Skiing is a passion that knows no bounds and doing it in the best places is like daydreaming!
# 1 – Aspen
The skiers’ paradise in America!
Top among the several ski resorts in Colorado, Aspen Snowmass is made up of four ski areas surrounding Aspen and Snowmass Village.
The combined terrain of Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk exceeds 5,500 acres, with Snowmass alone accounting for more than 3,000.
Although the smallest of the four, Buttermilk is known for hosting the Winter X-Games since 2002, as it will again this season.
# 2 – Val d’Isere
The pearl of the French mountains!
Val d’Isere shares the high valley with neighboring Tignes to provide more than 300 kilometers of interconnected ski terrain served by more than 150 ski lifts. The valley, surrounded by peaks that provide skiing at altitudes as high as 3,450 meters, is part of Parc National de la Vanoise.
# 3 – Cortina D’Ampezzo
The queen of the Dolomites!
The town is still decidedly high-end, but skiing here is a surprising bargain, thanks largely to the value-packed Dolomiti Superski Pass.
This gives access to the lifts and trails of a dozen resorts, most linked to give nearly 400 kilometers of interconnected skiing.
Included are the several ski towns between the peaks known as the Gruppo del Sella, and the Marmolada Glacier; this entire area is included in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
# 4 – Chamonix
“The whole world meets in Chamonix”!
Europe’s tallest peak at 4,807 meters, Mont Blanc assures Chamonix some of the best snow conditions in the Alps, and the longest lasting.
The altitude is aided by the surrounding glaciers in keeping temperatures low and powder dry.
The snow falls-and stays-on some of the world’s most challenging terrain for skiers.
# 5 – St. Moritz
The breathtaking beauty of of St.Moritz!
Although it may be known for its glitz and social scene, there’s no questioning the ski challenges of its surrounding mountains.
It has hosted two Winter Olympics and five Alpine World Ski Championships, the latest in 2017. St. Moritz is strong in intermediate terrain, but about 30 percent is rated black and there is ample off-piste, some backcountry, and some marked itineraries.