Winter holidays are enjoyed worldwide, and now more people than ever are taking private jets to ski resorts, so they don’t lose time on the slopes. But what are the best places to ski around the world? Let’s take a look at our top picks of winter ski destinations around the world…
1. Whistler Blackcomb: The Best Place In The World To Go Skiing
Hands down the best place to ski in the world, Whistler Blackcomb has enough snow and mountains to go around. Situated just a few hours from Vancouver, this ski destination is Canada’s most premier ski resort and is the largest winter sports area in North America. The facilities are outstanding, and the combined skiable terrain of the combined mountains has more than 200 runs which can be accessed by over 37 ski lifts.
The world’s longest unsupported lift joins the two mountain tops, providing gondola access for skiers between the two mountain ranges.
2. Courchevel: Second Best Ski Resort In The World
With years averages of four metres of snowfall, it comes as no surprise that this beautiful ski resort is placed at number two on our list. Courchevel is, however, for the more serious of skiers who are seeking to experience thrills of a lifetime. Part of the world’s largest alpine ski area, in Les Trois Vallées, this ski resort has over 150km of ski terrain that operates across multiple summits. Each is higher than 2,500m and are accessed by 60 ski lifts.
3. Zermatt: One of The Best Ski Resorts In Switzerland
It’s the highest winter sports area in the Alps and is set in the most beautiful of mountain ranges in the world. Zermatt is also home to the world’s highest 3S lift, which can carry 2,000 passengers per hour to the top of the Matterhorn Glacier. Here you can ski all year without worrying about seasonal changes. It makes sense why that’s one of the reasons that people worldwide flock here year-round.
4. Vail Mountain Resort: One of The Largest Resorts For Skiing In The World
Vail is the biggest ski resort in Colorado and one of the largest ski resorts in the world. So with all that space, you’re sure of some great slopes. The Vail mountain resort offers plenty of terrains to keep skiers of all levels occupied.
The Vail is known for both its size and variety. Its three separate terrain parks will keep skiers entertained for hours!
5. Val D’Isere Ski Resort: Summer Skiing in France
This beautiful French Alps ski resort provides skiers with the chance to ski at heights of over 3,000 meters. Hometown of alpine ski Olympic champion Jean-Claude Killy, his breathtaking win of three gold medals at the Winter Olympics in Grenoble in 1968 makes this town truly iconic.
Skiing on the glacier is possible well into June and often into July also, while the off-piste terrain is excellent for the more experienced skier. It’s easy to see why this is one of the best places to ski in the world.
6. Telluride: Colorado’s Most Popular Ski Resort
Telluride has to be one of Colorado’s most popular ski resorts. It’s in a beautiful setting with plenty of challenging terrains at an altitude that promises consistent snow. What more could you ask for?
The San Juan Mountains resort’s base begins at an impressive 8,725-foot elevation, and ski lifts carry skiers up to 12,515 feet in height. In fact, there’s more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain here. Both the impressive vertical and expanses of hike-to terrain brings many extreme skiers to Telluride every year.
7. Niseko: Coolest Ski Resort In Japan
Located on Japan’s northernmost island, Kokaido, Niseko ski resort offers some of the most outstanding and varied terrains in the world. Here, you can ski on a volcano and get up-close views of Mount Fuji as you glide down the slopes. Magic.