The Best Ski Resorts in the World

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Narrowing down the best ski resorts in the world to one list is downright impossible. And the definition of “best” varies from person to person and ski resort to ski resort. Nonetheless, there are a number of mountain destinations and ski resorts that stand above the rest. So we’ve put together a list of what we consider to be some of the best ski resorts in the world for that bucket list ski trip.

These ski resorts will clearly vary with the climate, terrain and region, and this is certainly not an exhaustive list, but we’re confident that these are world-class ski resorts that make for a memorable ski vacation. Be sure to check out our list of OnTheSnow’s top user-rated ski resorts as well.

The Best Ski Resorts In The World

North America

Killington, Vermont

Killington, known as the “Beast of the East,” is located in Central Vermont, and is the largest ski resort in the Eastern U.S. Skiers and riders have access to 3,000 acres of terrain, over 7 mountains, with more lifts on a single mountain than any other in North America (21 lifts carrying more than 35,000 people per hour). Every possible type of skiable terrain can be found here and it’s surprisingly manageable. The resort sits just east of Rutland with more lodging, bars, and restaurants than you can handle on a ski vacation. Bonus: When the snow isn’t falling, Killington has an incredible snowmaking system. »View Killington Lodging Options.

Skiers at Killington Resort.
©Donna Paulovich/Killington Resort

Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

Aspen is world-famous as one of the most luxurious ski resorts. But, there’s a very good reason so many skiers and riders from all over the world come here. That’s because there are four very special ski mountains just miles apart.

Aspen Mountain, known locally as Ajax, rises from the old mining town that has become one of the most exciting ski towns in the world. Advanced runs can be found top to bottom, with everything from steeps and bumps, to trees and groomers. Aspen Highlands is a throwback to skiing of yesteryear, with lots of double blacks and its signature Highland Bowl. This is where the locals love to play.

Buttermilk is the beginner and intermediate mountain lure with its 470 acres, 3 express lifts, solid grooming, and several terrain parks. Last, but not least, Snowmass is the biggest mountain of the quartet and the most popular because of its wide-open terrain. And, of course we can’t talk about Aspen without mentioning its amazing après-ski scene, featuring award-winning restaurants, wine bars, fun pop-ups, and unique food and drink experiences spread across the town. »View Aspen Lodging Options.

Female skier powder Aspen Snowmass.
©Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort

Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado

Vail is a resort known throughout the world for its style and class, yet also has first-class terrain, as evidenced by the major events it’s hosted like two World Championships and numerous World Cup competitions. Vail’s mountain scenery is beautiful, while Vail Village brings a bit of Bavaria to the Rocky Mountains. While all levels of skiers and snowboarders will have a great ski vacation at Vail, more advanced skiers will be in heaven when dipping into Vail’s famous Back Bowls. Beaver Creek, Vail’s sister resort, is only 12 miles away, and is a pristine mountain resort with plenty of all-level skiing and riding and lots of challenges. Both ski resorts are on the Epic Pass. »View Beaver Creek Lodging Options.

Powder trail bowls at Vail Resorts, aerial view.
©Vail Resorts

Telluride, Colorado

Telluride is an unparalleled ski destination. While many of Colorado’s ski resorts are a reasonable drive from Denver, Telluride is more than six hours away, and far more remote than most ski destinations. And that’s part of the charm. The uniqueness extends to the resort, which boasts some of the most vertical in North America, with 4,425 feet of vert. All told it has more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain. But one of the most extraordinary things about Telluride is its complimentary gondola, the first public transit system of its kind in America, linking the town of Telluride to Mountain Village. This is a resort experience you can’t just have anywhere. And on a powder day, it can’t be beat. »View Telluride Lodging Options.

Telluride, CO.
©Telluride Ski Resort/Brett Schreckengost

Deer Valley, Utah

While there are too many Utah ski resorts we could name here, Deer Valley is among the headliners, featuring 2,026 acres, with more than 100 trails served by 21 lifts and numerous bowls. Off-mountain is just as good, with some of the world’s best ski destination hotels, such as the Goldener Hirsch and The St. Regis Deer Valley. This is the resort for skiers, especially considering that Deer Valley is a ski-only resort (sorry snowboarders). »Check out Deer Valley Lodging Options.

While you’re here, you of course can’t miss Park City Mountain Resort, which is one of North America’s largest ski resorts with an incredible 7,300 acres of skiable terrain spread across 3 unique base areas. »Choose your accommodation at Park City.

Deer Valley Resort skier standing by lake in red ski outfit.
©Deer Valley Resort

Alta and Snowbird, Utah

It’s impossible to talk about the world’s best ski resorts without mentioning the ski resorts in Utah’s Cottonwood Canyons. Utah isn’t called the “The Greatest Snow on Earth” for nothing. Utah’s location, the Wasatch Mountains, and science all combine to create a fluffy, dry powder that you just won’t find anywhere. During the record-breaking 2022-23 ski season, Alta, in Little Cottonwood Canyon, shattered its record with an astonishing 903 inches of snow. It’s neighbor, Snowbird, received a record-breaking 838 inches of snow. You’ll be hard-pressed to find more snow, and better powder skiing in North America.

»View Alta Lodging Options & Snowbird Lodging Options

Mammoth Mountain, California

Mammoth Mountain has been a magnet for skiers and riders, primarily from California, since Dave McCoy opened the lifts in the 1950s in the Sierras. Mammoth’s secrets have long been discovered by skiers and riders from all over North America and the world. It is most easily reached via a 325-mile (5-6 hours) drive from the Los Angeles area, but there’s also a nearby regional airport. Mammoth’s long dormant volcanic dome at 11,053 feet (3,369 m) is the highest chairlift-accessible ski resort in California, and receives an average snowfall of 400 inches per season. This means lifts are usually spinning from early November until nearly summer. Make a long weekend of it so you can experience June Mountain, the nearby ski area that offers more of a local mountain feel.

When you’re ready for a break from alpine skiing, hit the area’s cross-country trails, as Mammoth Lakes is home to 140 miles of cross-country track. Cap off your day with a soak at any number of nearby hot springs.

» Check out Mammoth Lodging Options

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area wide view mountains.
©Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Palisades Tahoe

Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics (then Squaw Valley), Palisades Tahoe has long been one of America’s preeminent destination resorts. And it’s only gotten bigger and better. It merged with Alpine Meadows in 2012, expanding its skiable terrain to 6,000 acres across 2 mountains. A decade later, at the start of the 2022-23 season, the Base to Base Gondola opened, linking the two mountains. It transports guests between The Village at Palisades Tahoe and Alpine Lodge, with the option for more advanced skiers and riders to unload at the KT-22 mid-station. Across the two mountains are incredible views of Lake Tahoe. At the end of the day, skiers and riders can belly up to a number of amazing aprés-ski spots, from waterfront bars and restaurants at Lake Tahoe to iconic bars at The Village at Palisades Tahoe. Le Chamois we named one of the best aprés-ski bars in America.

» Find your lodging at Lake Tahoe

SkiBig3, Alberta, Canada

Banff Sunshine, Mt. Norquay and Lake Louise make up the SkiBig3 of Canadian Rocky Mountain skiing. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better trio of mountains in North America. SkiBig3’s ski areas are located around the mountain town of Banff, about 85 miles (136 km) from Calgary.

Mt. Norquay is the birthplace of skiing within the Canadian Rockies, and a great smaller ski area for a family-friendly vibe and night skiing. Banff Sunshine is high on the Continental Divide in the heart of Banff National Park, and features 3 sprawling mountains spreading over 3,300 acres of skiable terrain with amazing views. Sunshine has everything from gentle slopes to extreme big mountain runs. Last, but not least, Lake Louise is renowned for its awesome scenery and versatile terrain. Play on more than 4,200 acres spread across 4 mountain faces on one of the largest ski resorts in North America.

» SkiBig3 Lodging Options here »

Banff Sunshine Village, Canada.
Count on stunning views at Banff Sunshine @Shutterstock

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia’s Whistler Blackcomb, located two hours from Vancouver, is the largest ski resort in North America and, without any debate, one of the top ski resorts in the world. Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains with more than 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of skiable terrain, 16 alpine bowls and 3 glaciers combined, receiving an average of 465 inches of snow annually. It has 36 lifts, with the Peak-to-Peak Gondola topping them all off. Whistler Village sits at the base of the mountains, and is well-regarded for its four-star accommodations, dining, a plethora of après-ski options, and shopping.

Whistler Blackcomb mountain view, Canada.
©Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort



St. Anton am Arlberg

St. Anton am Arlberg is often referred to as the “cradle of alpine skiing,” and it’s for good reason. This is the heart of the largest connected skiing area in Austria, with more than 186 miles (300 km) of marked runs, 87 lifts and cable cars, and lots of off-piste skiing. Plus, it’s a great ski destination for beginners, as St. Anton am Arlberg’s ski school is top-of-the-line. The relatively small, but cosmopolitan Tirolean mountain village exudes hospitality while retaining much of its original feel and charm. Meanwhile, the neighboring villages of St. Cristof, Pettneu am Arlberg, Schnann, Flirish and Strengen are just as picturesque and charming.

» View St. Anton Lodging Options

Arlberg - St. Anton am Arlberg - skiers
©St. Anton am Arlberg


If you’ve watched the famous World Cup downhill on the Hahnnenkamm Streif at Kitzbuhel, then this classic Austrian ski resort in Tirol is likely way up on your list. Kitz is a medieval town about 62 miles (100 km) east of Innsbruck, where skiing has been taking place in the region for more than 125 years. The region is easily accessed and generally offers up long ski seasons. Kitzbuhel has 57 lifts to get skiers to everything from beginner terrain to expansive advanced terrain. Once it’s time for après-ski, 60 huts and mountain restaurants offer  relaxing long Euro-style meals right in the middle of the mountain panorama. Kitzbuhel is truly a historic city, while nearby villages include Jochberg, Aurach, Kirchberg, Aschau and Hollersbach. » View Kitzbuhel Lodging Options.

Kitzbuhel Austria tram view of mountain.
Kitzbuhel ©Shutterstock


Skiing and riding in Soelden, which you may notice from the James Bond film Spectre, is about as different of an experience as you can get in Austria. And it’s not just because Soelden hosts the James Bond 007 Elements Experience. Soelden is a standout because its terrain spans two glaciers (Rettenbach and Tiefenbach) and three well-connected mountains for skiing and riding for all skill levels. Its terrain is particularly well suited to confident intermediates and advanced skiers. Soelden is a rather big ski town, unlike other typical Austrian villages, and sprawls out with accommodations, restaurants, and nightlife. Plus, Soelden is regarded as one of the best party ski towns in Europe.

Soelden Austria vew of base and lifts.
Soelden, Austria ©Shutterstock



Verbier, located in Southwest Switzerland, is one of the most cosmopolitan resorts in the country, while also having an incredible amount of ski terrain. All told, Verbier’s 4 Valleys ski region has 254 miles (410 km) of ski runs and more than 90 lifts (yes, seriously). The region’s five resorts include: Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon and La Tzoumaz. Among the most iconic experiences is taking a cable car to the summit of Mont-Fort and, if you have the ability, skiing or riding down one of the iconic black runs. The town of Verbier has developed into a glamorous winter playground, and is dotted with Michelin-starred restaurants, stunning spas, wine bars and much more. This is an iconic Swiss ski holiday experience.

Verbier Switzerland skier at sunset.
Verbier Switzerland ©Shutterstock


Crans-Montana you may have seen from watching major ski racing events like the World Alpine Ski Championship and numerous World Cup races that have been hosted here. Its 87 miles (140 km) of ski runs and the Plaine Morte Glacier, at an elevation of 9,020 feet, are among the highlights. Crans-Montana’s views are incredible from any of its completely south-facing marked runs, although there’s not a bad view. Some of the best runs favor intermediate skill levels.

Crans-Montana is made up of two Swiss mountain villages, Crans-sur-Sierre and Montana, both of which are accessed via funicular from the valley town of Sierre. The Alaïa Chalet, a huge indoor and outdoor multi-action sports complex for skiers, snowboarders and skaters, opened on the outskirts of town in 2019.

Crans Montana spring skiing into the sun.


Les 3 Vallées

Welcome to the largest interlinked ski resort area in the world. Les 3 Vallées comprises more than 370 miles (600 km) of skiable terrain and 180 ski lifts. More than 300 ski runs connect the ski resorts of Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Meribel, and Courchevel with the smaller villages of Saint Martin, La Tania, and Brides les Bains. All skier and rider ability levels can sample these wide-open spaces, panoramic vistas, and fulfilling days on the slopes of the French Alps. Nearly half the runs are aimed at beginners and intermediates, while the other half are primarily dedicated to more advanced skiers and boarders. Its 36 fun zones (themed runs, snowparks, beginners’ areas, etc.) offer endless opportunity and even more fun. » View Les 3 Valées Lodging Options.

Les 3 vallees is the world largest ski area.
Les 3 Vallées is the world’s largest ski area. ©Shutterstock

Val d’Isere

Val d’Isere, and neighboring Tignes, is part of the huge Espace Killy region, named for Olympic triple gold medal winner Jean-Claude Killy, who honed his skills here. They claim to have the largest snowmaking capacity in Europe, and combined with the 5,000-foot (1550 meters) altitude, it typically makes for a long ski season. Skiing and riding on the Glacier du Pisaillas often extends the season well into June. Here, 150 lifts transport skiers and boarders to 186 miles (300 kilometers) of terrain. Beginning skiers can enjoy the travelator, an enclosed magic-carpet at the top of a gondola, accessing a gentle slope, while there’s an abundance of terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers. Val d’Isère is a proper European village, with most of the buildings constructed in traditional styles of wood, stone, and slate that you don’t find in many modern-day ski villages.

Val d'Isere snowboarder, FR.
©Val d’Isere

Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski Area is a combination of six resorts in one interconnected Alpine ski area, located only one hour away from Grenoble and less than five hours from Paris. The 155 miles (249 km) of runs include 41 green, 34 blue, 40 red, and 16 black runs. Two snowparks, a boardercross park, and a halfpipe add to the fun. More than 80 lifts connect the 6 base villages to terrain as high as Pic Blanc, the higest peak in the ski area, from which you can fix your gaze at Mont Blanc. The Sarenne is one of the longest runs in the world at 10 miles (16 km). It’ll give even the best skiers an endurance test.

Skiing and riding at Alpe d’Huez is on a fully south-facing plateau, offering maximum exposure to the sun. Yet the combination of fresh snow and snowmaking operations makes for a generous blanket of snow.

FR village Alpe d'Huez.
©Alpe d’Huez


Cortina d’Ampezzo

Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of Italy’s most famous and expansive ski resorts for a ski holiday. It hosted the Winter Olympics in the 1950s, and has been chosen to host the Games again in 2026. Cortina has an incredible vertical of 5,200 feet, with 36 lifts to get skiers and snowboarders across the resort. There are 37 runs here for all skill levels, as well as terrain parks and plenty of beginner terrain. In fact, nearly half of Cortina d’Ampezzo’s runs are for beginners.

Among the best perks of Cortina d’Ampezzo: It’s part of Dolomiti SuperSki, a collection of 16 resorts accessible by the Dolomiti Card, which includes world-class ski resorts like Alta Badia and Val Gardena. The card is reusable, lets you top off at any time and allows you to skip the lift lines.

Cortina d’Ampezzo IT- sunset overlook.
Cortina d’Ampezzo @Shutterstock


Bormio, in the heart of Alta Valtellina, offers some of the best summit-to-base skiing and riding at the three ski areas of Bormio, Santa Catarina, and Cima Piazzi-San Colombano. Take in the views, then swoop down from the highest peaks of Bormio 2000 and 3000. Advanced skiers may want to test themselves on the the Stevio, the World Cup downhill course. It will also play host to some of the alpine skiing events at the 2026 Winter Olympics. Bormio is easy to reach by car from Milan and the north end of Lake Como via Aprica Pass on the SS 39 – an all-winter road.

Bormio Italy skier in red jacket looking out at the moutains Dolmites.
Bormio, Italy ©Shutterstock


Courmayeur’s world-class cred as one of the best ski destinations comes in part from its location on the northwest edge of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland in the Italian Alps, and featuring magnificent views of Mont Blanc. There are two sides to Courmayeur -Chécrouit and Val Vény, where beginners, experts, snowboarders, and telemark skiers (popular in Europe) ski and ride. The food and wine scene of Courmayeur is an attraction in and of itself  After a day of skiing, enjoy an aperitif and an excellent dinner at high altitude as the sun sets on Mont Blanc.

IT Courmayeur skier bluebird day.


Yabuli, China

Yabuli, located in the Heilongjiang Province, is China’s largest ski resort, and a unique experience for western skiers and riders. This is a modern ski resort, featuring 9 lifts (including a 6-seat gondola) and a vertical drop of 2,900 feet (884 meters). The terrain spans 165 acres (65 hectares) with 47 runs. Half of the runs are intermediate runs. Among the headlining features: Club Med Yabuli. Club Med specializes in all-inclusive luxury resorts in many mountain destinations around the world, including a number in Asia.

Yabuli China view of trams.
©Christoph Schrahe/Yabuli Ski Area

Yongpyong, South Korea

Yongpyong, located about three hours from Seoul, is Korea’s biggest ski resort. Many people may remember it as the resort that hosted the slalom and giant slalom events at the 2018 Winter Olympics. It’s served by 15 lifts and 31 slopes that operate across 4 zones. Yongpyong’s more challenging terrain is found in the Dragon Zone, which is accessed via Yongpyong’s only gondola. Skiers disembark at Dragon’s Peak. Rainbow is the highest run at nearly 12,000 feet (3658 meters), while Rainbow Paradise is the longest run at more than 3 miles long. Mega Green is the best choice for beginners.

Yongpyong Ski Resort South Korea.
Yongpyong Ski Resort, South Korea ©Shutterstock

Nagano, Japan

Nagano, which played host to the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, is a short train and bus ride from Tokyo, making it an ideal location for international travelers. Hakuba 47 and Goryu, two outstanding mountains, combine into one ski resort in Nagano, supplying a little bit of everything to keep all types of skiers and snowboarders happy.

Among the benefits of skiing at Nagano is the access to so many great ski areas. Happo One, located an hour away from Nagano, is Hakuba Valley’s largest ski area and home to some seriously snowy steeps (it’s where the Olympic Super-G event was held). Shiga Kogen, also an hour from Nagano, is the largest interconnected ski area in Japan, comprised of 19 separate ski areas, with trails running between them through the mountains and a shuttle bus operating on the roads below. You can read more about skiing in Japan in our recent article about some of the country’s best ski resorts.

View of the mountains and skiers in Nagano, Japan.
Nagano Ski Resort ©Shutterstock

South America

Before planning a ski vacation to South America and Oceania, just note that these are Southern Hemisphere countries. So that means that while it’s winter in North America, it’s summer in South America, and vice versa. South America, New Zealand, and Australia’s ski seasons kick off at the beginning of North America’s summer, and continue through much of the fall months until about October.

Portillo, Chile

Ski Portillo, South America’s first ski resort, is renowned worldwide by visitors and teaching professionals who come to the Andes Mountains from all over the winter world to stay on snow year-round. Its legendary yellow and blue ski-in/ski-out resort, Hotel Portillo, has only 123 rooms open from June to September, but is an iconic experience for a South America ski vacation. There are a few small lodges and cabins, too. Portillo’s slopes are suitable for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers, with plenty of powder skiing for everyone as the storms often leave feet of snow. Plus, there aren’t the lift lines of many North America ski resorts on a powder day. All told Portillo offers more than 1,200 acres of terrain. » View Portillo Lodging Options.

Skiers/snowboarders walking up to Hotel Portillo in the snow
Hotel Portillo in Chile

Valle Nevado, Chile

Valle Nevado, located 90 miles from Santiago, features 2,200 acres of varied terrain, 17 lifts, and Chile’s only gondola. The resort receives plenty of snow because of its orientation and altitude of 9,924 feet, and boasts short lift lines and uncrowded slopes on powder days. Most of the terrain is designated as intermediate to advanced, and largely comprised of wide-open, groomed runs ideal for cruising. Yet there’s also a terrain park and plenty of backcountry terrain for off-piste skiing. Bonus: Guests spending seven nights at the resort receive two interconnect tickets to neighboring resorts La Parva and El Colorado, combining for an incredible 7,000 acres of terrain. Treat yourself at the Hotel Nevado, a high-end, all-inclusive hotel with ski-in and ski-out access. » View further Valle Nevado Lodging options.

The Best Ski Resorts in South America, Valle Nevado.
@Valle Nevado

Las Lenas, Argentina

You’ll find Las Lenas Ski Resort in the Mendoza province of Argentina. While it’s not as convenient as many other South America ski resorts, it’s so worth it. Skiing and snowboarding here is best for intermediates, making it a smart destination for families of varied abilities. The intermediate runs are wide, with a good pitch. Most of the best terrain is located off the famous Marte double chair, where the runs are truly long. However, it is the advanced and expert terrain that makes Las Lenas so special.

Las Lenas’ ski school is multilingual, with many instructors heading here from North America and Europe. Here, there’s more ski terrain than even Whistler, where advanced to experts play on a layout of 14 ski lifts with vast backcountry terrain above the tree line.

» View Las Lenas Lodging Options.

Las Lenas, Argentina view of the mountain.
Las Lenas, Argentina ©Shutterstock


Perisher, Australia

Perisher is the largest ski area in Australia with a diverse variety of terrain for all skiing and snowboarding abilities. It has plenty of skiable terrain, and has activities for everyone to enjoy, including the largest tubing area in Australia. The resort is a combination of 4 villages (Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega, and Blue Cow), with their associated ski terrain covering approximately 5 square miles (12 square km). Snowmaking is key here, with the terrain covered by 240 snow guns. The Front Valley slope is lit for night skiing on select evenings.

However, note that there isn’t a proper ski village at Perisher like many skiers may expect, and some of the operations are more no-frills, like T-bar lifts. Perisher is in the Kosciuszko National Park, about a 5-hour drive from Sydney and 7 hours from Melbourne. Unique to the region is the Skitube Alpine Railway, an electric rack-rail that provides train access to the region.

» View Perisher Lodging Options.

Perisher Ski Resort snowboarder Australia.
©Perisher Ski Resort

Thredbo, Australia

While Thredbo is not the biggest ski resort in Australia, it offers up some challenges with the highest vertical drop in the country and very respectable steeps. The 3-mile (5 km) Village Trail is the longest ski run in Australia. Interestingly, the best beginner runs of Thredbo are at the top of the mountain, making for a unique experience for skiers just starting out. The Merritts Gondola, the only one in Australia, is a high-speed, 8-person lift that takes you from the village to the base of the cruiser area in 6 minutes. Thredbo is a vibrant village at the base of the mountain with a range of accommodations, restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops.

Thredbo Ski Resort Australia two skiers on the groomers.
©Thredbo Ski Resort

Best for Snowboarders

Happo-One, Hakuba, Japan

Riders love the light, prodigious powder at Happo-One in Nagano’s Hakuba Valley. In Japan they have their own word for it, called “japow.” Happo-One is the biggest ski resort in the area with four base areas and a terrific village. While Happo-One can be expensive by Japanese standards, it’s not if you’re coming from the big ski resorts of North America.

Happo-One Habuka Ski Resort Japan: Expansive view of snowboarder mountains.
Happo-One Hakuba Ski Resort, Japan ©Shutterstock


Snowboarders love the access to 9 resorts within a 1-hour drive in Utah. Park City Mountain Resort is one of the best for snowboarders, featuring 6 terrain parks for beginners and advanced snowboarders, plus a 22-foot halfpipe. Brighton has a beginner’s park and three more. Then there’s Woodward, which is created just for park riders, with multiple zones for beginners and experts alike (including a large freestyle terrain park) in Park City. However, note that some Utah ski resorts, namely Deer Valley Resort and Alta, do not allow snowboards.

Orange buble chairlift, PCMR.
©PC Cartwright/Park City Mountain Resort/Vail Resorts

The Remarkables

The Remarkables, 45 minutes from Queenstown, are a mountain range and ski resort in Otago on the South Island of New Zealand along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. It earns its name due to the backdrop against the water that is indeed remarkable. The Burton Stash, an advanced terrain park, is centered around the rock and stone that is plentiful in the natural terrain of New Zealand. The Burton Stash was personally designed by Jake Burton and legendary snowboarder Craig Kelly, and is one of only six in the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. » View Remarkables Lodging Options.

The Remarkables, New Zealand, snowboarder looking out onto expansive view of the mountains and lake.
The Remarkables, New Zealand ©Naruedom Yaempongsa/Shutterstock

Best for Freeriding

Freeriders love Revelstoke and, if you are a solid intermediate, so will you. St. Anton’s Kappl in Austria has loads of good freeriding terrain. In North America, freeriders love Crested Butte in Colorado. Head for Extreme Limits, the Headwall, and North Face. And in Europe, serious skiers and freeriders also love Chamonix, France with steep faces, glacial runs, tree skiing, and some of the world’s best backcountry terrain.

Mt. Blanc Chamonix FR: Backcountry skiing through powder.
Backcountry skiing through powder on Mt. Blanc, Chamonix, France ©Shutterstock

Where is the best place to ski in the world on a ski holiday?

Do you like to ski or ride where the choices are literally endless? Then choose the mega resorts of France which include Chamonix, Val d’Isere, Courcheval and others. If you want traditional village life and ideal ski terrain to go with it, then choose St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria, where it all began. Colorado’s Aspen Snowmass, Utah’s Cottonwood Canyon resorts, and Whistler Blackcomb give the famed European resorts serious competition.

Two skiers holding skies on back bowls of Vail Resorts.
©VL Cohen/Vail Resorts

What is the ski capital of the world?

Courcheval in the French Alps actually bills itself as “The Ski Capital of the World.” The famed resort at the foot of Mont Blanc has every right to use that moniker. Courchevel is a big part of Les Trois Vallées, the largest ski area in France and one of the largest in the world with 373 miles (600 km) of powdery snow. The area includes Meribel, Val Thorens,Les Menuires, and Courcheval.

In conclusion

So what are the best ski resorts in the world? Well that’s ultimately up to you considering how many great ski destinations there are around the world. The late, great ski filmmaker Warren Miller used to say, “The best place to ski in the world is the mountain you are skiing on today.” He was, of course, correct. The best in France will be way different than the best in Vermont and the best in Japan will be way different than the best in Italy. The best, for sure, is up to you.

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