The best ski resorts for night skiing in Europe
If the days on your ski holiday don’t last long enough, many resorts also offer the chance to ski on floodlit slopes in the evening. Most offer floodlit skiing on Fridays and Saturdays, although the days of the week vary depending on the night ski resort.
The option to ski later in the day means you can safely linger a little longer in the après-ski bars, having a nice lie-in in the morning if you have a sore head!
Some ski resorts organise full moon parties that combine night skiing with lively nightlife. Here, DJs, live music and bars are waiting for you right on the slopes, and you can pick up where you left off the day before.
Some night ski resorts also offer illuminated snow parks, so you can either practice a few tricks yourself under floodlights (link to blog 9) or watch the pros perform their daredevil jumps.
If you don’t want to ski in the evening but do fancy seeing the slopes at nighttime, there are also floodlit toboggan runs in almost every major ski area at least once a week.
Fun after work in Winterberg, DE
Do you live in the west of Germany? Here you can warm up for your big ski holiday in Austria or Switzerland, not just at the weekends. Winterberg ski resort turns on the floodlights on Tuesdays and Fridays evenings, so you can still hone your skiing technique after work.
Fourteen ski runs with a total length of 8 kilometres are floodlit and covered with snow from 6.30 pm to 10 pm. The fun park and the toboggan run are also brightly lit at this time to turn night into day.
Snowpark at night in Saalbach Hinterglemm, AT
The Nightpark in Saalbach Hinterglemm is particularly popular with freestylers. Here, you can see lots of incredible jumps and tricks from Monday to Saturday until 9.30 pm. However, the snow park also has lines for beginners and advanced riders so that you can try it yourself.
If that is too thrilling and doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you can leisurely cruise down over a kilometre of the blue and red slopes under floodlight. If the kids don’t want to go to sleep yet, the Family Park and the snow tubing track are illuminated.
Night skiing for beginners and advanced skiers Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, AT
In Obergurgl, on Mondays from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm, the 8-kilometre blue slope is flooded with light, where beginners can continue to practise the technique they learned during the day.
On Thursdays, the three-kilometre red slope in Hochgurgl is brightly lit from 7 pm to 10.30 pm, where advanced skiers can let off steam in the evening.
Those who don’t want to spend so long on their skis can whizz down the three-kilometre natural toboggan run in Hochgurgl under the starry sky.
Moonlight, starry skies, carving & cheese fondue in Lenzerheide, CH
The Lenzerheide ski resort offers skiing under the stars every Friday evening from 6 pm to 10 pm. You can still plough a few turns into the snow on the 3.5-kilometre floodlit piste, which is especially well prepared for the evening hours.
The Alp Spätz mountain restaurant offers a cheese fondue special that every cheese fan should not miss! You can purchase combination tickets for floodlit skiing and cheese fondue from January to March.
Switzerland’s longest floodlit piste in St. Moritz, CH
Every Friday from 7 pm to 2 am, the Corvatsch Snow Night takes place. At 4.2 kilometres, it is the longest floodlit piste in Switzerland. There’s nowhere in the Alps can you ski longer than here!
Of course, the huts are also open and warmly invite you to stop in with live music. Since the blue slope is also well suited for beginners, the descent should not be too difficult after a few mulled wines.
Moonlight skiing instead of floodlights in La Clusaz, FR
An experience of the mystical kind is moonlight skiing until one o’clock in the morning in La Clusaz. Special extravagant night skiing events take place there every full moon. The descent without any artificial light should be interrupted a few times in the huts on the way down. There is live music and plenty of mulled wine.
Limited tickets are sold for the full moon night ski weekends, which always sell out quickly, so hurry to experience this special kind of spectacle.
These are just a few highlights for night ski resorts in the Alps. Almost every ski resort lights up one or more slopes at least once a week to offer night skiing. It’s not just making turns in artificial light that makes it so special. The mountain also shows an entirely different side that every snow lover should experience once in a lifetime.