Before you pack your bags to ski the snowy slopes of Europe this Christmas, check out these great five resorts which offer something for everyone, whether you favour groomed pistes, park tricks and pipes, exploring unchartered backcountry, family fun or an unbeatable après ski atmosphere.
3. For the Après Ski... St. Anton, Austria
St. Anton is the definitive après ski resort. Steins, lederhosen and Jägermesiter are common sites off the piste and outside the resort’s vibrant and welcoming bars and clubs.
Two of the resort’s most popular nightlife hubs, the MooserWirt (pictured) and Krazy Kanguruh, can be found in prime position on either side of the blue Galzig piste. Both offer booze, music and dancing until the early hours.
Nestled between the Alps and the Dolomites, Kronplatz is the ultimate family-friendly ski resort: pistes for riders of all ability levels and plenty of fun winter activities for the little ones, including tobogganing and ice skating.
You can leave your kids in one of the resort’s excellent ski kindergartens while you hit the slopes.
The nearby resort of Riscone, which is only a ski bus/taxi ride away, offers more après ski for the adults.