ith less than a month until the winter solstice, the ski season is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere. Although the Alps continue to be the undisputed champions of all things related to winter sports, there are many other spots in the world to choose from that offer radically different landscapes and hospitality options. Here are six destinations in six different countries that might just make you second guess the Alps. Whether you’re already pulling on your long johns or you’re still undecided, why not consider Canada or Japan?
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
The largest ski resort in North America is on the west coast of Canada, British Columbia to be exact, it’s not far from the Pacific and about 125 miles north of Vancouver. And although it could not be further away from the Alps, it has a vaguely European atmosphere
, especially when you take off your boots and stroll through the delightfully picturesque village of Whistler. There is more than 33 square kilometers of ground to cover
on parallel mountains with slopes of varying difficulty that remain in pristine condition and are connected by a cable car.
Courchevel consists of six villages at different altitudes - including the famous Saint-Bon, where Le Lac Bleu was born in 1908 making it the first hotel in the area. There are three valleys, 58 ski lifts and 150 kilometers of pistes
from olympic slopes to tobogganing trails. From the narrow chalet lined streets to five star hotels, this prestigious ski resort in the French Savoy more than satisfies all of its visitors’ tastes
Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy
Skiing in Cortina is always a breathtaking experience: this Venetian valley is surrounded by the magnificent Dolomites
is part of the large Dolomiti Superski area. There are 86 tracks for a total of 115 kilometers, and snowboarders haven’t been forgotten about. The star of Italian winter tourism
, Cortina D’Ampezzo is a time tested classic, but feels refreshed each year with new cultural and gastronomic offerings.