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Stylish Ski Resorts

Stylish Ski Resorts

by Rakhee Bhatt

Every winter brings with it the lots of opportunities to enjoy an apres-snow cocktail, cozy reading, and skiing. With picturesque snow-capped mountains sprinkled all across the world, here are six charming ski resorts to visit during this time of the year as well as what to wear while there.

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Brévent & Flégère in France

Near the intersection of France, Italy, and Switzerland stands this sunny ski area that has can’t-miss panoramic views of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. Linked together by a cable car, these two Chamonix peaks offer outdoor enthusiasts the chance to test their limits down black and red runs, along with freeride terrain perfect for days where fresh powder has descended.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming

Fearless ski and snowboard pros can ride the tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain here, where a 4,139 feet vertical drop to the base area awaits and offers a veritable assortment of chutes, bowls, glades, and cliff drops along the way. Beginners can also take a lap on the tram to catch experts plunging into the famed Corbet’s Couloir, a double-diamond run from which skiers must drop off a cliff and free fall anywhere between 10 to 30 feet before their skis touch the snow.

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu in Japan

The winds of Siberia travel over the sea of Japan to create light, dry snow that makes traversing these mountainous grounds incredibly exciting. A huge draw to this resort is night skiing, where lights shine across 2,560 vertical feet of forest ready for alpine action. Those looking for more family-friendly activities can find a kids’ area at the base of this resort with activities like igloo and snowmen building, along with snow-tubing and ski lessons for ages 3 and up.

Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont

The quaint town of Stowe serves as a picturesque setting to the snow slopes available at this locale. Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak are the two mountains that form the resort, where four of the most challenging double-black diamond trails in the eastern United States can be found along the hundreds of skiable acres. Adventure seekers should book an introductory clinic to backcountry skiing to learn about the fundamentals of the sport while getting a scenic tour of the wintery woods.

Engadin St. Moritz in Switzerland

The birthplace of alpine winter tourism, St. Moritz first opened in 1864 and hosted the Winter Olympics in both 1928 and 1948. Located on the southern side of the Swiss Alps, this area features plenty of snowy slopes thanks to being situated at a high elevation of nearly 6,000 feet above sea level. Travelers can also experience a range of other outdoor wintertime excursions such as tandem paragliding, horse riding for the whole family, and guided snowshoeing across frozen lakes.

Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia

Just a two-hour drive from Vancouver’s international airport sits this massive ski resort, which features 8,171 acres of the most skiable terrain and 5,280 feet comprising the highest vertical rise in the entire continent of North America. Visitors looking to enjoy the soft powder of the off-trail slopes can book a heli-skiing day trip, where a guide will choose the best area of Whistler—dependent on weather—to cross for the ultimate winter experience.

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