I have never heard anyone who has tried skiing say they don’t like it. This is one of the activities that grabs you completely and before you know it you are a ski junkie. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that every skier is good at it. No, some people are too afraid to do any high-speed runs even years after they started skiing, or they simply enjoy more relaxed forms of skiing. This is the list for all of you skiing-lovers out there, professionals and amateurs, beginners and experts. But slopes are not the only thing regarded while comprising this list. Snowfall regularity is also very important, as well as the levels of crowdedness and the options surrounding skiing.
1. Chamonix, France
A truly great place. It has been here for years and it has become well established, but in a respect it is also very modern and technology aware with its own TV channel and even an iPhone application about it. The place is very sophisticated and in that respect it might seem kind of exclusive and closed, but it actually really isn’t. In fact, on some slopes day passes cost only two Euros, which is expected to attract more people to skiing. This place is all about skiing, and that is why it is no 1 o this list.
2. Aspen, Colorado
The most famous one in the USA. Set in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, this place has numerous places to get equipment and several luxurious hotels with great bars and restaurants. One of the best features, other than hotels and slopes, is a ‘pay as you ski’ Escape Pass which can save you a lot of money.
3. Zermatt, Switzerland
The country of cheese, watches and Federer is also the home of many beautiful resorts, Zermatt being just one of them. Its main feature are beautiful chalets, but most of the slopes are not really for everyone, since they are very fast. Zermatt also has no cars and this makes it a perfect place for a relaxing holiday in a fairy-tale like scenery. A must-see.
4. Whistler, British Columbia
The best known ski resort in Canada was actually home to some events of the 2010 Winter Olympics, so it must be world-class. There you can usually find younger and sport oriented people, and apart from skiing, snowboarding is also very present here. Every year over 2 million people visit Whistler, so it must be good.
5. Lake Tahoe
The place for everyone since there are challenging courses for experts, as well as great places for beginners. But the most famous feature here is in its name. Wonderful slopes overlook this beautiful lake in Nevada giving skiers the scenery not many other people can witness.
It was very difficult to choose the top five and many others, such as St Anton in Austria, Stowe in Vermont and even not so well known Faraya-Mzaar in Lebanon, were left behind without some big reason, so we feel that mentioning them as well would honor their purpose and quality.