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.


Wanaka, New Zealand

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).


Chamonix, France

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.


Telluride, Colorado

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)


Stowe, Vermont

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.


Girdwood, Alaska

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.


Banff, Canada

With an international atmosphere and incredible views Banff fuses a vibrant small town with the great outdoors and has something to offer everyone.


Ketchum, Idaho

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.


Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

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.


Aspen, Colorado

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.


Niseko, Japan

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.