Travel Guide: Ultimate Ski Destinations

December 12, 2018

Skiers outside Chalet Costi in Zermatt, Switzerland, 1968, photographed by Slim Aarons

Whether you're a novice snow bunny or an extreme skier—or just simply want to indulge in la vie après-ski—here are some of our favorite places to hit the slopes. 

Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy

The vistas here are absolutely breathtaking—Cortina D'Ampezzo is set against the Dolomites mountain range, the only one to be christened a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can spot it in such films as The Pink Panther (1963), with Peter Sellers, and the James Bond outing, For Your Eyes Only (1981). 

Courchevel, France

Think you can't combine a ski and surf vacation? Think again. A top-notch ski resort in the French Alps, Courchevel encompasses four different towns set in different elevations. The third highest, Courchevel Moriand, features an aquatic center called Aquamotions, which comes complete with various pools, water slides and… an indoor surf wave. 

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen is synonymous for the best in ski—and après-ski—culture in the U.S. After you get your thrills on one of the biggest vertical drops in the Americas, settle into a cozy corner at Cloud Nine Aspen Bistro for some fondue and bubbly. 

Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

If you live to ski, Whistler Blackcomb has one of the longest ski seasons around, from November to May, and one of North America's biggest skiable acreage. Fun fact: The two mountain peaks—Whistler and Blackcomb—are linked by the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, which, until 2017, held the word record for the longest free span between towers. 

Verbier, Switzerland

Verbier appeals to both the luxury set—Sir Richard Branson has a property here—and the extreme skier. The Piste de l'Ours is host to 29 World Cup ski races and, for the true adrenaline junkie, there's Tortin. To quote The Telegraph: "In high season, the moguls that develop here are nothing short of horrible. The further you go, the more frightening they become."

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