In the spirit of disclosure, I have to admit that skiing has never really appealed to me. Maybe, I prefer warmer climes and that is why South Australia is where I choose to call home. However, I can certainly still appreciate a phenomenal ski destination, and the majority of my friends are passionate about this activity and plan at least one trip a year. Obviously, Europe has many exclusive resorts, but more adventurous vacationers will travel the globe to pursue this thrill seekers activity. To illustrate this point, here are some of the world’s best ski destinations.
Whistler Village is a highly exclusive resort situated at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, located two hours from Vancouver. The resort is a vibrant hub of trendy cafés, bars, and restaurants. With 200 runs accessed by 37 lifts, the terrain is suitable for all skill levels. It is also open 12 months of the year, which makes it exceptionally popular with tourists.
Most people (including myself) would associate Switzerland with precision-made mechanical watches and delicious chocolate. However, this beautiful country also has some of the world’s most prestigious ski resorts. A great example is Zermatt, which is the highest winter sports area in the Alps. It also is scheduled to have the highest 3S cableway, which will carry a staggering 2,000 skiers (per hour) to the iconic Matterhorn Glacier.
Aspen Snowmass comprise four exclusive ski areas surrounding Aspen and Snowmass Village. This expansive terrain (Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk) spans over 5,500 acres, making a favourite with enthusiasts. Most of the runs are only suitable for intermediate and expert skiers as the declines are rated black or double-black.
As well as appealing to energetic thrill seekers, most ski resorts also have breathtaking views. A good example is Val d’Isere, which is situated in the picturesque Parc National de la Vanoise, Southern Eastern France. This amazing destination is a prerequisite for advanced skiers. Impressively Val d’Isere and Tignes offer some of the world’s most professional trainers and a dozen rigorous black runs.
Niseko is comprised of four interconnected ski resorts, which have an astonishing backdrop of Mt. Fuji. This highly exclusive resort is situated approximately 90 kilometres from Sapporo on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. Impressively, the terrain is suitable for all levels including beginners, intermediate, and advanced skiers. As well as exciting skiing and snowboarding activities, Niseko also offers travellers relaxing hot springs.