10 Best Ski Resorts In The World – (Updated for 2018)


With winter season reaching its peak all throughout Europe and even slowly starting to wind down, this could be your last chance to grab the deal for some of the best ski centers in the world. Whether you’re an absolute rookie when it comes to skiing and boarding or you consider yourself a veteran skier with years of experience – this list of best ski resorts in the world got you covered!

So you better start packing yourself and let’s get going!

Zermatt, Switzerland

If you are down for an ultimate mountain-like experience than you definitely need to try Zermatt ski resort out. It is located on the slopes of Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. Although it’s not coming on the cheap side and can be a little pricey even for them who don’t worry much about the price tag – Zermatt is definitely worth every dollar.

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Riksgransen, Sweden

If you’re already running late on your schedule for this winter’s vacation – don’t worry! This ski resort is located just 200 km away from the Arctic circle. Being so far north means that winter is peaking no earlier than April or May here, which is usually considered summer in the rest of the Europe continent.

Riksgransen is abundant in snow even during the summer months and can challenge and entertainment for everyone.

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Whistler, Canada

Heading further to North America, Whistler is presumably the best Canada can offer when it comes to having fun on the snow. With more than 200 active pistes, Whistler is a definite go-to for both pro and amateur skiers. And it’s within 2-hour drive from Vancouver airport.

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St. Anton, Austria

This European country is well known for its brilliant and entertaining ski resorts. If we would be thinking of the best one to ski, St. Anton probably wouldn’t make it to that list.

But what makes this ski resort stand out is exceptional and very vibing nightlife it has to offer. On top of that, apres skiing is something you’ll be best experiencing here.

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Telluride, Colorado, USA

Standing tall at almost 4000 meters, this San Juan Mountains peak is probably best known for gold that was allegedly found here during Billy the Kid era.

However, today it’s living up to its full skiing potential with dozens of world-class pistes and hiking terrains. The state of Colorado is known for all the fun on the snow it has to offer to people visiting this beautiful American state.

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Aspen, Colorado, USA

Not including Aspen on our list would be awful, don’t you agree? More or less everyone who enjoys skiing on occasion is very familiar with what Aspen ski resort has to offer.

Besides fantastic content and ski terrain, Aspen is probably best known for the fact that lots of Hollywood celebrities and royal family members can be seen there on an everyday basis. So, if you want to ski alongside Madonna or Prince Charles, Aspen is where you should go.

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Meribel, France

Speaking of the best ski areas, we can’t but mention famous French 3 Valleys. Consisting of beautiful Val d’Isere, Val Thorens and Meribel, this is one of the most popular ski areas of the world.

Choosing Meribel ski resort over the other two was very tough. However, Meribel being a middle valley which makes it very easy to ski anywhere within 3 Valleys area makes it probably the best choice if you are a first-time visitor to this area.

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Thredbo, Australia

Whoever thought that Australia is only suitable for sunbathing and surfing the tides was wrong. Australia’s Snowy Mountains and Thredbo ski resort in particular have been rising in popularity during the last couple of years, especially among Brit tourists who are keen on visiting this area during the European summer.

Excellent skiing infrastructure and very affordable and top-class accommodation and apartments are what makes this ski resort outstanding.

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Bansko, Bulgaria

Perhaps the most luxurious ski resort of Eastern Europe is still very budget-friendly. Thus, that makes it an excellent and very frequent choice among Western European skiers. Besides everything related to actual skiing and having fun on the snow, this Bulgarian ski resort is popular among teenagers for having very vibrant nightlife.

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Bormio, Italy

Italy has indeed a lot to offer and must be taken into consideration very seriously if you are planning for your winter holidays. We decided to include small mountain village town of Bormio on our list for its untouched wilderness and breathtaking scenery.

Maybe it’s not as accessible as some other ski resorts, but a very good location and north-facing mountain slopes are guaranteeing a decent amount of powder throughout the whole year.

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Husband and Dad of 2 Richard is the founder of Top 10 Travel and loves everything travel related. Born in the UK and now living in Australia he has trekked Annapurna and parts of Western China and also spent time in Europe. As a family they have traveled to the USA several times, Canada, Europe and China. Next Stop is Iceland in September 2018.

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