EUROPEAN SKI DESTINATIONS FOR SKI LOVERS

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR DIFFERENT MOUNTAINS, HILLS, AND TRACKS FOR SKIING, EXCEPT THE TURKISH MOUNTAINS, IT WOULD BE USEFUL TO DISCOVER NATURE IN EUROPE.

Where would you like to be when mountains are covered with snow? Skiing is among the most pleasant nature sports. Mountains in Turkey have remarkable ski tracks. For instance, Sarıkamış, which is among the ski centers that host many difficult winter conditions, is among the bests of the world by means of its snow quality and tracks. However, if you have been skiing in Turkey for long years, you might be looking for new ski destinations, hills, and tracks. It would be useful to discover nature in Europe, then.

A classic at skiing
Europe has many world famous ski centers. Chamonix is one of the first ski centers of France. Since the day that the locals looked up and saw Mont Blanc (the highest mountain of Western Europe,) this place has become a ski center. Later, it became a winter sports center, which identifies with skiing. Chamonix is not a beautiful town, but it is very lively. It has an eclectic architecture; however, no one comes here for its architecture. It suits mostly adventurist ski lovers. Its geography has been the background to many major motion pictures. Long tracks, reliable snow, hills, sharp ski tracks attract skiers here.

A look at the Alps
Le Brevent is the closest to the center among the seven ski centers. La Flegere is among the bests of the country for intermediates. These two popular areas are connected to each other by cable car. The Grands Montets is among the world’s largest and most popular ski centers. If you can climb up 121 steps, following a trip for 3048 meters by cable car, you can adore the best view of the Alps from the observation deck. Aiguille Verte and Dru Needles are extremely steep. Tracks such as Les Houches and Le Tour are easier. Visitors take advantage of different types of ski passes. For instance, Cham Ski Pass is valid at all lifts and buses for 21 km long Chamonix Valley tour. Tourists who’d like to explore the surroundings prefer Mont-Blanc Pass which is valid at 13 resorts and 200 lifts located at the French side of the border and at Courmayeur located at the Italian side. You should run the risk to ride on a cable car that climbs up to Aiguille du Midi (a mountain at Mont Blanc) for an adventure that begins at 1066 meters and ends at 3840 meters.

Summits of the masters
Val d’Isere is among the bests of France and Europe and the most popular destinations of the ski masters. Val d’Isere and its neighbor Tignes consist of all the features that make skiing in France legendary. Val Village located at the center is lively with a magnificent bazaar, hotels, and mountain restaurants. Tracks suit the skiers from all levels. Two high-speed ultramodern underground trains take place among the lifts. Glacier du Pissaillas makes skiing possible even in summer. However, melting of the glacier due to the global warming is worrisome. There are three main regions. Le Bellevarde is proud of having the best snow ramp of the Alps: Face de Bellevarde. La Solaise is an easy sunny track. Col d’Iseran has well maintained tracks with great landscapes at high altitudes. The place also offers out of track zones to ski; however, they should not be tried without guidance since it might be a dangerous attempt.

A landscape to die for
Even if it didn’t have excellent snow conditions and well-known tracks, Zermatt, among the important ski centers of Sweden, would be still worth visiting for its extraordinary landscape. This impressive summit creates a mesmerizing background. The remote town at the end of the long valley was the first ski center that vehicles couldn’t enter. Today, visitors arrive in this town by train and they are taken to their hotels by traditional horse sleighs or a bit more modern electric cars. One pass goes for 40 lifts in different regions of Zermat. Sunnegga-Blauherd-Rothorn regions have tracks for all levels. Schwarzsee-Trockner-StegKleinMatterhorn are the most impressive regions. You can watch the legendary panorama where the highest lift is and Matterhorn is only one of the breathtaking views… There are also tracks for intermediate and advanced level skiers. The same track takes the advanced skiers to Plateau Rosa. From here, it is possible to ski down for 1430 meters vertically to Cervinia in Italy. Most ski lovers agree that this is the ideal location to experience skiing in two countries at the same time in the Alps.

Snowboarding and the choice of young people
There may be more exciting or impressive ski centers at the Alps; however, the offer of an easy access to an important crossroad city, the beauty, and the liveliness of Kitzbühel, Tiroller located in Austria must be special. Kitzbühel, which is 80 km to Salzburg and 120 km to Munich, hosts the weekend crowds as well as vacationers. This location attracts traditional Europeans as well asyoung skiers and snowboarders who like nightlife. Kitzbühel, which its ski school has an international fame, is located at a wide valley that is also the home of three ski centers: Jochberg-Pass Turn, Kitzbühlere Horn, and Hahnenkamm. Hahnenkamm track, where the World Cup was held, is hard and steep. The tracks at Kitzbüheler Horn and Bichlalm are easier.

Good tracks, authentic accommodation
Arlberg, located in Western Austria, is an important region for skiing. Arlberg composed of five picturesque towns, approximately 85 lifts, and the ski tracks that connect those towns to each other. They have lifts that start from chalets located on the steep shoulders. Those lifts are popular among the ones who are looking for high adrenaline. Valluga is the most challenging region of Arlberg with its steep summit. You can find the most authentic ambience, and the cheapest hotels in Stuben, which is a small village. Lech and Zürs are far although they are connected to the other centers. Classic chalets are nestled over these places with extraordinary beauty in Arlberg. Both centers are famous with their five star hotels and luxurious ambience. The closest mountains to these villages such as Madlock, Trittkopf, and Kriegerhorn have tracks for skiers from all levels.

TASTE STOP
Oyster stands are located in Chamonix for an authentic French experience.

PHOTO SPOT
The historical Gornergrat train in Zermatt does not only take you to a ski point, but also to a wonderful watch point at the station, located at the top.

ACTIVITY
Tandem parachute jumping, skiing, and rock climbing in Aiguille du Midi are possible as well as watching the great view.