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Book ski lodges with atraveo for your winter holiday

It is not only worthwhile booking a holiday home for the summer as early as possible – skiers, snowboarders and cross-country skiers are well advised to look for accommodation in time for the coming winter. Particularly when it comes to a trip over Christmas or New Year.

Which ski areas do you want to travel to?

Winter sports enthusiasts will find more than 25,000 ski lodges, chalets and apartments in over 300 ski areas in Europe with atraveo. Of course, the biggest selection is in the Alps - in the countries of Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Switzerland. However, our range also includes many great properties for a skiing holiday away from the Alps.

We’ll let you know which are the most popular ski areas at the respective travel destinations, as follows:

Pure ski magic in Austria

Holiday village in an idyllic location with chalets for up to 6 people in Styria.

For many, the first stop when it comes to a skiing holiday. Austria will tempt you with a variety of small and large ski areas that have a lot more to offer besides winter fun on the pistes. There is a particularly large selection at the Ski Amadé network, among others, which includes several ski areas and extends across Styria and the Salzburger Land with over 300 kilometres of pistes. Ischgl in picturesque Paznauntal ranks among the areas which are the most exclusive and where you can be most sure that there will be snow. Meanwhile, St Anton, Sölden and the Zillertal will delight you with a particularly colourful après-ski range, but there is a lot on offer for families too.

Popular ski areas in Austria:

Ski Arlberg (340 km of pistes, 94 lifts, ski pass from € 54,50/day)*
Wilder Kaiser-Brixental (279 km of pistes, 91 lifts, ski pass from € 53/day)
Silvretta Arena (113 km of pistes, 52 lifts, ski pass from € 54.50/day)
Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis (196 km of pistes, 67 lifts, ski pass from € 52 /day)
Zillertal Arena (139 km of pistes, 59 lifts, ski pass from € 53.50/day)

 

Slope in front of a picturesque backdrop in Italy

Apartments for 3-6 people in Val di Fassa in the Dolomiti Superski area.

It is at least as snowy on the other side of the Brenner Pass in the north of Italy. Whether it’s the Alps or the Dolomites, both mountain ranges will tempt you with family-friendly as well as challenging pistes. The largest ski networks that combine several ski areas are the Ortler Ski Arena in South Tyrol and the Dolomiti Superski, located in Trentino. In Piedmont, the multifaceted ski area of Via Lattea around the traditional winter sports resort of Sestriere is highly sought after. The alpine competitions took place here during the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Popular ski areas in Italy:

Ortler Ski Arena (280 km of pistes, 80 lifts, 127 km of trails, ski pass from € 176/four days)
Via Lattea (400 km of pistes, 90 lifts, ski pass from € 72/two days)
Val di Fassa-Carezza (223 km of pistes, 87 lifts, 48 km of trails, ski pass from € 53/day)
Val Gardena (175 km of pistes, 81 lifts, ski pass from € 56/day)
Alta Badia (130 km of pistes, 53 lifts, ski pass from € 56/day)

 

The right ski area in Germany for everyone

Direct view of the piste from an apartment for four people in the Black Forest.

Skiers will feel particularly at home around the Zugspitze. The best place for you to stay is in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, as you can very easily travel up to the 2,000 metre-high Zugspitzplatt (a plateau below the summit) from here via the Zugspitz train. However, other German ski areas - for example, in the Allgäu Alps or the Central Uplands – also know how to enthral you. Families with children will feel as though they’re on top of the world, e.g., at the tightly-structured ski areas in the Black Forest, in the Harz Mountains or in the Sauerland.

Popular ski areas in Germany:

Garmisch-Classic (40 km piste, 19 lifts, ski pass from € 44.50 / day)
Hörnergruppe-Fischen (78 km piste, 33 lifts, 130 km of trails, from € 39 / day)
Liftverbund Feldberg (61 km piste, 35 lifts, ski pass from € 37 / day)
Skiliftkarussel Winterberg (15 km piste, 25 lifts, ski pass from € 35 / day)
Oberhof Ski Resort (1.3 km of piste, 4 lifts, 117 km of trails, ski pass from € 19.90 / day)

Holiday with guaranteed snow in Switzerland

Apartment complex in the ski area of Portes du Soleil in picturesque Valais.

The Swiss Alps offer optimal conditions for a successful skiing holiday with guaranteed snow almost everywhere. Piste addicts will find everything their hearts desire, especially in Quatre Vallées in Valais, one of the largest European ski areas overall. Zermatt promises at least as much fun and a particularly wide range of accommodation with the giant ski network around the Matterhorn. But the ski areas of Switzerland also turn out to be family friendly. Kindergartens and creches often ensure that a skiing holiday will be an enjoyable experience for the whole family.

Popular ski resorts in Switzerland:

Matterhorn Ski Paradise (360 km of pistes, 64 lifts, ski pass from € 70/day)
Les Quatre Vallées (338 km of pistes, 85 lifts, 10 km of trails, ski pass from € 66/day)
Davos-Klosters Mountains (269 km of pistes, 68 lifts, 110 km of trails, from CHF 125/two days)
Adelboden-Lenk (210 km of pistes, 72 lifts, ski pass from € 57/day)
St. Moritz Corviglia (163 km of pistes, 22 lifts, ski pass from €136,74/two days)

 



 

Especially high up in France

Wooden chalet in a holiday residence in Savoy, situated directly on the ski slope.

The high density of the first-class ski resorts makes the French Alps an exceptionally popular ski destination. Les Trois Vallées with over 600 kilometres of pistes is the world's largest ski area, while Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc ranks among the most traditional ski areas. At Val Thorens, you will also find the highest ski resort in Europe: Situated at 2,300 metres above sea level and with an average snow depth of ten metres, you can go down perfectly prepared slopes from here.

Popular ski areas in France:

Les Trois Vallées (660 km of pistes, 195 lifts, ski pass from € 62 /day)
Val d'Isere-Tignes (300 km of pistes, 96 lifts, ski pass from € 59/day)
L'Alpe d'Huez (278 km of pistes, 85 lifts, 50 km of trails, ski pass from € 53,50 /day)
Chamonix-Mont Blanc (152 km of pistes, 49 lifts, 86 km of trails, ski pass from € 63,50/day)
La Plagne (134 km of pistes, 133 lifts, ski pass from € 52/day)

Skiing fun away from the Alps: Czech Republic

Wooden house for 10 people in Harrachov.

A great skiing holiday isn’t only possible in the German Central Uplands. For example, the ski areas in the Czech Republic promise pure winter fun - and at much cheaper prices too. The best-known ones, such as Harrachov with its ski-jumping hills or Špindlerův Mlýn are located in the picturesque Giant Mountains on the border with Poland. But downhill and cross-country skiers also get their money’s worth in the ski areas of Lipno Kramolin and Mlade Buky in the Bohemian Forest, located near the German border.

Skiing fun away from the Alps: Poland

An XXL house for up to twelve people outside Zakopane.

In Poland, large and small ski areas in the Beskids and in the Tatra Mountains will ensure a lot of pleasure on and off the pistes. The largest and most famous Polish ski area is located in Zakopane, which is quite aptly referred to as the winter sports capital of Poland.

Skiing fun away from the Alps: Sweden

A cosy holiday home in Branäs.

Both families and beginners as well as professional skiers will find a rich choice of pistes further north in the Swedish winter resort of Sälen. A total of 112 pistes of more than 150 km in length await winter sports enthusiasts.

Skiing fun away from the Alps: Norway

Wooden house for 6 people in Vrådal.

In Hemsedal, Norway's number one ski area, you can indulge in more than 40 kilometres of winter sport enjoyment. The ski area is about three hours from Oslo and is considered as one of the best in Scandinavia. Another very popular ski area is located around Lillehammer, where the 1994 Winter Olympic Games were held.

Skiing fun away from the Alps: Spain

The Sierra Nevada ski area near an apartment for 6 people.

And a great winter holiday is even possible in Spain – although the place is more popular with holiday home vacationers as a summer travel destination with guaranteed sunshine. For example, the Pyrenees in the north of the country will provide fun in the snow with many small, partly-undiscovered ski areas. Let’s then proceed down to sunny Andalusia in the very exotic south of Spain. The mountains of the Sierra Nevada rise up here, just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea, and offer ideal conditions with downhill ski runs up to 2,000 metres above sea level

 

* All the details on the ski areas are subject to change and are based on the data for the 2018/2019 ski season, respectively. In particular, the prices for the ski passes may vary in the upcoming season. Price details apply to an adult in each case; ski passes for children and seniors are usually much cheaper, as are multi-day and weekly passes. Likewise, there are occasional family and group tariffs.

 

Two important tips for booking a ski lodge:

1.) Arrival day

The days between the years rank among the most popular travel dates, since most winter holidaymakers like to combine their skiing holiday with a relaxing Christmas and New Year break. Consequently, demand is also great. Many owners also specify fixed arrival and departure days (usually Saturday), which may affect the flexibility of the itinerary. The minimum rental period is usually seven, ten or 14 days.

family unpacking their car

2.) Mode of arrival

When choosing your ski lodge, you should also take note of advice in the property description regarding arrival possibilities. Some of the lodges are in such enchanting, secluded places that they are not directly accessible by car. Here it may be appropriate to store the luggage in such a way that it can also be carried over long distances under certain circumstances. Often, the owner will help with luggage transport and provide a sledge or organise the journey by mountain railway. If in doubt, you should clarify these issues prior to the trip! Ideally, you should also plan your arrival so that you will not arrive at the holiday resort in the dark. And, in any event, you should always take along snow chains if you’re arriving with your own car!

Holiday idea: Holiday homes near the piste

When searching for the right accommodation, you should bear in mind that the ski lodges and holiday apartments, which lie directly on the ski piste or at least by the nearest lift, will be especially in demand. Here, it pays to book early because experience has taught us that these properties are the ones that are booked up the fastest.

We have compiled some holiday homes in Austria, France and Switzerland for you among our holiday ideas:

These chalets have been furnished in a cosy way and form part of a holiday village in Carinthia, located directly on the piste.


A house on the ski piste

Austria | “Put on your ski equipment, open the front door, and off you go” is the motto for these ski lodges and apartments that lie in close proximity to the ski piste.

View of the slope from an apartment for 4 people in Val Thorens.


Living on the ski run

France | The fun on the piste starts here - right outside your front door - because you can either directly race down the piste from these ski lodges and apartments, or have the nearest lift in the immediate vicinity.

Slope near a holiday house in the ski area Les Portes du Soleil.


Holiday fun near the piste

Switzerland | After getting up in the morning, you can directly slip on your ski equipment - as these holiday properties in the Swiss Alps are located right on the ski piste.

Ski lodges and holiday apartments with atraveo for your skiing holidays