With the winter season nearing closer, we can almost feel the frost at our noses. While the sunbathers escape to the islands, the snow lovers run to the mountains. Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, tubing enthusiast, or just love making snow angels, a ski resort is fun for the whole family. As the demand continues to grow, ski resorts all over the world have grown to meet the need. Between all-inclusive accommodations, restaurants, and activities for all ages, they aren’t just only about mountain sports anymore. Though that’s also a huge part of them too! Find your next fun-filled family vacation with our list of the top eight ski resorts around the world!
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Nestled in the beautiful region of British Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb is a true winter wonderland. With two mountains of ski runs, there is plenty of terrain to keep skiers and snowboarders entertained for days. Then after a long day on the mountain, Whistler Village is an experience in itself. The pedestrian-only village is home to shops, cafes, plenty of culinary delights, and a fun nightlife scene. A wide variety of ski alternative activities range from ziplines, snowmobile tours, a bobsleigh track, and more! Retreat to the Scandinave Spa for an assortment of luxury spa packages. Additionally, when you’re searching for where to stay, look no further than Fairmont Chateau Whistler. This ski-in/ski-out luxury accommodation provides a complete all-inclusive experience from ski valets, guided excursions, and a fully-equipped Health Club and fitness center. There’s no surprise why this winter paradise made our top ski resorts list!
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The Swiss Alps are famous for their dramatic scenery and beautiful landscape. The ski resort town of Zermatt echos this with the Matterhorn pointing boldly in its backdrop. This ski resort ranks high on our list not only for its beauty but also for its quaint snow village feel. First off, thrill-seekers will delight in slipping and sliding down the highest ski area in Switzerland. Then for those not looking for as much adventure, you can also visit the Igloo Village, which is exactly what it sounds like. Enjoy incredible views while savoring traditional Swiss Raclette or sipping on the famous homemade white igloo mulled wine. On the other hand, take those views high in the sky and soar over the Alps with a ride on a helicopter with Air Zermatt. Unique activities, traditional restaurants, and fun nightlife make this a true winter destination.
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Telluride, Colorado, United States
Jaw-dropping views and surrounding mountain scenery add to the beauty of Telluride, Colorado. Gondolas carry visitors up to 12,000 feet in elevation guaranteeing snowy, skiable conditions at an impressively high number of days a year. Unlike many of the ski resorts in North America, Telluride’s size and location provides more of a peaceful atmosphere rather than crowded ski runs and long lift lines. Guided trips of snowshoeing, ice climbing and snowmobiling provide adventures for every snow lover. Additionally, the quaint Mountain Village is reachable from Telluride by a free pedestrian gondola. This alpine village with lodging, boutiques and high-end dining will make you feel like you’re in the middle of the Swiss Alps. Visit in January to catch Telluride’s New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks celebration. View the spectacular sight of the resort’s employees riding down the mountain at dark with torches to light up the mountainside and fireworks!.
If you’re searching for winter luxury, look no further than Courcheval ski resort! Not only boasting a selection of ski runs for all levels, Courcheval is also part of the Three Valleys, the largest interconnected ski area in the world. The resort consists of four ski villages each with their own vibe. Along with high-end hotels and boutique shopping areas, you can also try one of the three Michelin-star restaurants located in the area. Check out the Forum Ice Rink for a couple of hours of spinning and gliding around the ice, out of the elements. Other fun wintery activity options include toboggan runs, snow rafting, and dog sledding just to name a few! You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder but this is one resort where you will certainly want to opt outside!
South Tyrol, Italy
Alpe di Siusi is as beautiful as it is fun located in the beautiful country of Italy and in the heart of the Dolomite mountain range. With these beautiful surroundings, even if you don’t want to put on a pair of skis, hiking around the resort is incredible. For adventure enthusiasts, there are 63km of slopes available to fly down. Then with 100% of its slopes equipped with snowmaking equipment, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll have a wintery white ski vacation! Alpe di Siusi is also continually rated as one of the “most family-friendly” resorts in the Dolomites. With a variety of ski schools and fun parks, your whole family will enjoy a vacation to this top ski resort!
Situated on one of Japan’s northern islands, the Niseko Ski Resort has slowly climbed to the top of Asia’s list of ski resorts. Thrill-seekers will dance at the opportunity to ride down the sides of a volcano in this unique ski destination. When you’re ready to give your legs a rest, try out a sled ride by a real-life reindeer! The Hirafu Village is home to many varieties of cuisine ranging from traditional Japanese to French-Japanese fusion to delight the tastebuds. Visit during the month of February for the Sapporo Snow Festival to delight in ice sculpture shows, a highly impressive ice sculpture contest, and more!
St. Anton, Austria
Ski Arlberg is internationally considered as the birthplace of skiing since the world’s first ski school was opened on this very mountain in the early 1900s. This resort also ranks in the list of the five largest skiing areas in the world! In addition, five-star hotels and luxury shopping accompany the mountain giving it a sense of high-end luxury. St. Anton’s après-ski bars provide a fun nightlife scene for those who aren’t too worn out after a day of play in the mountains!
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
Catedral Alta Patagonia Ski Resort is located in the incredibly beautiful area of Argentina’s Patagonia region. The largest and most developed ski resort in South America, this is a truly unique experience in the southern hemisphere. With its prime location, you could be sliding down a mountain of powdery snow while your friends in the northern hemisphere are sweating through the heat of the summer. Additionally, it is the only resort in South America with a full-service base village. So as some may go to play in the snow, others can relish in the varied shopping activities around town. About 12 miles away is the center of the city of Bariloche, bordering a glacial lake and known for their expertise in chocolate making!
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Snow lovers rejoice!
Whether you’re a thrill-seeking skier or rather just view the mountains from a jacuzzi, ski resorts around the world offer a plethora of activities and fun for everybody. This is only a list of our top 8 ski resorts around the world but we’re sure you may have more to add. Is there another ski destination a traveler can’t miss? Let us know in the comments!
Still looking for that perfect cold-weather adventure? Check out one of our other posts, The 6 Best Adventures to Embrace the Cold this Winter for more inspiration!
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