Ski rankings

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 St Anton - the overall winner

St Anton – the overall winner

There are more than 2,200 ski resorts in Europe. Producing rankings is difficult since skiers want different things. Some might want courses suited more to beginners whilst others might opt for a range of slopes or family-friendly ones.

GoEuro’s ranking of 100 ski resorts in Europe should be considered in that light.

There are some aspects of the rankings that you would find it hard to argue with. Switzerland has five of the most expensive resorts in Europe with Zermatt – on paper at least – being the most expensive. But it does have 360 kilometres of slopes which is more than a lot of sites and, for lovers of extreme skiing, it is hard to beat. Overall it makes 4th place.

Conversely, the cheapest place is Bjelasnica in Bosnia and Herzogovina where ski passes, accommodation and food are vastly cheaper than you would pay in Zermatt.

The research suggests that the biggest resort is Sestriere in Italy with 400 kilometres of slopes and the most accessible is St Anton am Arlberg in Austria due to its easy transportation links. But the study also highlights Kravec in Slovenia, which is only 5.5 kilometres away from the train station and is also near two airports. The most family friendly is claimed to be Adelboden, Switzerland is the most family friendly resort due to its ski parks, sledge slopes, ice-skating rinks and cinemas.

In the overall ratings, GoEuro looked at ski resorts within 19 countries and considered 30 criteria to choose the top 100. The company analysed all official resort pages and gathered traveller reviews as well as data from industry professionals. The final ranking is based on four criteria: price vs quality ratio, accessibility of each resort and the Après-ski and family activities available.  But for each of these four criteria you can also see a rating of 1-5 given in a graphic format.

Our resorts in Scotland don’t fare particularly well. The Cairngorms, Nevis Range, Glenshee and Glencoe due to the accessibility and affordability of each resort just manage to scrape in to the top 100. They receive this lowly position because they aren’t perceived as being good value for money and après -ski facilities were not rated highly. Whilst the leader of the 100 list is St Anton am Arlberg in Austria with an overall mark of 89.1, the Cairngorms scores 27.2, Nevis achieves 21.8, Glenshee 21 and Glencoe just 19.4.

Given that there are 2,200 resorts this could be considered an achievement. But if any Scottish resorts wish to attract many more skiers, there will have to be some improvement in what is offered.

At the time of writing, GoEuro was the source of this research. Inn February 2019 it changed its name to Omio

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