 

Ski-pass in Chamonix

A daily ski-pass for adults costs €62, for children (5-14 years old) and seniors (65-79) - €52.70. The price for a weekly ski pass for adults is €333.50, for children and older people - €283.50. A family ski pass for two adults and two children costs €1,033.90 for the week.

How to get to Chamonix

The nearest airport is in Geneva (88 km). You can take a bus or rent a car. If you arrive at Lyon (220 km), the town can be reached by train.

Laax

Swiss Laax is popular because of the unique picturesque sheltered from the wind location in the Swiss Alps. The resort is part of the renowned "Alpine Arena", which includes the neighboring villages of Flims and Falera. Of the three ski areas, Laax has the status of the most democratic in terms of housing and service prices. Holders of a hotel guest card or ski pass may enjoy free travel between the three villages.

The longest of the trails stretches for 14 km. 28% are green slopes created for beginners who are just learning the basics of alpine skiing. 32% is devoted to tracks of medium difficulty. 22% - difficult tracks. And 18% of the slopes can be used by fans of extreme riding.

Children and adults can learn to ride in two ski schools and a snowboard school. An interesting museum of local lore and a park of megaliths are opened here. And in neighboring Flims, tourists stop by to see the small church of St. Martin, which was built in the 9th century.

Ski-pass in Laax

Daily ski-pass costs 77.00 CHF for adults, 51.40 CHF for teenagers from 13 to 17 years old, and 25.70 CHF for children. A six-day ski pass is CHF 432 for adults.

How to get to Laax

The closest city to the "Alpine Valley" is Zurich located at 150 km. In the high season, express buses run to Laax from Airport. The ticket will cost 75 CHF.

Åre

Swedish Åre is the largest and most developed ski resort in the country. It consists of four villages, connected by bus routes, and it has five ski areas - 100 km of varied trails guarantee good snow on the slopes from early November to mid-May. Many people love this resort for its thoughtful organization.

Wherever guests of Åre stay, all the mountain slopes are easily accessible. And besides, all slopes can be used by both skiers and snowboarders. In addition to skiing, guests of the resort can go horse riding, have fun on a dog sled, go ice skating, or even fishing! Also, you can visit the pool and climbing center.

Ski-pass in Åre

Daily ski-pass for adults costs €44, for teenagers (8-15 years old) and older people (65+) - €34. Children under 7 years can be lifted for free, subject to the use of a helmet. For five days of skiing, adults will have to pay €195, teenagers and older people - €153.

How to get to Åre

From Östersund to Åre you can take a bus (2 hours). Another way is to take a train in Stockholm (9 hours). But the better option is renting a car from our service. Check the website to find a proper car. We offer cars from local owners at better prices. Use promo VALENTINA5 to get a 5% discount. You can also leave an application on the website to get the best deals from car owners. Read our article about why this option is more convenient and profitable to choose a car.

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