It is no easy task, but our experts have curated their pick of the best ski resorts in the world. Between Europe and North America, there are some truly exceptional ski towns that are yours to explore. Our top ski resorts have been selected for their epic ski areas, snow-sure slopes and fabulous ski towns – the only problem you will face is trying to choose where to go first. Read on to find out the top places to ski in the world.
Perhaps one of the most famous ski towns, Val d’Isère is regarded as one of the best ski resorts in the world among avid skiers. With an incredible 300km of terrain across the Espace Killy ski area, there is plenty to get stuck into during a week on these sought-after slopes. Tuck into snow-sure runs that unfold from an incredible altitude of 3,000m all the way down into the town. Once you have finished on your skis for the day, enjoy exploring the resort’s bars and restaurants, including the famous Dick’s Tea Bar, which has been welcoming skiers since 1979.
Stay at: Le Refuge de Solaise, which is situated at a breathtaking 2,551m at the top of the Solaise gondola.
Famed as one of the top places to ski in the world, Whistler ski resort is home to 200km of pistes across an epic winter playground. The skiing here is truly world-class, made up of picturesque tree routes, high open powder bowls and numerous snow parks. As one of the world’s best ski resorts, you can expect an unbeatable choice of epic runs. Try the Big Bang and Couloir Extreme, which offer seriously steep double-black diamond terrain. Explore the ridges and bowls dotted around Whistler Mountain and conclude your day on the mountain with an evening spent feasting on international gourmet cuisine at eateries such as the Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar.
Stay at: Hilton Whistler Resort, a great choice for both convenience and comfort.
Verbier is one of the top ski resorts for glitz, glamour and a tremendous choice of both on and off-piste skiing. Home to a huge choice of itinerary runs (marked off-piste areas), thrill-seeking skiers can indulge in one epic descent after another as they cruise between the legendary mogul field of Tortin, the iconic face of Mont Fort and the 3 metre wide snow runnel of Col des Mines. Days on the mountain conclude with evenings indulging in the resort’s delicious restaurants, live music at the famous Le Farinet or an evening at the A-Listers’ favourite spot at Farm Club.
Stay at: The Lodge, Sir Richard Branson’s own stunning nine-bedroom ski chalet.
St. Anton is the home of the famous Arlberg ski area, which comprises a mighty 300km of slopes. One of the top ski resorts in the world for its backcountry terrain, St. Anton is the perfect place to go if you are looking to hire a guide and explore some serious powdery routes. Discover the the Valluga mountain, including the Schindler Spitze, which descends 1,200m down into the village of Stuben. St. Anton has plenty of post-ski fun, from slopeside drinks at The MooserWirt to traditional, hearty dinners at Haus Schindler.
Stay at: Mini Gabl, a lovely self-contained apartment in a peaceful area of town.
Comprised of four separate villages, Courchevel is highly regarded as one of the top ski resorts in the world. The Three Valleys ski area spans an epic 600km, with runs on offer for every kind of skier. Plus, with the skiable terrain reaching all the way up to 3,000m, you can expect snow-sure conditions. All of the villages can certainly hold their own when it comes to offering a sumptuous selection of dining choices. Indulge in Savoyard cuisine at La Cabane des Bûcherons, or try three Michelin-starred cuisine at Le 1947 at Cheval Blanc.
Stay at: Chalet Jacques, a superb ski-in ski-out property with a sauna and outdoor hot tub.
Méribel is a firm favourite as one of the top ski resorts in the world. This ski resort draw skiers in with its attractive chalet-style town and incredible 600km of ski terrain. Situated in the middle of the Three Valleys ski area, groups can feel safe in the assurance that they are staying in the heart of the action. This ski resort has two fantastic snow parks, plus plenty of nursery runs to cater for beginners. Not forgetting the huge choice of advanced slopes; there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. Mixed-ability groups can split off for a day’s skiing that everyone can enjoy, and then reconvene at one of the resort’s lively après bars such as Le Rond Point. Well known for hosting infamous parties complete with free-flowing toffee vodka and brilliant live music. There are plenty of activities off the mountain to keep non-skiers entertained, such as ice climbing, skidooing and snow hiking. Alternatively, those with tired legs from skiing can also retreat to the resort’s swimming pool, spa or bowling alley for a little well-earned rest and relaxation.
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