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.

Vermont Ski Areas Celebrate Banner Year with 4.5 Million Visits

Stowe, VT (PRWEB) June 04, 2013

At the Vermont Ski Areas Association annual meeting at Stowe Mountain Resort, the states resorts celebrated the most successful season since 2001 with 4,513,041 skier & rider visits, up 16% over last year. This year also marks the second most successful season on record since VSAA began collecting resort data in 1992. Nationally, skier & rider visits had the biggest one-year leap in 30 years, with the Northeast posting the biggest gains in the country. The season tally once again ranks Vermont number one in the East and third nationwide for skiing and riding.

The 2012-13 season stands as a remarkable rebound from the prior year with record early openings thanks to our 80% snowmaking coverage, perfectly timed snow for the holidays, blizzard snowfall that buried our core markets backyards and an epic March that we havent seen in years, said VSAA president Parker Riehle. In addition, the phenomenal winter season meant over $ 170 million in revenues for the states tourism-dependent economy from the rooms & meals and sales taxes, surpassing pre-recession levels for the first time. The month of March was truly astounding, accounting for a 14% increase in the rooms & meals tax revenue over the previous year and providing a critical boost to revenues that enabled the legislature to take numerous tax increase proposals off the table.

At the annual gathering, with a record attendance of more than 300 industry members and marketing partners, Governor Shumlin gave opening remarks and NSAA President Michael Berry presented the national perspective and continued efforts to convert new participants into skiing and riding. Jay Peak Resort president Bill Stenger was presented with the Industry Achievement Award, and Jeff Boliba, VP of Global Resorts at Burton Snowboards, received the Friend of the Industry Award. The Career Employee Awards were presented to two longtime ski area employees at Okemo Mountain Resort Barry Tucker and Barbara Johnston.

In addition, the industry gathering celebrated an impressive array of state and national awards for marketing and environmental excellence:

Governors SMART Biz Award: Ski Vermont for the Check-In to Win mobile app program

National Ski Areas Association Awards: Killington Resort won the NSAA Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence & NSAA Marketing Award for Best Use of Video; Mount Snow Resort’s Dan Cherkis won the NSAA Phat Cat Groomer Challenge Winner

VSAA Green Mountain Awards can be viewed here.

Ski Vermont’s season in review video can be viewed on YouTube.


Ski Vermont (Vermont Ski Areas Association) is a proud ambassador of the thriving winter tourism industry in Vermont, where the legislature has designated skiing and snowboarding as the official state sports. Vermont is not only the #1 ski state in the east and third in the US, but also reigns supreme in snowmaking quality and coverage, variety of terrain and historical impact on the sports of skiing and snowboarding – making it one of the most significant ski and ride destinations in the world. Ski Vermonts mission is to help create a legislative, economic and social environment in which the state’s ski areas can grow and prosper. It serves its 18 Alpine and 31 Nordic member resorts in three major areas: Governmental Affairs, Marketing and Public Affairs.

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What is the best snowboard bag to get for a 145 sized snowboard?

Question by hoffman1876: What is the best snowboard bag to get for a 145 sized snowboard?
I just got a snowboard and I need a bag to take it to the airport, etc. It doesn’t have to have wheels, but what size would you recommend? I have looked at some bags, but the only bigger size I can find is 157cm. Is that too big?
Also, the board has bindings attached.

Best answer:

Answer by Aj
Well it depends if you have bindings on it, it it doesnt then get anything bigger than a 145.

Or find a long cardboard box

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