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.
With some of the steepest runs in the United States this southwestern town is a prime location for alpine thrill seekers.
Having established itself as one of America’s top ski destinations Park City is also home to the internationally renowned Sundance Film Festival.
This isolated, high altitude mining town offers some of the best free style and backwoods terrain in the Rocky Mountains.
Not 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.
With 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.
Photo – 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.
Photo – 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.
Photo – 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.
Photo – 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.
One 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.
Found 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.
While its not the most well known ski resort in the world this small mining town features some of the best terrain in Canada.
Before the large west coast resorts came to prominence this small New England town was arguably the premier ski spot in the Americas.
Photo – 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.
It’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.