skiSkiing is a popular choice among people looking for a winter holiday.

Here we look at some of the best skiing locations in Europe and what it is about them that makes them so popular.

  • Chamonix, France. The 10-mile long valley boasts one bustling town, five ski areas, and lift access to some of the hairiest steeps on the planet. The Aiguille du Midi cable car rises 9,187 feet from Cham Sud to the needle-nose of Aiguille, delivering you to the front door of Mont Blanc, the Vallée Blanche, and technical lines like the Couloir des Cosmiques, a roughly 45-degree, 2,600-foot couloir that usually requires a rappel in. Ski all the way down to the valley floor and rack up 10,000 vertical feet.
  • St. Anton, Austria. A charming slope-side town steeped in alpine tradition, St. Anton offers almost 200 miles of runs, roughly 440 miles of back- and side-country terrain, and a raging après scene.
  • Alagna, Italy. Situated in northern Italy on the southern side of the Monte Rosa Massif, the rustic farming village—population 400—serves up a mountain with serious exposure, one gondola, and access to two additional ski areas, Champoluc and Grissoney.