Aight, so you’ve got your sick new Blenders goggles and you know you look the part. Now it’s time to hit the slopes!
If you dug our U.S. ski resort piece but want to head somewhere more exotic—and if you happen to have some $$$ burning a hole in your pocket—then let us make the five recommendations below for an epic resort experience.
Why settle for one resort when you can have three
That’s sorta what ya get when you head to Méribel. It’s a part of the stupidly huge Trois Vallées ski area. Seeing as it’s smack in the middle, you’ll be able to take a jaunt off to Val Thorens in the west and Courchevel and La Tania to the east if you ever tire of the slopes at Méribel. Aside from the total of 600km of piste (that’s “ski area” for the uninitiated), the spot is also notable because of its charming, chalet-style resort design that eschews gaudy, high-rise apartment buildings.
There are a couple of absolutely scintillating top resorts in Switzerland, but only Zermatt offers jaw-dropping vistas of Matterhorn. This place is absolutely world class, and with ski lifts going up to 3,883 meters, it’s officially the highest ski resort in Europe. (No, not that kind of high.)
Get your dose of boarding and mountaineering in at this French resort, which is tucked within a valley smack in the middle of awesome rocky cliffs—the locals call it “le grand ski.”
Chamonix, which hosted the very first Winter Olympics in 1924, offers beginner and intermediate slopes in addition to the expert-only pistes. Notably, there’s a total of 245 km (95 miles) of area to enjoy.
Want to enjoy your skiing and boarding but get a little f***ed up afterward, too?
Of course you do. And that’s what St. Anton in Austria offers. Aside from 340 km and 55 km of pistes and off-piste terrain, respectively, the après (“after skiing”) opportunities are immense. Make a note to visit the Krazy Kanguruh and MooserWirt bars.
Over two million peeps visit Whistler every year for skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking, and it’s not hard to see why. Slightly inland of Vancouver, this top resort gets smacked around by wintry Pacific storms on the reg, which, of course, means abundant af powder. It’s so good it was selected in 2010 to host the skeleton, luge, bobsled, and Nordic events for the Winter Olympics… and if its 92 square miles (240 km) is good enough for Olympians it sure as heck should be good enough for you, right?