Top 10 Most Incredible Places to Ski around the World

Let's face it. Skiing/snowboarding may not be for everyone, but it certainly is extremely popular worldwide. An entire culture has formed around the sport and brings people from all walks of life together to shred some fresh powder. And you'd be able to find this same culture in any well-known ski location.

One of the biggest issues you might come across is the price. And unfortunately, there's no way to completely avoid the high cost of purchasing lift passes as well as a place to stay near the slopes, or even rentals if you don't own the gear you need. It might be hard to cut costs down all the way but searching for last minute ski deals can definitely bring it down substantially.

Hopefully, you will be able to find the best deal for you and your family, but before you go we need to talk about where you're going! In this article, we will talk about the best places to ski around the world.

Mammoth, United States
Mammoth Mountain recreational area is a large ski resort in the western United States, located in eastern California along the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the Inyo National Forest. Mammoth is noteworthy for the unusually large amount of snowfall it receives compared to other Eastern Sierra peaks, averaging 400 inches annually. Mammoth has become the highest and most spectacular ski resort in California. And has countless runs for all skill levels.

Big White, Canada 
Big White is perfect for the whole family. There are a total of 118 "designated" trails and 27 unnamed trails. Eighteen percent of these trails are beginner, fifty-two percent intermediate and the remaining twenty-six percent are classed as expert. The wooded areas between trail can offer a variety of ungroomed snow and widely varied terrain. Activities include the Mega Snow Coaster, which was once the largest tubing park in North America, snowmobile tours, snowmobile rides for the kids, sleigh riding, dog sledding, snowshoeing through Big White's beautiful trails, and ice skating on the Olympic sized outdoor rink with a scenic view. Big White also has a 60-foot ice climbing wall, catered to all ages and climbing levels.

Then there is the Sno-Limo, which is a sort of a cross between a dog sled and a lazy-boy chair on skis. This is a great activity that will allow anyone who does not ski or snowboard to still be on the hill with everyone else. Big White Ski Resort also offers 25 km (16 miles) of incredible combined Nordic and Wilderness trails perfect for Canadian cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

La Plagne, France
La Plagne is a collection of small, purpose-built ski resorts and traditional villages located on the edge of the Vanoise National Park. Each resort/village is separate from one another (although they are linked by ski lift and shuttle buses) and each has their own character and ambiance. It's renowned as a family-friendly resort, with a good selection of beginner pistes and ski areas, as well as those for the more advanced skier or snowboarder.

La Plagne is the most popular ski resort in the world with more than 2.5 million visitors a season on average. And has a total of 128 pistes with 9 green pistes, 67 blue pistes, 33 red pistes and 19 black pistes, plus there's around 80km of cross-country skiing, a half pipe, and a toboggan run. All and all, La Plagne is a well-rounded ski resort that is perfect for the whole family.
Chamonix, France
Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and most notably the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France. For serious skiers or mountain climbers, this is the place to be. This 10-mile-long valley is lined with jagged peaks that had been carved by ancient glaciers. Chamonix serves one lively town of 10,000 residents, four ski areas, and lift access to some of the best adventure skiing available. This is all situated at the foot of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps at 15,776 feet. Chamonix is mostly geared towards the hardcore skiers and snowboarders, but you can also take the kids up the cable car for some incredible sightseeing. Traveling up to the 3,842 m (12,605 ft) Aiguille du Midi. Constructed in 1955, it was then the highest cable car in the world and remains the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world.

Verbier, Switzerland
Verbier has been considered Europe’s version of the United States’ Jackson Hole. Situated in western Switzerland and offering 254 miles of slopes and off-piste zones, Verbier is an epicenter of lift-accessed steep skiing. Unlike Chamonix and La Grave which have wild, high-mountain terrain that often requires mountaineering skills, Verbier delivers more straightforward, controlled steep skiing. What Verbier lacks in hard-core slopes, it makes up for in style. One of Verbier’s most popular areas is the Backside, a sea of steep corridors, bowls, and endless powder fields. The Backside is accessible from the Mont Fort cable car, the resort’s highest lift. For those craving a real test of their bravery, head to the Bec des Rosses, a technical 45- to 55-degree face that’s home to the Freeride World Tour finals. Many guests chose to hire a guide during their first excursion down Bec des Rosses. 

Andermatt, Switzerland
Situated in central Switzerland’s Ursern Valley, Andermatt is a skier’s Shangri-la. A quaint village lined in cobblestones and traditional Swiss chalets sit at the foot of the 9,721-foot Gemsstock, one of Andermatt’s three ski areas. Enjoy 75 miles of trails, 5,000-foot descents, a maze of powder stashes, and seemingly limitless terrain. Due to its location at the junction of three mountain passes, Andermatt gets hammered by about 40 feet of snowfall each year, making it one of the most reliable ski destinations in the Alps. 

Part of Andermatt’s beauty is that it’s still largely undiscovered, yields miles of untracked runs. From the top of the Gemsstock (Andermatt’s featured lift) skiers can head in any direction, and for the most part, they’ll find miles of powder-covered lines. Endless lift-access possibilities also lie in the interconnected valleys accessed from the Gemsstock. A very adventurous trip will lead you to Hans im Glück, which delivers one of the most heavenly powder fields in the Alps. To access this run, take the train from Andermatt to Disentis, and then lifts up to Piz Ault. From Piz Ault, hike uphill over the Brunnifirn to the summit of Oberalpstock. Ski down the north slopes, then follow the Maderanertal to Bristen. Route-finding is a bit complicated so it may be best to hire a guide and be sure to carry proper climbing equipment as your excursion will lead you over a massive glacier.

Morzine, France 
Morzine is a thriving Alpine village set deep in the Chablais mountain range between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, by the France-Switzerland border. It has grown over the years to become a charming ski resort in winter and a popular biking destination in summer. Its roots as an old French farming and mining town are apparent in the village today, where local produce is available at the weekly market, and many of the chalets sport local slate roofs.

Morzine has pretty tree runs around a full range of skiing. Beginners and intermediates have miles and miles of perfect ground to discover at their leisure with plenty of space. The more advanced can get stuck into the diversity and complexity of this vast terrain. Morzine gets a big thumbs up with families and has a great variety of après ski.

St. Anton, Austria
Blankets of snow cover St. Anton’s 200 miles of trails (and an additional hundred miles of backcountry), all of which are connected by one of the most modern lift systems in the world. That means it’s possible to lap 4,000-foot descents, then ski to lunch at a village—Lech, Zürs, Stuben, St. Christoph—in the next valley. There’s nothing quite like waking up in one town and skiing to lunch in another. And while St. Anton’s skiing is legendary, so is its wilderness ski. Each day at 3:30 p.m., the action kicks off at the MooserWirt. Come evening, the party moves down to the traditional Tyrolean village’s pedestrian center, where skiers come together from around the globe. 

If you are keen for an incredible run, you have to ski from the top of Valluga down to Zürs am Arlberg. This can be done only with a local ski guide, which you should book in advance. Only ski guides are allowed to bring skiers up on the last section of the Vallugabahn lift. It is absolutely worth doing that.

Alagna, Italy
Alagna includes 6,500 feet of vertical slope and features three lifts, which connect it to two additional valleys and the ski areas of Champoluc and Gressoney. Together, the three areas form the Monterosa Ski Area and access 111 miles of inbound lines. But you don’t come to Alagna to ski inbounds. You come to ski runs like the Malfatta and Vitoria corridors, and the six-mile-long La Balma, which winds down a glacier and past ancient farming homesteads. You come to ski huge off-piste bowls and heli-ski untouched gems like the Col du Lys, Colle Ippolita, and the Valley of the Black Horse. Situated in northern Italy on the southern side of the Monte Rosa massif, Alagna is the Italian version of La Grave. It’s some of the best in the Alps.

Treble Cone, New Zealand
The Treble Cone ski field has some impressive statistics (by New Zealand standards) when it comes to size. With 550 hectares, Treble Cone is the largest ski area on the South Island of New Zealand and has the longest vertical drop at 700 meters. Although this is a great location to visit for all levels of expertise, 45% of the ski terrain rated as advanced or expert. Treble Cone also has the highest proportion of black runs in New Zealand and the black runs seem more challenging than the average NZ or Australian black diamond run, so there’s plenty of steep terrain to test most experienced skiers and snowboarders.

There you go! A list of some of the best skiing locations around the world. Where is your favorite place to ski? Let us know in the comments below!

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