World's Best Ski Destinations
Snowbird, Utah, USA
Alagna Valsesia, Italy
When it comes to ski locations, you may not know that Italy has some of the finest ski conditions in Europe. Alagna Valsesia, which is connected to Gressoney, is one of Europe’s secret off-piste (backcountry) locations and is a destination made for freeride skiing. This remote location is relatively untraveled and is known to locals as having untouched powder everywhere. But hey, this is a secret right?
Mammoth Mountain, California, USA
T-shirts and skiing is usually what you think of when you’re planning a ski trip to California. Mammoth Mountain has the highest elevation in California at a height of 11,053 ft. If you’re into park riding, jumping off rails, and hitting some jumps, this is the place for you. The terrain parks at Mammoth Mountain are one of the best in the world. And yes, California does get snow – an average of 400 inches at Mammoth Mountain to be exact.
Beautiful mountains and world class facilities make this a popular destination for skiers around the world. There are no cars allowed in Zermatt which is a good indication of what kind of ski resort this is. Zermatt is known for its heli riding but you can achieve the same feeling by accessing some of their more famous runs via chairlift. Zermatt is also known as a party place and if you enjoy drinking after a day of skiing, then this destination is for you.
Alyeska, Alaska, USA
Alaska is a beautiful place to visit and Alyeska is no exception. Although the resort only has 1,400 acres of skiable terrain, the amazing views and picturesque mountain peaks are worth the visit. Alyeska is less busy than some of the other resorts in the US. This makes for a great vacation if you’re looking for a unique skiing experience. The slopes are steep but there are runs for everyone with 11% of the runs made for beginners and 52% allocated to intermediate.
Kicking Horse, Golden, British Colombia, Canada
Bowl after bowl is what you’ll be treated to if you plan to visit Kicking Horse. These steep monsters are not only scary, but, the thrill of dropping into one of the bowls will keep your heart racing. This is a rare gem as not many people know about the resort yet due to it being overshadowed by its neighbour Revolstoke and Whistler Blackcomb to the south. If you’re looking to explore and not have to endure long lift lines, this is the place for you.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
This popular destination for local and international skiers is best known for the Corbet’s Couloir. There is a mandatory jump in order to get into the couloir. Yes that’s right – mandatory air in order for you to make it down! This place is a freeskiers and snowboarders dream as it boasts extreme terrain and steep slopes across its 2,500 acres. The mountain is consistently ranked as one of the top ski destinations in North America and is definitely worth the visit.
Val Thorens, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, France
At 7,500 feet, the Val Thorens resort is the highest in all of Europe. There are over 600km worth of runs spread across a vast mountain top which is situated at the head of three valleys. This purpose built resort has 100% ski in and ski out accommodations and is known for its excellent resort facilities. The après ski (after skiing) conditions are fantastic with a wide variety of restaurants and bars to have a drink and meal in.
Alta, Utah, USA
Probably because it’s one of the oldest ski resorts in the US and opened in 1939. Alta is a close knit community of skiers with locals who take pride in their mountain. This is one of the only resorts in the world which restricts access to skiers only. The ski culture here is a bit hard core but if you’re a skier and love amazing views and powder lines, this is the place for you.
Whistler Blackcomb, British Colombia, Canada
This is one of biggest and hottest ski destinations in the world, but fame has its drawbacks. Tourists flock to Whistler Blackcomb every season and flood the resort. Lift lines are long but worth the wait once you get to the peak. Whistler is not only known for its amazing views and ski conditions, but also for its off slope activities. The village itself has various restaurants, bars, stores and an abundance of other activities such as spas and heated pools. Whistler even hosted the Vancouver Winter Olympics back in 2010.
Nevados de Chillan, Chile
Have you ever wanted to ski a volcano? Book a flight and travel to Nevados de Chillan in Chile. This resort is located on the slopes of the famous Chillan volcano and offers backcountry skiing as well as beautiful views from the peak. When you’re not skiing, you can take a break at one of their warm natural outdoor thermal pools. An amazing way to cap off a day of backcountry trekking.
Wanaka, New Zealand
New Zealand is already a beautiful place to visit, but mix in some fresh powder conditions and you’ve got the perfect vacation planned. Wanaka is one of the most tranquil places to ski and is very well known for heli skiing. The resort claims to have more bluebird days than anywhere else in New Zealand and was voted one of the world’s top 25 best ski towns as voted by National Geographic.
Appi Kogen, Honshu, Japan
Long lengthy runs with a beautiful skyline are just two of the features Appi Kogen offers. 12 of their 21 runs are longer than 2km with the longest being 5.5km. These long groomed runs will keep you speeding at an amazing pace – especially if you find the right line. There isn’t any backcountry skiing here but the resort does get powder. Keep in mind that if you’re looking for tree skiing, it’s been banned at this resort!
Steamboat, Colorado, USA
It’s time to bring out the Champagne Powder! This is what Steamboat is famous for and is the largest ski resort in Colorado. Champagne in this case being very light fluffy snow that covers this mountain every year. In fact, more Olympic athletes use Steamboat as their training ground than anywhere else in the United States. May be it’s because of its rich western heritage where you’ll find cowboy boots, hats, and horses a regular occurrence.
St Anton, Austria
One of the world’s top destinations for hardcore downhill skiing is located at St Anton in Austria. This world renowned resort has serious terrain which is challenging, steep, and picturesque. If you’re looking to go fast – very fast, then this destination is for you. This resort has hosted the Alpine Ski World Championships on numerous occasions and is known for very fast downhill ski runs.
Cerro Catedral, Argentina
If you’re looking for a picturesque place to ski, Cerro Catedral in Argentina has your name on it. The Catedral is known for its deep pow, tree gladding, and is the only resort in all of South America with a full service base village. The views are amazing but keep in mind that this resort is very busy and is a popular destination among locals and tourists. You’ll experience long wait times at the lifts, but hey, its worth it right? Anything for pow!
Revelstoke Mountain, Revelstoke, British Colombia, Canada
This is helicopter riding without the need for a helicopter. With the highest vertical drop in all of North America (5,620 feet) and the longest run being 15KM, this place is a dream for all levels of skiers. It’s easy to get lost at Revelstoke, because of its 3,121 acres of skiable terrain and vast backcountry and tree glades. This is a mostly intermediate and advanced ski destination with only 7% of their runs being beginner.
Big Sky, Bozeman, Montana, USA
This remote and well-kept secret in the heart of Montana is a beautiful place to ski. This expert and advanced ski resort rarely has any lines due to its massive size. Unless of course, you’re travelling up the Lone Peak Tram which only carries fifteen passengers at a time. Lone Peak is where you’ll find some of the steepest bowls in North America. Not too shabby for a resort that’s relatively untraveled.
Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
Niseko is actually made up of five different resorts and is one of Japan’s top places to ski. If you love powder, this is where you want to be. This place is known to skiers as the “snow factory” and routinely pumps out light powdered snow which feels like floating on a cloud when you’re shredding. Make sure to try the “Strawberry Fields” glade when you make it out there as it is one of their more famous runs.