There’s nothing quite like a day on the slopes in Winter.
The Après Ski activities are great as well.
Vail lures thousands of skiers and snowboarders every year. And it’s easy to see why. But make your travel plans well in advance — you’re not the only one yearning to hit the slopes. Put the Beaver Creek Resort on your list.
Historic Aspen Mountain, ultra-popular Snowmass, beginner-friendly Buttermilk … we suggest making an appearance at all three ski areas. But the alluring slopes are only part of Aspen’s indulgence. In terms of “Winter Wonderland” status, few destinations can compare to Aspen.
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Banff National Park is home to three of the world’s finest ski resorts; Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village. The three resorts offer almost 8,000 acres of ski-able terrain on one convenient, tri-area lift ticket. There’s terrain to suit every level and desire, from gentle groomed runs to some of the world’s most extreme in-bounds challenges.
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
The Whistler resort area, 90 minutes north of Vancouver, offers great skiing in winter and outdoor activities in summer. Whistler and Blackcomb mountains have over 8,000 acres making it the largest ski-able area in North America. The popularity earned the co-hosting duties at the 2010 Winter Olympics. At it’s hub is a chalet-style pedestrian village.
Zurich & Zermatt, Switzerland
Zurich is known as the “Gateway to the Swiss Alps,” meaning some of Europe’s best downhill skiing is not too far away. Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn, the iconic emblem of the Alps. A fairy tale city, Zürich is set on the banks of both a river and a lake, with the snow-topped Swiss Alps rising in the background.
The old village is perched under beautiful Mt. Blanc , the highest mountain in Europe. Courmayeur is a long time favorite and skiers return year after year. The locals are friendly, the skiing and snowfall abundant, and the nightlife lively. Because of its location, on the border of France and near Zermatt Switzerland, skiers have the opportunity to ski 3 different countries in one week!
Host to the Women’s Alpine Races at the 1992 Olympic Games, Meribel is a charming family resort connecting Courchevel on one side and Val Thorens on the other. It offers a huge array of skiing for every level, with all runs eventually leading back to the village itself. There’s a swimming pool, indoor ice rink and, for après ski: great bars and a range of restaurants.
Two hours north of Santiago, Portillo is nestled in the Andes and considered by many as the best skiing in Chile. The area offers first class slopes, hotels and restaurants. If you want to chill down in July, this is the place to go.
With its Olympia SkiWorld the Innsbruck skiing region is ranked among the top winter sports resorts in the Alps. The skiing regions of this area are paradise on earth for snowboarders, carvers, deep-snow enthusiasts and cross-country skiers, offering everything winter sports lovers could possibly long for. The night-life, shopping, museums and more will keep you busy after skiing.
During winter Patagonia is a magnet for ski and snowboard fiends. Bariloche has a major Swiss influence which is reflected in the alpine architecture, with many buildings featuring stone and wood. The “Little Switzerland” is a gateway to many ski resorts. Remember the seasons are opposite of the Northern Hemisphere – so you can ski in our summer!