We love the beach and all the sun, sand, and tan lines that it can bring. But neither can we resist the allure of a cozy fireplace in a cabin surrounded by snow. From the mountain resorts, we can ski down the slope to our heart’s content. So here now is a list of the top ten best ski resorts in the world.
1. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
This resort lies at the base of the spectacular Blackcomb Mountain in British Columbia in Canada. Blackcomb and Whistler mountains offer excellent skiing opportunities with towering vertical drops. It used to be that only a few, brave souls would hike up this area, but it has since been transformed into a winter sports haven that not only skiers, but also snowboarders would love. The village has several restaurants and cafes to cater to all kinds of taste, as well as some international stores. Chateau Whistler also has a golf club and a wellness spa.
2. Hotel Goldener Greif, Kitzbuhel, Austria
The Hotel Goldener Greif traces its roots back to 1271. It has been restored for travelers to this ski town. Kitzbuhel is generally considered to be the most famous of all the holiday resorts in Tyrol. Known to be the Pearl of the Alps, it offers miles of ski trails that are regularly groomed for cross-country skiers. The trek up to the mountains has been made easier by 54 cable cars that can ferry skiers up the mountain. Skiing began in this area in 1892, which adds even more history to this old town. The hotel itself also offers a large fireplace and Tyrolean-style guest rooms. Guests can also take their chances in the hotel’s casino.
3. Riffelalp Resort, Zermatt, Switzerland
When ski buffs think of the best resort in Switzerland, they know that St. Moritz and Gstaad cannot hold a candle when ranged against the picturesque town of Zermatt. This peaceful place is free of cars. Huge amounts of snow are assured because of its altitude, and the place has the second biggest vertical drop in the world among places that provide a lift service. And the highest resort in the area is the Riffelalp Resort. The rooms here offer astounding views of the Matterhorn. The hotel has two apartments, five suites and 65 double rooms available for its guests.
4. Deer Valley Resort, Park City, Utah, United States
Deer Valley Resort is a plush, full-service, four-diamond hotel located in Utah’s Park City ski area. Park City served as the host venue for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. There are 19 lifts available, though ticket sales are limited to prevent the occurrence of long queues. There are runs available for all levels of skill, as the place offers 709 hectares of Rocky Mountain snow. The hotel also offers a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna and fitness center. Guests can also dine in its award-winning restaurants.
5. Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada
First time visitors may think they are in Scotland, as this resort has been designed like a Scottish castle. The resort has been around for more than a hundred years. The resort offers cross-country skiing, golf, and a world-class spa called the Willow Stream. It is also strategically located near the best downhill skiing areas in the North American Rockies. Within driving distance are Lake Louise Ski Area, Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Nakiska. The latter was specially designed for the alpine events of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
6. Le Hameau Albert, Chamonix, Mont Blanc, France
The resort is located in one of the most famous skiing spots in the world. Chamonix was the host of the first-ever Winter Olympic Games held in 1924. It stands at the foot of Mont Blanc, the second highest mountain in Europe and the tallest in the Alps. It offers a vertical drop of 9,209 feet and a ski run that is 22 kilometers long. Le Hameau Albert is located just off the town’s center.
7. Green Mountain Inn, Stowe, Vermont, United States
Renowned in the skiing world, Stowe has two ski areas in Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. The place offers the highest vertical drop in the area. Guests of Green Mountain Inn can choose to stay either in the inn or in town houses. The inn’s experience of 150 years can be seen from its pampering of guests, even offering hot tea and freshly-baked cookies every afternoon.
8. Fairmont Tremblant, Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Just an hour’s drive from Montreal is Tremblant, one of the better-known ski towns in the eastern portion of Canada. It has been around since 1939, and the mountain offers four different slopes and 94 runs. There are also 19 lifts in the area. One such lift is located right at the door of Fairmont Tremblant. The hotel has 314 guest rooms and 62 suites. It also offers a spa and several restaurants. The village is exclusively for pedestrians.
9. Miramonti Majestic Grand Hotel, Cortina, Italy
The hotel offers a great view over the Cristallo. It is not far from Cortina itself, and the hotel can shuttle its guests back and forth the village. There are 52 lifts and 140 kilometers of well-maintained trails in the mountain. It served as the site of the 1956 Winter Olympics. Visitors to the area can also go bobsledding, high-speed tobogganing and snow rafting.
10. St. Regis Resort, Aspen, Colorado
The resort is ideal for lovers of not only skiing, but also summer sports and the arts. It offers 179 guest rooms and suites, a heated pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. It also has a spa that has 15 separate rooms. The four mountains of Aspen are all famous the world over, and it has different difficulty levels that can accommodate skiers of any level. Experts and advanced skiers can also ski down the backside of the mountain that offers hundreds of acres of terrain.