Best spots for skiing and snowboarding around the world

When it comes to vacation time some like it hot and some like it cold, and when it comes to skiing and snowboarding around the world it’s the cold places that are required. Dramatic snowy peaks gild mountain slopes that are perfectly primed for some winter sports action and the choice today spans numerous resorts around the world. So where to get some of the best action? Here’s a guide to the best five resorts.


Midway between Montreux and Interlaken, this Swiss ski resort is a magnet for skiers and snowboarders and it’s also a popular destination for international celebrities. Its 220km of pistes reach heights of up to 3000 meters above sea level, and with several snow parks and a number of toboggan runs, not to mention over 150 kilometers of cross-country skiing trails, the resort offers everything the winter sports enthusiast could ask for. Gourmet restaurants, world-class shopping and luxury hotels await for après-ski relaxation.


The majestic Rocky Mountains form the backdrop to this Canadian resort in British Columbia. Considered by many experts to be the best skiing in North America, huge vertical drops make skiing and boarding here an experience to remember. The Whistler Blackcomb resort sprawls over 8,100 acres, and if skiing and boarding need to take a back seat there are plenty of other activities such as zip lining and snowshoeing to take part in. An outstanding mix of cuisines is available in the restaurants and there is plenty of shopping in international stores.


Colorado’s premier resort is the United States’ largest single ski area with around 5,300 acres of terrain that is skiable. Offering pistes for the beginner to the highly experienced, ski lessons and equipment hire, this is a great resort for all levels of skill and experience. Vail also has more to offer its visitors: High-speed detachable quads are not for the fainthearted but are an exhilarating way to come down the mountain, and other activities include snowmobiling and ice skating. For the artistic at heart there are museums and art galleries to provide a break from the pistes.


In the heart of the Austrian Tyrol, Kitzbuhel is considered to be the “Pearl of the Alps”. The village itself is 700 years old and leisure skiing started there in 1892. With some 170 kilometers of slopes reached by a fleet of modern gondolas and lifts, the resort offers snowboarding fun parks and cross country ski trails to add to the off piste excitement.


Beneath the towering, iconic Matterhorn, this Swiss resort gets huge snowfalls making it an immensely popular destination. Completely car-free it has the world’s second biggest vertical drop served by lift – a challenge for any skier.

Safety tips

Good quality equipment and clothing are an essential part of any skier or boarder’s enjoyment of a winter sports vacation. Boots should fit well and ski suits should keep the cold out but allow perspiration to escape. Ski helmets are also a sensible purchase; safety first but it’s not the only reason to wear one – it also keeps the head nice and warm.

Q&A: Where are the best places to ski during the last week in December in the US?

Question by sethatsyncretic: Where are the best places to ski during the last week in December in the US?
We are considering a ski vacation after Christmas and before January 1st. Are the ski areas in CO, UT, and WY completely open by then? We live on the East Coast and haven’t been West for skiiing.

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Answer by Jared L
The should be if next season is anything like this season you could try the farmers almanac

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Q&A: How do people get off ski chair lifts on a broken down system?

Question by Huntley M: How do people get off ski chair lifts on a broken down system?
I was at cataloochee ski slope in maggie valley, NC. I was wondering if ski slopes have a emergency plan if the chair lift breaks down and leaves people stranded…I could see a ‘cherry picker’ being used but the ground is too uneven or in the case of trams too far down…

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Answer by ididin1990
Very carefully!

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Tour du Mont-Blanc Challenges Cyclists While they Witness World Class Mountain Vistas

Gaillard (Greater Geneva) – France (PRWEB) February 05, 2013

The French cycling company Cyclomundo just announced its exciting Tour de Mont-Blanc, which will allow experienced cyclists to test their skills as they travel through the Alpine regions in France, Italy and Switzerland. The tour, which begins June 5, 2013, includes over 8000 meters of climbs as well as world-renowned mountain views. Cyclomundo arranges all of the logistics for participants who opt to embark on this 5 day tour. Reservations can be made through the company website located at

To begin the tour, participants arrive in Geneva and are transferred to the resort village of Combloux, France. On the second day, they travel through the French ski area of Chamonix and ascend through the first mountain pass at Col des Montets before crossing into Switzerland and ending in Champex.

The next day, cyclists ride through stunning gorges and a twelve kilometer ascent to the Col de Champex as well as a second epic climb to the Col du Grand Saint Bernard. The third night is spent in Italy. On day 4 of the adventure, participants plunge down the mountain into France, witnessing the panoramic views of the Vanoise National Park. Later, cyclists ascend the 1657 m Col des Saisies, which is near where the 1992 Winter Olympics were held. They also ride Col du Cormet de Roselend in the Beaufortain part of the Alps. Incidentally, Beaufortain is known for its Beaufort cheese. On day 5, Cyclomundo transfers visitors back to Geneva.

On June 5th, the Tour de Mont-Blanc will operate on a scheduled basis. However, provided that passes are open, it can be organized on a self-guided basis on any dates for groups of 6 or more. The tour can also be scheduled with a support vehicle and/or with a riding guide. Due to the fact that Cyclomundo is located in France, the company can provide a variety of convenient services to assist cyclists with their ride. For example, transfers to and from the Geneva airport are included as well as breakfasts, hotel accommodations, some lunches and dinners, maps and itineraries. Cyclomundo’s French location enables the company to adapt this tour to better meet clients needs.

Cyclomundo’s founder Bruno Toutain stated,”We focus on taking care of our participant’s needs. This way they can focus on the two main things they came for- the beautiful scenery of the Alps and their cycling!” Before founding the business, Toutain was an avid cyclist and also worked 15 years in the travel industry.

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