Best Places To Ski In The World
With the sizzling heat around, the picture of almost flying down beautiful (and cool) snow-covered slopes are quite welcoming. To make this image a reality, here are some ski destinations for you. Read on!
List of best places to ski in the world:
Location: Kashmir, India
Best Time to Visit: December to March
While a warm tropical climate is what most of us experience daily, there are plenty of places in (North) India where one can relish a white carpet of snow. There is no other place like this than Gulmarg. This little Kashmiri town is the perfect escapade for a weekend of skiing. It is India’s only skiing destination. At about 4,000 feet above sea level, it is also home to the highest gondola.
Tip: Most of the ski runs here are made for pros. If you’re still a beginner, ask your tour guide or local host for directions to the amateur trails. Also, it’s better to carry your ski gear along as there are not many rentals available.
Best Time to Visit: December to March
While not as popular as some of the others on this list, Niseko is an up-and-coming ski resort. The location is slowly catching up to be the most extraordinary winter sports location thanks to various sports, including plain skiing, cross-country skiing, telemarking, snowboarding, and winter hiking. After a long skiing day, simply head over to one of the nearby hot springs for a relaxing evening. The best part? Due to the lower altitude, it’s the perfect place to hit the slopes without the issues that high-altitude locations bring.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Best Time to Visit: December to April
Ski in Canada at the impressive Whistler. This ski resort has hosted the Olympics, so you can be sure that the trails here are top-notch! The town offers an almost fairy-tale-like atmosphere with its European architecture that stand ahead of snow-capped peaks. The large variety of terrains make this place a skier’s paradise. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, you’ll find something that’s perfect for your level of expertise. You can also go cross country hiking, mountain biking, and golfing along the natural trails while here.
Best Time to Visit: November to May
You can’t think of snowy locales and not think to ski in Switzerland. Backed by the majestic Alps, it’s a skier’s paradise. This is especially true of the village of Zermatt. Get yourself an adrenaline rush as you ski down the steep white slopes. This is also a delightful place as no cars are allowed. Most travels happen via horse carts, cycles, and battery-operated vehicles.
Tip: While lavish, Zermatt is also known to be incredibly expensive. If this is a place, you’d like to cross off your bucket list, start saving for it now!
Best Time to Visit: June to September
The beautiful hills of Kitzbühel scream ‘Ski in Austria!’ This gorgeous town is a world-renowned ski resort and is home to ski trails for varying levels of expertise, including some of the most challenging runs in the world. Another aspect of this place that makes it a delight for Indian tourists is its moderate temperatures. Apart from skiing, you can also go snowboarding, winter hiking, ice skating and sledging. Keep an eye out for celebrities and sportsperson for whom this is a regular vacation destination.
Location: New Zealand
Best Time to Visit: June to August
Queenstown is the perfect holiday destination for sports junkies and adventure-seekers all year round. If you want to ski in New Zealand, the winters here are your best friend. The smooth, gradual slopes are perfect for beginners. Even pros will not be disappointed as the city boasts of the largest heli-ski landscape outside North America. Apart from that, you can go ice-skating, snowshoeing, snowboarding or even go on a snowmobile ride.
Location: Colorado USA
Best Time to Visit: December to February
If you’re a slightly more seasoned skier, Aspen is where you should be. Its soil and topography offer many drops and thuds that make for an adventurous trip. Apart from skiing, there are a host of other activities you can take part in here. These are sleigh rides, snowshoeing and sledging. In the summer, the range is open for mountain biking, hiking, golfing and river rafting.
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So, are you ready to hit the slopes? Do let us know which destination is your first pick!