The best part about traveling to ski is that each resort is vastly different from the last, and the next one you go to will be different from any other you’ve been to previously. It’s difficult to compare ski destinations because of how different they all are, but there are some places that stand out and are a cut above the rest of the competition. The following destinations are highly regarded as the best places to ski in the world.
St. Anton, Austria
Highly regarded as the best skiing destination in the world, St. Anton has something to offer for everyone. The resort is located in the Tyrolean Alps and boasts lifts over 2,800 meters. The majority of the pistes are groomed daily, and it is not until you get into the expert terrain that you will find the less-groomed terrain. The resort is full of sightseeing destinations for any non-skiers, and the nightlife is always entertaining and enjoyable.
Bankso is known as much for its rich cultural history as it is for its ski resort and mountain ranges. Some architecture dates back to the 18th Century, and it is beautifully maintained. The skiing is heralded as the best in all of Bulgaria with the longest ski runs and most comprehensive infrastructure you can find.
Located in south-eastern France, Tignes is made up of five villages that make up quite possibly the most popular and unique ski resorts you will find. It is located in the Tarentaise Valley, which is home to a number of world-class resorts, but Tignes reigns supreme in the valley. The slopes are well maintained and are easily accessible via 6 or 8 person lifts.
Courchevel is made up of four villages that are vastly different and make up the entire resort system. Visitors can move from resort to resort easily on connecting lifts or via the free busses provided throughout the day. With most of the mountains facing north, you’d be hard pressed to find better snow in the area.
While Courmayeur has phenomenal skiing on Mont Blanc, the bar and restaurant scene makes it hard to decide if you even want to hit the slopes at all. The resort is packed with award winning chefs and exciting nightlife, and it gets quite crowded at the base of the mountain on weekends. Don’t let that deter you as you’ll find some of the best off-piste skiing you can imagine and the crowds from the resort don’t translate to crowds on the slopes.
If you are serious about traveling to the best ski destinations in the world, you cannot leave any of these resorts off of your list. Make sure to explore everything they have to offer so you don’t miss out on the full experience each resort delivers.