Top 10 Ski Resorts In The World You Should Visit One Day

Just a couple of decades ago, skiing was reserved only for the most adventurous mountaineers. Thankfully, today, almost everyone can get to ski and have fun in safe, resort environments that promise a whole lot of fun. 

 

In fact, there are so many places for the public to ski that it’s more difficult choosing one than finding one. For skiing itself, there is a whole array of things to consider, from the snow to the difficulty of the different terrains, the type of lifts, and more. On top of that, you may want to factor in other things like facilities, winter activities, price, and scenery. 

 

Well, whether you’re an expert or beginner, we’ve done the legwork for you and narrowed things down to our top 10 ski resorts worth checking out this year.

1. Niseko United

The views at this ski resort in Hokkaido, Japan, are to die for. It’s actually four ski resorts in one, and in between, them are amazing slopes with different terrains. A good number of the ski slopes actually rest on a volcano, with many facing Mt. Yotei, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the famed Mount Fuji in Japan. Many of the courses also pass through or overlook picturesque landscapes and natural forests. 

 

Together with the gorgeous views, the variety of terrains and activities also make this place stand out. There are many trails for beginners to choose from, but expert skiers also will have a blast on its famous powder slopes and backcountry adventures. 

2. Zermatt

If one of Niseko’s highlights is the view of Mt. Yotei, the magnificent view of Matterhorn from this ski resort located in Switzerland certainly makes it one of our top picks. This ski resort is one of the highest populated areas in the Alps, not to mention having the world’s highest lift to take you straight to the Matterhorn Glacier. The trail here lets you ski over a mountain pass, a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

 

Combined, the trails exceed 300 kilometers in length, so there’s plenty to ski in the area. Snowboarders can have their fun too at the Zermatt Snow Park, situated on the Theodul Glacier. 

3. Deer Valley

This one is made for skiers only, with services like free ski unloading and storage waiting for you when you arrive. Not only is the grooming immaculate, but the slopes and lifts are intentionally kept uncrowded as well, making for a dream ski experience. The trails themselves vary to cater to different ski levels but rest assured there’s plenty to cater to beginners, intermediates, and experts alike.

 

Perhaps the best part of Deer Valley ski resort is their world-class service. You can expect to dine by the slopes, have fires made for you, and enjoy nothing short of luxury and comfort at every turn.

4. Aspen Snowmass

Located in Colorado, this ski resort grants you access to over 5,000 acres of terrain space to enjoy. This includes four ski areas, namely Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Mountain, and Aspen Highlands. As a whole, these terrains are pretty well known for their quality slopes, even hosting the Winter X-Games annually. 

 

That said, this option caters more to the advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders. The steep slopes and natural elements make it a hot favorite for backcountry skiers, so if that’s something you enjoy, this ski resort might just be perfect for you.

5. Telluride

Also in Colorado is the Telluride ski resort, which has a good variety of slopes for both advanced and beginner skiers alike. Beginners will love the Mountain Village at the base, where you’ll be able to take a gondola ride to the town of Telluride at no charge. 

 

Another reason why it’s so popular is because of the high elevation. Being so high means there’s consistent snowfall and lots of surface area to ski on. The ski lift itself is also a treat to ride, carrying riders up over 4,000 feet where you’ll be able to take in the breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains.

6. Whistler Blackcomb

At Whistler Blackcomb, you get not only one, but two mountain terrains. This is one of the most famous ski resorts in Canada, and for good reason too. Firstly, the scenery is unmatched. The peaks are glorious, and from that height, you can see all the way past the town to the Pacific Ocean

 

Next, it’s incredible in terms of size. The large terrain — the largest in North America — allows for about 200 runs and close to 40 ski lifts. Among these, there are also specific popular spots. Skiers often vie for a chance to ski on the open bowls on Whistler Mountain, as well as the Blackcomb Horstman Glacier. 

7. Chamonix

This is no ordinary ski resort — the world’s first Winter Olympics was held here, it’s Europe’s tallest peak, and also home to the instantly recognizable Mont Blanc. The snow conditions here are one of the most sought after in the Alps, with low temperatures and dry powder snow. 

 

For advanced and expert skiers, you’ll have a blast challenging yourself at the expert runs at insanely high altitudes. As for beginners, slopes at Les Houches are suitable too, with a number of cross-country runs you can attempt. 

8. Park City Resort

For skiers, Park City Resort is unique in that there’s a fun bubble-lift and an exhilarating gondola ride over a deep canyon. Once you get to the slopes, you’ll have access to different terrains that vary in terms of challenge. 

 

That said, this ski resort offers much more than just skiing. You can enjoy lots of other activities like shopping, dining and even pampering yourself with a spa experience. The town of Park City is so close that you can access the whole range of activities, perfect for the shopaholics or those who just want to take a break from the slopes.

9. Courchevel

Speaking of activities other than skiing, Courchevel is a good pick for foodies around the globe. It’s also home to amazing slopes with perfectly groomed snow, has facilities for tight tree skiing, and even steep corridors for expert skiers — but what also sets it apart is the range of food options. The ski resort is close to five villages to discover, not to mention seven Michelin-starred restaurants, that’ll easily satiate your appetite. 

10. Cerro Catedral

For those looking more for a thrill, the Cerro Catedral situated in Argentina is a favorite. The mountains are among the tallest in the world, with steep slopes, chutes, and bowls for skiers to enjoy. There are also many backcountry terrains you can either take a lift to or hike to on foot. Note that a ski guide is recommended if you’re visiting these unique terrain areas. 

 

A protip is to visit in the months of August to September to avoid the ski crowds. Even so early in the year, there is plenty of powdered snow for all to enjoy.  

To conclude, we can’t wait to visit the places in our list of top 10 ski resorts and truly experience a winter wonderland. From the world’s highest lift in Zermatt to the exciting backcountry terrains in Cerro Catedral, there’s definitely something for everyone this ski season. 

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