Are you avid skiers, and would you like to get to know new, extraordinary ski areas all over the world in addition to the classic ski regions around the Alps? Here you will find the most extraordinary ski areas worldwide and find out why a skiing holiday in these regions is particularly worthwhile.
Aspen: the most famous ski resort in the USA
There are breathtaking ski areas with scenic attractions, prominent holiday guests, and the best snow conditions in the rugged Rocky Mountains in the USA. The Aspen Ski Association is located on four mountains of the Rocky Mountains, which are up to 3,800 meters high and which are particularly popular in the November to May ski season. Every skier gets their money’s worth in the four ski areas with a piste network of 500 kilometers.
The Snowmass area in particular is perfect for lively partying after skiing. Here, the fun factor is also very important during the day on the well-groomed slopes. Afterward, the ski community meets in the rustic huts to celebrate together. For those who focus on skiing, the areas of Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk Mountain are particularly suitable due to their high snow reliability.
In addition to the slopes, you will find trails for cross-country skiing, toboggan runs for small winter vacationers, and fun parks for the snowboarders among you. If you would like to explore the Rocky Mountains’ beauty on foot, you can also go on winter hikes and tours with snowshoes in Aspen. If you are ever in the USA, you should ski and explore the country a little.
France’s top ski resort Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
In neighboring France, skiers and snowboarders can look forward to a ski area that is among the top 10 in the world: the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc area. Around the highest mountain in the country, there is a ski area with perfectly groomed slopes, modern lifts, good infrastructure, and the reputation of a hot spot in the ski scene.
The slopes’ total length is around 115 kilometers, and there are red, blue, and black runs. Between November and the beginning of May, you can go skiing or try new moves with your snowboard. The large Chamonix-Mont-Blanc ski network includes three smaller ski areas that are connected to one another. The Brévent / Flégère area can be reached within five minutes on foot from the center of Chamonix.
Out and about in the Whakapapa ski area in New Zealand
When you think of New Zealand, the first thing you think of is the lush green landscapes through which you can hike. But the country also has a lot to offer for skiers. And the great thing about it: The ski season in Whakapapa in New Zealand is the time when Europe is under the heat of summer, namely from June to October. So if you don’t want to miss out on skiing in summer, you should travel to New Zealand!
The Whakapapa ski area begins in the 1,630 meter high Happy Valley and extends up to 2,320 meters. If you are a beginner on skis and a snowboard or are going on a skiing holiday with children, the Happy Valley Snow Park in the Whakapapa ski area is the ideal place for your first experiences in winter sports or eventful family days. Ski schools and equipment rental are just as much a part of the offer as toboggan runs and play facilities for children.
Experienced skiers are drawn to the Black Magic Backcountry Area, where fresh deep snow offers ideal freeriding conditions. There are blue, red and black slopes around Mount Ruapehu with a total length of about 44 kilometers. There are also accommodation and restaurants on-site so that you can get to the lifts and from there to the slopes as quickly as possible during your skiing holiday.
Ski vacation in California in the Sierra Nevada
A skiing holiday in the Sierra Nevada in the USA also promises ski areas with a breathtaking natural backdrop. An impressive 25 areas for skiing are spread across this landscape in the state of California on the American west coast. Together they offer you around 1,150 kilometers of slopes and 225 lifts, all of which you can hardly explore, even on a long ski holiday.
One of the particularly well-known and popular ski areas is Mammoth Mountain with almost 90 kilometers of slopes and around 100 kilometers of touring. Bear Valley is also a California ski resort with a similarly large network of pistes. The specialty here is the extensive offer for snowboarders in special parks.
In addition, it is not far to Lake Tahoe, around which several ski areas are also distributed. In Heavenly, at an altitude of 2,001 to 3,060 meters, slopes stretch 94 kilometers through the landscape and tour riders also get their money’s worth. Ski season in the US Sierra Nevada is from October to May.
Niseko: Sushi powder in the top Japanese ski area
Japan is home to some of the world’s top ski areas, such as the Niseko ski area. It is located in the southwest of the island of Hokkaido in Japan and is considered to be one of the largest ski resorts in the country. Between November and May, up to 18 meters of fresh snowfalls here, which makes for ideal conditions for skiing and snowboarding.
Around 30 lifts and 60 slopes in all levels of difficulty offer plenty of variety for your winter sports vacation. Night skiing is a specialty in the Niseko ski area. Ten kilometers of the runs are regularly opened in the evening and can be used for late runs thanks to floodlights.