Winter Wonderland: Skiing near Salzburg and Milan
Is there anything better than skiing down fresh slopes in a gorgeous landscape all day before heading off to your charming chalet for some wonderful après-ski in the evening?
Milan is a gorgeous city and a prime destination for those who want to experience wonderful food, rich history, glorious architecture, incredible fashion and an abundance of sun, all rolled into one. But Milan has a different and slightly colder side in winter as it sits at the roots of the Italian Alps. It is the perfect destination for your ski vacation in Europe. 1st class ski resorts are just a short train ride from Milan which makes it ideal for a beautiful taste of that old cosmopolitan culture before heading out to the wonderful slopes of the Alps.
Madonna Di Campiglio
Madonna Di Campiglio is a classic ski resort in Italy offering a whopping 57 ski lifts and almost 160 km of slopes. The town sits at 1550 meters near the Dolomites and is a place of extraordinary natural beauty. You can set off from the town center in your skis, returning in the evening after a full day in the slopes without ever taking them off. Design your perfect day and go for a truly amazing ski adventure in Madonna Di Campiglio.
The birthplace of the concept of “winter holidays” and a pioneer in destination tourism, St. Moritz is one of the world’s most famous luxury ski destination, full of glitz and glamour. You’ll have to cross the border to Switzerland to reach this place but it’s still only 2 hrs. and 45 min. by car. But why drive there when you can opt for the famous red Bernina train from Milan with its unmatched scenic views? Connoisseurs who appreciate the finer things in life should cross St. Moritz off their bucket list and go for a winter holiday in style. But be warned, this place will set the bar very high for your future winter travels.
Courmayeur lies on the Italian side of Mont Blanc or Monte Bianco as this highest peak of the Alps is called in Italy. This world-renowned ski area is less than 2 hours from Milan and has over 100 km of slopes for both beginners as well as the advanced. Daredevils can even go heli-skiing down the fresh off-piste slopes, a perfect activity for those that enjoy really getting away from it all to spend some time in the untouched wilderness.
This is one of the best ski areas in the Alps for the real ski enthusiast. You can ski all day in this place without ever repeating a single slope and no wonder, since you have over 200 km of pistes to choose from. It doesn’t hurt that Breuil-Cervina sits by one of Europe’s most majestic mountains, the Matterhorn, the glorious pyramid-shaped mountain that is said to have inspired the makers of Toblerone-chocolate. Toblerone, a cup of hot chocolate, skis and the Italian Alps? Sì grazie!
Salzburg is really one of those dreamy destinations in Austria. This home of Mozart and backdrop of The Sound of Music offers visitors a gorgeous city experience with plenty of delightful charm. While Salzburg is certainly a historical city of the finer arts, it’s also full of fun and life as the city’s many universities keep it young and fresh. Salzburg’s Altstadt, its historical city center, is full of glorious baroque architecture and considered one of the best preserved of its kind in the world and as such it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. It is therefore ideal to fly to Salzburg, soak in the classy culture and the beautiful surroundings before heading off to some of the world’s finest ski resorts, nestled in the Austrian Alps surrounding this jewel of a city.
Kitzbühel is one of the most popular ski areas in the world for both skiers and snowboarders and no wonder, this is a dreamlike winter wonderland. This place is a dream factory for all those wonderful winter vacation memories. Make it a memorable winter and kick back in a mountain village with exciting design shops, award-winning restaurants, great gyms and wonderful spas. This is the perfect place for a relaxing and fun vacation in the Tyrolean countryside.
One of Austria’s largest ski areas has over 200 km of pistes and slopes for beginners as well as the more advanced skiers. Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm/Leogang is a winter sports area that lies on both sides of the valley, enabling skiers to ski all around this whole area.
Ski paradise Flachau is lightyears ahead of other ski areas and often referred to as the most modern ski area of Austria. Flachau is where technical wonders meet the snowy slopes of the Alps. Brand-new and modern gondolas get you safely to the top so your only job is to ski all the way down again, making plenty of stops on the way for some hot chocolate. It’s a unique resort for modern skiers who want to finish their day in the cozy setting of a mountain chalet and experience the authentic après-ski atmosphere. The ski bus from Salzburg to Flachau is free for those holding a ski pass.
Zell am See
Zell am See is a great choice for advanced skiers and snowboarders but don’t feel discouraged if you’re a beginner because Zell am See will also cater to your needs. Great pistes, family fun, the incredible mountain landscape and special areas for the youngest family members are just some of the things on offer in this wonderful ski area.