The world's largest lift and ticket interlinked ski area is in France - the 3 Vallees (it is actually 4 with Orelle added in! Some of the best extreme terrain can be found in Chamonix with Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc.
This French ski resort is on steroids and it attracts hard-core skiers in particular, but has diverse terrain to provide a great experience for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.
The après is relatively restrained in Switzerland, but there’s still nightlife, and partaking in fondue is essential - but grossly over rated!!
For Powderhounds, the resorts of Andermatt and Engelberg are absolute stand outs. St Moritz is glamorous and fashionable and is well suited to intermediate skiers and snowboarders but has a dark side at Diavolezza for experts.
For the more adventurous, Norway and Sweden have some wonderful ski and snowboard adventure opportunities. Skiing in Spain allows for some beach and snow combinations that are difficult to replicate elsewhere.
In the snowy Caucasus of Georgia, there is some massive investment in improving current resorts and also creating some new ones.
A multitude of smaller ski resorts like Grimentz, Belalp and Lauchernalp have wonderful skiing and snowboarding without the hustle and bustle of the mega resorts.In southern France the Pyrenees have several world class ski resorts ( Ax, Saint Lary) and sensational backcountry terrain.Ski Switzerland for the high altitude powder, precise organisation and train network, cosmopolitan flair, great lift systems, charming villages and dramatic scenery.There are fabulous train journeys that go direct to incredible ski resorts, some even have a gondola ski lift at the train platform (Kronplatz in Italy). The number of ski resorts in Europe is massive, easily exceeding 1000.From small village lifts to enormous interlinked resorts that have to be seen (and skied) to be believed.