Ski slopes vary in complexity and you can find both tracks for beginners and slopes where it is advisable to descend only professionals.
These are several places to visit if you are one of those who prefer the mountains to the sea and never miss the opportunity for ski holidays.
They are located in different parts of the world and the common between them is that they can turn every vacation into an unforgettable experience.
So let’s find out some of the most attractive and best equipped ski resorts in the world.More from Sport:
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1. Aspen, Colorado / USA
Aspen is the most popular ski resort in America and one of the most famous in the world.
Worldwide the number of resorts that can compare to Aspen could be counted on the fingers of both hands.
It is located approximately 2400 meters altitude in the Rockies (Rocky Mountains).
Although Aspen is best known as a ski resort, here actually has unlimited opportunities for fun throughout the year.
And although the snow disappears completely in the summer months, the resort is no less attractive with its excellent conditions for golfing and exploring the amazingly beautiful mountain surroundings.
When the snow is completely melted, everything is covered with green carpet, dotted with mountain flowers.
Yet Aspen is most beautiful in winter when in dark, gray and snowy afternoons resort itself glows like a fire in the foothills of the mountains.
2. Cerro Cathedral / Argentina
Many people are very surprised when they see the name of Argentina to the list of the most attractive ski destinations in the world.
Are you one of them?
If so, you just do not know this country well!
Let‘s not forget that in Argentina is one of the longest and most impressive mountain chains on the planet – the Andes.
Cerro Cathedral is the most famous ski resort in Latin America.
It is situated on just over 1000 m altitude in a very picturesque forest-land.
The surrounding area has plenty of lakes and rivers, which contribute to its transformation into a world-class resort.
Just below the resort is situated Nahuel Huapi Lake, which is a part of the Nahuel Huapi National Park.
Here you can perfectly combine skiing and relaxing around the clean and untouched shores of the lake.
3. Bansko, Bulgaria / EU
Bansko is a small town, which gradually has become one of the most promising ski resorts not only in Bulgaria but in Europe.
Its main advantage is its unique location at the foot of the Pirin Mountain and not far from the Rila and Rhodope Mountains.
The mountains of Bulgaria are considered to be among the most beautiful in Europe.
Today more and more grow the number of tourists, who return here as well as the number of foreigners wishing to acquire property in Bansko.
Today, Bansko is among the leading ski centers in Europe.
It has great ski tracks and is considered to be one of the sunniest ski resorts in Europe.
4. Zermatt / Switzerland
In southern Switzerland near the Italian border is one of the most famous Swiss ski resorts – Zermatt.
It is situated at the foot of Mount Matterhorn, at more than 1600 meters altitude.
It is well known with its form of a pyramid.
Alps have always been a classic when it comes to winter ski vacation.
It is assumed that the local ski resorts are the best in the world, local ski slopes are considered to be the most exciting and interesting, nature is clean and intact, local culture and cuisine are more than good.
Zermatt itself is charming.
The town has a typical mountain atmosphere.
The place is fascinating in winter when everything is covered with fluffy snow, but also in summer when steep meadows in the Alps are covered with green carpet.
Here and there one can see small mountain cottages of wood, giving the Alps that so typical for this part of the world easy-going radiation.
5. Cortina d ‘Ampezzo, Italy / EU
In the eastern Italian Alps just over 100 km north of Venice is one of the most important ski resorts in southern Europe.
Its name is Cortina d ‘Ampezzo and is located less than 1200 meters altitude.
Overall, the climate in this part of Italy is quite moist and during winter months humid air meets the cold northern air masses and form very thick snow cover.
Heavy snow has turned Cortina d ‘Ampezzo into a real winter paradise for skiers.
Here, in addition to the beautiful scenery, you will enjoy also of exceptional culinary delights that are a tradition in Italy.
6. Queenstown / New Zealand
New Zealand is often called the country with the most beautiful nature in the world.
And this is no accident.
In fact, here you will find the most picturesque and spectacular mountain scenery in the Southern Hemisphere.
Queenstown is situated about 320 m altitude, but it is surrounded by impressive mountain chains of the Southern Alps which in winter are covered with deep and fluffy snow.
Indeed, local landscapes are the reason New Zealand to acquire the glory of southern Switzerland.
New Zealand has always been glorified as an excellent destination for the practice of outdoor sports, and the opportunities vary strongly.
But what this country offers in the winter is an incredible combination of beautiful nature, fresh air and a lot of snow.
Moreover, winter in New Zealand coincided with the summer in Europe.
So if you are from people who prefer the mountains to the sea, the direction is clear – New Zealand.
7. Niseko / Japan
In the southwestern part of the island of Hokkaido is located the most important ski resort in Japan – Niseko.
During the winter months this is one of the most attractive places for Japanese, who traditionally are very strongly attached to nature.
The interesting here is that it reveals stunning views of Mount Yotei.
From here the volcanic cone is revealed in all its beauty.
The biggest advantage here is that everything is extremely well cared for – not only the ski slopes but also and the hotel facilities.
And it is not surprising – this is still Japan.
During the winter months here is very deep snow cover.
In fact little known fact is that the island of Hokkaido is one of the most snowy places in the world.
8. Courchevel, France / EU
One of the best ski resorts in Europe is called Courchevel and is located next to the border with Italy in southeastern France.
It is known as a destination for well-off tourists and many believe this is the most prestigious ski resort in the world.
Offers more than 100 excellent ski slopes and for the quality of the tourism product is very high!
However, this is France – the most visited country in the world.
Country which has a long tradition in welcoming and serving tourists.
Like everything else in France, Courchevel is a place for people with style and good taste.
Accommodation opportunities here vary tremendously, but with increasing the cost of the tourist product increases also its quality.
For those who have better financial resources most attractive would be to rent one of the luxury villas offered in the area.
If you’ve ever wondered what ‘s richest people do in winter, a tour of Courchevel and one visiting of the local ski slopes will answer all your questions.
9. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia / Canada
This is the best ski resort in Canada.
It is located north of the picturesque Canadian city of Vancouver.
The resort town is actually located at less than 700 meters altitude, but since Whistler is on the north in comparison with most of the resorts we mentioned above, snow season here is longer.
Ski slopes are close to the town, so the access to them is quick and easy.
Main advantage of the resort is that it is located in one of the most beautiful areas on the west coast of North America.
10. Sankt Anton am Alberg, Austria / EU
Small and cozy, this Alpine town is situated about 1300 meters altitude.
Around the mountain town extends extensive pine forests.
And while during the summer months this small town is quiet and radiates tranquillity, in winter everything is different.
With the accumulation of inches of snow here arrive throngs of tourists who flock from all over the world.
11. Heavenly Mountain Resort, California-Nevada / USA
On the border between Nevada and the pearl of the United States – California is one of the leading ski resorts in the world.
It is situated on the southern shore of the Lake Tahoe, at approximately 1900 meters altitude.
Actually this place is very attractive not only for tourism but also for living throughout the year.
Slopes in this region are many and all are surrounded by dense coniferous forests.
One of the advantages of Heavenly Mountain Resort is the sun.
Its location within the sunny state of California is responsible for the bright and sunny weather even in winter.
This is actually the same reason that makes so attractive the Alpine resorts.
For example, in Scandinavia, which is located on the north experiences serious lack of sunlight in winter.More from Sport: