Updated: Jun 4
Skiing is a prehistoric activity. The oldest known skis date back to between 8000 and 7000 BC in Russia. Our travel experts have been able to concoct a list of the best Ski Resorts in the world based on a wide range of factors including the quality of the skiing on and off-piste, the variety and the vibe of the town, the ease of access, the price and so on.
1. Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and attracts visitors throughout the year, for skiing and snowmobiling in the winter and zip lining and bear trekking in summers. With an average annual snowfall of over 10 metres, the resort enjoys a long winter season that stretches into late May. They offer the most uphill capacity and see nearly 2 million visitors a year. The Whistler Blackcomb Olympic ski resort consists of two mountains: Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain. Both mountains are connected by the Peak 2 Peak gondola (3S cablecar). The resort boasts a mix of chalet-style apartments, inns, lodges and condo’s, and pedestrian-friendly streets, the whole place is as beautiful as it is tourist-friendly. While COVID has caused the resort to be closed, we hope the post-vaccine world would be kinder.
2. Zermatt, Switzerland
Skiing enthusiasts from all over the world come and enjoy Swiss hospitality coupled with Italian lifestyle at the Zermatt Ski Resort, Switzerland. Favored by its southern exposure, sheltered by the wind and generously endowed with snow - Zermatt has everything. With the iconic Matterhorn as your backdrop you can start the day in Switzerland, ski in Italy and lunch on authentic Italian food in Cervinia and be back in time for dinner in this stunning resort. The first thing you’ll notice when arriving in Zermatt is a remarkable, and probably welcomed, lack of noise. Since 1891, the local doctor is the only person allowed to have a car in Zermatt. Zermatt Ski resort in Switzerland is considered by many to be the best ski resort in Europe.
3. Kitzbühel, Austria
Skiing began in Kitzbuhel in 1893 with a descent from the Kitzbuhler Horn. Kitzbühel’s ski area has grown over the years into one of the world’s leading ski regions. The local slopes are divided into three areas – the Kitzbüheler Horn, the much more extensive Hahnenkamm and neighbouring Bichlalm, a little area given over to freeride. Kitzbühel caters for a broad demographic of guests and offers a wide choice of accommodation and services to match most pockets. There are lots of lovely four and five star hotels in Kitzbühel – making it a great place to stay for a romantic or sybaritic break. But they’re not cheap. The four-star Schwarzer Adler is one of the best hotels in the resort, with state-of-the-art design and superb leisure facilities including a rooftop pool with stunning views. Many of the noteworthy restaurants in Kitzbühel are affiliated with hotels. The restaurant inside the Romantik Hotel Tennerhof is a favorite among locals and vacationers
4. Aspen, Colorado
Aspen has one of the world’s best ski resorts, offering a glorious snowy playground for all levels, and a lively town that welcomes everyone from seasonaires to millionaires. Home to the Winter X Games and a legendary terrain park, Aspen boasts a collection of four ski areas including, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass Ski Resort. Aspen Snowmass offers a brilliant all-round ski resort experience with world-class facilities. Aspen’s most luxurious ski-in/ski-out resort, The Little Nell offers impeccable services and unparalleled access to America’s most famous mountain town. Right outside you’ll find your Ski Concierge, ready to assist with unparalleled ski-to-door experiences including everything from boot warming to snowcat powder tours to rides with panoramic views on the Silver Queen Gondola.
5. Alta Badia, Italy
The skiing region Alta Badia is located is located in the southeast part of South Tyrol, between 1,400 and 2,778 metres above sea level, centrally in the Dolomiti Superski skiing area. Alta Badia is the collective name for an area covering several villages, on the north east corner of the Sella Ronda, in the Südtirol region of the Italian Dolomites. Alta Badia skiing area always ensures endless winter holiday fun for skiing fans. Direct links within the Dolomiti Superski ski carousel afford you unimpeded access to 500 kilometres of pistes where you can ski to your heart’s content. You can't go wrong by staying in Hotel Col Alto. It's an impressive hotel in central Corvara with easy access to the Boe gondola. The decor is modern with alpine touches - chill out in the comfy lounge or enjoy a few drinks in the trendy Iceberg Lounge Bar.
6. Mt. Iwaki, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Mt. Iwaki is a famous mountain called “Tsugaru Fuji” . It is named so because of its grand and beautiful appearance. There are variety of slopes to choose from, 2,000 meter bullet course and course with humps for advanced skiers and a bunny slope for the kids. Hyakuzawa Ski Area is located at the foot of Mt. Iwaki and can be enjoyed for its plentiful and high-quality snow and the gorgeous natural scenery. Hyakuzawa Ski Resort is located on Mount Iwaki in the western region of Aomori Prefecture. The resort is open during the winter months, and is equipped with ski slopes for skiers of all levels.
7. Gulmarg Gandola, Jammu and Kasmir, India
All the Gulmarg ski action takes place on the Pir Panjal range of the Western Himalayas, of which the most obvious highpoint is Mt Apharwat at around 4,200m. Gulmarg has the world’s third-highest ski resort and known around the world for its powdery snow runs. The mountain is split into two phases: Phase I is accessible by a Gondola. It connects Gulmarg to Kungdori from where you can ski down right back to the village. Phase II, which can be reached on the gondola as well, connects Kungdori to the Apharwat peak. There is also a chair lift from Kungdori to Marry Shoulder, from where one can ski back further down to Gulmarg.
We suggest staying at Hotel Highlands Park which is a centrally located resort with its traditional, European style décor offering a range of winter activities. It is one of the favorite ski resorts for all rank of skiers. To add to the entire winter sports experience, the hotel also has après ski facilities like a lounge and a discotheque, where you could dance your heart out and keep yourself warm in the company of fellow travelers.