If you like to embrace the cold wind of winter and the natural beauty of crisp white snow, here is something for you. We are going to share some amazing destinations to enjoy the slopes, for both skiers and snowboarders. Our list has been compiled of resorts from around the World. See how many of these courses you have already completed and perhaps you will be inspired for your next winter escape.
3 Wonderful Ski Resorts in the USA
If you don’t want to travel to far, stay national, with these resorts which can visited within the United States of America.
Breckenridge Ski Resort, USA
This old gold rush town lies in Colorado, 80 miles from Denver. Breckenridge Ski Resort is a magical place to visit, not just for the awesome slopes, but also to experience its traditional styling and laid-back atmosphere. The best time to visit is from mid-November to March. Its no surprise that accommodation can be expensive during the peak ski season, but money can be saved by taking full advantage of the ‘Free Bus.’
Along with mastering the trails and riding the highest lift-served terrain in North America, make sure you spend some time exploring the local area, including Carter Park and visiting Main Street.
Park City Mountain Resort, USA
Close to Salt Lake City in the state of Utah is Park City Mountain Resort. As a lover of the winter sports, this is probably not a new destination to you, as Park City and its neighboring resorts are where the 2002 Winter Olympics were held.
Another great reason to visit this resort is that it is the largest snowboard and ski resort in the USA, with 348 trails over the 7,300+ acres of land, that covers 17 spectacular mountain peaks. If you’re not sure when to visit it may be of interest to know that it was voted #4 in ‘Best Places to Visit in February’ by U.S. News.
Aspen Snowmass Resort, USA
Maybe the most famous and glamorous skiing area on this list, it is, of course, Aspen. Popular for its luxury, quality, and diversity of trails. Aspen is a great place for any keen snowboarder and skier, as it has four premier ski resorts offering beginner classes, intermediate and advanced runs. We suggest staying at the Snowmass Resort. This years season start November 22nd. Snowmass offers 241km of trails and the longest run is 8.5km. If you are an experienced and advanced skier this is the place to travel to for a challenge.
3 Great European Ski Resorts
If you want to mix your love of the mountain with culture visit a resort that offers something different, like a foreign language, new foods to taste and community spirit.
Baqueira Beret, Spain
Spain, might not be an obvious choice when it comes to selecting a ski destination. But, the slopes of Baqueira Beret, in Catalonia, have a total of 160km of slopes, making it the largest in the country. A whopping 87% of its slopes are rated as easy and intermediate. Therefore, it is a great place for novice ski enthusiasts. It is also worth noting that 50% of the slopes have snow cannons, so even if the weather lets you down, you can still snap on your skis and have a great day outdoors.
Les Portes du Soleil, Switzerland
If you want to make sure that you have plenty of opportunities to get up the mountain, consider visiting the Le Portes du Soleil ski area in the Lemanic Region of Switzerland. It is made up of 12 fantastic resorts and you only need one pass to try them all. This skiing hot spot has more than 280 slopes, 196 ski lifts, and covers 2 countries, Switzerland and France.
One of the largest ski resorts in the World is an absolute must if you wish to visit the best slopes on the planet. Located in Austria, this multi award-winning resort has more than 200km of runs and slopes, many of which are above the treeline. A highlight of this exceptional snow home is that there are 2 measurement runs, ideally for challenging yourself. Run 8 measures your speed, while run 12 is a public race course and can measure your time. Both are free of charge.
Escape the Summer to Ski or Snowboard
If you are craving the winter vibes during June through to October, consider heading south of the equator to one of these two ski resorts:
Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand
On the South Island, 38 km from the beautiful and tranquil town of Wanaka, lies the 40km of slopes at Cardrona Alpine Resort. This is resort is best suited to the intermediate skier, as 49% of slopes are classed as intermediate.
Mt Buller, Australia
However, if you find yourself in Australia head South to Victoria to experience the 100km slopes of Mt. Buller. Within the heart of the mountain, this resort has 22 lifts and elevations over 1,390 meters. Plus, a big range of restaurants and bars for those wanting to work the slopes by day and party by night.
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