European resorts

5 considerations for your perfect Europe ski trip 

At the foot of the iconic Matterhorn is the Swiss storied ski town of Zermatt. | Photo: Zermatt Tourism

Embarking on a Europe ski vacation is as much about immersing yourself in culture, heritage and breathtaking scenery as it is about skiing. After all, only in Europe can you soak in century-old thermal baths, ski to Italy from Switzerland for a cappuccino or share a pot of fondue while sipping French wine. Whether you […]

The best hikes for jaw-dropping views of the Matterhorn 

Riffelsee Lake Matterhorn, Matterhorn Zermatt, hiking in Zermatt, hiking the Matterhorn

Today, 150 years ago, the British climber Edward Whymper and his rope team reached the 14,692-foot (4478-meter) summit of the Matterhorn. These days, climbing the Matterhorn is much easier than it was in 1865 thanks to lighter, more advanced equipment, but it’s still no simple task. Commemorate this incredible human feat by experiencing the stunning […]

Video: Skiing in color with overall World Cup champ Marcel Hirscher 

Four-peat overall World Cup alpine champ, Marcel Hirscher, of Austria, took a day off recently and had some fun with his slalom race skis and a spectrum of colors. The combination is mesmerizing; as Hirscher hits the slalom gates bright colors explode—contrasting beautifully with the white snow! Watch the video below to see Hirscher’s uniquely […]

Where’s the best snow? Chase the storms to these ski resorts 

Skier Jeff Annetts on The Crags at Jackson Hole, Feb. 5 | Photo: Chris Figenshaw, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

What’s your motivation to book a ski vacation? For some clients, their impetus is a big storm. Now that we’re just past the halfway point for this ski season, here’s your guide to the ski resorts with the best snow right now: Chase the snow to Canada Canada is good bet for scoring great snow conditions […]

The measure of a great ski video? 5.7 million views in 4 days 

Great ski video candide thovex

The ski industry is full of creative minds that churn out inspiring photos and videos daily, and with so much visual stimulus available to us normal skiers and snowboarders, sometimes it can all blend together. Then comes along a ski video that’s just plain mind-blowing. Whether it’s a groundbreaking cinematic technique like Sweetgrass Productions’ Afterglow segment or an inspirational […]

It’s time to ski the Alps: Euro hits 9-year low 

ski deals in the Alps

If you’ve been dreaming of a ski trip in the Alps, now’s the time to go. Favorable exchange rates, good snow and great deals from your trusty Mountain Vacation Specialists at are aligning to make that European ski trip very attainable this season. Here’s the 411 on the factors you may be weighing before […]

7-day culinary ski trip in the Italian Alps 

Courmayeur, Mont Blanc, Monte Bianco, Courmayeur Italy

If you have been to all the major ski resorts time and time again and are looking for an out-of-the-box ski experience this winter, look no further than Danny Boome Gastronauts’ Italian Adventure, presented by This unique culinary ski trip to the Italian Alps combines skiing with wine tastings and cooking demonstrations with some […]

Is there snow in the Alps? 

Snow in the Alps

Rumors of scant snow in Europe have been circulating, and news headlines have only increased the hype. However, recent reports—including updates from our own man on the ground—have verified that skiing conditions in the Alps are good! “We’re in good shape,” reported John Frasca, VP of international sales at, who just returned from the French Alps. Frasca skied […]

What’s new in ski country for the 2014/15 season? 

The new Punta Helbronner cable car station will be the highest structure on Mont Blanc when the project is completed in spring 2015.

We’ve compiled an alphabetical index of what’s new in ski country—worldwide—this coming season. Updates range from spankin’ new state-of-the art lifts and energy-efficient snowmaking equipment to high-alpine zip lines and scrumptious new restaurants. Scroll down to see if you’ll be experiencing some “newness” on your ski vacation this year. Aspen, Colorado This summer the contemporary […]

More Snow in Europe: up to 43 inches reported 

40 cms fell on Avoriaz during the night of Nov. 5 | Photo: Avoriaz Ski Resort

Another big storm is bearing down on ski resorts in the French, Swiss and Italian Alps, and we’re seeing some impressive photos of the resulting accumulations. The storm started on Tuesday and has already outperformed the original forecast. Read on to see which resorts received the biggest snow totals so far. Flakes flew in downtown Chamonix the […]

10/17/14: Where did it snow? 

blackcomb snow

Last week was a big one for early-season snow! European ski resorts across the Alps received their first big snowfall, and North American ski resorts were prepping for big storms over the weekend. As we settle into Monday morning, here’s a recap of where the snow fell over the weekend and which ski resorts are […]

Ski resorts in the Alps receive first big snow 

St Anton, buried on Oct. 23

You’ve probably been asking the same question that has been on our minds: is it snowing in the Alps? Yes! Ski resorts across the Alps received their first major snow storm of the season. Flakes started to fall early Wednesday morning in the northeastern Alps, and the storm quickly tracked across Europe, passing through Switzerland and […]