Best Ski Resorts for Skiing
So we're being brave! Our top 10 best ski resorts for skiing will no doubt offend many as we will have left out some superb destinations, but then there's so much more than just the 10! Read about the best ski resorts chosen for a number of reasons, the most important being the slopes and then whether each one excels in other areas. So whilst a little subjective, you'll no doubt find more than one you've heard of.
Our Top 10 Best Ski Resorts for Skiing
We've pulled together a list of what we think is a superb top 10 best destinations for skiing. From the terrain to the lift system, the in-resort facilities to the location and more. We won't please everyone, but the ones below will help you find a new skiing destination if that's what you're after. Happy hunting.
** These are not in any particular order
The fashionable resort of Kitzbühel presents a modern state-of-the-art ski circuit covering 148km of pistes. Famous for the mens downhill race on the Hahnenkamm, this lively and sophisticated resort has something for everyone from young to old, expert to beginner. It is particulary good for intermediates who will thrive throughout the whole kitzbuhel region. The town itself is picture postcard perfect.
Known as the pearl of the dolomites, Cortina is one of Italy's most glamorous and fashionable ski resorts. The town is connected with other resorts in the area through the Dolomiti super ski pass which gives skiers an unbelievable 1200 km of runs. There are great beginners slopes, intermediate and black expert runs. Après-ski includes michelein starred resturtants.
Chamonix is one of the most snowsure resorts in the world and a mecca for skiers and boarders alike. With Mont Blanc on your doorstep, there's a huge variety of advanced and expert terrain along with powder descents from the glacier. A picturesque ski resort, there's often a bustling atmosphere and a great selection of bars and restaurants. Be sure to stay in the centre of town though.
Situated beneath the Matterhorn, Zermatt has everything to offer in the way of fantastic skiing and terrain. Particularly well-suited to intermediate and advanced skiers, there's a wide variety of terrain from wide open trails to scenic pine forest trails. A picturesque car-free village, with only electric taxis and horse drawn sleighs, the streets are packed with beuatiful shops and boutiques. A real Swiss ski experience!
Tremblant is the largest and most popular resort in Eastern Canada. It offers a good variety of terrain for all skiers served by a fast and modern lift system. Expert skiers can ski gladed runs, bumps and powder, intermediates will love the 'cruisy' pistes and for beginners there is a 2 acre learning area run by one of the best ski schools in Canada. With cobbled traffic free streets and town squares it has a very French atmosphere (without the prices).
One of the world's top ski resorts with superb accomodation and an attractive alpine style village centre with a fabulous apres ski atmosphere. As the largest single mountain ski area in America, stretching 7 miles from east to west, it caters for everyone with smooth groomed runs through to challenging cornices and off piste black bowls.
The huge expanse of Espace Killy comprising Val d’Isere and neighbouring Tignes is the highest extended ski terrain in the world with most skiing above 2300m. Regarded by many as the finest ski resort in the world Val d'Isere offers an amazing variety of skiing for all abilities with large amounts of off-piste should you want it. It also has a great snow record.
St Anton, at the centre of the Arlberg Ski circus is firmly extablished as one of Europe's top ski resorts. There is superb skiing for all abilities covering St Anton and the neighbouring villages of St Christoph, Lech and Zurs. With varied terrain for experts and adventurous intermediates, the lift system gets you up their quickly. The resort has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with very lively bars and some great restaurants.
One of the world's most famous resorts with its lively feel and stunning views of Aspen mountain. There's a wide and varied choice of skiing (on and off piste) for all levels. With four mountains in total, Buttermilk and Snowmass are for families and beginners, Aspen Highlands for long cruising runs and then Snowmass also offers great tree skiing and off-piste powder along with steep chutes. Perfect.