Which country has the best ski resorts
March 22, 2019 By: Max in ski areas under the microscope
The Snowplaza readers have decided! The 20 best ski areas in the Alps in 2019 have been determined. In the last few weeks and months, almost 31,000 skiers and snowboarders have voted on the most popular winter sports destinations in the Alpine region in the largest public vote for ski areas in Europe. The 20 best ski areas in the Alps in 2019 are honored with the annual Snowplaza Award "Top Ski Area". Snowplaza provides an overview of the 2019 winners.
# 20. Stubai
The Stubai Valley is very close to Innsbruck. The Stubai Glacier is world famous and impresses not only with one of the best snow parks in the Alps, but also with its long seasonal opening times. You can ski here until June 10, 2019. The view of the many surrounding three-thousand-meter peaks is also unique. But the other areas are always worth a trip, because variety is very important around Neustift and Fulpmes.
# 19. KitzSki
The KitzSki ski area, in which the legendary Hahnenkamm race takes place, will again officially receive the Snowplaza Award for the 20 best ski areas in the Alps in 2019 this year two snow parks. Numerous events and an appealing après-ski offer also attract visitors away from the ski slopes.
# 18. Montafon
The Montafon in Vorarlberg has five ski areas with a comprehensive range of ski tours and freeride adventures. In addition, the region in Austria offers bizarre rock massifs and slopes well over 2,000 meters above sea level. One tip is the 12 km long HochjochTotale, the longest valley run in Vorarlberg. The total length of the slopes is 225 kilometers.
# 17. Zermatt-Matterhorn
It is a superlative ski area with around 360 kilometers of slopes in Switzerland and Italy. The fun on the slopes is almost endless in this unique, exclusive and glamorous ski region with three glaciers, numerous gourmet huts and the five ski areas Rothorn, Gornergrat, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Breuil Cervinia and Valtournenche.
# 16. Schladming-Dachstein
The variety in the Schladming-Dachstein ski area was particularly appreciated this year by numerous winter sports enthusiasts and catapulted the region in Styria into the top 20. The ski area impresses with its high level of snow reliability, numerous huts and a long ski season from autumn until well into spring. The event highlight is the annual night world cup: The Nightrace in Schladming with up to 40,000 spectators.
# 15. Kronplatz
In total, Plan de Corones in South Tyrol offers almost 120 kilometers of slopes and a huge cross-country network with 200 km of trails. There is a thrill on the Piculin descent, which is 2 kilometers long, has a 530 meter difference in altitude and in some places has a gradient of 72 percent. The Snowplaza readers were also enthusiastic about it again. This year, the family-friendly ski area was voted 15th among the best ski areas in the Alps.
# 14. Obergurgl-Hochgurgl
Obergurgl-Hochgurgl made it into the ranking of the 20 best ski areas in the Alps in 2019 again this year, because the ski area impresses with two dozen glaciers in the area, a total of 110 kilometers of slopes and a long ski season from late autumn to early May.
# 13. Alta Badia
Alta Badia is made for sun-hungry winter vacationers. In front of the unique panorama of the world-famous Dolomites, skiers and snowboarders will find 130 kilometers of slopes. Families in particular appreciate the easy runs. After an exciting day of skiing, the rustic huts invite you to feast and enjoy.
# 12. Mayrhofen
The Mayrhofen ski area is at an altitude of 630 to 3250 meters and, thanks to its location on the glacier, offers absolute snow reliability, even in summer. Together with the Hintertux Glacier, the region has around 200 kilometers of slopes. The Mayrhofen ski area, with its predominantly intermediate slopes, is particularly popular with advanced skiers.
# 11. Zillertal Arena
The Snowplaza readers found that up to 10 kilometers of ski runs, around 140 kilometers of slopes and a beautiful mountain panorama of the Alps are reason enough for the Zillertal Arena to be 11th in the list of the 20 best ski areas in the Alps in 2019. The numerous events in Gerlos, Zell am Ziller and Königsleiten as well as après-ski parties certainly influenced the decision.
# 10. Salzburg Sports World
More than 230 kilometers of ski slopes, over 100 lifts and well over 200 kilometers of cross-country ski trails made skiers and snowboarders choose the Salzburger Sportwelt in tenth place.
# 9. Obertauern
Mainly easy and intermediate ski slopes with a total length of 100 kilometers await in the Obertauern ski area. Some of these end directly in the village. Exciting events for the ski opening and ski finals, a varied gastronomy with authentic mountain huts and a wide range of après-ski offers also ensured that the Obertauern snow bowl lands in the top 10 of the best ski areas in the Alps in 2019.
#8th. Val Gardena
Val Gardena and the Alpe di Siusi impress with their unique combination of excellent winter sports conditions, a fantastic backdrop, as well as excellent South Tyrolean cuisine and hospitality. Sun-seekers can look forward to an average of 300 sunny days a year in Val Gardena. In addition, the area is known for being very family-friendly. The Seiser Alm snow park, Italy's best snow park, is also popular.
# 7. Ski Arlberg
Ski Arlberg, the largest contiguous ski area in Austria, is particularly popular with experienced skiers and freeriders. The cradle of alpine skiing offers 305 spectacular kilometers of slopes. There are also around 200 kilometers of deep snow runs. 88 state-of-the-art lifts and cable cars bring winter sports enthusiasts up the mountain quickly and comfortably.
# 6. Soelden
This year, Sölden can also look forward to a top 10 ranking among the best ski areas in the Alps in 2019. 144 kilometers of slopes guarantee absolute skiing pleasure on three three-thousand-meter peaks. A special highlight: the 15 km long black Schneid, the longest valley run in Austria, leads from the Rettenbach glacier down to the center of Sölden. But the place also has a lot to offer away from the slopes. Party-loving après-ski fans in particular love Sölden.
# 5. SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental
The SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental ski area is one of the largest ski areas in Austria with 284 kilometers of slopes, 90 ski lifts and 81 huts and was awarded the Snowplaza Award in 2015 as the best ski area in the Alps. This season it is enough for 5th place.
# 4. Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn
The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn just missed the podium this year. The region is one of the largest connected ski areas in Austria and scores with 270 kilometers of slopes, 70 lifts and 60 huts. Thanks to the combination of a convenient location and the most modern snow-making systems, fun on the slopes is guaranteed until spring. The "Home of Lässig" is a paradise for classic skiers, ski tourers and freeriders.
# 3. Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis
Also this year, the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski area with its 214 kilometers of slopes is among the top 3 of the best ski areas in the Alps in 2019. The Snowplaza readers were won over by the cozy blue slopes, the crisp steep slopes and the family-friendliness of the ski area cast their vote.
# 2. Ski jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau
The absolute high-flyer this year is the Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau ski area. Last year ranked 9th, the 110-kilometer ski area in Tyrol won the silver medal in voting for the best ski areas in the Alps in 2019.
#1. Silvretta Arena Ischgl - Samnaun
... and the winner is! Since 2015, the Silvretta Arena Ischgl - Samnaun has been in first place for the choice of the best ski areas in the Alps and this year the ski area was able to defend its undisputed leading role. Just two of the many reasons: 90 percent of the ski slopes are at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters. This guarantees excellent conditions well into spring. The "Top of the Mountain" concerts are as famous as they are popular. We say congratulations!
The best ski areas by country
Above you can see the best ski areas in the Alps in the overall ranking. In the following you can see which ski areas were chosen first in each country.
- Austria:Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn
- Switzerland:Jungfrau region
- Italy:Val Gardena
- France:Les Trois Vallées
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