Skiing is usually the first activity that comes to mind when you think of winter fun. Skiing is currently enjoying a golden era of popularity and it doesn’t seem likely to fall out of favor any time soon.Â With so many fine skiing resorts in the world, it can be difficult to find the right one. Here are a few suggestions to help you in your search.
Aspen, Colorado – USA
Perhaps the most famous ski resort on the planet is located in Aspen, Colorado. Celebrities are constantly attracted to the area because it has more than 100 ski runs, and the accompanying village is a nice respite from the cold. It can, however, be a bit pricey. But if you can swing the price, you won’t regret it.
Whistlery/Blackcomb – British Columbia
These two adjacent mountain ski resorts in British Columbia have everything a skier or snowboarder could imagine or desire. Called North America’s favorite resort, Whistlery/Blackcomb rates are especially high with the Japanese because of its village, cafes, bars and hotels.
Portes du SoleilÂ – France and Switzerland
This resort in Switzerland has more than 1,000 trails. Located near the border of France and Switzerland, there are 13 individual resorts you can choose from.Â Â It would be almost impossible to get bored at this lovely destination.
Saas Fee – Switzerland
Pre-season ski testers and late-season powder hunters love this resort. Located at an altitude between 1,800m and 3,500m, with access to a glacier, Saas Fee provides an alpine enchantment that many more commercial resorts lack. The resort is equipped with several snow cannons to move the snow to the ski runs, so you’re almost guaranteed great snow conditions.
Stowe – Vermont
Beginner and pro ski runs line this beautiful ski destination, which actually has two ski areas, Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield. In addition to the ski areas, Stowe boasts more than 60 restaurants and 90 shops to give visitors all the excitement they can handle.
Les Trois Vallees – France
French for “The Three Valleys,” Les Trois Vallees isn’t a single resort, but five separate destinations. The advantage is that skiers need only one lift ticket to enjoy them all. Combined, the ski trails offer a whopping 400 miles of snow over a 6,000 foot drop. That’s over a mile of pure thrills.
Vail – Colorado
The largest ski resort in the United States, Vail offers 5,300 acres of ski terrain. Theaters, museums and other activities provide options for visitors when they’ve had their fun on the slopes.
Chamonix – France
With 200 years of history, this ski location is often called the historical capital of skiing. No ski enthusiast would pass up the chance to visit the three valleys surrounding this resort. Affordable to everyone, Chamonix provides the longest drops in the world, at more than 20km or 12 miles.
Book hotels and buy tickets well in advance to experience everything these world famous ski locations have to offer. Stick to weekdays if possible, or you might be stuck in lines for the lifts all weekend long!