Ski Holidays – The Best Destinations

Here is but a sample of the best places in the world to go on a skiing holiday. These show up on all of the best of the best lists. Don’t forget that the best places to ski also offer a vibrant nightlife and a slew of things to do when not on the slopes.

Courchevel, France – proclaims itself to be the world’s largest ski resort but is also often called the world’s BEST ski resort. Courcheval has three villages and is located within the Three Valleys. The highest of the villages, Courchevel 1850, boasts four gourmet restaurants and many boutiques as well as a ski-jumping area, an Olympic Ice-skating rink, ice climbing and night tobogganing.

Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France – is the home of one of the longest ski trails in Europe, the Valle Blanche (22 km). It is the second highest peak in Europe and the highest peak in the Alps. It was the host of the Winter Olympic games in 1924. Chamonix offers backcountry skiing, hang gliding and ice climbing on glaciers as well as all sorts of apres ski activities. Some consider Chamonix to be the World’s Best Ski Resort.

Cortina, Italy – host of the 1956 Olympics, is one of Italy’s most popular and extreme resorts. It’s located in the eastern Dolomites. The central village hosts 52 lifts and 132 km of groomed runs. Holiday travelers can also buy a pass that will give them access to 50 other area resorts. Visit the Cortina Adrenaline sledding for bobsledding, snow rafting and tobogganing.

Whistler, Blackcomb, British Columbia – is one of the finest and largest ski resorts in North America. It has the largest vertical drop of 1.6 km in North America. Offerings include expert terrains, helicopter skiing, glaciers and wide alpine bowls. Whistler offers a vibrant night life with cafes, stores and over 100 restaurants. North Americans have voted it “The Best North American Ski Resort” many times.

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec – offers hundreds of trails, many terrain parks and off-piste skiing. It is also only an hour from Mont-Tremblant to Montreal. It is located in the Laurentian Mountains and has a European style village. There are cobblestoned streets, pubs galore, creperies and marvelous shopping opportunities.

Aspen, Colorado – full of Victorian charm, and known for its razzle dazzle, Aspen offers some of the finest skiing in North America and a chance to ski with the “rich and famous.” Aspen offers excellent terrain for all levels of skiers. Aspen can be a bit expensive but the night life is amazing.

Squaw Valley, California – offers world class slopes and terrain. You will enjoy the mild California weather and take in the amazing views of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Squaw Valley was host to the 1960 Winter Olympics.

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