The 7 Best Places for Skiing All-Year-Round
Waiting for ski season can feel like a painfully long process. This wait is often the result of the fact that some people are missing the key ingredient for a year-round ski season: mountains with plenty of powder. Fortunately, skiers and other extreme sports enthusiasts who are willing to put in the travel time can reap great rewards! Below are the 7 best places for dedicated skiers to enjoy all year!
1. Skiing in Bern
Switzerland is known for the Swiss Alps, and the city of Bern sits just north of many of the range’s greatest peaks. There are many beautiful places to stay in Bern, and some of the great ski resorts include:
- Schilthorn has everything a ski enthusiast needs: an 88% incline slope, long downhill runs, and camera run to record your own movie.
- Adelboden/Lenk is one of the largest ski regions in Switzerland, and is home to the Audi FIS Ski World Cup.
- Kleine Scheidegg is the railway station where the cogwheel railways meet. From there, outdoorsmen can reach many destinations, such as the highest confectionery in Europe.
- Zermatt is Switzerland’s highest ski resort. A ski lift will take visitors to the base of the Matterhorn for a truly beautiful perspective.
2. Chamonix: One of the world’s best ski regions
A small town in the French Alps, Chamonix is home to some of the best skiing in the world. It is surrounded by glaciers which keep the temperature low and the powder ideal for skiing all-year-round. Europe’s tallest peak resides here as well, and it was the first-ever host of the Winter Olympics in 1924. Formally known as Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, it is one of the oldest ski resorts in France, built in 1821.
3. Denver – Famous ski resorts at the Rocky Mountains
Denver is centrally located, and offers some world-class lodging and dining options, so it can serve well as the base camp for any ski trip in Colorado. The city is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, providing legendary ski resorts such as:
- Aspen, host to the Winter X-Games since 2002;
- Vail, one of the largest in the world;
- and Steamboat, a family-friendly ski resort.
These mountains range from beginner to expert with about 13,000 acres of ski runs between them.
4. Los Angeles
As a city, Los Angeles is relatively famous for its warm summers and sunny beaches. However, LA is an ideal place to find lodging because the city is also within driving distance of a number of ski resorts:
- Snow Valley is friendly to beginners and includes some of the longest trails in the region.
- Bear Mountain houses the only half-pipes and the largest learning area in Southern California.
- Snow Summit is a family-friendly destination and has 31 trails that appeal to all ability levels.
5. Skiing in the Southern Hemisphere: Melbourne
While summer largely means the end of skiing in North America, the season is just ramping up for the southern hemisphere. Melbourne has great accommodations which offer quick access to Australia’s best ski resorts:
- Mount Buller has 22 ski lifts and approximately 740 acres of ski runs and offers a variety of experiences ranging from beginner to expert.
- Falls Creek is 60% intermediate trails, creating ideal conditions to improve skills. It’s also the largest resort in Victoria.
- Mount Hotham is Australia’s highest alpine village and is a year-round resort. It also has trails for hiking, biking, and running, if skiing gets old.
- Mount Baw Baw is the closest resort to Melbourne and caters to beginners and intermediate skiers.
6. Winter Sports in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City has cemented itself as a world-class destination for all sorts of winter sports, including skiing. It hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, and it is in the running to host another. West of the city lies the Wasatch Mountain Range, which houses a variety of ski resorts:
- Snowbird is a family-friendly resort that offers a 125-passenger aerial tram that climbs 3,000 feet in eight minutes.
- Brighton is Utah’s only resort with terrain that is accessible by high-speed quads. It is also famous for its skiing and learning school.
- Deer Valley is a ski only resort and limits the number of skiers to ensure the ski runs do not get crowded.
Many skiers stay in Vancouver because of its close proximity to Whistler, one of the greatest ski resorts in the world. The 2010 Winter Olympics were hosted there, bringing national athletes together in the Olympic Village. Whistler has over 8,100 acres of slopes and over 200 trails, not to mention an array of aprè-ski venues.
Whistler is not the only legendary ski resort close to Vancouver. Revelstoke is a direct flight away from the Canadian city, and claims to have the most skiable vertical in North America. It’s also the only resort world-wide to offer lift-, cat-, and heli-skiing, as well as backcountry skiing from one base. While ski-season generally only comes once a year, there are many places around the world that offer pristine skiing conditions, allowing avid skiers to enjoy the winter sport all year round.