25 of the World’s Best Ski Resorts

Posted by on December 19, 2012


Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka, New ZealandPhoto – 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

Chamonix, FrancePhoto – 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

Telluride, ColoradoPhoto – 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

Stowe, VermontThis 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

Girdwood, AlaskaPhoto – 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

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

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

Cortina d'Ampezzo, ItalyPhoto – 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

Aspen, ColoradoIt’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

Niseko, JapanThanks 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.
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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