Southwest of Zurich and Birg, the car-free town of Zermatt is the snowboarding base for the infamous Matterhorn Ski Paradise. This well-known and very popular ski area combines several interconnected mountains and even provides access over Kleine Matterhorn to a pair of Italian ski areas. Zermatt is the perfect base for exploring the Matterhorn Ski Paradise and is surrounded by 30+ mountains over 4,000m.
West of Innsbruck, the St Anton ski area is a vast freeriding mecca with extensive off-piste sidecountry country and backcountry to explore. And, when you rip it up hard, you can expect the apres ski action to be just as big -- this ski area has the biggest apres ski scene in the world.
Southeast of Chambery and Bourg d'Oisans, the Les Deux Alpes ski domaine has 150km of pistes that are served by 53 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 2,270m. Les Deux Alpes links the two villages of Venosc and Mont de Lans.
Northeast of Trento and east of Moena, the 3-Valli Trevalli ski region is a combination of two ski areas spread across three valleys. The two ski areas are Alpe Lusia Ski Area and Passo Rolle ski area near San Pellegrino.
Southeast of Grenoble and northwest of Briancon in the Guisane valley, the Serre-Chevalier ski domaine has 115 pistes served by 68 lifts accessing a maximum vertical drop of 1,650m. About 35% of the runs are graded red and 10% are black.
Southeast of Grenoble and northeast of Briancon, the Montgenevre ski domaine has 110km of pistes served by 32 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 950m. Along the Italian border, it is known for its intermediate cruisers and reliable snow.
Southeast of Grenoble near Bourg d'Oisans, the Alpe d'Huez ski domaine has 185km of piste served by 81 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,920m (6,300 feet). Alpe d'Huez is known by snowboarders for its extensive and varied slopes that are mostly above the treeline.
Northeast of Trento and southeast of Bolzano, the San Martino di Castrozza region has 45 pistes totaling 50km served by 23 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 900m. The pistes are spead among several small non-interconnected ski areas.
East of Albertville and northeast of Bourg St Maurice, the La Rosiere ski domiane has 24 pistes totaling 75km that served by 10 lifts with a maximum descent of 1140m. It is a family-friendly ski area that is perfect for beginners.
North of Venice and southwest of Cortina d'Ampezzo near Selva Di Cadore, the Ski Civetta is a family-friendly ski region that spans from Selva Di Cadore in the north to Alleghe in the south. There are about 50 pistes totaling 50km that served by 25 lifts.
South of Brunico and west of Cortina d'Ampezzo, the Alta Badia ski area has 130km of piste served by 71 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 653m (2,140 feet). Within Alta Badia, there are six resorts including the popular Corvara (Ladin-speaking), San Cassiano, Col Fosca, La Villa, Pedraces, and La Val.
Southeast of Annecy and south of Moutiers, the Val Thorens ski domaine has 150km of pistes served by 31 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1430m. Val Thorens is located in a vast cirque below six glaciers and is well-known for its off-piste freeriding.
Southeast of Albertville and Bourg Ste Maurice, the Tignes ski domaine has 150km of pistes served by 47 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,890m. It is part of the Espace Killy ski region that interconnects Tignes with Val d'Isere.
Southeast of Chambery and Moutiers, the Meribel ski domaine has 150km of pistes served by 42 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1550m. The Meribel ski domaine interconnects several villages in the valley including the three main Meribel villages, Brides Les Baines, Les Allues and La Raffort.