Winter, despite its cool and biting climate, has its own charms. You can enjoy some of the more scenic snowcapped landscapes. With fewer people outdoors due to the weather, you are saved the task of wading through the crowds of summer tourists. Also, for those who love winter sports, there is ample skiing.
If you are planning a winter holiday, but can’t make up your mind where to go, just sit back and relax. We have a list of some of the best ski towns you should visit this winter.
Winters are amazing in this ski town along the Rocky Mountain Coast in the United States. When one mentions the word “Aspen”, the mind automatically visualizes the snowy expanse and crowds dressed in furs and ski fashions.
Aspen is home to four of the more famous full-sized ski resorts: Snowmass, Ajax, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. There is plentiful skiing fun for beginners and advanced; as well as for singles, couples, and families. Additionally, its sparse population of only 7500-8000 residents makes it the perfect holiday destination. The vibrant nightlife and abundant festivities further enriches your holiday experience.
As the Winter Capital of Poland, Zakopane truly lives up to its name. It not only promises the optimal destination for tourists with its breathtaking landscapes and battery of attractions, but also gives you the best value with its reasonably low prices. Popularizing its winter sports, Zakopane organizes an annual Ski Jumping World Cup every winter. The city sees huge crowds during this time. In addition to skiing, Zakopane offers scuba diving under the ice for some chilled fun. Wrap up the day of winter activity with a glass of wine and sumptuous polish dumplings.
Our list of the incredible ski towns in the world cannot be complete without the mention of Zermatt, located in Switzerland. One of the features that make it one of the best ski towns is the altitude which translates to heavy snowfall and copious skiing. Additionally, it has the mighty Matterhorn Mountain as its backdrop; it is the most iconic mountain on Earth. Zermatt also sets itself apart from the rest thanks to its pristine and unpolluted surroundings; for example,electric cars are only permitted to be used in the village. This allows for an enjoyable and healthy visit.
There are a good number of on-the-mountain hotels and eateries where you can get your food. Zermatt is slightly more expensive than the other ski towns but you won’t regret the indulgence.
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Those who have been to Whistler, British Columbia will agree that any skiing experience cannot be more perfect. The snow laden mountains offer miles of skiing with the biggest vertical drop. This holiday destination is a village with a modern twist. You are treated to a range of cuisines from French to Greek to Chinese to Mediterranean. You can also shop at their international stores and return home with unique mementos.
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Banff is a skier’s paradise. It is known for its winter activities that cater to all age groups. One can choose from: skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, snowshoeing, hiking, ice climbing and snow tubing. The hot springs at Banff are another major attraction in this region.
Besides the aforementioned places, there are many more places that offer great value for your skiing and snowboarding holidays and therefore are incredible places every ski lover should visit. Some are: Telluride (Colorado, Canada), Stowe (Vermont), Kitzbuhel (Austria) and Chamonix (France). Stowe Vermont is definitely one of the most picturesque ski towns with its old world charm. Stationed at the foot of the Mont-Blanc, Chamonix also makes it as one of the most World Famous Ski Resorts.