• Revelstoke, Canada
Canada is often associated with a polite and friendly population, as well as, pretty cold temperatures and Revelstoke holds the Canadian record for the snowiest single winter! A direct flight can be taken from Vancouver to Revelstoke and with skiing growing into the top attraction in the area, a major new resort has been constructed on Mount MacKenzie, just outside the city. The Revelstoke Mountain Resort has lots on offer and plenty of accommodation to choose from. Everything can be bought or hired on site or if you’d rather be prepared, you can buy all your ski gear: ski masks, gloves, poles etc. online, in advance. Other exciting activities that you may wish to try include cat skiing, snowmobile tours and back-country touring.
• La Clusaz, France
This is a major ski resort in France that has maintained its old-world village charm. There is a pretty square and traditional market held weekly, but also all the modern day amenities tourists expect. Intermediate skiers will enjoy La Clusaz the most because the runs are ideal for this level. The place is mostly known for the presence of freestyle and enthusiasts will love it. The commute can be easily done from Geneva airport and it is less crowded than some of the more internationally renowned Alpine resorts. They have a trail map available on their site to entice people into visiting the resort at least once.
• Grimentz, Switzerland
Nestled in the beautiful Swiss Mountains, in the Annivers Valley, Grimentz has been a hidden gem for some time, but it is now getting quite popular. It has a high altitude and snow will be present all the time; 11 lifts make it easy for skiers to access the slopes too. Grimentz is well known among day trippers so people who like to beat the crowd and enjoy a day’s skiing in the mountains should visit. The town is quite lovely and has a homely warmth about it. The nearest airport to Grimentz is Geneva.
• Whistler, Canada
Whistler is a very popular ski resort, famous for its crazy ski terrain. People come back over and over because it is so memorable. More than 200 pistes are available at the resort. It held the winter Olympics in 2010 and snow is present throughout the year. Perfect for skiers and snowboarders and the views are mind blowing on the slopes. There is a huge selection of accommodation to suit all, so you can take your pick. Lessons, activities, ski passes and accommodation can all be bought and pre-booked online.
• Niseko, Japan
Niseko is probably Japan’s most famous ski resort best known to international winter sports enthusiasts. The snow is light and the surroundings are heavenly. Niseko has three major resorts to choose from and a pass can be collected to visit all of them. With the influx of foreign visitors they have amped up facilities and services, so there are plenty of lifts present in each resort and they have planned adventures and other activities for all age groups.
5 of the best ski resorts from around the world that I think are definitely worth a visit!