When the temperatures drop, ski enthusiasts from around the world hit the slopes in search of fresh powder and awesome trails. Before choosing locale for your next ski adventure, consult this list of the top 8 skiing resorts in the world. These ski resorts combine excellent skiing, near-perfect conditions and a great local atmosphere for the best possible ski trip.
Northstar, Lake Tahoe
In California’s dazzling Lake Tahoe region, North Star stands supreme as the ski resort of choice for locals and visitors alike. Ninety-seven trails, thousands of acres of ski-able areas and over 20 lifts make this ski resort a mammoth in California. Seven terrain parks also give this resort a bit of an adventurous edge for those that like a little something riskier than downhill skiing.
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Often touted as the best ski resort in North America, Whistler Blackcomb in Canada boasts the biggest vertical drop and a recently revamped mountain and resort. Skiers from around the world flock to this resort because of its incredible conditions and charming town full of cafes and shops.
Jay Peak, Vermont
Just a few miles south of the Canadian border, Jay Peak is a top destination for skiers. Seventy-seven trails and 8 lifts bring skiers to the top of two peaks. Trails vary in difficulty and offer some of the most beautiful views in the area.
Jackson Hole, WY
In charming Wyoming, the Jackson Hole Ski Resort is a favorite among skiers looking for that back country appeal and excellent skiing conditions. Heralded for its pristine environment and terrain environment, there is no shortage of trails to ride, winter activities to participate in and scenery to see.
Many would describe Kitzbuhel as one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world. Located in the heart of the Alps, Kitzbuhel’s trails are covered with fresh powder every winter. Skiers can enjoy the charming town after a long day on the slopes.
With tough competition from the neighboring Gstaad ski resort, Zermatt makes the list of top ski resorts in the world because of its relaxed atmosphere and small-town feel. Cars are banned from the village, making Zermatt a true respite during a ski vacation. Beautiful views, excellent trail conditions and the world’s second highest vertical drop are all reasons to check out this picturesque Alpine resort.
With the highest peak of the Alps and the second highest peak in all of Europe, its easy to see how Chamonix Mont-Blanc makes the
list of top ski resorts in the world year after year. Chamonix also has one of the longest runs in the world at 13.7 miles, so skiers can get their money’s worth with the trails here.
Skiers and socialites alike hit the slopes at Cortina, one of the oldest ski resorts in the world. In addition to excellent terrain and a myriad of trails covered in fresh powder, Cortina also draws a small crowd wanting to experience the charm and relative calm of this old-fashioned town.