by Frank V. Persall
When people say they are going skiing, most of the time they are going alpine skiing. As one of the most basic types of skiing, alpine skiing can be done virtually anywhere. With so many options of ski resorts and ski towns, it can be overwhelming to decide where to ski next. So, we have created a list of the top 15 places to ski worldwide. Thus, whether you live in the U.S or in Europe, hopefully, we have included a ski resort close to you!
Located in parts of Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is one of the world's most popular spots for alpine skiing. Situated among the Andes Mountains, it is no surprise that Patagonia is home to glorious mountains with freshly powdered snow.
While there are a ton of ski resorts and mountain excursions in Patagonia, some of the best alpine skiing resorts are; Chapelco, the best ski resort in Patagonia for intermediate alpine skiers, Cerro Bayo, the perfect ski resort for the experts in your group who want to go backcountry skiing, and La Hoya, home to the best Flypark in South America.
Located in Alaska, Alyeska has one of the best-powdered terrains in the U.S. While Alyeska is the perfect place for ski mountaineering and heli-skiing, the ski resort of Alyeska is perfect for intermediate and beginner alpine skiers.
Some of the highlights of Alyeska are; the wide open bowls, gorgeous tree-lined runs, perfect night time terrain, and over sixty runs to choose from! Thus, if you are looking for the quintessential alpine skiing experience, head over to Alyeska!
As one of the most popular winter vacation spots, it should come as no surprise that Aspen is one of the best locations to go alpine skiing. With tons of ski resorts, shopping boutiques, and fine dining options, there is truly something for everyone you travel with! Located in Colorado, the top alpine ski resorts to check out are the legendary four mountains; Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk.
While Buttermilk is the perfect resort for beginner skiers, Snowmass is the most popular. For more challenging terrain, check out Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands. Whichever ski resort you choose to visit, you will definitely get a world class alpine skiing experience, along with luxury treatment on and off the slopes.
Located in Alberta, Canada, Banff contains Alberta's Rockies. While the frequent snowfall and high mountains make Banff the perfect place to go alpine skiing, check out Sunshine Village. Sunshine Village is home to three mountains; Goat's Eye Mountain, Lookout Mountain, and Mount Standish. With over half of the terrain suitable for intermediate alpine skiers, this is the perfect place to sharpen your skills and transition yourself from an intermediate to an advanced alpine skier.
Some of the highlights of Sunshine Village are; over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, 115 runs, a top elevation close to 9,000 feet, and a run that lasts about five miles. Thus, if you want a challenging alpine skiing experience to check out Banff!
Moving away from North America, this European alpine skiing area is located in France! Chamonix is the perfect place to endure long ski runs, ski through an abundance of trees, and experience your first freeride or backcountry (called off-piste in Europe) ski run.
For beginner skiers check out; the Chosalets ski area, the Savoy ski area, and the Poya ski area. If you are looking to sharpen your skills and tricks, check out the Planards ski area and the Vormaine ski area. For more experienced skiers who are looking to try out tough terrain while viewing breathtaking scenery go to Les Houches ski area or the Balme Vallorcine ski area. The most experienced skiers will want to check out the Grands Montets ski area, where you can experience on of the world's greatest heights losses. Finally, for a ski area crafted for all levels of skiing experience, go to the Brévent-Flégère ski area!
If you are a less experienced alpine skier, but you want to have a once in a lifetime alpine skiing experience, then check out Cortina d'Ampezzo! Located in Italy, this ski area is one of the best places to ski in Italy. While the snow at Cortina d'Ampezzo may not be as incredible as other places, there are some great long runs and some tough slopes.
Check out the Dolomiti Superski pass to experience the links that run into the Sella Ronda. Also, make sure to ski throughout the hidden valley at Lagazuoi. Lagazuoi is one of the most breathtaking runs in Europe!
Finally, one of the best parts about Cortina d'Ampezzo is the culture and cuisine that the town offers. So after hitting the slopes all day, make sure to check out some of Cortina d'Ampezzo's history, boutiques, and fine dining!
Dubbed as, 'The Peak of Vancouver', this ski resort is of the best in Canada! With five terrain parks. Grouse Mountain offers something to everyone. For the less experienced alpine skiers, head over to Paradise Jib Park or Cut Rookie Park. For intermediate skiers, check out the Side Cut Terrain Park. Finally, for those with the most experience, or looking to truly challenge their skills to head over to Cut Park or the Cut Jump Line.
While Grouse Mountain is widely popular for its amazing alpine skiing options, it is also popular due to the wide amount of family activities and attractions that they offer.
Located in western Austria, Innsbruck is situated in the Alps. If you ever have the option to travel to any ski town in the world, visit Innsbruck! Innsbruck is the most quintessential ski town that you can find. Between the architecture, the humongous amount of snow, and ski resorts, it is like a winter wonderland that you find in a snow globe!
Do not worry about finding suitable terrain for your level of skiing experience, because Innsbruck is home to nine ski resorts! Thus, there are options for everyone! Also, with the various options of ski resorts, stay a week or two in Innsbruck. With a large amount of activities and ski resorts, there is no reason to be bored in Innsbruck!
Oh, and did we mention that Innsbruck has hosted the Winter Olympics twice? That is even more verification that Innsbruck is perfect for alpine skiing!
Located in Wyoming, Jackson Hole is the perfect place to hit the slopes and score that awesome Instagram photo you have been waiting all year for! With the option of three ski resorts, there is something for everyone in Jackson Hole! Although you can choose from three ski resorts, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the one you should definitely check out. With around 500 inches of annual snowfall and 2,500 acres of skiable terrain, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is sure to have a slope for everyone in your skiing party.
One of the reasons why Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is one of the more popular ski resorts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is because of the way that the groomers work and craft around the natural terrain. In other words, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the closest to backcountry skiing you will find, without actually backcountry skiing.
If you are a beginner alpine skier, check out Bronco Park. For intermediate skiers who are looking to challenge their skills, then try the Eagle's Rest Park. While the Bronco Park and the Eagle's Rest Park is geared towards one type of skiing level, the Burton Stash Parks are perfect for every skiing level. Finally, if you are looking to show off your skills and tricks, check out Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's Halfpipe!
If you are passionate about alpine skiing, you most likely have dreamed about, or, at least, have heard of, the Three Valleys ski area in the famous French Alps. One of the best ski resorts in the Three Valleys ski area is the Meribel Ski Resort.
Like Innsbruck, Meribel is like visiting a winter wonderland inside a snow globe. Between the fresh powdery snow and the chalet-style of architecture, Meribel is the classic winter wonderland!
The intensity of the environment and terrain of the French Alps makes it the perfect place for intermediate, advanced, and expert skiers. If you are a more experienced skier, check out the Plattieres-Vallon ski area and the Tougnete ski area. Although the terrain and scale of the mountains may be too advanced for less experienced beginners, the Altiport ski area is a perfect scenic skiing area for beginners!
Similar to Innsbruck and Meribel in the sense of the winter wonderland scenery and vibe, Murren is perfect for intense alpine skiing and the perfect photo-ops! Located in Switzerland, Murren is a ski resort that should be on your bucket list! Some of the highlights of Murren include, but are not limited to; the Lauberhorn, which is the longest downhill run in the world, and terrain located on one of the most strenuous mountains faces in the world, the Elger.
So the next time you are looking for a new but classic alpine skiing experience, check out the Murren Ski Resort!
Among the infamous "Powder Highway", Red Mountain is the first stop! Located in Rossland, British Columbia, Red Mountain is home to 4,200 acres of skiable terrain. Red Mountain is often called British Columbia's best kept secret. Between a vertical of 2,919 feet, wide open slopes, 360 degrees descents, one of the best tree runs in North America, and an option of cat-skiing, it is no wonder why thousands flock to Red Mountain every year!
While Red Mountain's terrain seems to be geared more towards advanced and expert alpine skiers, the ratio between beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert level skiing runs is basically evenly distributed. And it makes sense because skiers have the option to choose from over 100 runs!
Finally, if you want to sharpen your tricks and skills head over to Red Mountain's Rockstar Energy Terrain Park! Some of the accents that are featured in the Rockstar Energy Terrain Park are; a rainbow, boxes, street rails, a battleship, jumps, hips, an XL kicker, and jibs.
Thus, whether you are looking to freestyle, descend a large slope, or simply learn to alpine ski, Red Mountain is the perfect place to visit this winter!
Located in Canada, Revelstoke is home to the longest vertical in North America (it is a whopping 1,713 meters)! Not only does Revelstoke have the longest vertical in North America, but it also contains over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain and a bunch of options for backcountry skiing. If you have not noticed yet, Revelstoke is geared more towards intermediate and advanced skiers than beginner skiers. Only 7% of the terrain is catered towards beginner skiers, so if you are less experienced, you may want to check out another fabulous alpine skiing resort on this list. But, if you are a more experienced skier, then you should love this resort! Most of the runs include rough terrain, twists, turns, and are surrounded by breathtaking trees. Thus, for a quintessential Canadian alpine skiing experience, head over to Revelstoke Ski Resort!
For another ski resort to adding on to your bucket list, check out Sweden's top ski destination, Riksgransen! Located 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle and close to 1,000 miles north of Stockholm, Riksgransen is the perfect ski resort to check out while you are traveling through Sweden!
While the mountain statistics of Riksgransen may not be as impressive as other ski resorts, Riksgransen is an alpine skiing gem because of; the 24 hour daylight in mid-May, thus you can ski at any time of day or night, the options of heli-skiing and ski touring, and the slopes that start in Sweden, run into the border of Norway and end back in Sweden. Thus, Riksgransen is the perfect ski resort for a unique alpine skiing location.
Most ski towns do not have a great nightlife scene-probably because after a day of skiing down the world's most strenuous mountains, it can be difficult to party all night. But, if you have been looking for the perfect combination of amazing alpine skiing options, and a town where you can party all night, then head over to St. Anton! Located in the Arlberg region of Austria, St. Anton is one of the world's most famous ski resorts!
Some of the highlights of St. Anton are; the 2,811-meter summit, 1,519 vertical drop, and the even distribution of beginner and intermediate skiing slopes. After spending the day navigating some of the most breathtaking and challenging courses on the Alps, be sure to head into the town to down jager bombs, dance to oom pa pa music, and indulge in some of St. Anton's famous cuisine!
About Frank V. Persall
Frank is originally from the UK, but he has a passion for skiing that knows no bounds. He has made it his life's mission to visit the best ski resorts across the USA and the World. Frank loves spending time with his wife and three children on ski slopes, as they all share his love for the activity.
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