In Europe, the basic rule for snow at Christmas is: The more you are in the Alps or the more you are in Scandinavia, the more likely you are to spend Christmas holidays. Chances are you are drowning & # 39; in the snow in the European Alps are much more friendly then you will experience a "green" Christmas. Most alpine villages at high altitude use snow making equipment. They can not give a guarantee of iron that there will be snow in front of your hotel, but they guarantee you snow on the surrounding mountains. Although you can never predict if Mother Nature is not going to throw a last shot in the works, the following suggested destinations are very likely to have snow in the villages and valleys at Christmas.
White Christmas in Austria
Bad Hofgastein is a perfect choice for families, skiers and non-skiers alike. With its countless cozy and rustic alpine huts, spa facilities, day trips to the scenic surroundings of Zell am See or the hip district of Bad Gastein, it has a lot to offer non-skiers. Skiers have a wide choice of perfectly groomed wide slopes that suit both beginners and advanced skiers.
Obergurgl / Hochgurgl and Lech / Zuuers and St. Anton am Arlberg are ideal for skiers but do not offer many options to non-skiers. They are a paradise for amateurs and expert skiers, have lighted slopes to allow night skiing and a large amount of ungroomed terrain with challenging power trails.
White Christmas in Switzerland
Davos / Klosters are excellent options for non-skiers and skiers. Elegant Davos and idyllic Klosters nearby are a perfect choice for Christmas. Many options exist for non-skiers to enjoy this wonderland of winter. A great ski for children is available with fun parks, magic carpets and a 3.5 km toboggan run.
Zermatt remains one of the best winter resorts in the world. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Matterhorn in this completely car-free village. Heliskiing is offered in Zermatt and the freeride options and the "Gravity Park" are among the best in Europe.
St Moritz is synonymous with glitz, glamor, powder and shopping. The sun shines 320 days a year and you will find the best powder snow on the slopes of the entire Engadine ski area that surrounds St Moritz. Because of its high altitude, snow is guaranteed even before and after the season.
White Christmas in Germany
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is an excellent choice for non-skiers, skiers and boarders. Strolling through the city with its quaint houses and murals is a unique experience. After a 90-minute commute by train to the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain, you will be rewarded by sensational views that extend into the Austrian Alps and up to the end. in Italy and Switzerland.
Day trips to Munich (1 hour) or Fuessen (2 hours) to see the castle of King Ludwig Neuschwanstein are easily organized. The Zugspitze region has snow for 7 months of the year and the Zugspitzplatt is the only glacier ski area in Germany.
White Christmas in Italy
Seiser Alm – Celebrate Christmas in the village of Castellrotto, where tradition is at the rendezvous, on the Seiser Alm. Perfect for families, lovers of fine Italian cuisine, historic sites, pampering and ski enthusiasts.
Courmayeur's address to advanced skiers, snowboarders and free riders who will appreciate the 100 km of slopes with a unique view of Mont Blanc.
Breuil / Cervinia is the Italian ski resort on the Matterhorn. Skiing on the Italian side of the Matterhorn at 3500m. Due to its southern location, it is your best chance to enjoy the winter sun during your holidays.
White Christmas in France
Chamonix Mont Blanc will delight non-skiers as well as skiers. Department stores, food, pampering treatments, snowshoeing, helicopter flights or Husky Dog Sledging. Visit the picturesque nearby village of Servoz with its many local artisans. workshops.
Val d'Isère is a skier's paradise with 300 km of groomed trails suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers. A huge field of ground and powder as far as the eye will delight the snowboarders. Val d 'Isère is one of the most noble ski resorts in France, with prices up to par.
Do you want to have 100% certainty on the snow?
Go to the glaciers of the European Alps. Europe has 21 ski resorts on glaciers up to 3150m above sea level. This option is only appropriate for skiers because these resorts are exclusively for skiers and boarders and do not offer much for non-skiers. The Stubai Glacier is the largest ski resort in Austria and Slden, Hintertux, the Mltal Glacier or the Kitzsteinhorn in Kaprun have the certainty of snow. Lex Deux Alpes in France is the largest glacier ski resort in Europe.
Or head to northern Scandinavia. Just know that even if you have snow, you can also be sure you do not have much, if any, daylight during Christmas.