Five of the Best Ski Resorts in the World
These five unspoilt mountain towns are glitz-free zones where the skiing, friendly locals and authentic mountain culture take centre stage.
If you’re keen to step away from the mainstream and discover a hidden gem this winter then these little-known resorts should get you thinking:
1. Montana Skiing, Whitefish – USA
The likes of Aspen, Jackson Hole and Whistler tend to grab the majority of the North American ski headlines and that makes the folks of Whitefish, Montana very happy indeed.
Named one of the ‘Top 25 Ski Towns In The World’ by National Geographic, Whitefish offers the same kind of world-class skiing found in the more well-known resorts but with a charm and character that has long since departed elsewhere.
One of the few remaining original ski towns in North America, Whitefish is an ideal choice if you’re looking for a more rustic and authentic Rocky Mountain ski vibe and the quality and quantity of snow here is likely to seal the deal. With an average snowfall of 300 inches, 3000 acres of terrain and virtually no lift lines, this truly is powder skiing utopia.
Best For: Powder hunters looking for a resort with a big personality and no crowds
2. Chandolin, Val d’Anniviers Skiing – Switzerland
Located at 2,000m in the stunning Val d’Anniviers in Switzerland, Chandolin is an unspoiled alpine village with a traditional charm and rustic feel.
Whilst it may not have the international reputation of the likes of Zermatt and Verbier, the quality of the skiing in Chandolin is just as impressive and crucially, there are far fewer people here to have to share it with.
A secret powder haven nestled on the sunny side of the Val d’Anniviers with mind-blowing mountain views, we believe Chandolin is one of the best-kept secret in the Swiss Alps.
Best For: Families, powderhounds, cheese lovers – anyone and everyone in fact!
3. Baqueira Beret, Spanish Pyrenees Skiing
You may never have even heard of Baqueira Beret but it has so much going for it that the acclaimed Telegraph skiing correspondent Peter Hardy recently named it as ‘the perfect ski resort’. Praise indeed.
With excellent snow cover and an impressive mix of both on and off-piste terrain, Baqueira Beret offers world-class skiing with a laid-back Spanish vibe. The frantic ‘first lift’ mindset just doesn’t exist here which means you can truly relax and enjoy the fantastic tapas and Tempranillo at your own pace.
A couple of additional and mega plus points for Baqueira come in the shape of the low-cost heli skiing and the excellent British ski school on offer in the resort.
Best For: Anyone looking for a relaxed vibe with quality skiing and delicious food in droves.
4. Champoluc Ski, Monterosa – Italy
If you into uncrowded slopes, excellent powder skiing, stunning scenery and Prosecco at après then the genuine alpine village of Champoluc will be right up your street.
Situated in the acclaimed Monterosa ski area (Italy’s Three Valleys), the skiing around Champoluc is not just vast, it’s truly world-class. The pistes are groomed with genuine Italian love and attention and the off-piste is as sensational as the homemade gnocchi in the local restaurants.
If a couple of Proseccos in the sun sounds like you’re perfect version of après ski then Champoluc could be an ideal choice this winter.
Best For: Prosecco, pasta and powder lovers, families and friendly folks
5. Riksgränsen, Lapland Ski Holidays – Sweden
When the Salomon Freeski TV crew choose to make an episode about your local ski town, you know that it’s something special.
This is Riksgränsen – located 200km north of the Arctic circle and offering the kind of unique wilderness skiing experience that will appeal to adventure-seeking skiers who appreciate that effort equals reward.
As Sweden’s northernmost ski resort,Riksgränsen can be a raw and powerful place that rewards and punishes in equal measure. The weather up here can be brutal but when the clouds clear you will find yourself in freeride heaven with huge powder faces, wide open pistes and no lift lines in sight.
Riksgränsen is Scandinavia’s top freeride destination, attracting some of the best riders on the planet. If you’re looking for a party then visit in mid-May when the Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships roll into town and things get rowdy on and off the mountain.
Best For: Hardy freeriders and anyone with an ambition to ski under the midnight sun in the Arctic
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