Comparing Skiing in Europe With That of America

When it comes to enjoying their favorite sport, skiers and golfers have quite a lot in common. Each loves to go to that spot that for them feels kind of special, but also makes them feel comfortable. With skiers, though, when looking for a place to ski if you live in the United States it might seem much too costly to ski in Europe. Obviously there will be some additional cost with travel, but once you get there costs will not be that much higher in Europe. Plus there are about five times as many ski areas in Europe, about 4000, then there are in North America.

There will be quite a few differences, such as in the texture of the snow. In Europe the snow will be more like that found in New England; not as light and fluffy as you’ll find in western North America. Plus ski slopes will typically be longer. Ski areas there will cooperate and interlink their runs together, sharing a complex of ski runs among as many as half a dozen resorts in one case.

In Europe businesses surrounding the ski areas that deal with rentals, restaurants and hotels will typically be family-owned establishments that have been around for many years, sometimes generations. These family-owned restaurants will serve local food and cook using traditional recipes. Only if you go to the large hotels will you see the style of restaurants that Americans have come to be familiar with.

The ski runs in the Alps will typically be much longer than in North America. Of the 50 longest ski descents in the world, virtually all of them are in the Alps. One in France runs down 15 miles with a 9200 foot vertical drop. Quite a lot of investment has gone into ski lifts in Europe in recent years, and as a result you will find many of the lifts much more comfortable, as well as fast.

When most of us think of skiing in Europe we naturally think of the Alps. But you can find some great skiing and often at bargain prices at other locations throughout Europe. For instance Andorra, located between Spain and France has a very nice resort. Bulgaria is quickly gaining the reputation as a place with great snow and bargain prices. And even Scotland not too far north of Edinburgh has skiing, although not to the degree that you would build an entire ski trip around. But Edinburgh is always fun to go to, so a diversion with some skiing could be something to consider.

If you watch the winter Olympics you will see that alpine skiing is a huge part of the European heritage, as countries in the Alps always compete well. For the skier that will not only want to go for some excellent skiing but for a romantic getaway, Europe is a great place to go.