The Snow team couldn’t wait to share our selection of the best ski resorts for the Christmas holidays. Whether you are lucky or not, go to one of these best resorts this winter, grab a cup of hot chocolate, find a place to stay warm and comfortable, and read on to find out what is the best the ski resorts for Christmas ski trips. Also make sure you know how to wash ski jacket after your trip.
Val d’Isère is such a good all-rounder that he can easily put together the most “top” lists. Top Slopes, Top Terrain, Top Setting, Top Snowfall and Top Bucks (yes, it’s not cheap, but worth it). The resort has an excellent reputation among skiers for good reasons: especially the magnificent Espace Killy ski area with its high mountains and magnificent views. The snow-covered Alps also provide the perfect environment for a magical Christmas. If you are thinking about going there, don’t forget to check our guide about what to pack for a ski season
The city is built around a 17th-century church and blends traditional Savoyard architecture with modern and elegant buildings. The old town is still the focal point and on Christmas eve a colorful street parade with dressed characters fills the streets. Connect to listen to the moles, enjoy live music and enjoy the offered Wine Chaud and hot chocolate. Dad Noel will drive through the city on the sled before arriving on the main road to greet the children and smile at the photos. Come to the tourist office at 15:00 and makeup artists will be armed with glitter and color to create glittering patterns on the faces.
If “Christmas Ski Holiday” means a sweet traditional alpine Christmas, Kitzbühel is the place for you. Nestled in Tyrol is a festive plate full of activities in this picturesque mountain village, where the legendary Hahnenkamm race takes place.
From November 26 until Christmas Eve you will find a charming Christmas market with beautiful craft shops, a sparkling pine forest and lots of fondito (a cafe that sells pastries) and spicy wine. Daily activities include pony riding and a zoo as well as singing by local cows that fill the central square at 6 pm. The Austrian food is delicious and tasty, so you should treat yourself with some goodies. Kaiserschmarrn – a traditional pudding made from crushed pancakes with powdered sugar and plum compote is our favorite!
Narnia-esque Ischgl is one of our most beautiful places for skiing at Christmas. The resort begins its winter season like no other with a winter opening concert at the top of the mountain. Then there is the annual Ischgl Krampus run with 50 Krampuses who wear traditional, slightly scary wooden masks (think of horned animals), who wander through the village at night. The animals end up in the Silvrettabahn parking lot and give a mysterious show there. If you are lucky enough to be in Ischgl at the end of December, you can visit the Silvretta Center on Christmas Day, where you will be spoiled with a beautifully sung selection of Christmas songs from around the world. And if that wasn’t enough, the ski school will hold a torchlight evening show at Prennerhang on December 29, where experienced skiers and snowboarders will perform tricks and fly easily through the air.
First class skiing, traditional alpine charm and an award for the most beautiful village in Europe – the luxurious Lech has a lot to offer and earns its place with our list “Christmas skiing holiday”. It’s also great for a party and in early December, world-famous DJs have set up on the dance floor to start the Christmas party! The beautiful village is also adorned with thousands of glittering candles and Lech’s traditional Christmas market takes place at the newly designed Zuger Dorfplatz square. There you will find a settlement of wooden huts that offer everything from candles and gingerbread to delicious mulled wine to keep you warm. Live music, chorus and brass bands are played in the market to put everyone in the festive spirit!
Courchevel is the glamorous sister of Val d’Isère. It is not that skiing is better (although some would say it is better), but it is more dazzling. There are Christmas events in every village, and of course Santa Claus visits everyone. When night falls, his helpers will erase the main street with shining torches and flash fairy tales in the fir trees to create a spectacular Christmas present.
For a festive shopping visit, you can visit the Christmas village at Place du Tremplin, where you will find wood carvings by local artisans, seasonal delicacies and much more to fill your loved ones socks!
The Chamallow party takes place either at Place du Forum in Courchevel 1850 or at Place du Bachal in Courchevel Moriond outdoors, with fire pits, hundreds of roasted marshmallows and many sticky faces!
Spanish resorts are generally not mentioned enough, but they are actually quite good at hosting a show for the high season, and the elegant Baqueira-Beret is no exception. The resort, one of the largest in Spain, is at the tip of the Val d’Aran on the northern side of the Pyrenees. It’s not a chocolate village, but not unattractive, and the Pyrenees’ dramatic backdrop compensates more than the lack of wooden cabins. Skiing in Baqueira is especially good with long declines for all levels of difficulty, reliable snow cover at the beginning of the season (especially in the Argulls area) and excellent food and après (the Spaniards who like it, you can’t expect anything less)). His great celebration has earned him a place in our best resorts for the Christmas list. The celebration begins with Santa’s arrival on a dog team on Christmas Eve in Baqueira. In Spain, however, Epiphany is celebrated and most of the fun really takes place after December 31, when fireworks, live music and dance entertain the guests. On January 5, a procession will be held with the three kings arriving to snowmobile in Baquiera Beret.
a picturesque and stylish resort, offers a range of delicious treats for the winter season. One of the most striking is the huge Christmas tree that dominates the central square (the tree alone is enough to add it to our list of “Christmas ski resorts”). Beautifully decorated and fantastically lit, the Christmas tree has a different theme each year and has previously been adorned with spectacular Swarovski crystal ornaments and exquisite hand-painted orbs. Few cities look as magical as Christmas as Megeve – with fairy lights, sleighs and ice figures telling the birth story.
On Christmas Eve, Santa comes with his elves, who carry gifts for children and adults (hot chocolate for the kids and Vin Chaud for the parents!). A special event is the midnight mass of the historic church from the 13th century.
Les Gets has gained a reputation as one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in the Alps, making it one of our “best places to ski for Christmas”. In addition to the usual “kid-friendly” things, it has some unique attractions, such as a chocolate workshop and a mechanical music museum to catch your eye. Santa is officially home with his elves for two weeks, from a few days before the big day to the beginning of January, and he is always quiet in the village and even in the ski slopes. You just have to look for him.