We visited Club Med's Val Thorens Sensations, a ski-in/ski-out all-inclusive resort located steps from lifts at Europe’s highest ski resort in the French Alps. At the top of Les Tres Vallées, one of the world’s largest ski areas, the Val Thorens ski area affords breathtaking views and hundreds of runs. (Reason number one to ski the French Alps.) But skiing in that thin mountain air stokes appetites. Luckily, two Two Michelin-starred chef Edouard Loubet (a Val Thorens local) dished up gourmet cuisine in the resort’s signature restaurant, and countless chefs delivered an infinite array of recipes at Club Med’s dining rooms.
Can you count the continent’s best resorts on one hand? Maybe not, but you could make a pretty good start. Five countries, five landmark resorts that define the European experience. American skiers, beware: The spells they cast may enthrall you forever.