There are many factors that makes a skiing location lauded by both seasoned and newbie skiers. These include great snow, scenic mountains, colourful culture, a rocking party scene and sumptuous foods. Taking all of these into account plus a lot more, we come up with this short list of the top destinations around the world.

Niseko, Japan

This town in Japan snows most of the year, thanks to the climate from neighbouring Siberia. The mountains of Hokkaido are known to produce the most consistently lightest snow in the planet and Niseko is its premier spot for snow, culture, food and everything else. A laid-back onsen-filled town brings a wonderful vibe to travellers while an abundance of skiing trails makes Niseko one among the world’s top skiing destinations.

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Girdwood, Alaska

An off-the-beaten path snow trail at Girdwood, Alaska brings this former gold-mining town to the world map of skiing. A hippie culture emanates from its cool air bringing a trendy atmosphere littered with luxury hotels and impressive ski bases, all aiming to make Girdwood rank among the top favourites of travellers and skiers crazy for some snow.

Fernie, British Colombia, Canada

A perfect choice for the more adventurous skiers with a penchant for deep and steep skiing trails, this historic mining village populated by 4,200 people serves a great serving of a quaint town with extreme skiing opportunities.

Zermatt, Switzerland

An ideal choice if you are both a skier and a photographer. An old-world culture and endless snow trails comprise the attraction of Zermatt, Switzerland. Surrounded by glacier-clad peaks and the scenic Matterhorn Mountain, these marvels of nature give this place a postcard-like appearance on top of its fantastic snow.

Bozeman, Montana

Diehard skiers congregate in Bozeman, Montana yearly to further improve their skills. What better way to do it than in the outstanding snow slopes of the “Adventure capital of the Northern Rockies”. A number of cool bars and hotels make the after-skiing nightlife more interesting at the same time.

Chamonix, France

Adrenaline junkies who like to ski at big mountains will find Chamonix as a “skier’s paradise” due to its extreme snow trails that have given birth to some of the world’s skiing luminaries. Sitting in the shadow of Mount Blanc, this place is more than ideal to find and enjoy awesome snow.

Other notable places known for their great snow are: Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy, Whitefish in Montana, Bend in Oregon, Crested Butte and Aspen in Colorado in USA, Kitzbühel in Austria and Banff, Whistler British Colombia and Mont Tremblant in Canada.

Chris Pickering

Posted on 09 October, 2014 by Chris Pickering in Travel Tips, Winter.