Ker & Downey’s guide to the world’s top skiing destinations.
Mix up your skiing holiday this year. These are 7 of the world’s top skiing destinations.
Italy’s Dolomites are a year-round destination, but in the winter, their slopes are a top skiing destination. The Dolomites’ extensive system of slopes are just a short walk away from the Gardena Grödnerhof Gourmet & Spa Hotel. The hotel’s central location is ideal for a winter skiing holiday. It’s located near the ski lifts, the Alpe di Siusi cableway, and the ultra-modern covered walkway to the Seceda gondola, connected to the beautiful Val Gardena and Sella Ronda ski circuits. Experience the best of Italy’s Northern Italian slopes with week-long ski passes and rentals on our 10-day journey.
Valle Nevado Ski Resort, Chile
Valle Nevado Ski Resort is located just 90-minutes outside of Santiago in the Chilean Andes. This is a great option for travelers looking for a convenient mountain getaway with world-class skiing. There are 7,000 acres of skiable domain. It’s heli-skiing opportunities are frequently lauded as the best on the continent. August is a particularly exciting time to go. Pair the thrilling snowy slopes with the contrasting starkness of northern Chile’s Atacama Desert, a year-round destination. This allows travelers to see the huge spectrum of Chile’s offerings, from the dry desert to the snowy peaks.
Bariloche boasts multiple five-star properties within easy access to the region’s famous ski slopes. Ker & Downey can even arrange for travelers to arrive at a ‘nomad restaurant’ for a delicious gourmet lunch. It’s hidden in a corner of the ski resort only accessible via skis. Local mountain guides are also on hand to introduce guests to the entire mountain. That way, guests don’t have to spend too much time trying to orient themselves to the lifts and runs.
Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers. From fly-fishing to paragliding, there’s an outdoor activity for everyone to enjoy. In the winter, it’s paradise for skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. Herald the start of winter next June at the four day American Express Queenstown Winter Festival. It’s New Zealand’s biggest celebration of winter with street parties, fireworks, and mountain mayhem.
Engadin St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz is known worldwide as a fairytale snow sports paradise, replete with charm, class, and see-and-be-seen slopes. Yet there are many other romantic villages to choose from within the Swiss Alps. Many of them offer just as much adventure and beauty with perhaps a touch more tranquility. Between Corviglia, Corvatsch, Diavolezza and Zuoz, ski lovers find more than 200 miles of ski-ready terrain just waiting to be explored.
Marco Polo Hotel Gudauri, Greater Caucasus, Georgia
The Marco Polo Hotel Gudauri sits on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range, renowned as one of the world’s top skiing destinations. The slopes are all above the tree line, with ski runs of all levels of difficulties available. For the more adventurous skiers, heliskiing provides you with access to the finest powder snow in the Caucasus. Fly to altitudes between 4,900 and 13,000 feet above sea level. Then ski down the mountain tops, ridges, and glaciers with experienced guides.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming is one of America’s top skiing destinations. It’s the birthplace of extreme skiing and still renowned as some of the toughest slopes in the world. Yet, it’s also home to one of the nation’s best ski schools. What better place is there to learn how to ski than on the world’s best slopes? For your home base, Four Seasons Jackson Hotel is second to none for ski enthusiasts with ski-in-ski-out access and VIP ski Valet.
*Valle Nevado Ski Resort Image via Valle Nevado