Photo – Tony HarringtonWhen the snow melts in the northern hemisphere towns like Wanaka become popular destinations for skiers and snowboarders looking to get their fix during the summer months (northern summer).
Photo – Gerhard HeidornKnown around the world for giving birth to “extreme skiing”, this small town in the French Alps is for those of you that like your mountains big and your slopes steep.
Photo – Tony DeminPossibly one of North America’s most picturesque ski resorts Telluride is also one of the highest sitting at over 8,000 feet (about 2,400 meters) with runs that go to over 12,000 feet (about 3,600 meters)
This quaint New England ski village goes to sleep early and caters more towards the family/homey crowd so if you’re looking for nightlife this may not be the place for you.
Photo – Scott MarkewitzAs Alaska’s top ski destination, this resort located 40 miles south of Anchorage enjoys a laid back lifestyle centered around the slopes. With no crowds and a tree line that stops almost by the time you reach the lift most of the slopes are wide open alpine.
With an international atmosphere and incredible views Banff fuses a vibrant small town with the great outdoors and has something to offer everyone.
One of the earliest Rocky Mountain ski towns, Ketchum still maintains a pre-war feel and thanks to its remote location crowds are usually not much of an issue.
Photo – Patitucci PhotoOften referred to as the most beautiful ski resort in the world the focus here is usually more on socializing and taking in the scenery than actually hitting the slopes. If you plan on getting in some good runs this is a good thing though considering they tend to be slightly less crowded.
It’s the one ski town that every other ski town in North America compares itself to and for good reason. In Aspen you’re almost sure to sight celebrities, movie stars, and Olympic athletes strolling about its streets.
Thanks to constant storms blowing in from Siberia the mountains on the Japanese island of Hokkaido are known to have some of the most consistently fresh and soft powder in the world.