A good ski resort is the most important decision to make while planning a skiing trip. Scenic surroundings, snow filled ice caps, varied slopes to finding the perfect restaurants and accommodation are a few things to keep in mind while making the bookings. Taking this into consideration, Hotels.com has come up with a list of skiing destinations from around the world.
Aspen Colorado, USA
Situated in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range and Elk Mountains, Aspen runs along the Roaring Fork River at an elevation just below 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level on the Western Slope. The Aspen Mountain is famous for its black-diamond terrain and offers a variety of glades, bumps and steeps to ensure an out-of-bounds experience. The great views and food at the Sundeck makes this resort one of America’s favorite.
Alyeska, Alaska, USA
Alyeska, is a seaside ski resort where the bottom of the pistes finish just 100m above sea level. It is surrounded by impressive glaciers overlooking the Pacific Ocean; the Chugach Mountains are an incredible place. Skiing down these steep runs in extra-fluffy powder snow looking out over the ocean is a once in a life time experience. A combination of helicopters, snowcaps and ski-touring will insure that you access the very best virgin slopes for extraordinary runs offering descents of between 500 and 1700m.
Fernie, British Columbia, Canada
Fernie is a city tucked in the Elk Valley, the place where the dramatic Rocky Canadian Mountains surround the small, charismatic community and the stellar ski destination of Fernie Alpine Resort. This mountain town is not only known for its skiing and snowboarding but its lifestyle, beauty and varied activities and festivals even in summer. The resort boasts of 37 feet of perfect powder, scenery, five huge alpine bowls and endless downhill thigh burning runs.
Chamonix is known as the extreme adventure sport capital for European adventure junkies. The skier’s paradise is located in the Haute Savoie department of the Rhone-Alpes region of south-east France. With the pearly white flanks of the Mont Blanc massif as a sensational backdrop, the Chamonix Valley is the Alps at their most dramatic. This wintertime playground of epic proportions are more than satisfying the most demanding skiers as well as the après-ski revellers who pack themselves into its boot-stompin’ bars.
Equipped with an efficient lift system, mostly gondolas and covered chairlifts, on even the most extreme whiteout days, Niseko is regarded as one of Japan’s top five resorts. Witness terrain like Strawberry Fields and Miharashi, and huge powder fields just a twenty minute hike off the peak. With a varied terrain at Niseko is perfect for beginners as there are beautifully groomed slopes at the base of the mountain.
The picturesque Cortina is truly Italy’s most fashionable resort. Just three hours from Venice, the town is nestled in a valley at approximately 4,000 ft. and is surrounded on all sides by slopes. It is also, the host of the 1956 Olympics, and invites some serious skiers. The low pressure on the slopes, no queues, no crowds make it an ideal place to ski. Skiers have been flocking to Cortina for over two centuries to experience its legendary cuisine and couture.
The province is mostly dominated by the French speaking and is the point where Europe meets North America. With a dazzling array of lakes and trails, gourmet restaurants, charming bistros, exclusive boutiques, nightclubs and casinos this truly is an unforgettable retreat in the heart of Quebec. Mont Tremblant offers an abundance of activities, including alpine skiing, five championship golf courses, mountain biking, river rafting, snowmobiling, ice climbing.
The small medieval town in troy, Austria, Kitzbühel is home to big names, ski pioneers and the high society such as of three time’s Olympic medalist, Tony Sailer. Apart from that, Kitzbühel is known of its Tyrolean down-to-earthiness and hospitality. Know as the ‘Best Ski Resort in the World’ for 2013, it is equipped with 51 cable cars and lifts, connecting 170 kilometres of ski slopes, Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel is one of the largest cable car companies in Austria.