Looking for the perfect destination to hit the slopes? We’ve rounded up ten of the top ski destinations in the world. Now who’s ready to ski?
The cobblestoned village of Chamonix sits at the trisection of Italy, Switzerland and France. It sits at the foot of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. It’s known as the birthplace of extreme skiing but offers ample terrain for skiers of all skill levels.
Breckenridge was a mining town in the mid-nineteenth century and today is one of the two most-visited ski resorts in North America. With 2,358 acres of skiable area, it has slopes for skiers of all skill levels. With plenty of fine dining and entertainment, it offers travelers lots of off-hill activities as well.
A two-hour drive from the international airport in Vancouver, Whistler is North America’s largest ski area. Whistler Village is car-free and is filled with restaurants and night life. Iconic gondolas transport skiers between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
Mont Tremblant in eastern Canada was one of the first ski areas in North America. What looks like an 18th-century village in the French Alps at the base of its lifts was built in the 1990s. Covered parking keeps the village car-free. Tremblant offers 95 runs, located on four separate faces, so skiers can follow the sun throughout the day.
Originally a mining town, Park City is the largest ski area in Utah and home to the U.S. Ski Team. It has a vibrant night scene and chairlifts pick up passengers right in downtown. The area offers dozens of runs and is less than an hour’s drive from the Salt Lake City airport.
Vail is the largest single mountain ski resort in the United States. Unlike many other popular ski towns in the western U.S., which were formerly mining towns from the 1800s, Vail was established in the 1960s. Despite its modern origins, Vail Village has car-less cobble stoned streets and was built to resemble an Old World Alpine village.
A quaint New England ski village, Stowe sits at the foot of Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Stowe Mountain Resort is a 15-minute drive from the town and offers everything from a ski area for beginners to a backcountry skiing area and four double-black diamond runs (the famed “front four”) that are some of the most challenging on the East Coast.
A former coal mining town, Crested Butte’s first ski resort opened in the 1960s. Its diverse and extreme terrain has made it an adventure ski destination. The mountain is one of the birthplaces of freeskiing. The town offers visitors a number of restaurants, nightlife and shopping options.
Aspen is one of the most well-known ski towns in North America. It offers four mountains, ranging from Snowmass with the second most vertical in the U.S. to Buttermilk with its ample greens and ski school. It wouldn’t be unusual to spot a movie star or Olympic athlete in one of its boutiques, cafes or restaurants.
Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. The entire area surrounding the lake is referred to as “Lake Tahoe” or simply “Tahoe” and is home to a number of ski resorts. The largest town is South Lake Tahoe.
There are many other amazing ski resorts and towns around the world. Which one if your favorite?