8 of the Best Places in the World to Go Skiing

Most of the world is in the middle of winter, which means ski season is in full swing. Grab your skis or snowboard and head to one of these locations.

NORTH AMERICA

Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah

Sundance is synonymous with two things: incredible ski slopes and film. Home to one of the most important film festivals in the United States, this small town also boasts an array of steep slopes for seasoned skiers and snowboarder, as well as plenty of beginner-friendly runs.

With the 12,000-foot Mount Timpanogos towering over the area, visitors can also enjoy around 5,000 acres of protected wilderness that surrounds Sundance Mountain Resort, which boasts 450 acres of skiable terrain.

Located just an hour’s drive from Salt Lake City airport, access is straightforward, too. Time your trip for the end of January to coincide with the film festival.

Telluride, Colorado

While there are areas for the beginner, the Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado is geared more toward the experienced and advanced skiers, particularly since the addition of several acres of expert-level graded terrain allows for skiing through the trees off-trail.

If that is not enough to satisfy the expert, Telluride also has a heli-skiing option which gives riders access to high alpine skiing. The resort’s skiable area totals over 2,000 acres, with 148 trails and 17 lifts. Lifts transport guests as high as 12,515 feet, while the highest skiable altitude within the resort is 13,150 feet. At these heights, snow is all but assured.

There are two options to travel to Telluride: Montrose Airport, a one-hour drive away with daily flights from many major cities; or Telluride Regional Airport, which has daily flights from Denver and is just an eight-minute drive away.

Sun Valley, Idaho

Developed in 1936 by prominent politician W. Averell Harriman, Sun Valley is one of the oldest winter destination resorts in the United States. Now nearly 90 years later, Sun Valley remains one of the best ski resorts on the continent.

Expert skiers will spend most of their time on Bald Mountain, where more than 100 runs set amid 2,054 acres will keep riders occupied. Beginners should head to Dollar Mountain, which was the first slope in the world to install ski-lifts.

To get to Sun Valley, the closest airport is Friedman Memorial, approximately a 20-minute drive from the slopes. The airport is served by nonstop flights from Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Chicago.

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

Whistler is one of the most famous ski destinations on Earth, and for good reason. With more than 8,000 acres of terrain, 200 marked runs, and a regular season that lasts six months, Whistler has slopes and terrain to suit anyone from the total beginner to the Olympic pro—and everyone in between.

If you like to combine skiing with socializing, the nightlife scene at Whistler is almost as famous as the slopes, with numerous bars and restaurants.

The closest major airport is Vancouver International, which is around a 2.5-hour drive away, while Bellingham International Airport in Washington is roughly three hours away.

EUROPE

St Moritz, Switzerland

A popular location for the rich, famous, and royal, St Moritz is the oldest winter holiday resort in the world, and it has the glamour and prestige to match. It also has world-class ski slopes, including Corviglia, Corvatsch and Diavolezza/Lagalb.

Meanwhile, the St Moritz weather ensures it remains an attractive destination, with around 320 days of sunshine every year and dry air, making it simply perfect skiing conditions.

While St Moritz is quite secluded, visitors can arrive via train from Zurich or Milan, a comfortable, three- to four-hour journey. The area is also served by a local airport, Engadin Airport, but you will need a private jet or charter flight to land there.

Courchevel, France

Courchevel is part of the largest ski area in the world, making up part of the Alps’ Le Trois Vallées (Three Valleys)—eight connected resorts that together offer skiers around 26,000 acres of skiable terrain.  

As well as unrivalled ski facilities for riders of all ability levels, Courchevel is also one of the most opulent ski resorts on Earth, with designer shopping, seven Michelin-starred restaurants, and many five-star resorts.

Geneva and Lyon are the closest international airports, at around 2 hours and 45 minutes away, while there is also a high-speed train to Moutiers, about 25 kilometers away.

St Anton, Austria

Located in the heart of the Arlberg region, St Anton is the largest interconnected ski resort in Austria and the fifth-largest in the world, following the 2016 addition of connections to Lech and further afield.

Often referred to as the “cradle of alpine skiing” thanks to its role in inventing the sport, St Anton offers 305km of slopes and 200km of off-piste terrain, making it a firm favorite with skiers from across Europe and around the world.

In addition to its top-class ski facilities, St Anton is a lively town with plenty of bars and restaurants to help visitors recharge after a day on the slopes.

There are three major airports in proximity: Innsbruck (95km), Friedrichshafen (130km), and Zurich (196km).

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

This list could consist entirely of Swiss and French resorts, but Cortina d’Ampezzo in northern Italy holds its own. A historic town dating back 1,000 years, Cortina offers 115km of pistes and guaranteed snow coverage of 95 percent between December and April.

The town came to prominence among winter sports aficionados after hosting the 1956 Winter Olympics and has remained a popular location ever since. Cortina will co-host the Winter Olympics again in 2026 with Milan.

Located just two hours from Venice International Airport, access to Cortina is easy for those flying in from abroad.