An Insider's Guide to Skiing Europe

From renting a car to cheap places to stay and where to go, 15 tips for skiing the Alps

Mar 5, 2013
Outside Magazine

Chalberhöni lift.    Photo: GstaadTourismus/Wikimedia Commons

Mention skiing in Europe to the uninitiated and you'll often be greeted by a litany of reservations: It’s far. It’s expensive. It’s complicated. The snow is unreliable. What’s wrong with Colorado?

Here’s what the naysayers are missing: 5,000-vertical-foot descents that drop into 14th-century villages. Big-mountain terrain that makes the Tetons feel like a playpen. Resorts that boast 700 miles of in-bounds terrain and over 400 lifts on one ticket. Freshly-baked apple strudel for breakfast, a three-course meal for dinner, and a roof over your head for 60 bucks a night.

Armed with the right knowledge, skiing in the Alps is easy, affordable, and will change your notion of the sport forever. Here’s how.