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Guaranteed White Christmas in EuropeGuaranteed White Christmas in Europe

Guaranteed White Christmas

In Europe the rule of thumb for snow at Christmas is: That the higher up the mountains you are in the Alps or the further North you are in Scandinavia the more certain you can be of a guaranteed white Christmas.

The chances that you will be 'drowning' in snow in the European Alps during any of our Christmas Tours Europe are much more likely than you experiencing a 'green' Christmas. Most of the alpine villages at higher altitude employ snow making equipment. They can not give an iron clad guarantee that there will be snow in front of your hotel, but they guarantee you snow on the surrounding mountains.

White Christmas in Austria

Bad Hofgastein/Sportgastein - For non-skiers and skiers. Cosy ambiance and magic mountain scenery Perfect for families. Many options for non-skiers. Uncountable cosy, rustic alpine huts. Permanent slalom & mogul runs and perfectly groomed wide slopes.

Obergurgl/Hochgurgl - A paradise for freeriders and expert skiers  110km of groomed slopes, 10km of lighted slopes. Skiing at 3080m into late spring.

Lech, Zuers and St. Anton am Arlberg - Ski hard and party hard  For skiers at all levels at up to 2800m. Great areas of ungroomed terrain with challenging powder trails. Après Ski late into the morning hours.

White Christmas in Switzerland

Davos/Klosters – For non-skiers and skiers  Elegant Davos and nearby idyllic Klosters are perfect choices for Christmas. Plenty of options for non-skiers to enjoy this winter wonderland. Great skiing for children with fun parks and magic carpets. 3.5km sledging run.

Zermatt – The top winter resort worldwide  Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Matterhorn in this completely car-free village. Heli-skiing is offered only in Zermatt and the freeride options and the “Gravity Park” are amongst the best you can find in Europe.

St Moritz - Glitz, glamour, powder snow and shopping The sun shines for 320 days of the year and you will find the best powder snow on the slopes of the entire Engadine ski area that surrounds St Moritz. Due to its high altitude snow is guaranteed even in the pre- and after season.

White Christmas in Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen -  For non-skiers and skiers  Garmisch-Partenkirchen is an excellent choice for non-skiers, skiers and boarders alike. Strolling in the town with its picturesque houses and their murals is a unique experience. After a 90-minute scenic cogwheel train ride up to the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain, you will be rewarded with sensational views that extend into the Austrian Alps and as far as Italy and Switzerland.

Day excursions to nearby Munich (1 hour) or to Fuessen (2 hours) to see King Ludwig's castle Neuschwanstein are easily arranged. The Zugspitze area has snow for 7 months of the year and is Germany's only glacier ski area.

White Christmas in Italy

Seiser Alm – For non-skiers and skiers  Celebrate Christmas in the tradition-conscious village of Castellrotto on the Seiser Alm. Perfect for families, lovers of great Italian cuisine, historic sites, pamper treatments and Après ski fans.

Courmayeur – For advanced skiers, snowboarders and free riders 100 km of slopes with unique views of Mont Blanc. Splendid off-piste routes for free riders.

Breuil/Cervinia – The Italian ski resort on the Matterhorn    Ski on the Italian side of the Matterhorn at 3500m. Thanks to its southern location this is your best chance to enjoy some winter sun during your holidays.

White Christmas in France

Chamonix Mont Blanc – For non-skiers and skiers       Great shopping, food, pamper treatments, snow-shoeing, helicopter flights or Husky Dog Sledging. Visit the nearby picturesque Servoz village with its numerous local artisans’ workshops.

Val d'Isere – A skiers paradise    300km of groomed trails, suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers. A gigantic terrain park and powder as far as the eye can reach will delight the snowboarders. Val d’Isere is one of the noblest ski resorts in France, with prices to match.

White Christmas in Scandinavia

For ‘the real thing’ take your children to meet Santa Claus in the village of Rovaniemi at the Arctic Circle.

Experience the magic of the twilight period during midwinter when light is provided by the moon and stars in addition to the magical Northern lights and the glistening snow.

Want to have a 100% guaranteed white Christmas?

Head to the glaciers of the European Alps. Europe has 21 ski resorts on glaciers at up to 3150m altitude. This option is really only suitable for skiers as these resorts cater exclusively for skiers and boarders and don't offer much for non-skiers. The Stubai Glacier is Austria's largest ski resort. Sölden, Hintertux, the Mölltal galcier or the Kitzsteinhorn at Kaprun have certainty of snow. Lex Deux Alpes in France is Europe's largest glacier ski resort.

Or head for the very north of Scandinavia for aguaranteed white Christmas. Just be aware that while you will have certain snow you can also be certain of not having much, if any, daylight during Christmas.  

Need something warmer? Take a look at other destinations on our European tour itinerary.

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