Winter is in progress, but there is still plenty of time to play. Most European and North American ski areas are open for shredding until springr You can venture further afield when winter returns to the southern hemisphere. W.We have compiled a list of the best ski areas in the world depending on what type of skier you are and what you want to get of the slopes. Because, let's face it, not everyone cares about ski areas with the best après-ski. Joke! Après is life.
Do you want powder? Go to Niseko
There is a reason why Japan is known as "Japow" in the ski world. It has powder for days and is almost always covered with the stuff. And Niseko is the powder mecca.
Niseko is located on the north island of Hokkaido and has heavy snowfalls, thousands of international visitors and is full of bars, restaurants and adventure tours The best ski areas in the world for advanced and experienced skiers and snowboarders. With a single lift ticket, you have access to not one, not two, but four incredible resorts. Plus night skiing! Do we have to say more?
S.Reason: Late November to early May
TIP: Don't go without doing it the The most Japanese thing ever and bathing naked in an onsen (hot spring) with a group of people you've never met before. Sounds wrong, but feels right.
Do you want to celebrate Go to Whistler
It is not for nothing that Whistler Blackcomb is named one of the best ski areas in the world every year. Whistler is arguably the most famous ski resort in British Columbia and has it all. Big on tree runs? You will be enthusiastic. How well-groomed runs? It has more than your little ski legs can handle (that's over 200, connected by 37 lifts). Do you love a good gondola ride? The Guiness Book of World Records owner for the longest and highest lift, the Peak2Peak, connects the peaks of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
But what it does best is après-ski. Year-round DJ sets, live music and monthly festivals and events ensure that Whistler never gets bored. It's so good that people come up from Seattle on the weekend to do a ski shot or two!
Celebrate in with other tourists Favorites like The Longhorn Saloon and Dubh Linn Gate Irish Bar. Or have a beer with the locals in the underground night clubs. Moe Joes, Maxx Fish and Garfinkels – fondly known to the locals as Garfs – are some of the best.
Season: Late November to late May
TIP: Make sure you get up at least one of your mornings early to enjoy Fresh Tracks – a mountain buffet breakfast at Whistler Mountain's Roundhouse Lodge, followed by freshly groomed runs before the rest of the public. Tickets are limited to the first 650 people, subject to availability usually available from mid-December to early April.
Do you want more adventure? Drive to Queenstown
New Zealand can be tiny But it takes a punch when it comes to mountains. The adventure capital of the South Island (and the world), Queenstown, offers not only one but four ski areas to choose from: Coronet Peak, Cardrona, Treble Cone and The Noteworthy.
The snow can be a little hit and miss, but there are plenty of snow cannons that can be severely shredded on days when the ground is a bit thin.
However, if you don't want to stop skiing and snowboarding, jump on a skidoo or go dog sledding. Do you feel brave? Try the legendary AJ Hackett Bungy Jump. At night. Yes, that's right, you can fall for 8.5 seconds from 134 m – New Zealand's highest bungy – into the darkness that is only held by a bungy cord and (presumably) your love of adrenaline! Nut.
Season: Mid-June to early October
TIP: If you have money to splash around, try heli-skiing for off-road and untouched powder. And epic views, obvs.
Do you want more choice? Go to Les 3 Vallées
France's Les 3 Vallées literally means "the 3 valleys" so that you will never be bored. The popular alpine resort connects the Courchevel valleys, Meribel and the Vallée des Belleville with Saint Martin de Belleville, Les Menus and Val Thorens to bless us with one of the largest connected ski areas in the world. And thus one of the best ski areas in the world.
With a whopping 180 ski lifts you can reach more than 600 km Slopes So you can ski your heart all day on green, blue, ski redand black runs. As well as being an absolutely gigantic Les 3 ski area Vallées is also home to the highest mountain resort in Europe, Val Thorens. This resort is a snow joke (but that was a bad one, we know. #SorryNotSorry).
Season: December – April
TIP: Jib, pop, cork and bonk (and get your head out of the gutters!) In Val Thorens& # 39; enormously Snow park, complete with an airbag so you can channel your inner Jenny Jones or Marcel Hirscher without breaking a bone. Or your board / ski, because that would be a disaster!
Would you like to save money? Go to Bansko
Okay, the Bulgarian mountains are not as impressive as the Alps or the Rocky Mountains, but Bansko is perfect for a) beginners and b) people who want a cheap and happy ski vacation.
With a 5-day ski pass you get access to 14 ski lifts and 75 km of marked slopes and only get back 337BGN ($ 188). Accommodation is more than affordable, and when evening comes, a local beer costs around 6BGN ($ 3.40) and a nice dinner around 10BGN ($ 5.60).
The Bulgarian capital Sofia is worth pinning at the beginning or end – it is one of ours Top destinations for 2020. There's a lot going on and it's only a 2.5-hour transfer ride away.
Season: December – April
TIP: Refuel after a day on the slopes at a Mehana (a traditional tavern) and enjoy hearty local dishes like rabbit stew or Banitsa Cake.
Do you want a wildcard? Drive to Hawaii
No, you have not misunderstood this title. While the state is usually known for its mega surf spots, Hawaii is also hellishly volcanic. It is known that the Mauna Kea mountain on the Big Island, which literally means "white mountain", dustes most winters.
However, there is no resort and no ski lifts. So you have to take the SUV up the road or hike to reach the summit. Or you can join an expedition group. Just make sure you are prepared – the road goes from sea level to 14,000 feet, so the altitude is high and the oxygen level drops.
It may not be one of the best ski areas in the world, but this is for real adventurers!
Season: Not guaranteed, but usually in early December
TIP: Don't go without visiting the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Center and observatories. Let your inner astronomy geek shine through.
Grow your skis, check your helmets, grab your thermals and get your snow. Find a cheap flight to your chosen resort.