The Most Expensive Ski Destinations in Europe 2024

Europe has some of the best ski resorts in the world, with long seasons, stunning scenery and luxury accommodation.

Recent data on Statista analyses the most expensive ski destinations in Europe, looking at how much it could cost you per day to holiday there. Below, we investigate each resort to see if they’re worth the cost.

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo is a town and ski resort in the heart of the southern Alps, also known as the Dolomitic region. It’s the most expensive ski destination in Europe, costing an average of €258 per day.

It’s one of the most famous and most popular mountains and ski destinations in the world, thanks to its extravagant offerings and breathtaking scenery. As well as skiing, Cortina also offers a number of other activities, including a range of winter sports such as curling, ice climbing, and snowshoe hiking.

In addition, the resort prides itself on its luxury and lifestyle offerings, with open air hot tubs, indulgent spas, and yoga in the snow. Cortina d’Ampezzo is famous for its culinary offerings. Blending local traditions with Austrian influences, and using high quality, fresh ingredients, visitors enjoy a variety of gourmet cuisines across the resort.

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, in the Austrian Alps, is the second most expensive ski resort in Europe, costing an average of €254 per day.

This resort is favoured by beginner and intermediate skiers, thanks to the immaculate slopes and terrain. The village is quiet and relaxed, making it a firm favourite for families who aren’t looking for a loud and busting nightlife. Ski slopes are generally uncrowded and there is very little waiting time for ski lifts.

The location also has a focus on fine dining and quality mountain gastronomy. There are a number of restaurants, bars, and refreshment stops providing great cuisine and stunning views of the scenery.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt in Switzerland is located in the canton of Valais, at the upper end of Matteral. It’s the third most expensive ski destination in Europe, costing €250 per day, on average.

One of the draws of Zermatt is that it provides beautiful views of the famous Matterhorn, also known as the jewel of the Swiss alps, with excursions available to go to viewing platforms for the best sights.

The Zermatt village itself retains a traditional character and is a completely car-free zone. As well as skiing, the area is very popular with mountaineers, particularly those looking to take on the Haute Route, an international route that takes days to complete.

Hintertux Glacier, Austria

Hintertux Glacier is located in the Zillertaler Alps state of Tyrol in Austria. It’s technically the tourist name for the glaciers of Gefrorene-Wand-Kees, also known as the Tuxer Ferner. It’s the fourth most expensive ski destination in Europe, costing an average of €224 per day.

Hintertux Glacier offers skiing all year round, with generally good snow conditions across the area thanks to its elevation at 3,250m above sea level. Alongside skiing, the resort has many activities on offer, such as excursions to visit local caves and view ice formations, snowshoe hiking, and mountaineering.

Gitschberg Jochtal, Italy

The Gitschberg Jochtal ski resort is in South Tyrol in Italy. It’s the fifth most expensive ski resort in Europe, costing €221 per day on average.

This is another popular ski resort for families, with great quality skiing and quiet village locations. There are also two ski schools that are certified as child-friendly, perfect for little ones who are just starting to learn the ropes.

There’s a huge variety of activities on offer outside of skiing, such as winter walking trails linking restaurants, an adventure park, and toboggan runs. Every week in the winter season, the famous ‘Dance of the Vampires’ ski party is held, with skiing and snowshoes available until midnight.

Madonna di Campiglio, Italy

Madonna di Campiglio is a village and ski resort in northeast Italy. It’s the sixth most expensive ski destination in Europe, costing around €217 per day.

The area has a higher snowfall on average when compared to other resorts in the Dolomite region, so ski runs are usually excellent. The resort is focused on providing a holistic experience, with fine dining and wellbeing activities on offer in addition to skiing.

The village holds a number of sporting events throughout the year, which acts as a big draw for visitors. These include the World Cup alpine skiing and snowboarding races in the winter and various motorsports events in the summer.

3 Zinnen Dolomites, Italy

The 3 Zinnen Dolomites ski resort in Vierschach, Italy is the seventh most expensive ski destination in Europe. On average, it costs €211 per day.

The resort is in the heart if the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites site and is famed for its cross country skiing offerings as well as downhill slopes. It’s a popular ski destination for beginners and experts alike, with a range of slopes and trails available.

The resort also offers night skiing and tobogganing, on a flood-lit slope which makes for a truly unique experience. There’s also plenty for families, with a special area just for children and child friendly ski schools.  

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