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The 5 Best Countries to Ski in the World

Find Your Perfect Skiing Spot in These Top Countries

What started as a sport exclusive to adventure enthusiasts has now become a pastime available to all. With plenty of classes and courses to take in, skiing is now an exciting sport. That is not to say that the added influx of novice skiers has dulled the thrill and adrenaline, as many trails are only available to people of advanced skill. The rating system that goes from green for beginners to black for experts is a great way to determine which slopes are ideal for one’s level of expertise. With plenty of activities available at local resorts when one is not cruising down the slopes, skiing is a great activity to enjoy in winter. Here are some of the best countries to ski.

Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

Whistler is a town in British Columbia and is home to the largest winter sports area in North America – Whistler Blackcomb. Historically, Whistler and Blackcomb were two separate resorts, Whistler being older and having more space and Blackcomb boasting more elevation. Only in 1997 did the two merge to become one of the biggest and most thrilling ski resorts in the world. The now unified resort offers more than 200 ski runs. There is plenty of opportunity for freestyle skiing, too, with 99 acres dedicated to all experience levels. An added bonus is the Horstman Glacier which can be accessed even during the summer (advanced to expert only). The resort village at the base provides a great place to rest and relax between trails and offers ski lessons and entertainment opportunities.

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Skiing down a slope with the majestic Matterhorn in the background would be on any skier’s bucket list. Slopes and pistes abound in this 360 km area, and that can be broadened even more with the addition of a lift pass to Cervinia-Valtournenche in Italy. The Zermatt ski resort is the highest in Europe, and the trails are among the highest in the Alps. The mountain is also home to Europe’s longest downhill run, at 25 km long. There are plenty of options for accommodation along with gourmet delights and shopping opportunities to be enjoyed here.

Val d’Isere, France

Val d’Isere and Tignes form the Tignes – Val d’Isere ski area (formerly known as Espace Killy), arguably one of the best ski areas in the world. More than 300 km of a wide variety of ski terrain is available to explore. The high altitude means slopes are open through most of the spring and even partly into summer. This is an excellent area for advanced and expert skiers. However, the number of independent guides and instructors available means plenty of tuition for novices, too, especially for off-piste terrain. It is also one of the most accessible places, with more than 150 ski lifts servicing the area.

Niseko United, Japan

Japan is a hidden gem for ski enthusiasts, and Niseko sits on the crown. Niseko United combines four interlinked ski resorts to provide 2192 skiable acres of terrain. Many of the trails feature the beautiful backdrop of Mt. Yotei, and wooden glades offer opportunities to go tree-skiing. Niseko also boasts outstanding ski instruction programs and various activities for children, which has led it to be voted Japan’s best family ski resort. There is much to take between trails, with award-winning hotels, spas, Japanese hot springs, or Onsen.

Cerro Catedral, Argentina

With the tallest mountains on Earth outside of the Himalayas, the Andes provide some beautiful vistas of snowcapped peaks. Named after the mountain ridges resembling a Gothic church’s spires, Cerro Catedral in Argentina offers over 3000 acres of skiable area. It is the largest ski terrain in South America with lift access. It also has a dedicated park for freestyle skiers. The village at the base is as close as one could come to an Alpine chalet in Argentina.

All prepped to strap on the skis? Book your stay at any of the best countries to ski to have a great time in the snow.

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