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The World's Best Ski Resorts

By Jennideep Hayre

Posted: 3rd October 2012 14:27

By Jennideep Hayre

Ski resorts are extremely popular for those looking for more adventure in their holiday and life in general, but there’s more to it than just the snow.  It can be difficult picking the right destination to suit you when looking for the best ski resort.  You want to make sure you choose the right slope which will cater to your specific skiing abilities.  So here to help you is our guide to the best ski resorts the world has to offer.

Whistler, Canada

Decades ago the two Whistler and Blackcomb towering mountains were home to adventurous hikers but nowadays they offer excellent skiing opportunities to thrill-seeking skiers.  It rises in the ranks as being the ‘Best Ski Resort in the World’ after continuously being voted the ‘Best North American Ski Resort’.

With over 8,000 acres and annual snow-fall of over 30 feet these conditions make for perfect skiing weather.  Six huge high-alpine powder bowls, one of which is called Doom & Gloom, plus tree runs, cliffs, glaciers and chutes make this resort just the thing for thrill-seekers and advances skiers.  Though ski lessons are available for beginners taking their first step in the ski world.

There is a large vertical drop and the Whistler’s village provides all the amenities skiers and snowboarders need packed with cafes, stores and numerous restaurants specialising in different cuisines to suit everyone’s needs.

Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France

Chamonix is a traditional Alpine town whose ski areas spread across 10 miles.  The resort is well renowned for being one of the top choices for the title of “world’s most famous ski resort” so there’s no doubt it deserves a place in our world’s best ski resorts.

The first Winter Olympic Games in 1924 were hosted beneath the Mont-Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps and second highest mountain in Europe.  It also has one of the world’s longest ski runs and known as the extreme free-riding capital of Europe. 

If you feel daring enough you can climb 121 metal steps to an observation deck that showcase the best panoramic views from the entire Alps.  The town also boasts a lively atmosphere with over 100 restaurants and the Alps’ coolest bars to unwind in after an exhilarating experience on the slopes. 

Levi, Finland

Finland’s largest ski resort makes for a great family holiday, particularly appealing to kids who get the chance to meet Santa Claus, take a reindeer and husky ride and roam around Lapland. 

Not only that but along with the quiet slopes, pleasant welcoming atmosphere, good English-speaking instructors and ski schools make it an ideal place to teach beginners how to ski.  For more experienced skiers there are three black slopes.

Thanks to the resort’s location in the Arctic Circle there is always enough snow as well as sub-zero temperatures and you may be lucky to get the chance to see the Northern Lights. 

Aspen, United States

Situated in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the Aspen Ski resort is one of four mountain ski resort areas, the other three being Snowmass, Buttermilk and Highland.  Each of the four mountains have their own ski ability level and appeal so there is something to meet everyone’s needs.

This is one of the most glamorous and celebrity filled ski resorts so don’t be surprised if you see the likes of famous singers or sports stars.  At first thought people may think this resort caters to the rich and famous however it caters to inexpensive budgets and has a lot to offer.  The town’s Victorian streets feature designer boutiques, top quality restaurants and exclusive art galleries. 

Taking all these top ski resorts into consideration there is a ski holiday to suit all, so enjoy your escapade knowing you’ve found the right destination for you.

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