The Best Winter Vacations in Europe

The Best Winter Vacations in Europe
When people become winter sports enthusiasts, they often realize that all of their vacation money goes to skiing and snowboarding holidays. Those who once enjoyed exploring Europe's cultural attractions may bemoan the fact that this is no longer an option. However, this is not exactly true. A European winter ski vacation gives you the opportunity to have the best of both worlds, and offers an acceptable compromise if you travel with non-skiing friends, family and significant others.

International Winter Festival Sarajevo

If skiing in Sarajevo sounds like an absurd idea, consider this. In 1984, the city hosted the Winter Olympics, with its high speed downhill races and steep ski jumps. Mount Jahorina is Sarajevo's major ski resort. During the Bosian War, Serb leader Radovan Karadzic held camp on these mountains. The area is slowly returning to its former glory as a ski area. Skiing in Sarajevo gives you the opportunity to attend the annual Sarajevo Winter Festival. The two-month event features artists and performers from all parts of the globe.

Ski Jahorina
+387 65 414 413

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt is both an on-slope and off-slope winter paradise. This pedestrian-only village boasts a ski season that often begins in November and ends in May, suitable terrain for all levels and the opportunity to ski across international borders into Cervinia, Italy. the town itself is famous for its abundance of art galleries, museums, shops and restaurants.

Ski Zermatt
Bahnhofplatz 5
3920 Zermatt
+41 27 966 81 00

Puerto de Navacerrada Ski Resort

Not many ski vacations give you the opportunity to visit some of the world's best museums. Fortunately, the Puerto de Navacerrada Ski Resort is only 60 kilometers from Madrid, so you can enjoy a visit to the Prado on your rest day. While most of the terrain at the Puerto de Navacerrada Ski Resort is suitable for intermediates, it does have a slalom racing run and a ski jump.

Puerto de Navacerrada Ski Resort
Puerto de Navacerrada, 28470 Cercedilla
+34 91520849

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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