Aah skiing… what better activity to do during a winter vacation? But where do you go? With all five continents having ski slopes in one form or another, the decision can be a difficult one. This is especially true when you hear that countries like China are rapidly increasing in popularity as winter ski destinations. Read on to discover our top 10 list of ski destinations and why we think they would make fantastic places to spend your vacation this winter.
10. The Japanese Alps
The Japanese Alps have been host to two Winter Olympics and are a great place to spend a vacation with over 600 ski resorts in the area. The offshore breeze from Siberia, results in an abundance of snow throughout the winter months and with a good mixture of pistes available there is something for every level of skier to enjoy.
Next on our list of Top 10 Ski Destinations is Chile. If you fancy something different on your ski vacation, Chile may be the country for you. The ski resorts of Chile offer something completely different to those in Europe and the United States due to the diversity of the landscapes. From stunning valleys to the Patagonian snow capped volcanoes there is much to see on a skiing holiday to Chile. Bear in mind that June to September is the best time to visit.
Known as one of the best ski destinations in the world for beginners, Bulgaria is definitely a place to look into if you are thinking about going skiing for the first time. With ski schools abound and good wines aplenty, Bulgaria is a destination that the whole family can enjoy. Some resorts to look into are Borovets (the oldest ski resort in the country), Pamprovo (for the beautiful scenery) and Bansko (for outstanding hotels).
Although when most people think of Australia they think of the sun, sea and surf, or the Sydney Opera House, Australia is also home to an ever growing skiing community. There are a number of outstanding ski resorts in Victoria and New South Wales and thousands of people visit the country purely to ski each year. The most prominent Alpine town in the country is Jindabyne where visitors will find a number of international hotels and boarding for skiers. For skiers who want something a bit more quirky in nature, Perisher Blue is recommended for its valley-like terrain.
6. Lake Tahoe – United States
Set in over 25,000 acres of terrain, Lake Tahoe has over 1000 ski trails and numerous resorts. Visitors to this destination will find themselves in awe of the amazing scenery and traditional alpine charm. Suited mainly for experienced skiers, this may not be the ideal location for beginners, but for those with an experience of intermediate or higher, the 3000m slopes are sure to make for a fun vacation.
Switzerland is host to a number of mountains including the Juungfrau, the Monch and the Eiger. These reach heights of 4,000m and enable skiing to be an all year round activity in the country. Spectacular Alpine scenery is everywhere in this country, and visitors are sure to be taken aback by how beautiful the ski towns are. With some of the most dramatic peaks in Europe, this is a superb destination for advanced skiers, but there are also slopes especially for beginners so no-one will miss out! For a unique place to stay on your ski vacation take a look at Whitepod Village, a unique eco-friendly retreat in the Swiss Alps.
4. Telluride, Colorado – United States
If spectacular scenery is what you are after for your winter ski vacation, Telluride in Colorado is an ideal choice. This old mining town has a very colorful history that can still be seen today. Old Victorian buildings line the streets of the town, amidst quaint bakeries and a large number of 5 star resorts. Telluride is home to some of the best slopes in the Rockies and it caters equally for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. With over 100 hundred pistes, dozens of spas and a number of mountainside restaurants – this is one destination that will keep every member of the family happy.
It’s a well known fact that Italians love to ski and they love the sun – both of these are possible if you choose to make Italy your winter ski destination. With hundreds of slopes available, suiting all levels of skiers there is sure to be something for every member of your party to enjoy. And that’s not all – Italy is home to some outstanding mountain side restaurants and some beautiful scenery. Its ski facilities are continually improving and it is sure to be closer to the top of our Top 10 Ski Destinations list within a few years.
Everyone knows that the French Alps are a popular ski destination so it should come as no surprise as to why France is number 2 on our list of Top 10 Ski Destinations. With some of the best ski conditions in the world, hundreds of resorts, oh and good wine, this is an awesome country to spend your winter vacation. France is home to a number of stunning Alpine towns including Chamonix, Paradiski, L’espace Killy and Meribel. The slopes are fantastic for beginners and intermediate skiers and there are even opportunities for advanced skiers. The seasons are long and the people are friendly – this is definitely one country to add to your itinerary.
1. Whistler, Canada
One of the most beautiful locations in the world, and undoubtedly one of the top tourist destinations, it should be clear as to why Whistler in Canada is our top worldwide ski destination. The state of British Columbia receives such an abundance of snow each year that there is no need for artificial snow here. Stunning scenery, outstanding pistes and uber friendly locals all contribute to the vacation of a life time to those who choose to make Whistler their winter ski destination. Located just 75 miles from Vancouver, Whistler is home to over 8000 acres of skiing territory. Its highest peak is over 2000m high and it is ideal for any level of skier, with those at an intermediate level being the most suited.