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Europe’s Quiet Ski Resorts That Are Just As Stunning

3 February 2020
Snow settled on a wooden fence

Thinking about where to go on your next ski holiday? Hoping your next snowy adventure will be set in a location just as beautiful as last year with plenty to ski, but without the crowds? Sometimes swapping the well-known, ‘Brit filled’ skiing destinations for smaller and quieter ski resorts can be a win! 

From almost empty pistes to stunning mountain views, small and quiet ski resorts can be very pleasing and give you the chance to relax as hard as you like.

The Snow Centre’s partner Neilson Holidays, have hotels and chalets in some of Europe’s stunning resorts that you may not have heard of.   

Explore these superb and quiet ski resorts;

Val di Fassa, Italy

If a quieter ski holiday in an attractive resort in the middle of the spectacular Italian Dolomites sounds like your thing, Val di Fassa is for you! 

With easy access to one of the largest ski areas in the world, breath-taking backdrops and a charming traditional feel, Val di Fassa allows its guests to miss the crowds and delight in what feels like limitless skiing and snowboarding. This isn’t surprising seeing as the massive Dolomiti Superski area has an astounding 1,200km of piste to explore. 

Val di Fassa is made up of seven small villages spread throughout the valley. Penia is one of the quietest, while nearby Canazei, with its many bars and restaurants is the place to go for après-ski.

Soldeu and El Tarter, Andorra

Set in the Andorran Pyrénées, Soldeu and El Tarter boast some brilliant conditions all winter thanks to altitudes of up to 2,590m. And as part of the 210km Grandvalira ski area, there’s quieter pistes to be enjoyed by all ages and abilities, but plenty for beginners and intermediates. 

Both resorts are small and feel pretty quiet, accept when the clock strikes après! Then the local bars seem to come alive and have a really nice buzz about them. From live DJs to cocktails, Soldeu and El Tarter have you covered! 

Alternatively, if your idea of après-ski is a quiet evening in front of a warm log fire, Soldeu and El Tarter can accommodate this too.

Les Menuires, France

Hidden in one of the most well-known ski areas around, Les Menuires is a quieter alternative to some of the busier resorts set in the Three Valleys, like Méribel and Courchevel.

The local Les Menuires ski area has 160km of beginner-friendly runs, while more advanced skiers and snowboarders can explore the 600km of piste in the wider Three Valleys ski area.

Les Menuires is a mix of 1960s hotels and some traditional-looking modern chalets. The nightlife is generally quiet, but with so much to ski in the day, a relaxing evening might be just what you need.

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