There’s a reason why skiers will travel halfway across the globe for nothing but a ski trip. There is nothing in the world that can quite compare to the rush of flying down a slope with fresh powder rising in your tracks. Whether you’re into ski drops that are practically vertical, scenic routes, or just great runs, there is something for everyone who loves skiing. Here are the four best places in the world for a ski holiday.
What Niseko lacks in steep gradients – the largest incline is 35 degrees – it makes up for in beautiful tracks and fresh powder. On your holiday, you can expect to be well serviced by chairlifts on a regular basis. After you’re done hitting the slopes, you can explore the rest of naturally beautiful Hokkaido and take some time to relax in its parks, hot springs, and flower gardens.
Whistler Black Comb, British Columbia
With one of the biggest vertical drops in North America, Whistler Black Comb is simply one of the best ski destinations in North America (if not the world), and has been touted as such. Skiers and snowboarders alike will find that after a long day of skiing outside, they can relax in hundreds of international stores, restaurants, and cafes.
With other places in the area are much more popular, such as Gstaad with its five star hotels and St. Moritz with its higher number of visitors, it’s generally agreed that Zermatt is the best ski destination in the area. Boasting huge snowfalls thanks to its high altitude and the world’s second highest lift-serviced drop, there is no denying that Zermatt is a great place to ski. It’s also amazingly picturesque, with Matterhorn being one of the most distinctive mountains on Earth. Luxurious hotels and centuries old barns sit side by side on narrow cobbled streets, while restaurants are plentiful and expensive – in other words, it’s everything you thought your Swiss ski holiday would be.
Wanaka, New Zealand
While Wanaka is not quite plentiful in its powder as, say, Niseko or Zermatt, it gets the most snowfall out of all the skiing destinations in New Zealand. There are runs for both experts and beginners, and, with picturesque alpine landscapes that have been made famous by The Lord of the Rings, you can expect to enjoy the view almost as much as you enjoy the skiing in Wanaka.
Author bio: Roger Davidson has been skiing for thirty years and has enjoyed his Wanaka and Niseko holiday immensely.