The popularity of a ski resort is determined by many factors. Obviously the quality of the slopes and trails is important, but so too is the accommodation, value for money, and après ski activities. Here is a selection of some of the most popular ski resorts in the world.
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
If you are looking for stylish ambience, beautiful slopes, and designer shopping opportunities, then Cortina d’Ampezzo is the place for you. Located in the Dolomite Mountains, this resort is ideal for both skiers and snowboarders. There are over 40 restaurants to choose from for après ski activities, and people-watchers will enjoy spotting the rich and famous who frequent this popular resort and regularly visit its many nightclubs. Another reason for this resort’s popularity is that all levels of skiing are catered for, from nursery slopes to advanced runs for the experts.
Melchsee – Frutt, Switzerland
This alpine resort is suitable for all ages, and families are welcome. Balmeregghorn and Erzegg are the two areas that make up the resort, and offer a generous 32 kilometres of combined slopes. Currently Melchsee – Frutt is mainly patronised by Swiss skiers and is relatively unspoiled; it is set on a lake, and cars are not allowed into the resort. Another bonus is that the resort is the home of the Fruttli Park, where children can have fun on the ski carousel and magic carpet.
Vail, Colorado, United States
This resort is ideal for those who enjoy combining their skiing with other pastimes. Vail has art galleries, museums, snowmobiling, and even ballooning, should the fancy take you. This is the largest ski resort in the United States and is popular with both local and international visitors. This massive resort offers over 5,300 acres of skiable terrain.
Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
Whistler Blackcomb is considered by many to be the best ski resort in the world, and is particularly popular with both North Americans and Japanese skiers. One of the main reasons for visiting Whistler Blackcomb (other than to enjoy the skiing) is the wide array of restaurants that can be found there. There are over 100 eateries offering cuisines from many cultures including China, France, Thailand, and Mexico.
Baqueira Beret, Spain
Many ardent skiers haven’t yet discovered this popular Spanish resort, so if you want a family holiday combined with an active nightlife, Baqueira Beret might be the place for you. It is situated in the Spanish Pyrenees and accommodation is available in an assortment of hotels as well as chalets which are available for hire. There are numerous restaurants, and while some are pricier than others, the food is generally of excellent quality. Cross-country and piste skiers will find ideal terrain to suit their disciplines. There are also five nursery slopes available for beginners.
Val D’Isere, France
For decades Val D’Isere has been one of the most popular ski resorts in the world, and still retains its allure. The resort is popular with both skiers and non-skiers, thanks to the abundant and hectic nightlife. The resort can be expensive, especially if you hire a chalet complete with maid service, but some of the hotels in this resort are reasonably priced and ski holiday deals can often be found. The resort offers both piste and off-piste skiing, husky sleigh rides, and numerous other activities including relaxing après ski massage services.