Top 10 powder destinations - Europe

Here's our selection of ski resorts in Europe where you have a better than average chance of finding powder. 


In some cases, lack of crowds is just as important a consideration as natural factors such as average snowfall. 


In no particular order...

1. Andermatt, Switzerland

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Andermatt has a unique micro-climate and a happy knack of catching storms arriving from almost any direction.


The 2965m Gemsstock is rightly regarded as one of the snowiest mountains in the Alps and has cult status amongst powder hounds.


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2. Val d’Isère/Tignes, France

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  1550-3455m (Espace Killy)



  300km (Espace Killy)


Tignes and Val d'Isère's powder potential has less to do with their natural snowfall (though this is respectable enough) and more to do with the extent of their high altitude terrain.


Simply put, no other ski area has such easy access to such extensive high altitude off-piste skiing.


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3. Chamonix, France

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Given the nature of its terrain (Chamonix is at the foot of the highest mountains in the Alps), the potential for powder here is vast. 


After a storm, most people head for the Grand Montets above Argentière, but here the more obvious routes get quickly tracked out. Off the beaten track the possibilities are endless, but a guide is essential as this is serious high altitude terrain.  


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4. La Grave, France

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La Grave ski area, France - Top 10 powder destinations, Europe Photo: Office du Tourisme La Meije

La Grave is unusual among alpine ski resorts in offering almost entirely off-piste terrain. This ensures that the resort is never mobbed by masses, and the high north facing slopes offer a good chance of finding untracked powder.

5. Monterosa Ski, Italy

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Of all the ski areas in the "Top 10 powder destinations - Europe", Monterosa Ski has the most erratic snowfall.


However, the sheer scale of off-piste possibilities (both within and away from the lift network), combined with good altitude and lack of crowds, means a better chance than in most resorts of finding untracked powder.


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6. Lech / Zürs, Austria

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  Lech  1450m

  Zürs  1720m






  (Arlberg - 340km)

Lech Zürs ski area, Austria - Top 10 powder destinations, Europe Photo: Peter Mathis - Lech Zürs Tourismus

Lech and Zürs have the highest average snowfall of any major ski area in the Alps, and more than their fair share of powder days.


What's more, there are more north-facing slopes than in nearby St Anton and they don't get tracked out so quickly. The nearby Albonagrat area above Stuben is even less crowded and equally snowy.


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7. St Anton, Austria

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(Arlberg - 340km)

St Anton ski area, Austria - Top 10 powder destinations, Europe Photo: TVB St Anton am Arlberg

The Arlberg region gets a serious amount of snow, but St Anton is so popular that any powder is often quickly tracked out.


To get round this problem, make the most of a local guide or visit the underused and underrated Rendl and Albonagrat areas, as most people make a beeline for the more famous Valluga once the weather has cleared.


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8. Engelberg, Switzerland

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Close to the northern edge of the Swiss Alps, the Engelberg area gets a lot of precipitation. But whilst this can fall as rain in the village, heavy snow is the norm higher up, and the mighty Titlis has more than its fair share of powder days.


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9. Ste Foy-Tarentaise, France

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Ste Foy - Tarentaise ski area, France - Top 10 powder destinations, Europe Photo: Office du Tourisme Ste Foy

Ste Foy has developed a reputation as the place where ski instructors from nearby mega resorts like Val d'Isère and Les Arcs come to ski and board on their days off.


The resort may be growing, but the area remains uncrowded and it is still one of the best places in the Tarentaise to find fresh powder after a storm.

10. Warth-Schröcken / Damüls, Austria

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 171km (total)

Damüls and Warth-Schröcken's altitude may be modest and their terrain may not be the most extreme but, when it comes to powder, you cannot ignore the snowiest corner of the Alps.


Simply put, it dumps hard and it dumps often.


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