Planning a Winter Vacation? Where’s the best skiing?
… this really depends on what you are looking for. Living in Vancouver, we are lucky to have three local mountains to choose from (with night skiing until 10pm so you can hit the slopes after work or school) .. and of course, Whistler is just an hour and a half up the road. Whistler has always been acclaimed as one of the top ski resorts in the world, rivalling Vale and Colorado in the US.
Take a look at this comprehensive article on The Best Ski Resorts in the World – some interesting info here to help you make your choice. If you are just starting out, a newbie, and looking for a budget destination then consider Andorra, one of the smallest countries in the world, nestled in the Pyrenees between France and Spain. Andorra la Vella is also the highest capital city in Europe (at 1,023m). This was my first ski destination, and it was great – cheap wine, great apres-ski and of course, good skiing and the resort was very unpretentious – the locals were skiing in jeans! A little different from Chamonix, Switzerland – where it’s all about being seen in the latest colours and styles!
Chamonix hits the number spot, alongside Jackson Hole in the US, as the destination of choice for advanced skiers.
If you don’t live near any of these locations – don’t despair! There are lots of flights and vacation packages servicing these areas, and why not plan to come and study in the vicinity for easy access to the slopes for the whole season!
Check out this video – Niseko, Japan, is one of the snowiest resorts in the world. Talk about POWDER!