Planning a ski vacation and confused as to where to go? Here are a few ski destinations in the US and Europe that have just about everything to make your ski holiday perfect and memorable.
Most of these destinations are for the more experienced skier and a special mention is provided to those resorts that cater to beginners as well.
Aspen Snowmass, USA:- Touted to be the best ski resort in the world, the Aspen mountain range has four formidable peaks. While Aspen Mountain is for the more advanced skiers and has really challenging steeps and glades, the Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk peaks cater to intermediate skiers and beginners. If you want to ski in a less crowded area, head over to Snowmass for some desolate trails.
Whistler – Blackcomb, USA:- An astounding 8100 acres of nothing but snow and more snow, the Blackcomb Ski Resort in North America is very popular with international tourists and gets a huge amount of visitor during the winter season. The slopes are almost overcrowded during peak seasons and it may get hard to find a secluded spot.
Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France:- Arguably, the highest peak in the Alps and the second highest peak in Europe after Mont Blanc, this ski resort is one of the top most contenders in the race to get the title of “The World’s Best Ski Resort”.
It boasts of having the world’s longest, Vallee Blache, which is 13.7 miles. The lift served vertical drop of 9209 feet will give you the feeling of free falling into whiteness. Keep your eyes open and you are bound to get goose bumps for sure.
Breckenridge Ski Resort, USA:-Situated in Colorado, these four peaks offer almost 152 skiing trials that can be reached by 29 ski lifts. The resort boasts of operating the highest chair lift in North America.
Spend some quality time skiing down the spine thrilling slopes and as the night grows near, head downtown to enjoy the nightlife.
Verbier, Switzerland:– Catch some breathtaking views of the world below from the top of the Mont Fort Glacier. Suitable for all types of skiers, this ski resort is situated in the Four Valleys domain and offers its visitors up to 400 km of snowy terrain. It has an excellent track record for sun and snow, the reason for its popularity among locals and tourists alike.
Deer Valley Ski Resort, USA:- Located in Utah, the Deer Valley Ski Resort has been ranked as the best ski resort more than once. With a whopping 91 trails which are serviced by 21 lifts, you can choose the trail that suits your expertise.
In addition to catering to expert skiers and beginners, the resort is also renowned for its friendly service, dining facilities and mountaineering.
Lake Tahoe, USA:- Located on the California/Nevada border, the lake houses 7 ski resorts which include Squaw Valley USA, ski Tahoe, Heavenly, Alpine Meadows, Mt. Rose, Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Northstar-at-Tahoe. If you tend to get bored with one resort, move on to the other ones to enjoy some fun in the snow.
The Squaw Valley USA resort is a part of Lake Tahoe and has carved a niche for itself in the world of skiing as the best lift accessed terrain. With 4000 acres available for skiing, you are bound to have a blast. The 170 ski trails are scattered across 6 peaks, with 3 terrain parks and 16 open bowls.
Steamboat Ski Resort, USA:- Situated in Colorado, the Steamboat Ski Resort is world renowned for its dry “Champagne Powder” trails that are easier to ski in.
With less moisture, the trails are gentle and a huge hit with beginners who tend to fall down quite a number of times. There are 20 lifts around the resort that service almost 165 trails down the mountain range.
Megeve Ski Resort, France:- The vast mountain range provides continuous skiing facilities in the Megeve Ski Resorts. With options to travel in between neighboring towns, this ski resort is a must visit not only for the slopes but also for the poma lifts, trams and gondolas that take you to the nearby towns.
Killington Ski Resort, USA:- The resort has 7 mountains, 200 trails and is serviced by 33 lifts. Touted to be the longest ski resort in North America, the resort is located in Vermont and is popular with all levels of skiers. If you are a beginner, go in for a crash course in skiing at the Perfect Turn Ski School.
Alpe d’Huez, France:- Located in the city of Grandes Rousses, the Alpe d’Hiez ski resort has a huge fan following among skiers.
With above average sunshine, wonderful landscapes and decent snowfall, the resort has something for every skier. Serviced by a modern lift system, the 16 km black run and the 2230 m vertical drop are considered the highlights of the resort.
Beaver Creek Ski Resort, USA:- With over 1800 acres of snow covered slopes, the Beaver Creek Ski Resort in Vail, Colorado is a must visit if you plan to go on a skiing holiday with family and children.
The resort has special ski programs for the entire family and also caters to beginners and intermediates. Visitors can also have access to three terrain parks, a half pipe and two bowls of the resort.
Park City Mountain Resort, USA:- Also known for its family programs, the Park City Mountain Resort is situated in Utah. With 3300 acres of ski terrain coupled with several terrain parks, 100 trails and 14 lifts, the resort continues to find its place in the list of top ski resorts in North America every year.
St Anton, Austria:– Located in the Arlberg area, the St Anton ski resort is definitely one of the best ski resorts in the world. The terrain is a bit treacherous and so the resort is frequented by experts. However, with professional guidance, the less harmful slopes can be conquered by intermediates and beginners.