Top 6 World-Class Ski Resorts: Global Winter Destinations Guide


Skiing is fantastic winter activity that has been enjoyed by people around the world for a very long time. In the past, people would have had to make do with their local skiing opportunities, but with the power of modern air travel, we can now easily visit any skiing location across the globe. In this post, I have shared some of the best ski resorts to suit every traveller’s needs and tastes – in Switzerland, USA, Canada, Italy and France.

Young girl skiing in world's top ski resort Gstaad, Switzerland

There are thousands of ski resorts worldwide, more than one person could possibly visit in a lifetime. From the majestic peaks of the French Alps to the UNESCO protected Dolomites, the world brims with ski resorts that offer not just exceptional trails, but also an immersion into unique cultures and landscapes.

However, when it comes to choosing ski resorts to check out, knowing which are the best can help you make the right decision. I have compiled a list of the 6 best ski resorts in the world. Check it out below.

As we embark on this journey, let’s explore the crème de la crème of ski destinations that promise unforgettable memories, world-class facilities, and the pure joy of skiing.

Ski slopes in Va d'Isere, French Alps

St Moritz, Switzerland

Nestled high up in the Swiss Alps is the town of St Moritz. This stunning resort has been one of Europe’s top skiing destinations since the 19th century and remains one of the most popular locations for skiing, seeing visitors from around the world every winter.

The resort has a maximum altitude of over 3000m which means it sees plenty of snow throughout the season. St Moritz has three main skiing areas with more than 300 km of trails between them, which can be access via a network of 42 ski lifts.

The town itself is bustling and vibrant, with plenty of bars and restaurants for you to relax in after a long day on the slopes. However, the town can get busy and sees regular holidaymakers as well as skiers, so ensure you book in advance to avoid being disappointed.

If you’re heading to St Moritz for a skiing holiday this winter, use Piste Pro to get a feel for the area and to keep an eye on weather forecasts. This way, you’ll know what you expect when you get there, and you’ll be able to make the most out of your trip.

Aspen, Colorado, USA

When we think of the world’s best ski resorts, we automatically picture Alpine villages. However, North America has some fantastic options as well, with Aspen in Colorado widely regarded as one of the finest skiing destinations.

The combined Aspen area, which encompasses Aspen Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Snowmass, covers an area of more than 5,000 acres. Each of these locations offers something a little different, and some may more be more suited to beginners.

The local amenities are fantastic, with world-class hotels, restaurants, and entertainment options. What’s more, Aspen has become a hotspot for celebrities, take a trip there this winter and you could spot stars such as Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Cable car in Aspen, Colorado

Photo by Chase Baker

Gstaad, Switzerland

Few ski resorts in the world are as beautiful, luxurious and renowned as the resort town of Gstaad in Switzerland. Located in the Canton of Berne, southwestern Switzerland, Gstaad is the crown jewel among ten picturesque villages, with top-notch hotels, delectable dining venues, and easy access to ski slopes. You will immediately fall in love with the quaint, traffic-free main street lined with traditional wooden structures reminiscent of gingerbread houses, interspersed with cozy cafés and eateries.

The town’s enchanting design and serene vistas have made it a top vacation spot for the elite and globe-trotting travelers for over a hundred years. As you wander through its historic center, the presence of upscale boutiques, exquisite jewelry stores, and lavish accommodations is unmistakable.

Whether you’re a seasoned skier or a novice, Gstaad offers slopes that cater to all levels of expertise. The surrounding areas, including Saanenmöser, present varied terrains that ensure both thrill and safety. Beyond the slopes, Gstaad is a haven for those seeking rejuvenation. Many of its luxury hotels boast state-of-the-art spas, offering treatments that blend traditional Swiss wellness techniques with modern therapies.

Charming town of Gstaad in Switzerland

Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

Staying in North America, this time heading north over the border, we have Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada. The resort is North America’s largest winter sports area, with over 200 ski routes serviced by 37 lifts – all within easy to reach from Vancouver, just 2 hours by car.

One of the resort’s main attractions is its peak-to-peak gondola lift, which connects two mountaintops at a height of 436m and stretching for a distance of over 4km.

Whistler Blackcomb is one of the world’s most beautiful ski resorts, with views of the Pacific Ocean that need to be seen to be believed. The resort has something for everyone, with complex routes for experienced skiers and more beginner-friendly courses for newcomers.

The resort is only a short drive from Vancouver, making it easy to access and perfect for short visits as well as extended stays.

A cable car amidst snowy trees in Whistler Mountain, Whistler, BC, Canada

Photo by Sierra M

Madonna di Campiglio, Italy

Seeking a blend of magnificent landscapes, extensive ski options, and exceptional cuisine? A ski break in Madonna di Campiglio in the Brenta Dolomites is the answer.

Situated at 1550 meters, Madonna di Campiglio showcases nature’s splendour. With the towering Dolomites on one side, recognized as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, and the icy expanses of Adamello and Presanella glaciers on the other, it’s a visual treat. The encompassing Natural Park Adamello Brenta adds to its allure with captivating alpine lakes and forests.

The Campiglio Dolomiti di Brenta is among Italy’s premier ski locales, offering 150km of interconnected ski routes. With state-of-the-art connectivity to neighboring resorts like Folgarida Marilleva and Pinzolo, skiers have access to 100 varied trails, including the famed 3-Tre World Cup slope.

Skiing in Madonna di Campiglio, Dolomites, Italy

Val d’Isère, France

Nestled in a setting where snowy slopes meet sky, Val d’Isère stands as a gem in the alpine crown. With the French Alps as its backdrop, the resort offers more than just skiing – it provides an ambiance rich in heritage and alpine allure.

With 300 kms of ski runs and a lively après-ski scene with dozens of bars (the most popular, La Folie Douce), Val d’Isère is a fantastic destination for ski lovers. Beginners can enjoy easy runs, while more advanced skiers will love the red and black runs (including ‘La Face’ – famed as the 1992 Olympic ski run). The off piste potential is limitless and the snow record enviable from December to March.

Together with Tignes, Val d’Isère makes up the Espace Killy ski domain, setting the gold standard for skiing destinations. Beyond the slopes, the town tempts with its culinary feats and vibrant après-ski scene, ensuring memories that linger long after the snow melts.

Val d'Isere, France in winter

If you’re planning to head off on a ski trip this winter, it can be difficult to choose from some of the incredible options on offer. Use this guide as inspiration and pay a visit to one of the world’s best ski resorts.

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