If you’ve never vacationed at a ski resort you should take our word for it and add it to your bucket list immediately. Here’s the thing—you don’t even have to be a skier to enjoy the trip. Sure, a good ski resort offers some really epic runs on amazing slopes, but a really great resort is about more than just the skiing. The best resorts offer amazing mountain landscapes to take in and you’ll find that many of the resorts are among the most luxurious accommodations in the world. Looking for dining and shopping? Resort towns have you covered on that front, too. So, skier or not, here are some of the top ski resorts you should consider visiting this winter.
Make no mistake, Whistler is a ski town. In fact, it’s home to one of the single largest ski areas in the world. At 8,000 acres, you’ll have no problem finding some powder to explore at whatever difficulty level you’re comfortable with. The lodging options are plentiful, and you can find something at any price level. If skiing isn’t your thing, you can still find plenty of hiking opportunities. Plus, Whistler Village offers plenty of shopping and dining options to keep everyone in the family happy.
Courchevel 1850 is a resort that’s designed for those looking for the most luxurious option available. Make no mistake, you’ll be sharing the slopes with some people with pretty fat checkbooks. It’s also not a bad choice for families with kids, as the resort offers some exclusive amenities for children. For the adults, when you’re not skiing you can enjoy a rooftop hot tub, cigar lounge and even sample some sake.
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The Thurnher’s Alpenhof resort is smack in the middle of Austria’s largest ski area. While you’ll find plenty of skiing opportunities, it might be the 5-star resort that makes the trip completely worth it. When you’re not on the slopes, you’ll find services like ski waxing and personal lessons if you need a little brushing up before hitting the powder. When it comes to hotels that go over and above what you’re expecting,