Beautiful Ski Slopes Around the World
Collected by Charissa Fay, AFAR Ambassador
Racing down wide, open slopes covered with pristine snow on a clear, sunny day. Crisp, fresh air whipping past your face. Pine trees drooping with the weight of freshly fallen powder. Wide-open mountain views. There's almost nothing more exhilarating than a perfect ski day. Here are some favorite spots around the world to get some ideas flowing!
1 Sunshine access Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1J5, Canada
Most people travel to Canada in the winter to ski the famous big resorts like Whistler and Lake Louise. But 20 minutes from downtown Banff is a little "hill"—as the Canadians like to call their mountains—called Sunshine Village. The resort,...
1505 17TH AVE SW, Kananaskis, AB T0L, Canada
Between Calgary and Banff you’ll find Kananaskis Country, a giant park in the foothills where in-the-know locals come with their skis and snowshoes to escape the city. There is one downhill ski area, Nakiska resort, as well as the Canmore Nordic...
Vail, CO 81657, USA
The top Ski runs to hit at Vail Game Creek Bowl- Dealer's Choice run Sun Up Bowl - get some untracked snow in the trees by Yonder and Over Yonder runs Blue Ox, Highline, Prima, Riva Ridge and Rogers Run - best runs on the front side Blue Sky Basin...
7700 Stein Way, Park City, UT 84060, USA
This chalet-style lodge takes its name from legendary Norwegian skier Stein Eriksen, the 1952 Olympic giant slalom gold medalist and 1954 World Cup champion. When he agreed to help develop this ski-in, ski-out spot in the 1980s, he drew from his...
115 Daly Ln, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Snowmass Mountain is the most diverse and largest of all the four Aspen Skiing Company mountains in the area and offers something for everyone. It has a great Ski School program that starts as young as two years old and goes up through adults. On...
1000 Chemin des Voyageurs, Mont-Tremblant, QC J8E 1T1, Canada
Mont Tremblant is groomed on four sides of the mountain. Some complain the resort overly grooms, but these tend to be powder hounds who grew up skiing on Coastal or Rocky mountains. Either way its 875 meters of vertical and 95 trails, some of...
4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Whistler Blackcomb receives lots of press about its big-mountain features, but the resort offers plenty of terrain for every family member and skill level. The Whistler Blackcomb Snow School, among the best in North America, is...
Niseko, Abuta District, Hokkaido, Japan
In Niseko, mountain ranges, lakes, wildlife, and volcanoes—including the dormant Fuji doppelganger Mount Yotei—are the main attraction. The area is known for fresh powder skiing and snowboarding, which is best followed by a soak in...
1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK 99587, USA
This 304-room hotel at Alaska’s biggest ski resort partners with Chugach Powder Guides to offer helicopter and snowcat excursions deep in the Chugach backcountry. Snowcat packages from $1,236. (800) 880-3880. This appeared in the November/December...
Telluride, CO 81435, USA
First time in Telluride, and it has been fantastic. Great place to learn to snowboard, the snow is amazing. The mountain is beautiful, and the people are so super friendly. You instantly feel right at home. The Jalapeño Margarita at Tomboy Tavern...
Aiguille du Midi, 74400 Chamonix, France
France's Chamonix Valley is one of the most scenic places on the European continent. It's a narrow river valley which houses everything from rock-climbing centers to pulsing bars and pubs, and on both sides of the river the peaks of the French...
99 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
This is the greatest place I've ever been, shared with the greatest people I could ever share it with, my brothers. Heli-skiing in New Zealand was a childhood dream come true. We were raised on the white stuff, to love the outdoors, the joy of the...
Teton Village, WY 83025, USA
That's Cody Peak, considered out of bounds. And the skiing over there is pretty burly! To get there you must ski though the gates but don't let anyone catch you without backcountry gear. It's dangerous and locals will ball you out if your not...
St. Christoph 1, 6580 Sankt Christoph am Arlberg, Austria
This 14th century refuge turned luxury hotel charms its guests with a modern, yet decidedly elegant atmosphere and signature Tyrolean hospitality. In its old days, the complex would offer a warm, safe place to sleep after crossing the dangerous...
Borgo Lussari, 33018 Tarvisio UD, Italy
Among the towering, snow-capped peaks of Italy’s Giulian Alps, Monte Santo di Lussari stands out like a precious gem. The telecabina, or “ski lift,” carries passengers from the village of Camporosso at its base to Borgo Lussari at the summit,...
Machalí, O'Higgins Region, Chile
The heli-ski headquarters of the Southern Cone, Puma Lodge is nestled in the Andes and offers 1,800 square miles of dramatic valleys to heli-ski from July through September. Heli-ski packages from $1,469. 56/(0) 2-432-6800. This appeared in the...
40 Village Rd, Avon, CO 81620, USA
A little secret about Beaver Creek and Vail is that the last few days of the ski season can be the best. Late snows and almost no tourists mean you'll have fresh powder to yourselves. We'll definitely be doing this trip again.
Mendoza, Capital Department, Mendoza Province, Argentina
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