New Year is one time we all want to celebrate in a special way with our families and loved ones. And this New Year, you should settle for nothing but the best vacation ever. Take your family for an exciting New Year ski holiday they will never forget! From Three Valleys to Whistler, we’ve lined up the 10 best-skiing destinations in the world that you can go to for your special New Year getaway, and ring in the New Year in the best way possible.
Here are our top picks for the best skiing destinations:
How could we not start off the skiing list with Switzerland? If you’re looking for the best skiing trip ever, you can blindly opt for Switzerland. The skiing here is really tourist friendly and safe, and you can also take part in some other exciting activities like dog-sledding with some beautiful huskies. If you want to view the Alps from a different perspective, there are hot air balloon services, and trust us, the sight of the magnificent snowy Alps from above is a view that will linger on in your mind for a long time.
2. Three Valleys
The Three Valleys, or Les Trois Valles, in France is deemed as one of the top skiing destinations in the world, and for a good reason. With four glaciers to pick from, there are around 330 ski runs, of various intensity and difficulty, and you can pick one that suits your experience level. Apart from skiing and great hospitality at the resorts there, you can also take part in some exhilarating adventurous snow games.
The Aspen Mountains are famous for their Black Mountain Terrain and offer a variety of different ski runs, including different kinds of steeps, glades, and bumps. If you have people in the family who are not ready to ski yet, like children, they can enjoy tubing down the mountains, which is super safe, but just as fun as skiing! The great views and bonfire nights roasting delicious marshmallows are a specialty of the resorts in this area.
4. La Plagne
La Plagne takes the spirit of celebration very seriously and you will find the whole town decked up with lights and decorations during Christmas and New Year time. While you can enjoy skiing during the day, at night you must definitely come into town and join in on the festive celebrations. They are also famous for their midnight countdown on New Year’s Eve, with bright fireworks and champagne. The bright fireworks against the clear black skies is a view you just can’t miss!
Megeve, in France, is a quiet and cozy little ski village. Choose from one of the quaint and charming village houses for your vacation, and as for skiing, the smooth and calm terrains of the mountains here make it a perfect skiing destination for families and also people who are just beginners in the sport. Don’t be disappointed with its lack of glamour, as the warmth and hospitality of the people and hotels here will make up for it all.
6. Les Gets
While also located in France, Les Gets offers a distinctly different skiing experience than the other skiing destinations in France, with their slopes being significantly lower, and mostly on the intermediate level. Traditionally a family village, tourists may have an assumption that there isn’t really much a person can do here, but the place is great for families and packed with interesting snow sports and for the more adventurous tourists, there is a lot of treks you can take part in. Trekking in the snow, however, requires some special gear which you can purchase online easily.
7. Big Sky
Big Sky, in Montana, claims to be so big, that it would take you a few days just to explore this 5,800 acres of skiing ground. The vastness of these mountains gives every skier the space and comfort they need, and the solitude gives an effect of skiing in heaven among the clouds. The magical picturesque views only complement that feeling. There are mountain guide programs to help you identify the level of your comfort with skiing so that you don’t over-exert yourself or put yourself in danger of any kind.
Located in Canada, this skiing destination is considered to be one of the best in the world and has people returning to visit this place year after year, for its great terrain, and skiing pistes. The snow level here isn’t too deep, and the skiing slopes suit skiers of all kinds of experience, ranging from beginner to expert. When it comes to accommodation, there are enough hostels and resorts here to suit almost any type of budget, so you don’t have to worry about burning a hole in your pocket.
9. Cortina d’Ampezzo
Set in Italy, among some of the breathtakingly beautiful mountain ranges in the world, there’s no wonder Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of the most renowned skiing destinations in the world. The skiing here is not as extreme as other places and is most suited for families. You’ll find it more enjoyable here just relaxing, unwinding and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Take some time to explore the quaint town and its little cafes and restaurants to discover some great food and famous Italian wine.
If you thought all the best skiing destinations in the world were either in Europe or in the States, you are wrong! In Asia as well, the Niseko Mountains in Japan are a great choice to go skiing, with a great choice of terrains. However, be prepared for the cold and the snowfall (around 15 meters) so make sure to bring the required snow gear. Here, you will be spoiled for choice with the range of skiing runs to choose from, and the kinds of forests and surroundings, from ungroomed forests to high-class pine forests. As with the other destinations as well, there are enough runs here to suit your level of experience, and the accommodation ranges from student hostels to five-star resorts. Whatever your budget may be, you will not have any problems finding a place to stay here.
So there you have it, a wide range of skiing destinations from all around the world that you can pick from, and all special in their own way. Make sure to book a skiing vacation for you and your family well in advance and ring in the New Year in style!