Although getting out of the snow and chilly air during the winter is ideal for some people, others really look forward to this time of year. For certain people, getting out into the freezing temperatures and having some fun in the fresh snow is much better than escaping to a beachy resort.
For these people, a winter sport like snowboarding or skiing is a ton of fun. Both of these involve gliding over the snow on a smooth piece of equipment and both take a lot of practice. But whether you're a beginner on the slopes or you've been hitting the trails for years, there are a lot of ski resorts around the world that draw in visitors every winter.
To see 10 of the best places in the world to ski and snowboard, keep reading!
10 Breckenridge Ski Resort
Breckenridge is a mountain town in Colorado that is known for its ski resort. People come from all over to take a visit to Breckenridge in the winter so they can ski or snowboard on the trails and then take a trip down to the small town at the base of the mountains.
The mountain has five peaks and there are multiple terrain parks for visitors that really want to show off their skills with their snowboard or their skis. If you've never been or want a refresher on your skills, ski and snowboard lessons are available for both kids and adults.
9 Aspen Snowmass
Aspen Snowmass has multiple trails all over the mountain at several different difficulty levels. Whether someone is a beginner and looking for an easy trail or has been on the mountains their whole life, there's a trail at Aspen Snowmass ready for them!
In the summer, there are trails ready for people that love to hike or bike. But the best time to visit Aspen Snowmass is during the winter when you can take a trip down the snow-covered mountains. You can ski, snowboard, take your kids tubing, or even strap on some skates and go ice skating. What more could you want in the winter?
8 Deer Valley Resort
Utah is a really popular destination for skiing and snowboarding. There are a lot of resorts and mountains all over the state that draw in lovers of the outdoors during the colder months of the year. During the summer, Deer Valley Resort has several hiking and biking trails but after the snow falls is the best time to visit.
There are skiing and snowboarding paths all over the mountain at various different levels of difficulty. And if you're not into either of those activities, snowmobiling is also popular on the paths at Deer Valley Resort.
If you're someone that loves to ski, snowmobile, or ice skate, there are a lot of places all over the world that you can enjoy during the winter. But one of the best and most popular destinations by far is located Courchevel in Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France.
This resort has over 300 slopes and trails of different difficulty levels for every visitor to enjoy. Along with the natural snow, Courchevel has an artificial snow system that covers a large amount of their resort to keep the mountains covered in fresh, cold powder.
6 Niseko Ski Resort
Although Japan may be seen by many as a destination for shopping, dining, and historical sites, there are also a lot of amazing resorts for people that like to ski and snowboard.
Niseko Ski Resort is among the most popular resorts in Japan for people who enjoy these hobbies. This resort is located in Hokkaido and is open all winter long for visitors who want to come take a trip down the trails. Lift passes range from 3,100 JPY to 5,100 JPY for kids and adults. Equipment rentals and group lessons are available for newbies!
5 Cortina Ski Resort
Cortina Ski Resort is a ski resort located in Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy. There's definitely more to Italy than just eating gelato and pasta - although we can't deny that those are definitely two of the most delicious parts of visiting Italy.
This ski resort has some of the most beautiful views in Italy and a wide range of trails at different skill levels. There are trails for beginners all the way through experts that are looking for a real challenge. One downside to this ski resort is the fact that it doesn't get a ton of snow, so it's important to check the forecast before you plan a trip here.
4 Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb is located in Whistler, British Columbia in Canada. Whistler Blackcomb is among the most popular ski resorts in Canada and is popular no matter the season, but it's definitely best to visit during the winter.
Along with skiing or snowboarding on the trails, visitors can also go to the village to experience the best in fine dining, shopping, and other fun experiences. So, even if you get tired of hitting the slopes and you want to try out something different for a while, Whistler Blackcomb has it all.
3 Big Sky Ski Resort
Montana is a state that's definitely known for being popular among lovers of the outdoors. From fishing to hiking, Montana is a beautiful state to visit during the warmer months. And when the weather cools down and the air gets covered in snow? Even better! There are multiple resorts to go skiing and snowboarding, but Big Sky Resort is among the best.
Big Sky Resort boasts a total of 4 mountain that have over 300 runs of different difficulties for ski and snowboard enthusiasts of all skill levels. This resort is popular among visitors because of their unique lift technology that helps the lines to stay short and fast, giving you even more time on the slopes.
2 Shames Mountain Ski Area
Shames Mountain Ski Area is located in Terrace, British Columbia in Canada. This is a relatively small ski area, which has some downsides. Unfortunately, there's no resort on-site, meaning that visitors have to commute from their lodging or hotel to the mountain each time they want to visit.
But, the good news is that this area receives a ton of snowfall, meaning that the mountains are often covered in fresh snow that's a ton of fun to ski or snowboard on. The 28 runs at Shames Mountain Ski Area are great for anyone wanting to take a day trip to go ski or snowboard.
1 Squaw Valley Ski Resort
Squaw Valley Ski Resort is located in Lake Tahoe, California. It was the host of the 1960 Winter Olympics and has become a really popular ski and snowboarding destination for people visiting the area ever since then.
Even though many people think of beaches and palm trees when they think about California, anyone who has visited the northern parts of the state will know that winter sports are super popular there. There are over 170 trails here at all different skill levels, perfect for any visitor.