European resorts

Top Christmas markets near ski resorts in the Alps 

Kitzbuehel Christmas Market

Just like skiing, many Christmas past-times, including decorated fir trees and gingerbread houses, have historic roots in the Alps. Many of these traditions can be traced back to Christmas Markets, four-week Advent celebrations in the Alps, specifically in Austria and Germany. Some of these markets date back as far as the 13th Century. Today, you […]

New James Bond 007 Spectre movie filmed in Soelden, Austria 

Spectre filmed in Soelden

Many movie-going skiers and snowboarders have been delighted to learn that many scenes from the 24th James Bond 007 film, Spectre, were shot in Soelden, Austria, a top ski resort in the Tyrol region. In fact, the resort’s ultra-modern Ice Q restaurant, located high on Gaislachkogl peak, was heavily featured in the film. Several other […]

Alps forecasted to have a snowy 2015-16 ski season 

Last week, AccuWeather released their winter forecast for Europe, and it’s looking like it could be a great season to make a trip over the pond and ski the Alps. Plus, U.S. travelers can take advantage of favorable exchange rates. Meteorologists have picked up a large mass of cold air building over Scandinavia, which will […]

October snow in Europe 

Zermatt october snow

Europe ski resorts have seen smatterings of snowfall this fall, but this week, ski resorts across the Alps were hit with a large storm that dropped solid snowfall. Social media was abuzz with stunning photos of snowy scenes in historic villages and atop iconic, Alpine peaks. We’ve collected some photos our best-selling resorts like Zermatt, Chamonix, St. […]

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 […]