The reality is that there isn’t one best skiing destination that will suit everyone’s taste, budget or ability. Resorts exist that cater for all types of skier – from family skiers to freestyle from recreational to ‘apres skiers’; and besides the skiing terrain itself there is always the resort to consider: nightlife, food, child friendly, groups and families with tag-along non-skiers! Then one has to consider transportation; ski resorts tend to be in mountains so if you end up spending 2 days each way on planes trains and automobiles that’s not necessarily the best use of your hard earned holiday time.
So where should I go?
We’ve chosen the best of the best from around the globe, there are three main ski areas: North America, Europe and the rest of the world… The destinations below will cater to all tastes at all levels and should have plenty enough snow all season through. A quick search online will help you to narrow down your choices, but you can find ski deals on SnowTrex for many ski destinations all over the world.
Courchevel is a vast resort and has plenty to cater to all tastes and budgets and embodies the best of French Alps skiing. It is relatively easy to get to, (3 hour transfer from Geneva or a private Jet into its own airport!). There are 3 main ski areas (all linked) 1850 at the top, complete with a Chanel boutique on the piste (not a joke!) and 1300 at the bottom of the resort catering to local French families and the generally less pretentious.
Aspen’s reputation precedes itself. Aspen airport is 15 minutes from the city center. Four ski areas mean that there is something for everyone; 300 sunshine days a year and some of the lightest fluffiest powder around make it a skier’s paradise. Prada, Loius Vuitton, Gucci and other upmarket brands mean that there is no shortage of places to shop and as for food, Nobu himself made Aspen his home, which should say it all.
The rest of the world
Niseko (Japan) is renowned for having the lightest powder snow in the world – and plenty of it. Combined with the cultural experience makes for a ski trip of a lifetime. The resort is remote, but due to its popularity with Aussies most people speak English. If you love skiing and sushi and want a ski holiday with a difference, this is one you won’t forget.
Picture: Jeannette Meier Kamer