Feeling high from a ski lift over the mountainous landscape, experiencing that adrenaline rush as you skid and slide through the snow – the day is always exciting when they’re spent on the slopes. It is true that prioritizing the condition of the mountains is essential, there are ski destinations that take pride in their beautiful and lively towns with magical scenes to discover.
With criteria that include resort variety, the type of scene, frequency of snowfall, and the overall ambiance, The U.S. News has prepared a list of the world’s best locations to ski. If you’re wondering where to ski this year, check the destinations below.
Apart from skiing, the glistening lakes and waterfalls, the bustling restaurants, and the unique hiking trails are only a few of what Whistler has to offer. But ultimately, the best of Whistler lies in the 8000 or so acres of land that is the Whistler Blackcomb. It compromises about 40 feet of snowfall with the most exciting après-ski locations in America. Whistler represents Canada’s ski-friendly atmosphere that has hosted several snowboarding festivals and contests throughout the years.
Not winter? Visit Whistler, anyway, and check out the hiking and biking trails over its scenic mountains. Activities that are most popular here are ice-skating, shopping, dining, and awesome summer concerts that even locals look forward to.
Park City, Utah
Snowboarding, skiing, and the Sundance Festival – the three reasons why Park City is well loved by tourists and locals alike. Nestled nearly 40 miles from Salt Lake City, Park City is most visited during winter, when its two leading resorts – the Park City Mountain and Deer Valley – are at its best. The Winter Olympics was once played here so you don’t have to wonder why it’s a favorite playground for both amateur and seasoned skiers.
Park City also has something to offer besides the snow. Visiting the High West Distillery and Saloon and the Historic Main Street are truly worth traveling to Utah.
This has to be one of the most amazing ski spots in the western part of the world, with its vast 3000 acres of snow and a fabulous summit at 13,000 feet. Sledding would also be very accessible at the Main Street. The Victorian charm of Breckenridge is coupled with amazing skiing spots that charm every traveler with an eye for snow.
It does charm the non-skier as well. Visit Breck in the summer and enjoy biking, hiking, and sightseeing through the magnificent mountains. The city is also a few hours away from Colorado’s popular tourist spots like the Vail, and only about 80 miles from Denver.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
This ski destination boasts of three resorts, but the largest and most popular is the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This 25000-acre resort is blessed with 450 inches of snowfall yearly, making ski enthusiasts come back for the thrill, excitement, and love of the sport and the place.
After exploring the slopes, take a stroll around the nearby shops and restaurants in the town of Jackson. It also hosts performance and art shows that have caught the attention of people who have gone only to ski, not knowing that there is more to Jackson Hole and Wyoming than what it’s known for.
The combination of this town’s interesting history, culture, and fiercely amazing mountains make Salzburg one of the best ski getaways in the world. There are a lot of equally beautiful and challenging trails throughout the town that you can reach via the Salzburg Snow Shuttle. The medieval charm of Salzburg and its historic churches are also some of the places that tourists come to visit.
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