The 5 best ski resorts in Europe for students

The 5 best ski resorts in Europe for students

Posted by Kat Ashton on Jan 24, 2018 12:15:30 PM

Winter is well and truly upon us, and undoubtedly the best time of year for fans of skiing or snowboarding. By this point, the mountains are well and truly covered with snow and the apres bars are packed with both newbies and seasoned pros.

 

If you’re on your year abroad, take the chance to head to the nearest ski resort for a long weekend while you still can. Even if you’ve never tried winter sports before, the mountains are worth a visit in themselves and you might well discover your new favourite hobby.

 

Here are some of SAA’s favourite ski resorts in Europe:

 

St Anton, Austria

 

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No doubt the most popular resort in Austria, if not the whole Alps, and renowned for its fantastic après ski scene. Check out the Mooserwirt, the Krazy Kangaruh and the Heustadl for some of the best parties and live music on the slopes. It's also a great place for beginners to learn and the town boasts of being home to the world’s oldest ski school. While a bit pricier than some of the other resorts in Austria, it’s worth splashing out on a trip here for the atmosphere alone.

 

How to get there: Arlberg Express provides scheduled bus services between Zurich airport and St Anton by bus on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the winter season. There are also trains that run from Zurich and Innsbruck.

 

Val d'Isere, France

 

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With some of the best snowparks going, such as the one at Bellevarde under the Mont Blanc chairlift, Val D’Isere is great for freestyle skiers or snowboarders who want to improve their skills. In terms of après ski spots, perhaps the most popular in town is Cafe Face, with reasonably priced drinks and some of the best house music you’ll hear in the Alps. Dick’s Tea Bar and Le Jack are also great options for a more relaxed evening after a day spent hitting the slopes. You can usually be guaranteed great powder in Val D’Isere and the nearby resorts, and there are plenty of fantastic restaurants here offering the best dishes the mountain has to offer, such as L'Ouillette and La Peau de Vache.

 

How to get there: Geneva and Chambéry-Savoie Airport are the closest airports, and there are many companies that offer transfer services, such as Mountain drop offs .

 

Morzine, France

 

 

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Unlike many other resorts, Morzine is a functioning mountain town all year round so has plenty on offer, including plenty of cute cafes, nightclubs and even two ice rinks. It’s also close to the higher resort of Avoriaz, so you’re pretty much guaranteed great skiing throughout the season. Morzine is also a popular resort among students as its cheaper than many other towns in the area, so it’s perfect if you’re on a budget, and make sure to check out the Haka Bar for some of the best burgers you’ll find in any ski resort.

 

How to get there: Morzine is just 75 minutes from Geneva airport, check out Alpy Bus for bus transfers.

 

Livigno, Italy

 

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With around 150 bars, Livigno has more après choices on offer than any other resort in the world and the Baita Del Ghet even offers every customer their first drink free. The Echo Pub, Jpioca, and the Kuhstall are also definitely worth a visit. The town itself is very reasonably priced and also had duty-free shopping - what more could you ask for?

 

How to get there: The nearest airports are Milan, Bergamo, Zurich and Innsbruck and you can get straight-forward transfers with alps 2 alps.

 

Chamonix, France

 

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At the base of Mont Blanc is Chamonix - famous for holding the first Winter Olympics back in 1924 and having some of the best off-piste terrain around. There is plenty of affordable accommodation here for student skiers and the nightlife is pretty good too. After hitting the infamous black runs, you should check out Monkey Bar for Happy Hour, then head onto the infamous Cantina Club to mingle with the locals until the early hours. You can also try Winter paintball here. Enough said.

 

How to get there: Cham van offer reasonably priced transfers from Geneva airports.

 

Are you about to head to Europe for the experience of a lifetime? Study Abroad Apartments offers some great options for students planning to study abroad. Just get in touch with us if you need any help finding somewhere to stay and we’ll make sure you have one of the best options out there!

 

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