Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a first-timer, ski and snowboard holidays are a guaranteed good time. From hitting the slopes by day to the après-ski party by night, there’s just something about living the snow life that sets comradery and stoke levels at an all-time high.
So, grab a bunch of mates and check out some of the best ski resorts all over the world.
Perisher & Thredbo, New South Wales
When it comes to skiing in NSW, you’re either a Perisher person or a Thredbo person – Perisher offers four areas of pistes across Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega and Blue Cow, while Thredbo has longer runs and steeper terrain. Both are based just a short 40 minute drive outside the youthful ski town of Jindabyne, famous for its party scene and live music.
Mt. Hotham, Victoria
While thrill seekers can hit Australia’s steepest and most difficult run, ‘Mary Slide’, there’s plenty of cruisey groomers for beginners and intermediate riders. Mt. Hotham also runs night skiing twice a week, and has over 20 bars and restaurants in the village to keep the good times rolling.
Coronet Peak, Queenstown
Queenstown is a lively ski town where lots of young Aussies and Kiwis flock to work the Winter season. The nearby Coronet Peak is one of NZ’s most popular ski resorts, a great place for beginners, plenty of challenges for the more advanced, and a lot of fun for everyone in between.
Whistler, British Columbia
Lovingly (or loathingly) referred to as ‘Whistralia’, hoards of young Aussies take over this ski resort every Winter to work hard, ski hard, and party even harder. Party scene aside, Whistler is also considered to be the largest ski resort in North America, giving you plenty of terrain to explore.
Sunshine Village, Alberta
At a high altitude of 7,200ft, Sunshine Village has one of the longest ski seasons in North America and is said to boast “Canada’s Best Snow”. Located just 20 minutes from Banff, one of the best ski towns in the world, Sunshine Village has three mountains of varied and exciting terrain for all ability levels.
Park City, Utah
Aside from over 7,300 acres of epic terrain for you to explore, Park City is also home to the legendary No Name Saloon and Grill – which was once voted as the best ski bar in the US. No trip to Park City is complete without at least one wild ski-boots-still-on-at-2am night at No Name.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
J-Hole is all about sending it, day and night! The resort measures one of the highest snowfalls in the US, which means plenty of powder days. If you can aim to be there on April 1st, you’ll get to experience one of the best Gaper Days in the snow world!
They don’t call it Ja-pow for nothing. Niseko is said to receive more snowfall than any other resort in the world, so expect fresh tracks and powder for days. When your legs can’t take the burn any longer, head to nearby Hirafu Town for its lively après-ski scene, including many karaoke bars – this is Japan after all!
Chamonix is equally renowned for its skiing as it is for its après-ski scene and nightlife. The resort covers not just one mountain for you to conquer, but four. At Chamonix, there’s always a buzz of excitement in the air, whether it be euphoria after a big day on the slopes, or anticipation for the big night ahead.
St. Anton, Austria
Known as one of Europe’s best party ski resorts, St. Anton is perfect for those who want to hit the mountain hard, and hit the nightlife even harder. The resort has earned its cult status amongst advanced riders, with hundreds of kilometres of tough on- and off-piste terrain. For the less daring, the village area is bursting with shops, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained.