Top Ski Resorts and Ski Areas
A true slope lover will want to ride every ski lift he can jump on. So, strap on that gear and travel your way down this list of top 10 ski resorts.
Whistler Blackcomb is located 125 km north of Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada Consistently recognized as the Top Ski Resort in North America,
These towering mountains provide the best skiing in North America, with the biggest vertical drop. Whistler's charming village offers everything snowboarders and skiers crave: cafes, international stores and over 100 restaurants that cater to all tastes including Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Thai.
Originally a summer fishing retreat, Whistler has plenty to offer in the warm summer months. From world-class mountain biking to remote fishing holes, you'll be enjoying the summer warmth of mountain air everywhere you go.
Deer Valley, Utah
Deer Valley is an alpine ski resort in the Wasatch Range in the Park City area of northern Utah. Known for its upscale amenities, Deer Valley is consistently ranked among the top ski resorts in North America. It is one of the world's few remaining ski resorts that prohibit snowboarding.
With a number of other large ski resorts nearby, Deer Valley competes by catering to a more upscale audience than its neighbors, offering amenities such as free ski valets, free parking shuttles, fine dining and boutique shopping in the main lodge.
A Colorado Rocky Mountain Ski Resort. Vail was born as a European-style ski village in the '60s. This town contributes handsomely to Colorado's colorful reputation. Vail, Colorado, boasts some of the best skiing in the world, but winter isn't the only season to visit Vail. Vail is a unique blend of Colorado history, culture, festivals, sports, restaurants and music, which makes this famous Colorado town a very special world-class resort. Famous celebrities flock to Vail to ski in the winter and to vacation in the summer.
As the largest single ski area in the United States, Vail offers roughly 5,300 acres of skiable terrain. Vail offers much more with several art galleries, museums, ballooning, dog sledding, ice skating, hockey, snowmobiling, and much more.
Vail Oktoberfest, Colorado Ski Museum, Vail Soul Music Festival, Vail Intl Dance Festival, Vail Jazz Fesitval, Vail Arts Festival, Nightlife
While neighboring Gstaad is one of the world's top resorts with its three five-star hotels and St. Moritz is more popular, most rank Zermatt as Switzerland's top resort. A remarkably peaceful getaway, the village is peaceful thanks to its car-free environment. Amazingly picturesque, Zermatt holds the world's second biggest lift-served vertical drop and receives huge snowfalls thanks to its altitude (and some help from snowmakers on the lower slopes).
Killington Ski Resort is located in Killington, Vermont. The resort consists of six mountains, and has 141 trails and 22 chair lifts. Killington has one of the longest ski season in eastern North America and provides optimal skiing for skiers of all levels. Lessons are available at the Killington Ski School for all ages and abilities.
While St. Anton holds the crown of "Europe's liveliest ski resort," and Innsbruck is home to one of Europe's liveliest and most beautiful cities (the International Olympic Committee must have thought so as well, as the city hosted the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976), Kitzbuhel is considered the "Pearl of the Alps" and is the most famous holiday resort in the Austrian Tyrol. This 700-year-old village offers visitors the charm of an alpine village.
Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta
Located in the heart of Canada's Banff National Park, Lake Louise ranks as one of the most scenic mountain resorts in North America, if not the entire world. Banff/Lake Louise has three different ski areas (Mount Norquay/Mystic Ridge, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise) that are roughly 31 miles apart.
Host of the world's first Winter Olympic Games in 1924, Chamonix ranks among the elite of contenders for the title of "World's Most Famous Ski Resort." Located at the foot of Mont-Blanc, it's the highest peak in the Alps and the second highest in Europe (top elevation 15,771 feet).
Want to ski with the rich and famous? If yes, then Aspen is the place to be. Aspen is known for its steeps and its four mountains that are not linked. This Colorado ski resort accommodates all by featuring excellent terrain for all skier levels.
Aspen Mountain rises 3,267 feet directly from the center of downtown Aspen. With a variety of advanced and expert runs, including double-black steeps and challenging glades, Aspen Mountain is a paradise for advanced skiers.
Filled with steeps and bumps, Aspen Mountain has fantastic groomed intermediate runs as well. The mountain is also a great choice for experts, who can access hundreds of acres of terrain off the backside. As the city with great ski resorts of choice for those who are "better off," Aspen has a tendency to get slightly expensive.
Other outdoor sports in this spectacular world-class ski resort include white water rafting on the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, biking in the Rocky Mountains, jeep trails, horseback riding, paragliding and ballooning. Some of the best trout fishing in Colorado lies near Aspen.
Sun Valley, Idaho
Skiing, snowboarding, nordic skiing, skating, tubing, sleigh rides in winter. Golf, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, pavilion concerts, ice shows, tennis, horseback riding, lift rides in summer
Hidden gem, culinary tour de force
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole has skiing and snowboarding for beginners, intermediates, and experts. It's easy to get to Jackson Hole ski resort, so check out our webcam, snow report, groomed conditions and forecast for your next ski trip.
Perhaps this is where Alberto "La Bomba" Tomba got his start. Cortina's ski resorts match any others in the Alps and the city served as the host of the Olympic Games in 1956. Similar to Zermatt, Switzerland, life in Cortina revolves around a traffic-less street. One of the world's first ski resort cities, Cortina is also Italy's most stylish place to be.
One of the most renowned and picturesque ski resorts on the map, Stowe offers traditional New England charm and the biggest vertical drop in the area. Stowe's two ski areas are Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. The latter actually backs onto Smugglers' Notch's terrain. As a result, Stowe is amongst a handful of American resorts that have a lift-link to another resort. Stowe offers over 90 shops and 60 restaurants to make sure that visitors do not trek too far away during their stay.
Extreme and otherwise, there are all kinds of activities right at your door besides our renowned ski slopes and snowparks: snowmobiling, dogsledding, cross-country skiing, tubing, skating, snowshoeing and so much more!
Alpine Meadows, California
Alpine Meadows is an exciting skiing and snowboarding mountain resort in Lake Tahoe - Tahoe’s hidden gem