From the Swiss Alps to Colorado, and New Zealand to the Canadian Rockies, skiing is a sport loved and practiced world wide. If you’re planning for a winter getaway and can think of no better escape than to nonchalantly slide down the side of an enormous mountain, or better yet, relax in a toasty, quiet resort while your relatives toss themselves into the snow, then check out this list of top notch ski vacation locations.
Located in the Lombardia region of Italy, Madesimo is a large ski resort with slopes mostly for intermediate skiiers, six miles of cross country skiing trails, and four half pipes for snow boarders. The closest international airport is in Milan and the resort is also in close proximity to the beautiful Lake Como. Winter is the off season for international tourists in Italy, so there is sure to be plenty of room for you and your friends in these mountains.
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Stowe, Vermont’s largest mountain, Mount Mansfield, boasts 48 different trails which are suitable for intermediate – expert skiers and snowboarders while Spruce Peak’s lower altitude is more accessible to beginners. Stowe also has all the elements of a typical New England town and is easy to explore in the evening after you’re finished with the slopes.
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Said to be the adventure capitol of New Zealand, Queenstown offers something more unique than a traditional ski vacation with experiences such as Nordic and night skiing available. Of course there are also opportunities for a more standard day on the mountain for skiers of all levels as well.
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Aspen, Colorado is one of the most famous ski go-to’s in the US. It has about 64 miles of trails and options for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Plus, they just got a new gondola, so there’s that.
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Banff National Park
The UNESCO World Heritage Site in Canada has two mountain towns with three ski resorts, one of which, Sunshine Village, is particularly known for extreme skiing.
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This Japanese ski location is ranked on the top of lists time and time again because of its constant fresh snow due to storms blowing in from Siberia.
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Reachable only by cable car, this Swiss mountain village makes for a picture perfect ski retreat. Tourists outnumber locals in this village, around 2,000 for 450, which only proves that it is an ideal vacation spot.
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