Hundreds of ski areas dot the globe, offering skiing and snowboarding at all levels, all year round.

The world wobbles through seasons continually. When it's winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it's summer in the Southern Hemisphere, with change ongoing from one to the other.

In other words, never a dull moment, never a time when you can't find snow on some slopes.

The French have an expression: "Embarras de choix," translated as "Embarrassing variety of choices."

Ah, the French! So many excellent turns of phrase come from that beautiful language.

We cite that saying because there are, indeed, so many choices to be made in where to ski.

North America, Europe, Asia, South America, New Zealand?

Season, time, and money will play significant roles in where you choose to go.

Ability also is a factor. For example, youngsters can spend an entire season on the terrain park features of a local hill such as Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, Mass., and feel satisfied at the end of winter. Die-hard black-diamond aficionados may crave the steeps of Bear Mountain at Killington in Vermont. Glade skiers may settle for nothing less than Jackson Hole in Wyoming or Jay Peak in Vermont. Open slopesters may head for Vail's Back Bowls. People who enjoy fine dining may seek Canadian resorts, or the gourmet restaurant epic at Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont. Europeans and savvy North Americans may head for the Alps. Everybody might consider a trip south of the Equator when spring finally arrives in the Northern Hemisphere.

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