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Top Glacier Resorts in Europe

There are some great glacier ski resorts in Europe and here is the iSki guide to the best of the best........


France

Many of the French ski resorts are known for having high altitude skiing with glacier access. The best area for Glacier skiing in France is probably the Espace Killy which is made up of the two interlinking resorts of Val d’Isere and Tignes. Both Val d’Isere and Tignes have their own glaciers and offer great snow security all season long. The Paradiski (ie Les Arcs and La Plagne) is also another area in which skiers can have access to glaciers on just 1 lift pass with les Arcs and La Plagne having their own glaciers respectively.

Val Thorens is also up there as one of the best glacier resorts in France. It is the highest resort in the French Alps and gives you access to the huge 3 Valleys ski area. Other notable ski resorts with glaciers would be Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes. Alpe d’Huez has the longest skiable black run I Europe on its piste map which takes you back down to the village from the glacier and les Deux Alpes has the biggest skiable glacier in France as its claim to fame.

Austria

If you want glacier skiing in Austria then look no further than the world famous Hintertux Glacier. It is just down the valley from Mayrhofen and covered on the area lift pass. Another great option for glacier skiing in Austria is Solden. Solden actually has two glaciers located within the local skiing off the one resort.

Kaprun also has a large glacier and as a result is a very popular destination for those looking for guaranteed snow in Austria. The neighbouing resort of Zell am Zee is also popular given that the Kaprun glacier is covered on the same lift pass.

Italy

If you are looking for resorts in Italy with glaciers your best bet is to look at Cervina, Passo Tonale or any of the resorts in the Sella Ronda. Cervinia is located just on the other side of the Swiss / Italian boarder from Zermatt which is one of the most famous resorts for glacier skiing in the world. In just a few lifts you ca be right up on the Zermatt glacier even if you are staying on the Cervinia side.

Another area with access to glacier skiing in Italy is the Sella Ronda which has ski links to the Marmolade glacier. You can access the Marmolade from any of the resorts in the Sella Ronda if you have a full area pass but Arabba is the closest resort.

Passo Tonale also has a glacier and although it does not offer the largest of ski regions it is certainly snow secure.

Switzerland

The two most famous ski resorts in Switzerland that have a glacier are probably Zermatt and Verbier. Both Zermatt and Verbier are house hold names worldwide and both resorts offer snow security all year round. St Moritz is another of Switzerlands ski resorts that has a huge glacier. You just take a short ride on the mountain railway to get there. Saas Fee is another Swiss resort that is well know for glacier skiing. They offer skiing all year round in Saas Fee and it is often known as the Pearl of the Alps due to its amazing back drop of simmering blue glaciers.