La Plagne, in France's Rhone-Alpes region, has been voted the best ski destination in Europe in a newly released survey. For the ranking, ski travel outfit SnowTrex looked at votes cast by 40,000 skiers from eight countries gathered over the past five seasons.
Topping the list is La Plagne, located in the Savoy area of the Rhone-Alps, where skiers can swoosh down 225 kilometres of ski slopes, including a 15-kilometre descent that starts at 2,000 metres above sea level from the Bellecote glacier to Montchavin. Rounding out the Top 3 spots on the list are Les Trois Vallees, also in France, and Soelden, Austria, which served as the backdrop for a dramatic action sequence in the latest James Bond film Spectre.
The ranking is nearly evenly split between Austria and France, with Austria taking up half the list, and France four of the Top 10 spots. Meanwhile, the World Ski Awards gave Austrian ski resort Kitzbuehel the title of World’s Best Ski Resort 2015, and Park City, Utah’s Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley the title of World’s Best Ski hotel.
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Here are the Top 10 ski resorts in Europe, according to SnowTrex:
1. La Plagne, France
2. Les Trois Vallees, France
3. Soelden, Austria
4. Silvretta Arena, Austria
5. Tignes, France
6. Zillertal, Austria
7. Val di Fiemme-Obereggen, Italy
8. Avoriaz, France
9. Stubaier Gletscher, Austria
10. Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang, Austria
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