Top 20 ski destinations across the globe
From snow-capped natural beauties offering breathtaking views, to having fun getting active with family and friends – there’s countless reasons to go on a skiing/snowboarding break. As more of us choose to hit the slopes on holiday, it’s important to ensure you choose the right resort for you – whether you’re a beginner or experienced skier looking for a challenge!
Check out our top 20 ski/snowboard destinations across the globe and try to resist packing your hefty snow gear!
1. Arinsal, Andorra
The village of Arinsal, set at an altitude between 1,550 and 2,560 metres, is a great ski destination in Andorra, offering fantastic mountain sceneries. In the winter, Arinsal boasts brilliant skiing and snowboarding for beginners as well as intermediates. As part of the Vallnord ski area, visitors can also explore neighbouring Pal and Arcalis.
2. La Thuile, Italy
The commune of La Thuile in north-west Italy offers another brilliant ski destination, known as ‘Little Siberia’ among the Italians. Skiers here can enjoy spectacular views of the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Mont Blanc from the slopes, which offer many long, wide runs. The resort is better suited to experienced skiers.
3. Grindelwald, Switzerland
The village of Grindelwald, in Switzerland’s Bernese Alps, offers stunning views from the slopes – perfect for both walkers and skiers. With lots of long intermediate runs, it’s a popular destination for experienced skiers in particular. Trains carry skiers to the Kleine Scheideff while the First area behind the old village itself has varied skiing on sunny slopes.
4. St Anton am Arlberg, Austria
The beautiful Austrian village of St Anton am Arlberg, in the Tyrolean Alps, is widely regarded as ‘the gateway to the Arlberg ski region’. This is a fantastic ski destination for families, with a cosy, quaint town to explore as well as the elevation of 1,300 metres.
5. Verbier, Switzerland
Verbier village, located in south-western Switzerland in the canton of Valais is a hugely popular ski resort in the Swiss Alps. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the area’s fantastically steep slopes and varied conditions, with the ski domain ranging from 1,500 metres up to 3,330 metres. Breathtaking panoramic views of the Alps can be admired here.
6. Killington, Vermont, USA
The town of Killington in Rutland County, Vermont, offers a brilliant ski resort to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities with a variety of wide-open cruisers, narrow runs and steep slopes serviced by 22 lifts. Seven mountain areas make up this resort.
7. Le Grand-Bornand, France
The commune of Le Grand-Bornand, located in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, is a fantastic ski destination, on the western slope of the Aravis mountain range. This large resort is brilliant for summer and winter escapes, offering alpine, cross-country and disables skiing opportunities, with 38 lifts offering skiers 1,100 metres of vertical descent.
8. Jasná, Slovakia
The relatively small village of Jasná is located in central Slovakia, in the Low Tatras Mountains (a mountain range of the Inner Western Carpathians). The popular ski resort Jasná Nízke Tatry – Chopok offers over 44 kilometres of slopes of skiing and snowboarding, with 4.5 kilometres of brilliant ski routes available (with 27 ski lifts). The resort enables access to the slopes of the Chopok mountain; the third highest peak of the Low Tatra range in central Slovakia.
9. Crested Butte, Colorado, USA
The ski town of Crested Butte offers some of the best backcountry skiing opportunities in Colorado. The mountain of Crested Butte, rises to over 12,000 feet above sea level with the ski area base at 9,375 feet (with 14 lifts). As well as some fantastic cross-country skiing trails, visitors here can enjoy a popular ice skating rink.
10. Bansko, Bulgaria
Bansko town, in south-western Bulgaria, is located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains (the second highest mountain range in Bulgaria). This ski resort in popular in the summer and winter months, offering mountain peaks near the town, a variety of idyllic lakes, long ski runs and scenic old pine woods. Bansko is located 925 metres above the sea level, while its ski area is at an altitude of between 2,000 and 2,600 metres.
11. Breuil-Cervinia, Italy
The popular alpine resort of Breuil-Cervinia, located in the Aosta Valley region of north-west Italy, boasts Europe’s highest lifts – widely regarded as one of Europe’s top ski resorts. The resort links with both Valtournenche and Zermatt in Switzerland, offering 350km of pistes overall. This high-altitude ski area is suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers.
12. Ischgl, Austria
The ski resort of Ischgl town, in the Paznaun Valley in the Austrian state of Tyrol, boasts great quality pistes, served by 45 modern lifts. The area is also home to seven kilometres of runs which drop 950 metres, many of which are perfect for intermediates looking for an unforgettable experience in the Austrian town.
13. Bozeman, Montana, USA
The popular city of Bozeman, in the south-western part of Montana, is located at an altitude of over 4,800 feet with the Bridger Mountains to the north-eat; the Tobacco Root Mountains to the south-west and the Big Belt Mountains and Horseshoe Hills to the north-west.
The ski resort of Bridger Bowl is a year-round destination close to the city, offering fantastic backcountry and cross-country skiing, with some of the best routes in the popular Gallatin National Forest.
14. Geilo, Norway
The ski resort town of Geilo is located in the valley of Hallingdal, with impressive mountain ranges on each side. The town has a variety of small ski centres to choose from, which combine to make the renowned Geilo Skiheiser, one of Norway’s most popular ski destinations. The small mountain here is perfect for families in particular, with ski schools, rental and children areas on offer.
15. Tirol, Austria
Tirol, a western Austrian state in the Alps, is a popular destination for skiers. With stunning mountain landscapes, Tirol is home to over 80 ski areas. It offers fantastic ski trails and hundreds of ski schools for beginners or casual skiers – a great destination for families or groups especially. Tirol’s largest ski resorts include Mayrhofen, with 136km of slopes and Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, with 160km of slopes.
16. South Lake Tahoe, California, USA
South Lake Tahoe, the most populous city in El Dorado County, California, is an alpine paradise, offering great skiing, sledding and snowmobiling opportunities. Winter sports here can be enjoyed with the beautiful backdrop of Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains.
17. Chamonix, France
Chamonix (Chamonix-Mont-Blanc) has become recognised as one of the leading European winter sports destinations in recent years, offering breath-taking scenery with some of the most demanding descents in Europe.
Chaminox offers something for everyone; from gentle rolling slopes to challenging sleep runs. Low mountains for beginners include La Vormaine and Le Savoy, while experienced skiers will enjoy the higher mountains of Les Grands Montets and Les Houches. Renowned for its fantastic alpine skiing, it’s a great place for families or groups with varied levels of ski abilities.
18. Revelstoke, Canada
The city of Revelstoke, in south-eastern British Columbia, Canada, is renowned for its fantastic skiing and ski jumping opportunities, offering numerous backcountry skiing lodges in the area. This popular resort features the longest lift-serviced vertical descent in North America at an impressive 5,620 feet. Visitors here can also try out heli-skiing and cat-skiing.
19. Kitzbühel, Austria
The medieval town of Kitzbühel, located along the Kitzbuhler Ache in Tyrol in the Kitzbühel Alps, is one of Austria’s best known winter sports resorts, located between the Hahnenkamm mountain and the Kitzbüheler Horn, which can be accessed by cable car and gondola lift. The extensive Kitzbuehel ski area extends over two provinces and is home to the Streif; one of the most spectacular downhill ski race tracks in the world.
20. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
The town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, in the heart of the southern Alps in the Veneto region of northern Italy, is a hugely popular ski resort, known for its fantastic ski trails, gorgeous scenery and après-ski offerings.
The resort caters for skiers of all abilities as well as great cross-country skiing opportunities and other winter sports, including ski mountaineering, sledding, extreme skiing and curling.
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