The Great Ski & Snowboard Resorts of the World
Pick a place, pack your boards, hit the slopes.
Gulmarg is a no-frills "ski resort" that provides a huge playground for experienced and fit riders who love powder skiing. Gulmarg is in the state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) in northwest India at the foot of the Himalayas, 56km from the city of Srinagar.
Sitting 30 min off the United States boarder and a two hour drive from Spokane Washington, Red Mountain Ski Resort is a secret gem in the Canadian mountains. With great tree skiing and Canadian pow, this ski resort will not disappoint.
If your looking for classical ski lifts, deep snow, and great skiing terrain; Kirkwood ski resort is were you should go. With an average of 800 inches of snow each year, this South Lake Tahoe gem is a must ski.
It's unimaginable to think Arizona receives snow, but they actually do. Arizona Snowbowl is the top ski resort in AZ, with around 265 inches of snow each year. Snowbowl offers sweet bowl's and great terrain around the whole mountain; and the best part, tickets are only 60 dollars.
With Oregon's green and lavish fields, Mt. Bachelor will appear with it's unique look of volcanic lava flows and valleys. Famous for it's 350 inches of dry snow and the 3,000 vertical feet of top to bottom skiing, Mt. Bachelor is a must ski.
L' Alpe D' Huez is known as the hardest cycling climb in the Tour De France; but winter provides one of European's finest mountain towns. Beginner to advanced terrain surrounds this mountain village, and makes it a very unique resort. With crazy tram and gondola rides, this resort is sure to inspire.
Lake Wanaka, located on the south island is one place you should have on your bucket list. Treble Cone looks over lake Wanaka and has the best views around. For riding, there is everything you can imagine at this resort; from Backcountry riding, to cliffs and chutes, or the 2,000 vertical feet of groomers. If you get a chance, Treble Cone Resort is a must ride no matter the conditions.
Jay Peak, VT. A hidden gem in the northern most part of Vermont. It's the only east coast resort claiming an average 300" of snowfall each year. And every inch of that snow is just as good as any western resort. Downsides...bitter cold, but if putting your boots on when the temps are well below zero doesn't phase you, Jay can be an untouched paradise.
Grand Targhee Resort, WY. Often overlooked by the PR monster that is Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee boasts all the fun of Jackson without the attitude and crowded trams. Not too many places can be as much fun as Targhee on a powder day. Bring the big boards, hike the peak, take in the views of the Tetons and enjoy a true treasure of a resort.
Courmayeur, Italy. Don't feel like patronizing the French side of the Alps, head over the boarder to Italy and take in the Italian mountain culture of Courmayeur. With plenty of terrain to entice the average rider to the expert mountaineer, Courmayeur and the towering Mont-Blanc will deliver. Hire a guide to find all the best stashes, keep yourself safe and get the most out of the surrounding peaks.
Whiteface Mtn. Lake Placid, New York. With enough Olympic Heritage to please any sporting buff, Whiteface also boasts a few hidden areas of terrain to test any expert's limits, but you're not traveling to Whiteface for the riding. You head to Whiteface to test your body's ability to handle cold temperatures. This might as well be where frost bite was invented, but the view of the Adirondack's from the top is amazing and the town of Lake Placid is as quaint as they come.
Telluride, Colorado. This quiet, retired mining town may have you thinking twice about quitting your job, packing only the necessities and getting off the grid. With towering peaks and a main street you only see in the movies, Telluride is a true Colorado gem.
Alyeska, Girdwood, Alaska. Alaska really is the last frontier with enough wilderness exploration to last a lifetime. If you're brave enough for the trek north, Alyeska boasts some of the best riding on the planet. Deep snow with solid snowpack and views that won't disappoint.
Dombay, Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Russia. While some may be headed toward Sochi for the Olympics, those looking to get away from the hoopla can head to Dombay for unbelievable views of the Caucasus Mountains and enough snow to keep most people content.
Are, Sweden. A Scandinavian winter wonderland. The daylight hours can be tricky in the winter, the cold will be bitter and the snow variable, but the experience is one of a kind. You'll visit Are for the culture, friendliness and shock of limited sun in the winter.
Banff, Alberta, Canada. Banff's landscape will leave you in awe. Truly a different world in Banff, carved out by mother nature centuries ago. If you're ok with colder temps, but great snow and amenities, Banff is a must see.
Verbier, Switzerland. The iconic resort of Switzerland. From the Super Bowl of skiing and snowboarding, the legendary Verbier Xtreme, to the ridiculous nightlife, Verbier is a must visit for any skier and snowboarder. With miles of mountains to explore, tons of insane views and a village set high up on the mountainside, it's like no resort in the world. The icon of Swiss skiing.
Mt. Hood, OR. Quite possibly one of the most fun places, year round for hitting the slopes. The weather can be tricky in the winter, but the powder can be great and the snow never leaves the slopes during the summer. It's a kids dream during the summer for all the snowboard camps churning out non-stop activities, both on and off the hill.
Sun Valley, ID. With a recent surge in manicured parks and a town enriched in true ski bum history, you won't find better place to relax. Don't go looking for deep snow and steep terrain, it's not there, but go to experience a dying breed of ski town and more drinking bars than your liver can handle.
Mammoth Mountain, CA. Desparatley seeking the perfect park. Look no further than Mammoth. Feel the desire to skin up 13,000' peaks for endless spring corn...look no further than Mammoth. Whether looking for a spring break getaway or a jump off point for the Sierra's, Mammoth won't disappoint.
Aspen Snowmass, CO. "A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I'm talking about a little place called Aspen." It's all true. Need a little ritz, glamour and 14,000 peaks in your life, head to Aspen
Squaw Valley, USA. Arguably the greatest resort in N. America...but we're biased since it's the home base of Arcade belts. However, Squaw boasts tons of vertical, unparalleled challenging terrain and home to some of the best riders around. There's always plenty of snow, but a lot more sunshine at this Californian paradise. Start your day on world famous KT-22 and finish the day with beers at The Chamois.
Mt. Baker, WA. Boasting the most snowfall on record in N. America and arguably the best kept secret for backcountry access, Mt. Baker will not disspoint. Bring your A game and a good level of backcountry experience to fully enjoy all that Mt. Baker has to offer. With an off the grid, middle of now where feel, you're sure to have the adventure of a lifetime. Still not convinced, it holds the best snowboard race ever created, the Baker Banked Slalom.
Stevens Pass, WA. Seattle is spoiled, with a seemingly endless choosing of world class riding within an hour or two, it's tough to have a standout resort, but Stevens Pass is that good. From hot laps on 7th Heaven chair to boosting off Cowboy ridge, you won't be disappointed. Just make sure you're on the right side of the road closure when the storms hit.
Whistler-Blackcomb could be the holy grail. It's big...really big, but don't let the size dissuade you, there is something for everyone at this winter wonderland. Whether a beginner or expert, you'll enjoy exploring everything from the backcountry to some of the most manicured parks in the world.
Crystal Mountain, Washington. An hour and a half from Seattle, an insane amount of vert and endless terrain. What's not to love. Oh, yeah, the snow is pretty damn good, just make sure the legs are in shape here or it could be a short day.
Stowe Mountain Resort, VT. Picturing covered bridges and double chairs? Look no further than Stowe. Don't let the quaint ski town atmosphere fool you. Stowe and the Mt. Mansfield backdrop offers decent terrain and sometimes, sometimes...powder snow. Just don't forget the warm clothes, single digits can be the norm.
Revelstoke, BC. While some might consider it a bit off the grid. The resort is worth the travel due to the uncrowded slopes with some of the best snow around. It's a true Canadian mountain experience. If you're backcountry experienced, bring your sled. If you've got money to burn, pay for a cat excursion for pillows upon pillows of powder.
Chamonix, France. The Mountains will leave you in awe, the steeps will challenge your deepest fears and the little villages will enrich you in mountain culture. Word of advice for a worthwhile trip, hire a mountain guide, it'll be worth every penny.
Holiday Valley Resort | Ellicotville, NY. It's not always about the riding. Sometimes it's about a few laps in a sub-par park, laughing with friends, followed by the best pizza and wings in the world, washed down with copious amounts of Canadian beer. Yes, it's that good. Head toward the wall, ride it once, think about how Glen Plake once jumped the entire run and then get over to The Ski Depot for apres. Could be one of the best Apres bars in the lower 48.
Killington, VT. Boasting miles upon miles of riding and one of the longest seasons around, It's no wonder Killington is a favorite among many. Don't look for too much challenging terrain, just enjoy the tight trees and perfect grooming.
Steamboat Springs, CO. A western resort, a town claiming Ski Town, USA and the driest champagne powder around. While the terrain isn't the most challenging, the dry powder, fun atmosphere and friendly locals will keep you coming back.
Big Sky Resort, Montana. They aren't kidding around at Big Sky. Montana is the last frontier, truly big terrain, good snow and endless exploration around the area. Be sure to hit up Yellowstone National Park on the way to and from.
Mt Baker, WA. If the passion is truly there, Mt. Baker is on the radar. Boasting more snowfall each year than you can shake a stick at and endless backcountry, Mt. Baker is not to be missed. The fact that it's off the grid only makes the experience that much better. For the true experience, stay in Glacier, for more amenities, find a place in Bellingham.
Jackson Hole resort in the heart of the Grand Tetons is as famous for it's terrain as it is it's western heritage. Ride the steeps, slash the dry powder and take in the breathtaking views. It's tough to find a town with such rich character and history. Watch out for the moose though.