With the winter slowly getting closer, some may think that taking a vacation to anywhere other than a sunny beach location is the best scenario, but that isn’t necessarily the case. With some careful planning, and especially if you’re searching for adventure, there are few trips that are as exhilarating as a ski trip.
With untouched scenery, carefully built lodging activities, and possibly in another country, taking a chance on a ski resort may reward you with so much more than just time on a mountain. These lodges provide more than enough activities for visitors and even lessons for beginners.
There is some planning that needs to be done for the trip. Proper attire and equipment are necessary if you plan on skiing or snowboarding at all. If not, many resorts are tucked away near cities and nightlife that guarantees you a good time away from the snowy slopes.
Pack for the cold, and keep your passport close, because we are listing 5 top resorts that you should be sure to visit, and they’re scattered across the world.
1) Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort – British Columbia, Canada
Comfortably tucked in British Columbia’s freezing climate are the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Over 8,000 acres of icy terrain is covered by 37 lifts and the lengthiest continuous lift system in the world, peak-2-peak gondola, which connects all riders from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountains.
Currently holding the title of North America’s biggest ski resort, the two massive mountains have over 200 marked trails that include in-bounds backcountry, open glaciers, sheltered glades and carefully tailored trails. Freestyle riders will find six terrain parks that accommodate beginners to elite athletes, including a 22’ superpipe. Averaging about 460 inches of snowfall each year, there’s something for everyone at Whistler Blackcomb.
Whistler Blackcomb Resort is a must-ski destination and has terrain to suit any ability level. The resort has ski and snowboard schools that have classes for beginners, intermediates, and even advanced skiers.
Beginner terrain options are abundant and include a beginner’s only area located at Olympic Station containing slow zones, short lifts, and magic carpets aimed at giving first timers an adequate place to learn. More experienced beginners and intermediates have an almost endless quantity of blue trails to explore.
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2) Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon – Samoens, France
Stretching across eight countries, offering perfect snow conditions and once-in-a-lifetime views, it’s no wonder the Alps are one of the most popular ski destinations in the world. With smooth-graded slopes and above-the-clouds altitudes, each of Club Med’s 18 all-inclusive Alpine resorts is strategically located in some of the best ski domains in the entire world. However, we have a specific resort in mind for the best winter getaway.
The new Club Med Resort in France, standing at an altitude of 5,249 ft., is now open for all-inclusive skiing holidays. Combining modernity with authenticity, the Resort’s traditional architecture has been revamped by our interior designers to ensure you of a wonderfully cozy ambiance. In the heart of the Grand Massif ski area enjoy a ski-in-ski-out experience with family or friends and a fabulous view.
Right at the center of the Alps, between Chamonix and Geneva, Grand Massif welcomes winter sports enthusiasts on one of the world’s best ski domains. From green to black slopes, Grand Massif is perfect for every level. Located in the Haute-Savoie and facing the Mont Blanc, the area offers a preserved environment and a breathtaking panorama.
Here are some quick details about the resort:
Slopes for every level at an altitude of 5,250 ft high.
4th biggest ski domain in France, up to 2500 meters / 8202 ft high.
148 slopes: 20 green slopes for beginners, 64 blue slopes and 50 red slopes for skiers with a medium level as well as 14 black slopes for experienced skiers.
265km / 165 miles of slopes and 5 stations connected (Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoëns, Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval).
Optimal exposure of the domain for ideal snow conditions.
3) Cervino Ski Paradise – (Breuil-Cervinia, Italy)
The Breuil-Cervinia area of the Corvine Ski Paradise in Italy is one of the largest in the Alps, with a varied “skiable domain” beyond compare, which stretches through three valleys and two countries, Italy and Switzerland. The Ski runs offer the chance to ski all day without ever repeating the same run twice, be sure to alternate easier runs with those of a difficulty!
The Matterhorn lies in the middle of our great international resort, right in-between Italy and Switzerland.
The success of Cervinia, among other things, is due to the ski-in/ski-out possibility throughout the whole town. All winter long, thanks to the slopes descending from the high altitude of the surrounding mountains and ending right onto the streets of Cervinia, like the worldwide famous Ventina piste, or the Cretaz and CieloAlto slopes, all intertwined and connected by our lifts system, Breuil-Cervinia makes you forget about your car. The only transports you’ll need will be cable cars, and for sportsmen, mountaineering skis and snowshoes.
Cervinia’s snow park is located in Plan Maison and its vital statistics are truly mind-boggling: 400 meters long and 100 meters wide, which guarantee a freestyle area of over four hectares (nine acres). Rails, kickers, music (lots) and Big Air make this park the perfect place for snowboarding and freestyle enthusiasts of all levels of ability. Open throughout the season, every day of the week. Check out upcoming events that the resort will be hosting very soon!
4) Les Arcs Ski Resort – Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France
One of the leading resorts in the Alps and indeed the world, Les Arcs was created at an all-new location above the town of Bourg St Maurice in the late 1960s and was immediately a huge success, building a reputation as one of the cooler resorts in the new wave of Alpine development of the time – a reputation it maintains to this day.
Following the successful French model of maximum convenience in ski resort design, and affordable apartments, Les Arcs was an immediate hit with French and international tourists and again retains its pan-European appeal to this day. There are three original resort bases, which have been given different names over the years but approximately equal to their altitudes – 1600 (the quieter, family-oriented one), 1800 (the main resort for all) and 2000 (the sporty one).
You can spend your ski holiday entirely at Les Arcs and never think of making the seven-minute ride over to La Plagne. Les Arcs is a huge ski area in its own right, one of the world’s top 50 largest, so it’s not as if you’ll run out of space to explore there. But, it would be a missed opportunity not to ride the remarkable double-decker €15m Vanoise Express cable car, which stretches 1.8km across the valley, which at its highest point 280m above the valley floor.
The lift takes you from Peisey Nancroix on the Les Arcs side over to Les Coches Montchavin on the La Plagne side to create Paradiski (425km/135 lifts) which it is among the third largest ski regions in the world. If you head straight there first thing in the morning, you could try to ski the full length of Paradiski back over to Villaroger on the far side of the Les Arcs sector – most good skiers manage it in 2-3 hours, one way with no stops.
5) St. Anton – Austria
St. Anton is without a doubt one of the world’s most historically important ski resorts: one of the very first cable cars in the Alps was installed here, on the Galzig mountain; and pioneering ski instructor and Kandahar Trophy ski races patron Hannes Schneider founded the Skischule Arlberg (the Arlberg Ski School) here in 1921, introducing the concept of group ski lessons that was later adopted by ski schools across the globe.
St. Anton can be regarded as the cradle of modern Alpine skiing, and rightfully so. Today, it is firmly established as one of the world’s big-name resorts for winter sports tourism. Situated in a narrow valley, close to the Arlberg Pass in the Arlberg region of Tyrol, St. Anton is made of many suburban neighborhoods and hamlets which together now form one huge resort.
Children generally thrive in skiing at the resort; there’s a children’s ski school and youth center in the town of Nasserein, along with plenty of non-skiing activities and family-friendly hotels, chalets, and restaurants.
Despite its expansion over recent years, St. Anton remains an extremely desirable, authentic mountain village. The pedestrianized Dorfstrasse cuts through the center of the village, with hotels, restaurants, shops, and bars scattered along, several of which are still located inside of timber and stone farmhouses that are centuries old.
The resort is renowned for its very lively apres ski scene and nightlife, which is a big draw for many guests, but the principal attraction is the superb ski terrain surrounding St Anton, offering some of the best high-end intermediate and expert-level slopes in Europe.
Don’t hesitate to contact us about booking any of these resorts for the winter. All of them have their own form of a winter deal or package, and all of them have many different lodging options. While affordable and luxurious, be sure to look more into reach resort before deciding which resort is the best one for you. Our travel agent will be able to take care of the rest.
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