Appreciating the dramatic mountain view from atop the ski lift, feeling the cold air nipping at your cheeks, experiencing the rush of adrenaline as you carve the snow, there’s nothing quite like a day on the slopes. Are you looking for a skiing destination for your ski vacations? World has so many beautiful skiing destinations to encourage the ski lovers. Here are the world’s top and most beautiful ski resorts.
Zermatt in Switzerland
Zermatt, Switzerland features houses that date back 500 years nestled into the peaks flanking beautiful churches and chapels, with a no-car policy at the center of the village. The brightest aspect of the resort is the Matterhorn Mountain; standing at 4,478m, the Matterhorn will be the center of celebrations in Zermatt in 2015 to mark the 150th anniversary of its first ascent.
As well as eye-catching views that the resort is famous for, Zermatt has the added benefit of containing a number of long runs to provide the ideal chances to take in the landscape. There’s also an exceptional way of attaining really spectacular views; a Heli-skiing tour will drop skiers off to access the uppermost altitude back-country runs.
Adelboden in Switzerland
Hidden away at the end of a mountain road Adelboden has been kept undisclosed for some time now. It’s delightful because farm life is still very much in evidence and come the summer your ski-instructor will probably be herding his cows. Architecture is in the fashion of dark wood chalet style buildings with red and green painted shutters and the square features a beautiful village church with wonderful stained-glass windows. The skiing comprises five family-friendly areas totaling 210 kilometer of pistes.
Cortina d’Ampezo in Italy
Cortina d’Ampezzo is a picture-postcard resort that has been featured in films including ‘The Pink Panther’ and the James Bond film, ‘For Your Eyes Only’. The fascinating architecture and panoramic views of the Italian Alps go hand-in-hand with entrance to the Dolomiti Super Ski Area and its outstanding skiing and boarding opportunities.
Deer Valley in USA
Picturesque Deer Valley has been named the top ski area in the States for five years running (Ski Magazine) which is no wonder when the terrain is as widespread as it is. There are six mountains with varied heights varying from 7,950ft (Bald Eagle Mountain) to 9,570ft (Empire). The snow is light and dry, the type of powder which is typical of Utah. Deer Valley won’t dissatisfy expert skiers who can test their guts on three famous Olympic runs, Champion, Know You Didn’t and White Owl.
Shiga Kogen in Japan
It is the Japan’s largest ski resort, with the stunning scenery created by ice covered trees that line the slopes. The 21 different ski areas that make up the resort all features the snow covered trees as well as 80km of pistes.
The natural hot springs are also a well-liked spot for skiers who head up to bathe after a day on the slopes, where they can see the Japanese snow monkeys who also love to have fun in the springs.
Chamonix in France
Chamonix stands out as one of the most pleasing and delightful French ski resorts, sitting at the foot of the well-known Mont Blanc peak. The Vallée Blanche is a popular off-piste run that takes in the eye-catching mountain scenery and is a must-try for the bravest skiers with exigent 20km descent. The busy town of Chamonix has a lively atmosphere, but the centre has a real sense with paved streets and pretty, old buildings that only add to the charisma of the resort.
Wengen in Switzerland
Perched on a mountainside above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Wengen is a tranquil Swiss village which was really one of the first ever purpose-built ski resorts. As such, accommodation is made up of large Victorian-era hotels and the service, as you would imagine from a Swiss resort, is unimpeachable. To reach Wengen visitors have to hop aboard the cog railway which feels like hopping aboard Hogwart’s express to a magical land.
The ski area is connected with adjacent Grindelwald and the views are incredible; you’ll find yourself skiing under the extraordinary peaks of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch. It is a best destination for your cheap ski vacations. The village itself is small, less than 1 kilometer in length, but it feels homely and comfy.