The Winter months can feel downright depressing sometimes. Sunlight decreases, we have to shovel, the temperature often drops below freezing…but there is a silver lining that comes out during this time. A shining snow-capped peak gives us a beacon of hope that we can conquer winter, all while having fun, staying active and most importantly staying warm. Grab your snowsuit and book a trip to one of these top-rated ski mountains!
- Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
A top ski destination for generations and generations. Whistler is perfect for beginners, experts, skiers, snowboarders and even just people looking to enjoy that après-ski lifestyle. You’ll even find the world’s longest unsupported lift span, the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola, which joins the two mountaintops. Our favourite part of Whistler Blackcomb though is the magnificent fact that you can look out and see snowy mountains and the Pacific Ocean!
2. Zermatt, Switzerland
Anyone who’s ever heard of skiing knows Zermatt. A real-life winter wonderland and a dream for skiers who are looking to check off some of the most challenging slopes in the world. Not only does the ski resort look like something right out of a storybook but you also have some once-in-a-lifetime adventures through the slopes. For those brave enough, you can take a guided ski tour through the French Alps from Zermatt to Chamonix!
3. Vail Mountain Resort, USA
A combined ski park offering over 7000 acres of skiable terrain that are mostly intermediate or expert level. If you’re more of a beginner you can take a lesson offered by some of the best skiers in North America. Maybe you don’t feel like skiing at all and prefer to check out the ski village with hotels, a spa, shops, and restaurants!
4. Chamonix, France
One of the best-known ski resorts in France, Chamonix is part of the iconic Mont Blanc. At 4,807 meters this is the tallest peak in Europe making for some of the most breathtaking views and longest-lasting snow conditions. Despite its impressive altitude, Chamonix isn’t just for experts. They offer a variety of trails for all levels and all ages.
5. Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy
While Italy usually conjures images of pasta dishes and antique streets, Cortina D’Ampezzo is one of the most famous ski spots in the world and is affectionately known as the Queen of the Dolomites. The location became known around the world after the 1956 Winter Olympics and has continued growing in popularity ever since.
6. Telluride, USA
Telluride has long been one of Colorado’s most loved ski spots. The base of the resort begins at an 8,725-foot elevation, and ski lifts can take you up to 12,515 feet! Needless to say, these impressive peaks make this an intermediate to expert level spot but don’t be shy to bring your friends and family to enjoy the Mountain Village.
7. Niseko, Japan
Japan is becoming a rising star within the ski community. Meticulously groomed trails, snow parks and backcountry trails are in abundance but Niseko is known for its low temperatures so dress extra cozy! Great for the whole family with most of the trails being for beginner and intermediate levels. You can even take ski and snowboarding lessons or relax in their hot spring spas.
8. St. Moritz, Switzerland
Known as Europe’s first winter resort, host of two Winter Olympics and several Alpine ski championships. St. Moritz has a reputation for bringing the glitz and glam, so throw on your most luxurious snowsuit and check out one of their many trails.
9. Cerro Catedral, Argentina
The Andes is a stunning mountain range in South America and maybe not the first place that comes to mind when you think of winter sports. The Patagonia region is home to some of the most famous peaks in the world. Cerro Catedral is named for its cathedral-spire mountain peaks. With a ski season lasting from June-October, you can manage to ski year-round!
10. St. Anton, Austria
This list wouldn’t be complete without St. Anton. A renowned ski club since 1901 this resort isn’t just an amazing spot for hitting the slopes but you can also check out the charming village in town. Charming shops, restaurants and vibrant nightlife make this a perfect winter getaway.