Skiing on the slopes, admiring the beautiful mountain landscape, the cold air touching your cheeks and experiencing the rush of adrenaline in your body, makes quite a day. These ski spots with charming towns to explore and affordable ski resorts which might cost less but also mean a much smaller ski area and hence less chance of good snow. Considering all the factors like the scenic beauty, annual snowfall, resort variety and the atmosphere, all the best destinations to ski this winter are listed below.
- St Anton, Austria
St Anton is well known for its wild après and even wilder expert terrain. It is a party resort and is rated among the top five resorts in Alps. St Anton is located in Austria’s Arlberg region. It is the Europe’s snowiest areas with 340 Kilometre of pistes, 200 Kilometre of off-piste and over 55 Kilometre square of challenging off-piste terrain. It has always been known for its beauty and reliable snow extending down the villages and excellent condition of slopes. With an attractive town, it bursts with stylish hotels, chalets, restaurants and also the infamous MosserWirt and Krazy Kanguruh bars.
- Val d’Isère, France
Val d’Isère gets more visitors every year than anywhere else in the world. For good reasons, the terrain and the town add up to an ideal ski resort. Its western and central areas of Val d’Isère are recognizable for their chalet architecture. Whereas, the eastern part of the town is known for the high-rise architecture that dominates the landscape. It forms a ski area of 300 Kilometre of pistes and 94 lifts. It is a high quality which offers snow-sure slopes. In summers, the Pissaillas Glacier offers skiing. Moreover, some snow canon are also placed on certain slopes to accommodate heavy skiing. Ski slopes are equipped with high volume gondola for transporting skiers. It stretches from the end of the November into the first week of May.
- Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir (India)
In the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, Pahalgam is a small town which is very much popular among all the regions of western Himalayas. It is a favourite place for all the trekkers and skiers with breath-taking views. Pahalgam is covered with snow, which is nice and thick. Skiing in Pahalgam has always been special as the place is undoubtedly breathe taking with surreal landscape and ample of serenity making skiing once in a lifetime experience here. Best time to visit is in the months from December to March.
- Verbier, Switzerland
In Switzerland, Verbier is the main resort covering the largest ski area, linked to the 4 valleys where Verbier and La Tzoumaz form part of Switzerland’s largest ski area with 410 Kilometre of pistes. It attracts a lot of youthful and sporty clientele because of the combination of a sunny and scenic location. More than 400 Kilometre of runs are accessed by nearly 100 lifts including some best lift-served off piste in the Alps. With snow covered slopes, it offers spectacular scenery.
- Cervinia, Italy
Breuil-Cervinia being an Alpine resort in the Valle d’Aosta region of northwest Italy is well known for its snow-capped mountains, including the pyramid shaped Matterhorn. Cervinia gives access to 360 Kilometre of slopes and is one of the Italy’s most snow-sure destinations. Staying there means that you can not only explore the world’s best ski areas at a fraction of the cost but can also opt for pricey Swiss side since Cervinia shares with the neighbouring Zermatt across the border in Switzerland. Breuil-Cervinia is connected to network of slopes, which connects Breuil-Cervinia to Swiss resorts like Zermatt and to the Plateau Rose and Ventina Glaciers. Even though, you do not visit Zermatt, you can definitely visit the linked village of Valtournenche which provides a wonderful snow-sports playground with seemingly never ending slopes.
- Solang Nala, Himachal Pradesh (India)
Solang valley is also known as Solang Nala. Solang Nala is one of the famous valley in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. It is very much famous for skiing and other winter sports. It also organises various workshops and tournaments where amateurs are taught the basics of skiing. Solang valley is a high altitude valley that lies at the top of kullu in Himachal Pradesh state of India. The place is 14 kilometre to the Manali. The Solang valley features high mountain slopes covered with snow. You can visit the place in any month since the steady trickle of visitors keep the place alive.
- Quebec City
Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province. Most popular ski spots near this Canadian city are the Stoneham, Mont Tremblant, Le Massif de Charlevoix and Mont Sainte Anne. The latter of this Canadian city features a 2,050 foot vertical drop. It boosts with fantastic terrain and exceptional conditions, with an average natural snowfall of over 400cm each year. The four ski resorts named above offer exhilarating experiences for skiers of all levels. Mont Sainte Anne is a three mountain faces, with one overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Le Massif de Charlevoix has breath taking views of the St. Lawrence River with abundant natural snow. It has the biggest vertical drop east of the Canadian Rockies with nearly 100 acres of off-piste skiing. Talking about the Stoneham Mountain one must know that it is the Canada’s largest night skiing area with three terrain parks for the freestylers, which includes one with step-up jumps, plus an Olympic calibre half pipe. Lastly, Mont Tremblant is a great resort, located just 15 minutes from old Quebec.
- Mayrhofen, Austria
Mayrhofen is one of the most popular resorts in the Alps from Brits. With thriving nightlife delights or horrifies, this place gives in-your-face après scene, definitely according to the taste. With a great reputation of reliable snow throughout the long season, the ski area has 134 Kilometre of runs and 53 lifts with the runs mostly between 1650 Kilometre and 2500 Kilometre. Mayrhofen has a wide variety of more challenging runs and some impressive off-piste. Mayrhofen is surrounded by two mountains namely, Penken and Ahorn Mountain. The Penken park is one of the freestyle parks in Europe made up of eight areas.
- Park City, Utah
The park city is well known for skiing. The Park City is located 35 miles southeast of Salt Lake City and 6900 above the sea level. It is the largest ski area in the United States with over 7300 acres, 348 trails, 41lifts and 8 terrain parks. It is framed by craggy Wasatch Range and is sandwiched or bordered by the Deer Valley resort and the huge park city mountain resort. Both the resorts are well known for skiing. The park city attracts throngs of vacationers during winter season.
- Méribel, France
Méribel is located in France and is well known for its chalet-style architecture and wooden surroundings. It also has friendly village atmosphere. Méribel has its central position within the France’s huge Trois Valles ski area. With the combination of resorts in the east namely, resorts of Courchevel and La Tania and to the west, Val Thorens, Méribel makes one of the largest linked ski areas in the world, with over more than 600 Kilometre of pistes.