The clocks have changed, the days are darker and whispers of Christmas are growing ever louder. For many, it’s time to start the late night shopping or stay by the fire and enjoy a good book. For others, winter means grabbing the skis, boots and gloves and making for the slopes.
If you’re heading abroad this winter to find the places where the snow is powdery and the après-ski is buzzing, you’ll want to make sure the place you stay is close to the action. We’ve put together a list of great campsites in Europe that are perfect for the ski season.
A great site situated in the village of Venosc, close to the Italian border. Five minutes’ walk from the site is a cable car that takes you to Les 2 Alpes resort, located 3600m above sea level and sporting a variety of slopes and off-piste areas. There are 9 black runs, 19 red, 43 blue and 19 green.
The campsite is flat and grassy with well sized and defined pitches, as well as accommodation. Skiers can get discount on equipment hire and store their gear in overnight lockers for a small charge.
A picturesque and well kept site with modern facilities, Camping Attermenzen is just 10km from Zermatt. You can ski here all year round, but winter offers an impressive 360km of piste alongside activities such as the Matterhorn ski safari, moonlight skiing and heli-skiing. There’s also a fantastic snowpark and heaps of other winter activities such as cross country skiing, ice climbing and tobogganing.
The campsite offers a more peaceful retreat for your winter holiday, a quiet place to sleep after an evening spent in the lively atmosphere of the resort. The restaurant serves dishes made with local and seasonal produce, but is closed in January.
This is a super site at the foot of the Aramis mountain range, where you are guaranteed a warm welcome. The ski slopes of Grand Bornand are just a few hundred metres away, complete with snowpark and Alpine ski area. Night skiing and ski lessons are offered.
The campsite has all the facilities you’d expect on a well run resort and there are over 100 touring pitches separated by trees and shrubs. The restaurant has a delightful ambience and serves regional dishes. An ice skating rink is close by.
Located close to the German border, this spacious site is near Almenwe
lt Lofer with its 46 km of prepared pistes and snowpark. Lessons and entertainment for children are available at the ski resort and kids up to 15 years ski for free if accompanied by their parents.
The campsite attracts all kinds of people, from couples to large groups and pitches are separated to cater accordingly to each visitor. A building in traditional Tyrolean style houses reception, an inn and a sauna and wellness centre.
The Dolomites are as good a place to ski as any, and this campsite is set against their beautiful backdrop, close to the Alpe di Siusi. There are runs for all abilities from the black Bullaccia and Mezdi to the practise slopes for kids. There’s also a snowpark to challenge your snowboarding skills.
A friendly welcome awaits you at the campsite after a long day’s skiing and you can enjoy a delicious meal at the traditional style restaurant or a relaxed drink at the bar.
An excellent base for a winter sports holiday, this site has accommodation for rent during the winter season. Set in the Catalan Pyrenees, it is close to several resorts such as Font-Romeu and Espace Cambre d’Aze, which has 22 marked pistes and a great snow record.
Chalets on the campsite are well spaced and most sleep up to six people, and facilities include a bar/restaurant.