The Best Places to Go Skiing
Winter is on its way. Time to break out your gear, polish up those skis, and head for the slopes. Not sure where to go skiing this year? No problem. Whether you’re an Olympic hopeful or beginner, we have the world’s top ski destinations.
3. Girdwood, Alaska
First up on our list is a small town that has been attracting America’s gold medal skiers like Elyse Saugstad since the 70s. Getting there can be a challenge, as most of the roads are unpaved, but ski enthusiasts agree it is well worth the effort.
The Alyeska Resort with its wide open alpine is like none other in the United States. There are 2 hotels to stay at. The Alyeska Hostel for those on a budget, and the Hotel Alyeska for those with a little money to throw around. Locals say the best time of year to visit is in March, while the ski conditions are still great, but a bit more sun to enjoy yourself even longer.
2. Fernie, B.C. in Canada
When they’re not mining for precious materials along the amazingly beautiful Fernie landscape, the locals are cutting up the slopes at the Fernie Alpine resort. But this is no place to show off your pricey gear while drinking hot cocoa. Its wide bowls, razor edge ridges, and superman chutes will test even the most experienced skiers. And then there’s Polar Peak with it’s 3,497 foot vertical drop. Make it down this beast in one piece and earn the right to call yourself a ski god (or goddess).
Save money by staying at Raging Elk in downtown Fernie, or stick close to the action at Lizard Creek. And here’s a sweet tip from the locals: try out the Sky Dive ski run. They claim it is ski zone in the area.
1. Zermatt, Switzerland
Switzerland’s countryside is packed with ski resorts, however Zermatt is the mecca of skiing professionals and thrill seekers around the globe. Why? It’s simple. Three of the top ski ranges in the country all intersect right at Zermatt. If you don’t ski much, here’s what that means: Awesome. It is the stuff that ski dreams are made of, with every possible terrain condition you can imagine.
If you plan on visiting you’ll save some cash by staying at the Hotel Bahnhof, but might as well save of some extra cash to stay at 5 star Mont Cervin Palace. After all it’s not everyday you find yourself in ski heaven.