The temperatures are dropping, and the snow is beginning to fall. It’s that time of year to dust off your skis and snow boards and start looking into what place you will be going for a ski trip. Aside from the holidays, ski trips are something that comes with this time of year that people really look forward to. Whether it’s getting to see some of the most breathtaking sites Mother Nature has to offer, being able to get an adrenaline rush, or cuddling in front of a fireplace in a cabin in the mountains, here are 5 of the best places to plan your next ski trip.
Whistler, Canada is one of the most popular destinations around the world when it comes to going on a ski trip. Located in the Coast Mountains just outside of Vancouver, Whistler has plenty to offer those who are ready to get on the slopes, and do some sightseeing. Stay at Whistler Blackcomb which is rated the number one ski resort for 2016 by Ski Magazine.
There are also some things to do in Whistler if you would like to take a break from the slopes. Visit the Olympic Park which was home to the 2012 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. You can also take nature and wildlife tours to see some animals you can only see in this area, and sights that are unmatched anywhere else in the world. Or if you are looking to get an adrenaline rush in a different way, there are a plethora of mountain biking paths.
Located in the heart of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, Aspen should be on every skier’s destination bucket list. Being able to get into touch with nature, having the beautiful Rocky Mountains as a back drop, it’s no wonder Aspen boasts one of the more expensive real estate values in the U.S. Not to mention, you can ski on the same snow as some of the world’s most famous athletes like Sean White, who compete here every year at the X Games. Take a short trip to see Maroon Bells, which are two peaks in the Elk Mountains both measuring higher than 14,000 feet!
Zermatt is known around the world for its skiing, and is surrounded by the mountains of the Pennine Alps. There are four areas for skiing, Sunnegga, Gornergrat, Klein Matterhorn, and Schwarzsee. You will also have a one of a kind, crystal clear view of the Matterhorn, which stand 14,692 feet high, making it one of the tallest peaks of the Alps, and of Europe. One reason the view remains crystal clear is because Zermatt only allows electric vehicles to help smog from building up.
There is also Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, where you can go to the highest cable car station in Europe. This will also offer you the opportunity to see Matterhorn from a different side, and offer views that seem to be never-ending.
Les Trois Vallées, France
Les Trois Vallées (The Three Valleys) is a region located in Savoie, France and consists of three valleys: Saint-Bon, Allues, and Belleville, and has been extended into a fourth valley called Maurienne. The three valleys are connected by ski lifts and slopes and creates one of the largest ski areas in the world! This area is also famous for being home to a plethora of world class ski resorts such as Courchevel, Méribel, and Val Thorens (the highest ski resort in Europe).
Chile is one of the few countries in the world that can offer mountains and amazing skiing, and have a beautiful beach just a few hours away. Portillo, Chile is a ski resort in the Andes Mountains just a few hours from Santiago. Many Olympic ski teams are known to practice and train on these slopes, making it some of the best skiing in the world. Portillo was designed around the Lake of the Incas, which is a lake in the middle of the mountains that offers great photo opportunities year round.
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