THE WORLD’S BEST SKI RESORTS
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Traditionally in winter everyone either goes to sunbathe on the beaches in warm countries or to ski or snowboard in the mountains. Winter-lovers have fun in the snow, their skis and gear do not gather dust in the closet because they enjoy trying out new routes, new holiday destinations and extreme leisure activities.
We do love warm weather and often visit Dubai but we have decided to draw up an alternative list of winter entertainment for you.
Here is a short overview of the coolest, most luxurious winter holiday resorts.
You can take your loved one to a cozy chalet in the snow-capped Alps on 14 February to have a most romantic Valentine’s Day or make a dash for black slopes of Canada. The choice is yours. We, on our part, will tell you something to help you choose the ideal holiday destination.
Our TOP TEN lists resorts both for a leisurely romantic vacation and extreme sports activities in different corners of the world: from mountain forests and parks in Canada to the snow-capped Alps in Europe.
1. Aspen, USA
It has an impeccable reputation of the resort for the richest and most demanding holidaymakers. Aspen is located in Colorado and it is the most popular and expensive winter resort. The four steep mountains have all sorts of trails, from beginners to experts, as well as a huge number of restaurants, luxury hotels and boutiques. Aspen has become famous due to the movie industry celebs that come there. Hollywood stars still choose Aspen for their winter vacations. Also, Aspen views often appear in films and this fact adds to the popularity of the place with the general public.
2. WHISTLER BLACKCOMB, CANADA
You don’t come here if you’re looking for shopping and a quiet holiday. What attracts tourists to Whistler in British Columbia is its legendary chutes and steeps, some of the most precipitous in North America. There you can see daredevils from all over the world – Americans, Europeans, Koreans and Japanese.
3. CHAMONIX, FRANCE
It is a luxury resort at the foot of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. Its ski trails have been popular since last century because Chamonix hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924. In preparation for the games, a total of 22 km trails were laid and facilities renovated. Also a new breathtaking downhill run from the mountain height of 2807 meters was laid. These trails are still thought to be the longest ski runs in the world.
4. KITZBÜHEL, AUSTRIA
Kitzbühel is known as the most popular ski resort in the Austrian Alps. It dates back 700 years and its chalets and hotels attract jet set from all over Europe. Many famous skiers fly to Austria on their private helicopters specifically to Kitzbühel to see the sunrise in the Alps. This is romantic and daring. People have nicknamed these daredevils who run downhill with the first rays of the rising sun “yetis.”
5. VAIL, USA
This Colorado ski resort has won recognition of the Americans for the variety of entertainment it provides on its vast territory. More than 22,000 sq m! Vail offers the widest choice of winter sports, events and leisure activities. Here you can also find museums and modern art galleries. This resort is ideal for a family vacation where you can take a ride on a dog sled to your hotel and drop into an elegant restaurant on the way.
6. CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, ITALY
This is the most beautiful mountain ski resort in Italy which secured its fame as the European skiing center way back in the 1960s. In 1956 it hosted the Winter Olympic Games, in preparation for which some new ski trails had been laid. The place is so photogenic that photographers and travel bloggers adore taking pictures of its magnificent views.
7. ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND
Zermatt is a well known Swiss resort which is ideal for a romantic holiday due to its relaxing and cozy feel. Zermatt does not usually host sports competitions, there is a local ban on industrial enterprises in the area and motor vehicle traffic is restricted. The purpose of this is to make holidaymakers feel harmonious with nature. Add to it spectacular views of the snow covered mountains and high quality service.
8. MONT TREMBLANT, CANADA
It is a popular resort in Canadian Quebec. This French-speaking province seems to have imported France to Canada. This is the skier’s paradise if there is one. Skiing is an attribute of luxurious vacations. Sumptuous apartments are only an hour’s drive from Montreal airport.
9. LAKE LOUISE, CANADA
This is another Canadian resort. Canada seems to have a good lead in mountain entertainment. It is hardly surprising considering the fact that the larger part of the country lies in the Snow Belt. Lake Louise was created by glaciers and it is located in Banff National Park. Lake Louise Mountain resort is considered the most picturesque in the world. It is one of the most eco-friendly places in the world.
10. STOWE, USA
This resort has only recently made it to the top ratings although it has been around for quite a while. It is located in Vermont and it is good for any type of holiday, from relaxing to extreme. You will find here steep slopes and beautiful valleys for a walk or drive. It is a popular tourist destination with more than 100 shops, 60 restaurants and 50 cafes. People come here for at least a week to enjoy a good vacation in the mountains.