Hitting the Slopes? Here Are 5 Incredible Ski Destinations to Check Out This Winter
Break Free on Some Fresh Powder
“Go that way really fast. If anything gets in your way… turn.”
That sage ski advice from the 1985 John Cusack classic “Better Off Dead” still holds true today. If you’re planning on hitting the slopes this year, we highly recommend dodging out of the way of any obstacles that you encounter on your way down the hill.
We also recommend checking out some of the best up and coming ski destinations around the world, so you can have a memorable winter vacation with friends and family. There is nothing like spending your days on the slopes and cozy winter nights at the lodge.
So, where can you go for the most unique ski and chalet experiences this year? Check out our list of the top five ski destinations to visit for the perfect holiday getaway.
Just keep reading for the best spots for blue-bird days and exciting winter nights.
As probably the most famous skiable mountain in the world, Zermatt is a must-see destination for anyone who loves the sport. Nestled at the foot of the Matterhorn, this alpine mountain village is the perfect place to unwind.
But your trip to the Swiss Alps doesn’t have to end when you reach the base. Zermatt is a one-of-a-kind resort town that spans two countries (Switzerland and Italy) and can satisfy your craving for both old-fashioned lifestyle and modern amenities.
When you’re scoping out the wide array of eateries in the area, we definitely recommend taking some time and enjoying a cup of steaming hot chocolate as you browse the window displays. Hike around the gorgeous natural landscape and take in all the beauty that surrounds the resort. Zermatt has something for everyone and is an amazing destination to visit this season.
Can’t decide on just one destination this year? Colorado sports a few of the best in the world -- and you won’t even need a passport to enjoy them. Take your pick: Steamboat Springs, Vail, Breckenridge, and, of course, Aspen, are all renowned ski resorts that offer plenty of thrilling runs and amazing amenities.
Whether you are an adventurous expert skier or just out for a leisurely family ski trip, there’s a slope in Colorado for everyone in your crew. Your friends and family will love the variety of activities and sights to see while you are there.
From the “champagne powder” of Steamboat Springs to the beer-centric craft brewing scene of Aspen, you’ll have an amazing experience, in and out of your skis.
While things south of the border tend toward hot, one of the best skiing destinations in the world can be found right in the heart of Chile. Located at the base of the Andes, Los Tres Hermanos peaks offer a fun alternative to the most popular Northern Hemisphere resort towns.
One thing that makes Portillo unique is that it is 100 percent above tree-line and well known by expert skiers for its intense, steep terrain. Apart from skiing, you can also find great hiking trails to explore during your stay.
And you don’t have to worry if you’re not an expert -- Portillo is home to one of the world’s most famous ski schools, too. With powder that can last for days, you will be a pro in no time.
For such a small island, Japan is renowned for its wide range of stunning landscapes. And few are more compelling than the kind you’ll see at Niseko, Japan’s premier ski resort town. Niseko is famous for its wide open powder bowls and tree runs that last for miles around the resort. Boasting some of the longest runs in the world, this resort is a must for the expert skier.
Whether you want to experience traditional Japanese food and culture or you want to indulge in delicious street foods while honing your skills, Niseko has a diverse array of amenities to fit your needs.
If you’re thinking about enjoying a true European experience this year but would prefer to stay a little closer to home, consider Quebec’s ultimate resort. Located deep in the heart of the Laurentians , this year-round resort is the perfect choice for you!
Often compared to the most prestigious resorts in France, Mont Tremblant is a perfect mix of homey and exotic. Plus, it’s a great place for beginners, which is a smart way to introduce your youngest loved ones to a sport they’re sure to love. This gorgeous destination is just about as close as you can get to skiing the Swiss Alps, without ever leaving North America.
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