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5 Locations Every Skier Should Try

Snowboarder by John Hammond

Ski holidays are fun and thrilling, but the planning stage can be overwhelming. From booking flights to choosing ski packages, you will be confused with too many options. One of the most important, however, is to pick your destination wisely. With this, if you have no idea on where you should be heading on your next ski trip, keep on reading and we’ll share with you some of the best places you might want to consider.

Meribel

Founded in 1938, Meribel has gained reputation as one of the top skiing destinations in France because of its warm and beautiful environment. From charming villages to its stunning landscape, you will have lots of reasons to include it in your bucket list of skiing destinations. It is part of a large ski area, which includes La Tania, Courchevel, and Val Thorens, which has a total of 600 kilometres of pistes.

Meribel

Zermatt

This ski destination has an expansive piste of 360 kilometres, which cover two countries – Italy and Switzerland. One of the things that makes it a popular choice is the fact that it is just at the foot of Matterhorn, providing you with an idyllic backdrop. Whether you are a tourer or a beginner, with family or with friends, you will love this place. It is also recognised as the highest ski destination in Europe.

Zermatt

Whistler

When talking about skiing destinations, Whistler is one that will always be mentioned. Only two hours away from Vancouver, the rugged and distinct beauty of Whistler is hard to compare with any other place. Regardless of when you visit, you will have an unforgettable experience. There are various types of accommodation to suit different needs and budgets, including hotels, chalets, and town homes. More than just skiing, the place also has a vibrant dining, shopping, and nightlife scene. You can also take lessons in Whistler to become a ski or snowboard instructor if you really love it.

Whistler

Aspen

The pride of Colorado, Aspen has always been one of the most popular skiing destinations in the United States. With more than 5,300 acres of terrain, there will surely be endless ways to have fun, whether you are a beginner or an expert skier. Since it was founded in 1946, it has attracted many people from all over the world. It is divided into four different areas and collectively known as Aspen Snowmass. You can conveniently go from one area to another through their free shuttle service. For starters, Ajax is one of the best places. For experts, on the other hand, the Highland Bowl is known for being a challenging terrain.

Aspen Mountain Gondola

Niseko

Located in Hokkaido, this is known as the largest amongst the ski resorts that you can find in Japan. This is especially the best choice if you love powder. It constantly snows throughout the year and you can expect deep powder regardless of when you plan to visit. You will enjoy an abundance of choices for accommodations, including budget inns and luxury hotels. It is a good destination for families as there are terrains that are perfect for all levels.

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Photo Credit: All images used via Flickr’s Creative Commons Licensing. (1) Meribel by Dom Edwards; (2) Zermatt by Kosala Bandara; (3) Whistler by kcxd; (4) Aspen by Alan Cordova; (5) Niseko by Mark Kenworth

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