Winter in Europe is a beautiful time of the year - especially for those who love skiing. The ski season kicked off in late 2018 and will continue until the end of March this year, giving competitive skiers and fans the chance to experience some of Europe’s best slopes.
Three major ski events - the Freeride World Tour, FIS Ski World Cup Tour, and Engadin Ski Marathon will take place over the next few months, and are a must-see if you’re into competitive winter sports.
In this article, we’ll bring you some of the highlights you can look forward to at each event.
Freeride World Tour
When it comes to free skiing and snowboarding, it’s hard to beat the excitement and challenge of the Freeride World Tour.
Extreme terrain is the name of the game on the Tour, with participants taking on backcountry slopes and fresh powder on some of the world’s biggest mountains.
The Freeride World Tour is an international circuit, kicking off the new year in Japan and Canada before heading to Europe in late February for its final three events.
- Big Mountain in Fieberbrunn, Austria hosts the Tour from 22 to 28 February.
- The Swatch Freeride event takes place in Vallnord, Andorra from 2 to 8 March.
- The final event of the year, Xtreme Verbier, will be held in Switzerland between 23 and 31 March.
Whether you’re planning to compete or attend as a spectator, there’s no better way to reach the various venues than a private jet charter.Book your flight
FIS Alpine Ski World Cup
Alpine skiing fans flock to Europe’s colder regions in winter to see the final leg of the FIS World Cup.This international alpine skiing event was first held in 1966 and has been hugely popular ever since.
FIS offers participants five competitive categories - slalom, giant slalom, super G, downhill and a combined category that includes the first four.
The event is unique for the level of competition it demands from skiers.
The FIS World Cup operates on a points basis, with the overall winner at the end of each season being the competitor with the most points.
Points are awarded to the top 30 competitors at the end of each event.
The winner receives 100 points, while the skier in 30th position will receive just a single point.
At the end of the season, the winner is announced and is awarded the FIS crystal globe in recognition of their superior skiing ability.
The FIS World Cup has been dominated by three countries over the years: Austria (with 16 male and 17 female winners), Switzerland (with 7 male and 12 female winners) and the United States (with 5 male and 7 female winners).
Ski resorts in several countries will host FIS events in the first three months of 2019.
These include Adelboden and Wengen in Switzerland, Kitzbuhel and Schladming in Austria, Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany, and Are, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark.Book your flight
Engadin Ski Marathon
The final big event on the European winter skiing calendar is the Engadin Ski Marathon.
This event takes place each year in Switzerland’s Engadin Valley, between the towns of Maloja and S-chanf and draws upwards of 10 000 participants.
On 10 March, skiers will begin this iconic cross-country race at the Maloja Palace Hotel.
From a starting elevation of 1,820m, participants will ski over two frozen lakes (Sils and Silvaplana) before reaching several scenic Engadin towns including St. Moritz, Stazerwald.
The Engadin Ski Marathon is a great opportunity to see some of Switzerland’s most scenic locations while enjoying a challenging day of action on the slopes.
Participants need to be 17 or older to register for the event, and no license is required.
A number of luxury hotels and ski chalets are available in Maloja, which can be reached in under 2.5 hours by road from St Gallen airport.Book your flight
So many ski venues to visit - and there’s a private charter for each one
The ski season is a traveller’s delight, with picturesque alpine towns across Switzerland, Germany, Austria and beyond.
With so many smaller destinations on the European ski circuit, it’s essential to plan your trip around easily-accessible airports. A private jet charter is the ideal way to reach airports that aren’t serviced by commercial airlines.
If you’re planning to attend or take part in the Freeride, FIS, or Endagin events this season, we’d love to take care of your flight arrangements. No matter how many destinations you’re planning to visit, the Zuum team will prepare an itinerary that caters for your needs.
Simply select your flight dates on our website, and we’ll prepare your flight schedule and quotation right away.