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If you’re looking for kilometre after kilometre of impressive pistes, perfect marked powder trails, chocolate box villages and tremendous après ski you’ve come to the right place. Read on to discover our three favourite ski resorts and why they’re all worthy of a visit. From super-fast reds to exhilarating black runs and brilliant beginners’ classes to exceptional snow quality, these are the places you’ll want to click into your pair of skis and flock to time after time.
1.) Whistler – Blackcomb, Canada
Between the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains sits North America’s largest ski resort which is famed for its breathtaking terrain, one mile of vertical, copious alpine bowls and stunning snow chalets. Whistler hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics and receives over 3 million visits each year. You can find out just how many pistes are available and download a detailed map at Piste Pro so you can prepare for your epic snow journey in advance.
Why we love Whistler
The November to May ski season is simply exceptional. If you’re a beginner skier or snowboarder there’s plenty of world-class schools ready to teach you the ropes and if you’re already a pro there are over 8,000 acres of slopes to explore. We love the majestic views from the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola and the option to learn how to bobsleigh at the Whistler Sliding Centre.
2.) Zermatt – Matterhorn Ski Paradise, Switzerland
Beneath the iconic Matterhorn lays the fairy-lit car-free village of Zermatt, renowned for its exceptionally long ski runs, advanced off-piste options and exhilarating vertical drop. Expect world-class skiing, epic mountain views and high altitude. This luxurious resort’s huge glacier is perfect for warming up on and its legendary Ventina red run takes you over to Italy so you can do two countries in one day.
Why we love Zermatt
Zermatt is Switzerland’s highest ski resort and you’ll find snow here 365 days of the year. It’s one of our favourite resorts not only for high-quality skiing and snowboarding but also those glittering après ski evenings and award-winning Michelin starred restaurants.
3.) Courchevel 1850 – Les Trois Vallees, France
Courchevel is all champagne lifestyle and serious snow. This incredible ski resort is in the centre of Les Trois Vallées which connects you to seven other exceptional resorts including Meribel. Single ski passes allow you to travel from one valley to the other through glaciers and mountains and plenty of blue and green runs.
Why we love Courchevel
We love the spellbinding Alpine summit views, the exclusive apres ski and the super-easy high-speed ski lift network. A-listers flock to Courchevel not only for sensational skiing but also the designer shops and fine dining restaurants with extraordinary views. Combined with long verticals, pistes for all abilities and a huge choice of ski-in/ski-out accommodation, this is a sparkling resort that has it all.