World’s top 10 places to ski

Ski seasons are the best! Espesically is you choose right place for vacation.

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Here is the list of top 10 skiing places in the world:

[dropcap]1.[/dropcap]Austria: Saalbach

Saalbach Austria Skiing
Saalbach Austria Skiing

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At the Ski Circus at Saalbach, Hinterglemm, and Leogang you’ll find comfort, diversity, and space with more than 200 amazing snowy kilometres of pistes, 55 modern cable-cars and lifts. At the Ski Circus there’s perfect skiing for all types: for the cool and confident snowboarder, tricky free-rider, tiny ski flea, and sporty carver.

There’s skiing pistes as far as the eye can see: top-shaped fun-parks, gentle slopes to wide carving pistes, black championship runs, a variety of untouched slopes, right through to the challenging rough-rider mogul run.

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[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Switzerland: Zermatt

Zermatt, Switzerland Skiing
Zermatt, Switzerland Skiing
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Switzerland is famous for its classic ski towns, but it’s Zermatt that stands out above the rest.  For many skiers Zermatt is the world’s ultimate ski resort.  Even though Zermatt is surrounded by glacier-clad peaks, the whole town, the sky, the skiing – are all dominated by the spiking pyramid of the Matterhorn, which some say is the most distinctive mountain on earth.

You arrive in the village by rail, and interestingly the village itself only allows electric cars.  The village streets are narrow and cobbled. Luxury hotels and centuries-old wooden barns sit side-by-side.  There are many restaurants for your dining pleasure, and they’re usually quite expensive.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]Montana, United States: Whitefish

Skiing at Whitefish, Montana, Unites States
Skiing at Whitefish, Montana, Unites States
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Whitefish sits near the entrance to Glacier National Park in Montana.  It’s a former railroad and logging town and it’s been very unassuming in its delivery of glitz-free skiing for more than fifty years.  Whitefish is a very family-friendly ski area with great terrain for first-timers, plus a wide range of long, wide-open, roller coaster groomers so snowboarders and skiers of all classes can have a blast.

[dropcap]4[/dropcap]Chamonix, France

Chamonix, France Skiing
Chamonix, France Skiing
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Around the world Chamonix is known as the birthplace of ultimate skiing. Have you heard the phrase ‘you fall – you die’? Well, they’re referring to Chamonix when they use these words!  Chamonix has the world’s premier lift-accessed steep snowboarding and skiing, but you can rest assured that there’s a lot of terrain that is perfectly safe if you catch an edge wrong.

Chamonix is located in the deeply cleaved valley at the trisection of Switzerland, France, and Italy. The town is shadowed by Mont Blanc, the highest peak of the Alps, in amongst other glacier-clad mountains.  Chamonix is a class mountain village, with its cobblestone streets and vehicle-free pedestrian centre.  It’s typically bustling with tourists and dare-devil mountaineers.  Remembering that this is France, the nightlife is exciting and spirited.  Accommodation is very diverse, ranging from luxury lodgings to very basic hostels for climbers.

[dropcap]5[/dropcap]New Zealand – Wanaka

Wanaka, New Zealand Skiing
Wanaka, New Zealand
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This will be some of the best skiing you’ll find in the southern hemisphere.  Overlooking the lake to Mount Aspiring, Wanaka would have to be one of the most peaceful places on earth.  Four ski areas are located within a 40-minute drive from the town centre: Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone, Snow Farm, and Snow Park.

Off the skiing slops the town has everything to offer, from upmarket and trendy cafes right down to the very basics.  It’s a town of contradictions really, but it’s a lovely, charming town.

[dropcap]6[/dropcap]Italy – Cortina d’Ampezzo

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Skiing
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy Skiing
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The ski areas around Cortina are definitely the most beautiful, world-wide.  Dramatic peaks of the Dolomites rise like cathedrals in all directions.

Cortina is probably the most up-market resort in Italy, packed with designer boutiques, furriers, and some very expensive sunglasses!  This is a tourist spot for some of the wealthiest of visitors.  The Corso Italia is car-free. Cortina is a very fun place, a slice of Italy designed especially for those who love the good life

[dropcap]7[/dropcap]Alaska, USA – Alyeska

Alyeska Skiing, Alaska, USA
Alyeska Skiing, Alaska, USA
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Alyeska is renowned for its amazing scenery, the spectacular snowfall which averages 631 inches annually, its diverse terrain, the ‘no-waiting’ lift queues, and the long skiing season.  In Alaska it’s the largest ski area by far.  Amazingly, in spring the daylight hours are almost the complete 24 hours, while in winter you’ll often be wowed by the northern lights.

Girdwood, the local town, was originally known as Glacier City; founded at the turn on the century as a gold mining town.  Several claims were staked on the California and Virgin Creeks and at Crow Creek.

[dropcap]8[/dropcap]Japan – Niseko

Niseko, Japan Skiing
Niseko, Japan
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On the Japanese island of Hokkaido the mountains are renowned for having some of the lightest and most consistent powder in the world.  This is due to the almost constant storm cycles coming from their neighbor, Siberia.  The superior place here is Niseko, containing four independently owned and interconnected resorts girding Mount Niseko Annupuri.  With an astounding 590 inches of snow each year you’ll find fresh powder on most days at Niseko Annupuri.

There are four separate base areas, an easy drive from the town of Niseko.  Niseko has a population of almost 5,000 and it’s a stress-free easy-going town, with dozens of hot springs for your enjoyment after a hard day on the slopes.

[dropcap]9[/dropcap]Quebec, Canada – Mont Tremblant

Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada Skiing
Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
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Some of the best skiing in eastern Canada is found at Tremblant.  The mountain offers 2,116 feet of vertical skiing, with 95 runs down four individual faces.  This means you have the ability to follow the sunshine throughout the day by following different runs.

[dropcap]10[/dropcap]Australia – Thredbo

 

Thredbo, Australia Skiing
Thredbo, Australia
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Thredbo is situated in Mount Kosciuszko National Park in Australia.  It’s the permanent home to almost 500 people.  Thredbo has the steepest terrain, highest lifted point, and the longest runs in the country.

Each winter Thredbo fills to its maximum, attracting about 700,000 visitors to try out the more than 50 runs.  For beginners – try Friday Flat; for the experts – go for the Central Spur or the Supertrail.

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