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    Five fab European resorts in a nutshell

    Val d’Isère, France

    Developed from a small alpine farming village, Val d’Isere has grown to become one of the most favourite skiing resorts in France. Having been named as one giant natural fun park, this resort really does offer something for everyone in terms of skiing and snowboarding. With over 150 kilometres of pistes and nightlife almost as exhausting as its mountain pursuits, Val d’Isere offers plenty to keep you busy!

    Saas-Fee, Switzerland

    Nicknamed the pearl of The Alps, Saas Fee is a beautiful resort offering plenty of snow and sun-rays throughout the entire skiing season. With lots of flat learner slopes, the resort is perfect beginner skiers and snowboarders whilst for intermediates and experts, the spectacular setting amid high peaks and glaciers makes the skiing that little bit more exhilarating. Described as “the prettiest ski village in Europe”, Saas Fee is host to an appealing après ski atmosphere which can accommodate for party-goers, oldies and families alike.

    Mayrhofen, Austria

    The resort of Mayrhofen, surrounded by the ski-mountains of Ahorn and Penken, is a simply superlative holiday destination. Even when little snow has fallen, the resort offers unspoilt ski fun and super pistes. As one of the largest snowboard parks in Europe, Mayrhofen offers irresistible challenges for snowboarders and freestyle snowboarding. For skiers there are 157 kilometres of piste for pure enjoyment. Mayrhofen is regarded as one of the best Austrian resorts for partying and après-ski alongside friendly local services and traditional home cooking.

    Cervinia, Italy

    With direct access to the skiing area of Zermatt and the Klein Matterhorn, Cervinia is based in an area that offers one of the largest skiing areas in the Alps. The resort is situated in a higher-altitude than the average resort and offers a paradise for beginner skiers and snowboarders. With the extensive terrain that stretches through three valleys in two countries, Cervinia is an ideal base for intermediates and experts to go off and explore. The apres ski and nightlife in Cervinia is slightly quieter and relaxed than other Italian resorts and may appeal more to couples and families.

    Bansko, Bulgaria

    The recently new and exciting resort, Bansko, has the best snow record and the longest ski season of all Bulgarian ski resorts. The two main ski – centres- Chalin Valog and Shiligarnika offer 70 kilometres of piste with runs and tracks for all types of skiers, suiting both beginners and experts. This well developed resort is host to both modern and traditional restaurants and bars serving up incredible hospitality, local dishes, fine wines and authentic Bulgarian entertainment.

    This post has been written by travel blogger Rebecca Kelly from Simonseeks.com; a community of travel enthusiasts, experts and celebrities sharing their thoughts on the best places to visit around the world., ranging from cheapest places to stay in Paris to the best boutique hotels in New York.

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