Do you head back to the same mountain resort year after year? Do you want to expand your ski and snowboarding adventures and try somewhere totally new? Well then check out our list of these five alternative European resorts that you can head to for a change of scenery.

Five alternative ski resorts

  1. Ruka, Finland
  2. Nassfeld, Austria
  3. Geilo, Norway
  4. Ardent, France
  5. Borovets, Bulgaria


Based in the sprawling forests of northern Finland lies the small mountain resort of Ruka. Fantastic snow conditions, great food and a wide range of off-slope activities like snow shoeing and ice karting are sure to make an unforgettable holiday


Situated in the Carinthia region of Austria and just an hours transfer from Klagengurt airport, Nassfeld makes a great place to getaway to the mountains without the extensive travel times. Plenty of pistes for a range of abilities amidst stunning alpine scenery makes Nassfeld a crowd pleasing ski destination.


Norway’s oldest ski resort, Geilo provides plenty of charm and character whilst being a short transfer from either Oslo or Bergen airports. A good family resort, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained both on and off the slopes.


Positioned on the outskirts of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Ardent is a beautiful little portal into the huge 372km of pistes. Just two lifts away from the popular resort of Avoriaz, Ardent’s chalet style accommodation makes for a lovely ski in ski out alternative to the high-rises further up the mountain.


Being the largest mountain resort in Bulgaria, Borovets is a great alternative to the more popular resorts of western Europe. A modern alpine resort with luxury hotels, a number of bars and restaurants as well as some great skiing for all abilities, Borovets offers an impressive package at an attractive price point.

There are so many resorts out there, why just limit yourself with the same one year after year? Maybe try out some of these alternative ski resorts and let know how you find them!