Winter Break: Best Ski & Snowboard Destinations On Earth

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It’s prime time for ski and snowboard season, so while you’re stuck daydreaming at the office, why not start planning your winter getaway?  Check out Elvoline’s list of the Top Ski & Snowboard Destinations on Earth, and get ready to pack your bags and head to one of the best ski destinations in the world!

 

Aspen, Colorado   A getaway to Aspen means over 5,300 acres of powder packed land. Prime skiing lies between its four destinations: Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Mountain (Ajax) and Aspen Highlands, also knows as The Power of Four.  Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, Aspen boasts a range of slopes for all abilities in addition to plenty of great people watching and awesome après-ski culture. Click here to get started planning your trip to Aspen!

Park City, Utah    Home to the United States Ski Team, Park City offers over 1200 runs and receives fresh powder almost daily. Visitors can choose from Park City Mountain Resort or Solitude Mountain Resort for the perfect ski or snowboard experience, or try both! Park City is also home to the Sundance Film Festival, and there is plenty to do about town for both young people and families.  Ready to check out some hotels in Park City? Click here to get started.

Taos, New Mexico   Artsy Taos is full of great options for experienced skiers. Taos Ski Valley is owned by billionaire Louis Bacon and also operates one of the finest ski schools in the country. There are plenty of challenging slopes and Kachina Peak ( 12,481 feet) is often experiencing a snowstorm, which means fresh powder for everyone! The vibes about town are best described as bohemian, so squeezing in an art gallery or two between or after runs is a great idea. Check out hotels in Taos here.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming    There’s nothing more exhilarating than exploring 2500 acres of fresh snow. Jackson Hole is one of the world’s favorite skiing destinations, but there are also plenty of options for hiking, biking and fishing. After you’re done enjoying the fresh powder, there are endless choices a great after ski experience. Head to town and enjoy some microbreweries, live music, hearty food and cocktails. When it comes to ski, Jackson Hole is the place to be! Get started planning your escape here.

Whistler, British Columbia    Whistler Backcomb boasts 8,100 acres of incredibly groomed terrain and a mile-long vertical, which is the ultimate in big mountain skiing or boarding.  The ski season in Whistler typically begins around the third weekend in November, and both mountains are open daily until late April or early May. There are also plenty of boozy après-ski options. Ready to try your luck on the mile-long vertical? Click here!

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy    Italy is a favorite destination for many reasons, so of course skiing is on the list. Skiers can choose from 101 runs, and while some of the expert slopes may be closed due to poor snow conditions, there are plenty of intermediate level runs to choose from. Italy may not win the world’s best snow award, but the enchanting cobblestone streets of Corso Italia and magical pink-tinted dusk draw visitors back year after year. Bring the whole family and enjoy shopping, a visit to the planetarium, ice skating, bobsledding, ice polo and disco dancing at the ice rink! Get started planning your trip to Italy now.

Zermatt, Switzerland   Set against the backdrop of three individual mountains, Zermatt is one of those places that any dedicated skier has to travel to at least once. There are plenty of options for both intermediate and expert skiers, and ski season stretches from late November to early May. Zermatt offers one of the most sophisticated lift systems in the world, not to mention plenty of bars, nightclubs and a fun après ski culture. Some of the world’s best skiing is calling you, click here to answer!

St Anton, Austria   Even if it’s a bit of a dry season, snow is almost always guaranteed at St Anton. There are so many options whether you enjoy smooth slopes or off-piste (backcountry) skiing. There are 116 kilometers of groomed skiing and 41 kilometers of cross-country trails that can all be reached via the free “ski bus.” When it comes to après skiing, St Anton is one of the best places in the world! Parties last until the morning hours and you’ll even find après bars on the piste and next to the lifts where you can enjoy a quick break between slopes with a few beers. Click here to book your trip!

Niseko, Japan    The Niseko resort offers a variety of slopes for both skiers and boarders of all levels, even heli-skiing!  Rated the best overall resort in Japan, many Australians and Westerners call this hidden gem the “Aspen of the East.”  The mountain receives an average of 15-16 meters of fresh power per season, and there are tons of activities including shopping and a colorful nightlife scene. Ready to plan your ski trip to Japan? Click here!

Mt Hutt, New Zealand   Mt Hutt is the perfect place to bring the family and experience a laid-back ski vacation. If you’re in the mood for a more under-developed, raw array of slopes, New Zealand’s ski scene might be right for you. Mt Hutt has some of the best snow conditions and receives an average of 4 meters of snow per season over 902 acres. On a clear day at the summit, you can take in a panoramic view that spans from the Pacific Ocean to the Southern Alps. There are plenty of great hotels to explore in New Zealand, click here to get started!

 

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