25 of the World’s Best Ski Resorts

Posted by on December 19, 2012

Whether you’re a skiier, snowboarder, or just a nature enthusiast you know there is a lot to appreciate about a quality ski resort. From the restaurants and atmosphere to the slopes and scenery there are so many things to consider when it comes to judging which ski resort is the “best”. So, taking into account as many factors as possible these are 25 of the world’s best ski resorts.

Taos, New Mexico

Taos, New MexicoWith some of the steepest runs in the United States this southwestern town is a prime location for alpine thrill seekers.

Park City, Utah

Park City, UtahHaving established itself as one of America’s top ski destinations Park City is also home to the internationally renowned Sundance Film Festival.

Crested Butte, Colorado

Crested Butte, ColoradoThis isolated, high altitude mining town offers some of the best free style and backwoods terrain in the Rocky Mountains.


Bozeman, Montana

Bozeman, MontanaNot known for upscale restaurants and fancy hotels, people come to this small town in the Northern Rockies for one reason – to hit the slopes, and with two of America’s wildest mountains this resort isn’t for the faint of heart.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Steamboat Springs, ColoradoWith one of the top ski schools in the nation the town of Steamboat Springs claims to have produced more Olympic and professional skiers than any other town in America with 79.

Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler, British ColumbiaPhoto – Blake JorgensonKnown to many as North America’s mega mountain Whistler has more runs, more snow, more terrain parks, and more square mileage than almost any other resort on the continent.


Truckee, California

Truckee, CaliforniaPhoto – Boreal Mountain ResortHome to one of the first ski lifts in North America, the ski resorts in this region receive some of the highest average snowfall in the country. In fact, some years it’s almost possible to ski year round.


Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt, SwitzerlandPhoto – Kurt MüllerIn a country jam packed with ski towns Zermatt is king. Nestled in the shadow of the famous Matterhorn Mountain this ski resort offers some of the best (and most expensive) skiing in the world.


Kitzbühel, Austria

Kitzbühel, AustriaPhoto – Kitzbühel TourismusWith a good blend of everything from beginner to advanced the town of Kitzbühel has also been known as one of the more romantic ski getaways in Europe with its cobblestone streets and horse drawn sleighs.


Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson, WyomingOne of the birthplaces of extreme skiing in the United States, it’s the experts that will probably get the most out of the plethora of chutes, bowls, and back country terrain that Jackson Hole has to offer.

Mont Tremblant, Canada

Mont Tremblant, Quebec, CanadaFound in Quebec, this ski resort is probably the best way for Americans and Canadians to experience the European ambiance without paying for a plane ticket.

Fernie, Canada

Fernie, British Columbia, CanadaWhile its not the most well known ski resort in the world this small mining town features some of the best terrain in Canada.

North Conway, New Hampshire

North Conway, New HampshireBefore the large west coast resorts came to prominence this small New England town was arguably the premier ski spot in the Americas.

Whitefish, Montana

Whitefish, MontanaPhoto – Noah ClaytonKnown for being beginner friendly with a good number of easy slopes Whitefish is the perfect place for families or groups of skiers encompassing various skill levels.


Bend, Oregon

Bend, OregonIt’s the largest ski town on our list and in spite of not having the quaint feel of some of the others, the ski terrain in the region is no joke. In fact, expert skiers will probably get the most out of visiting this Pacific resort.
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  • http://indigocarhire.co.uk Rob Gillespie

    you want to try Ischgl is Austria. the atmosphere is amazing and the boarding is pretty good. careful of the expensive transfers though, we hire a car and got a great deal this year

  • Severin Hiller

    Whoever came up with this list clearly does not ski. Stowe ahead of Chamonix? Mt Tremblant on the list ahead of Trois Vallees? Where is St Anton? or Verbier? I’d trade 20 days at Stowe for one in St Anton. I could go on….

  • liam reynolds

    this has all the right ski places, but they should be rearranged and some should be added like killington VT,
    sugarloaf, ME, stratton, VT, and wildcat, NH. they should be rearranged like Whistler/blackcomb should be in FIRST!!!!!!! Because whistler/blackcomb has the highest vertical drop, tons of lifts, so many trails, and 8 gondalas and trams including the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola, the best gondola ever. whistler/blackcomb is the only ski area out of new england I have ever been to and it is truly the best ski area EVER!!!!!!!!

    • liam reynolds

      oops, wildcat is pretty much on there becaus it says north conway, nh because that is the town that is in.

  • nik

    Very Poorly Done I’m afraid. The writer has a very limited knowledge of ski hills, especially the european hills. Top of the list has to be St. Anton, Austria, Val d’isere France and Corcheval. They are arguably the best places to ski on the entire planet. In North America Jackson Hole, Wy Vail, Colarado and Jay Peak are outstanding. At least he got the Canadian slopes right Tremblant and Whistler rule, with Lake Louise not mentioned, but outstanding.

    Hop that helps the people really looking for a proper “best ski list”

  • Devo Jones

    This is clearly a bogus list considering that Banff is a town… not a resort! And…. as we all know…. many of the resorts on this list are not very spectacular!

    • zebu

      Here, here! Bozeman is likewise a town, and not a resort, thanks be to God! The resort here is Bridger. And Big Sky. And Moonlight.

  • Tristan Lahue

    What about Revelstoke?

  • Craphead poopface

    Go Taos. Toas is so awEsome I love it.

  • Russell

    Stowe VT #7 on the planet?
    You’re having a giggle!
    East coast ice,that’s not good skiing.

  • don

    Not a clue

  • lol


  • Kirk

    This is the straight-up worst ranking of resorts I have seen. Stowe above Whistler? I mean…really? You put some resort in New Hampshire over Park City? Come on man, just tell me you picked these at random, because the entire world would agree that this makes no sense what-so-ever. Last time I checked, they aren’t doing the Olympics in Vermont or New Hampshire.

  • Andrew

    Good list but really biased. In the US you have great resorts but You missed so many European resorts. Some examples:

    Verbier and St. moritz (Switzerland)
    St. Anton (Austria)
    Les Trois Vallee (France)
    Val Gardena-Dolomiti Ski (Italy)

    and many more

  • Kieran Jackson

    Way too biased to America, not denying they have possibly some of the best resorts in the world but not that many in the top 25, France, Switzerland, Austria and so many other Alp resorts have brilliant resorts.

  • Javey Johnson

    Your list is biased and you’re missing some of the best in the world my man. Nice work otherwise