Zermatt Claims Top Honors
Zermatt Claims Top Honors: Best Ski Resort in Europe According to CN Traveler
In the latest edition of the Reader’s Choice Awards by Condé Nast (CN) Traveler, Switzerland emerged as a powerhouse in European ski resorts, securing six spots among the top 20. Notably, Zermatt, nestled at the base of the iconic Matterhorn, clinched the prestigious title of the best ski resort in Europe for 2023.
CN Traveler’s Unique Selection Process
The methodology employed by CN Traveler involved surveying their readers to discern the most beloved destinations for indulging in winter sports. The resulting list showcases diverse preferences, encompassing renowned Alps destinations and secluded high-altitude retreats catering to families and avid downhill enthusiasts.
Zermatt: A Tapestry of Tradition and Modernity
Earning the coveted first place, Zermatt was lauded by the magazine as an “enchanting alpine village” that seamlessly melds traditional Swiss architecture with a cutting-edge lift system and upscale après-ski entertainment. While the resort boasts an extensive network of ski runs spanning hundreds of kilometres, CN Traveler was particularly enamoured with the many activities beyond the slopes.
Après-Ski Delights in Zermatt
CN Traveler spotlighted Zermatt’s après-ski scene, recommending indulging in a delectable burger at Chez Vrony and savouring a glass of champagne after the Sunnega piste. The magazine also advocated for the quintessential experience of a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the car-free streets, adding charm to the overall Zermatt experience. For accommodations, the Mont Cervin Palace and the Schweizerhof received accolades for their luxury and hospitality.
Swiss Dominance Continues
St. Moritz secured the second spot on the list, celebrated for its town events and a sophisticated blend of world-class hotels, restaurants, and exceptional skiing opportunities, which attract celebrities and royalty alike. Verbier, with its diverse range of runs, claimed the fourth spot, while other Swiss entries included Engelberg-Titlis (11th), Andermatt (16th), and Saas-Fee (20th).
The Top 10 Ski Resorts in Europe for 2023
According to CN Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards, the top 10 ski resorts in Europe are as follows:
- Zermatt, Switzerland
- St. Moritz, Switzerland
- Innsbruck, Austria
- Verbier, Switzerland
- Val d’Isère, France
- Kitzbühel, Austria
- Bormio Ski, Italy
- Courchevel, France
- Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
- Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria
For a comprehensive overview of each resort and insights from the magazine, refer to the official CN Traveller list.
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