If you’ve asked yourself the question whether or where you should enjoy the snow this year, don’t look any further. From Canada to Sweden, we have summed up the best places for you to enjoy some winter fun this season.
1. Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb is a famous ski resort which is well-known for its long season and for being the official alpine skiing venue during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. It’s the largest ski resort located in Canada, north of Vancouver, and offers over 33km² of terrain. On average, the annual snowfall is 10 metres, which means there’s usually plenty of snow for you to enjoy!
The best time to travel to Whistler Blackcomb for skiing is from January to March.
- Great for skiers of all levels
- Very long ski season – December to May
- More than 200 trails with 37 lifts
- Two-hour journey from Vancouver airport along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler resort
2. Lake Louise
With over 16km² acres of terrain, this is truly a ski resort that has it all. It caters for all tastes and abilities and makes a perfect destination for a holiday full of winter fun. Lake Louise has been voted locals' favourite many times and is definitely one of the most scenic mountain destinations you will ever find.
The best time to go to Lake Louise would be in early December through to March.
- Lake Louise Ski Resort has won the title of "Canada’s Best Ski Resort" for the fifth time in the last six years in the prestigious World Ski Awards
- Plenty of terrain to discover with breath-taking views
- Good lift connections
- Friendly staff with a strong focus on customer service
Sweden might not be the first skiing destination that comes to mind, but there are lots of little villages where you can enjoy the slopes. Did you know the Alpine World Ski Championships were held here in 2007?
Åre is the largest and most popular resort in the Nordic countries and offers something for every level of skier. Apart from skiing, you can enjoy heli-skiing as well as dog sledging and ice-fishing. Åre has Mount Åreskutan at 1,420m, which can be reached by a number of ski lifts. Advanced skiers who like a challenge will love the rougher Swedish terrain they can explore. There are off-piste runs available with a guide, which is great if you don’t fancy going down the slopes by yourself. If you’re looking for an active but relaxed holiday, Sweden would make a great holiday destination as life is pretty laid back here.
The best time to go to Åre is from January to early April.
- English spoken ski schools
- Lots of different winter activities available
- Quiet slopes
- Great for families
- Excellent snow conditions
- Don’t miss the endless choice of spas to unwind
Sälen offers 100 combined slopes, consisting of four ski areas: Lindvallen, Hogfjallet, Hundfjallet and Tandadalen. The Sälen Tandådalen ski resort is an ideal destination for groups of all abilities and definitely for families who are looking to introduce their children to the nursery slopes whilst they can enjoy the more advanced slopes. The Sälen Tandådalen and Sälen Hundfjället in particular are perfect for beginners as they offer quiet and wide slopes to get the hang of skiing.
The best time to go to Sälen is from January to early April.
- Perfect for families
- Sälen Tandådalen and Sälen Hundfjället have a great selection of quiet and open slopes ideal for beginners and young skiers
- Very long season – November until May
- Not as busy compared to other resorts in European countries
5. Baqueira Beret
This Spanish resort is one of Spain’s largest resorts and covers over 150km and consists of three connected sections (Baqueira, Beret and Bonaigua). There is a lot of variety in slopes, which means beginners can master their skills and experts won’t get bored as they can explore the rough terrain. There may not be too many on piste challenges for experts, but on a snowy day, up in the mountains there will be enough rough terrain for the more experienced ones.
The best time to go to Baqueira is from January to February.
- Well-groomed slopes and they have very good artificial snow systems when there isn’t enough snow
- Good value for your money and it’s slightly cheaper than other European ski resorts
- Good ski lift connections
6. Sierra Nevada
All the way down in the South of Spain, you will find the Sierra Nevada. Sierra Nevada means ‘snowy mountain range’, which won’t come as a surprise, as it’s got excellent winter sport conditions. This skiing resort has got a very unique setting, as it’s very close to the beach and the snow covered mountains. Some people go skiing in the morning, and spend the other half of the day swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.
Sierra Nevada is one of Europe’s highest resorts and it’s got over 100km of snow to offer. The majority of runs at the Sierra Nevada are blue and red runs, with a few black ones. Borreguiles is the heart of the Sierra Nevada and this is where you will find ski schools and some fantastic restaurants.
The best time to go to Sierra Nevada is from January to April.
- Combine snow and the beach
- Quieter than other European skiing resorts
- Lots of modern lifts and good connections
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