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Ski vacations – Feel the crisp air as you swoosh down powdery slopes

Enthusiasts travel all over the world to experience the best ski vacations, looking for the most awesome off-pistes, cross- country skiing or the perfect powder snow. The feeling of swooshing down the slopes with beautiful sceneries and snow flying around you is probably one of the best feelings in the world. And the incredible amount of ski vacations available today are amazing. Whether you are looking for cosy villages for your family ski vacations or something really advanced for you and your buddies, there’s a great selection of ski resorts in the world for you to pick and choose from.

 

Before you go out and hit the slopes, you should know how the difficulty levels works when it comes to the slopes. They are graded in a color system. What mainly determines the color is how big of an incline the slope has, but sometimes the width also plays a part in deciding the difficulty level. The less of an incline, the easier the slope.

Green The easiest slope for beginners and small children.

Blue A little more difficult than green but still an easy slope that most skiers can handle.

Red Medium hard slope suitable for those who aren’t completely new skiers.

Black The slope with the highest incline that suits those of you who are experienced and advanced skiers.

 

After a long day of skiing, don’t forget to join in one of the most popular activates during ski vacations, besides from skiing of course –  The After Ski. Get those boots off your feet, order yourself something cool, or hot, to drink, preferably a glüwine, and join in the singing, dancing and fun that is after ski! Skiing is such a fun activity, and for all of you guys out there looking for the perfect destinations for your ski vacations, just scroll down and find the one most appealing to you! Good luck and be safe!

 

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VANCOUVER

Vancouver ski vacations - Close to famous Whistler

The third largest city of Canada, Vancouver, is closely located to high mountains that provide the city with many small places with good skiing opportunities. Only two hours away you will find one of the most famous ski resorts in the world, Whistler, where most of the alpine skiing was held in the winter Olympics of 2010. Whistler consists out of a collection of areas between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain. As the largest ski resort in North America, it offers you a total of 134 miles (216 km) of amazing ski slopes. Whistler Mountain has a drop height of 5 020 ft (1 530m) and Blackcomb Mountains drop height lands at 5 279 ft (1 609 m).

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ANDORRA LA VELLA

Andorra la Vella ski vacations - Amazing skiing

In Andorra la Vella you can experience amazing skiing with pistes located at over 8 202 ft (2 500 m). The biggest ski area, Grandvalira, consists out of more than 130 miles (210 km) of ski slopes and offers you loads of ski slopes for everybody, whether you are a beginner or a pro. If you are looking for more advanced offpiste skiing it is available at a height of 8 530 ft (2 600 m). The smaller ski area, Vallnord, constitutes about 62 miles (100 km) in ski slopes and it is divided into two different systems that is called Arinsal/ Pal and Arcalís. Arinsal/ Pal is perfect for the beginner and families with children, but it also provides the challenger with some black ski slopes. Arcalís on the other hand is very appreciated for its good offpiste at 8 530 ft (2 600m). Just a small buss- ride for about twenty minutes will take you from the capital Andorra la Vella to all of the ski areas.

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BERN

Bern ski vacations - All degrees of difficulty

With the Alps as a neighbor Switzerland’s capital Bern offers you a number of small ski areas, perfect for all of you who love skiing. All it takes to get there is a short car-ride for about 45 minutes. If you are looking for an advance and to challenge yourself Mürren is full of black pistes. Every year the alpine world elite do slalom and downhill racing in Wengen, close to Grindelwald. This is a great place for you to test your skills. However, if you are looking for some more child- friendly skiing, you should visit Adelboden and Meiringen- Hasliberg. They offer a lot of blue pistes and beautiful views at 7 546 ft (2 300 m).

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DUBAI

Dubai ski vacations - Go skiing in the Mall of the Emirates

Visit the first indoors ski center of the Middle East in Dubai, situated in the Mall of the Emirates. No matter how experienced (or inexperienced) you are, there is something to do. Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding or just jumping around in the snow. It opened in 2005 and offers you a mountain with 5 slopes and a terrain park to choose from. Also, there are 2 lifts, 1 tow bar and 1 four- person chairlift to help you up the mountain.

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SALT LAKE CITY

Salt Lake City ski vacations - Experience "The Greatest Snow on Earth"

When it comes to skiing there are a lot of resorts to choose from around Salt Lake City. Most of them you will find just outside the city limits in the mountain range Wasatch. If you are looking for an awesome piste you should head out to Deer Valley who is said to be the best. Keep in mind though that snowboarding is not allowed here. If you are looking for the best terrain you should visit Solitude instead. Snowbasin is a little calmer but still offers a relatively big ski lift system. But what all resorts are really famous for is their perfect snow. They call it “The Greatest Snow on Earth” and that is what attracts most of the tourists. Nowhere else will you find as light and dry snow, and the best part is that it almost never gets icy.

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SANTIAGO DE CHILE

Santiago de Chile ski vacations - Ski at the biggest resort in Chile

When in Santiago de Chile you have four ski resorts nearby. Ski Portillo is one of the most famous ones, located 92 miles (148 km) away. It is known for its dust-snow and it also offers some beautiful sceneries. Valle Nevado is the biggest ski resort in all of Chile and located 27 miles (44 km) away from Santiago. About 24 miles (38 km) away you have La Parva, which provides you with amazing views overlooking the valley of Santiago. And last but not least we have El Colorado Ski Center. This resort is located very close to the City of Santiago and constitutes out of two villages linked together.

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ASPEN

Aspen ski vacations - Big variety, only minutes apart

In Aspen you have four unique ski resorts to choose from, located just a few minutes away from each other. Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass together with downtown Aspen creates huge potential for the perfect vacation. Not many destinations have as big of a variety as the ones you can find in Aspen, just a couple of minutes away from each other. Together the four resorts offer eight parks with 336 different trails and 43 lifts. If you are a beginner, you should visit Buttermilk or Snowmass. Here you will find lots of beginner and kid- friendly facilities and there are also special “learn to ski” zones created for both adults and children. Snowmass is often called an intermediate’s heaven since most of the terrain is well groomed and welcoming.  Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highland on the other hand, are known for their expert skiing. Not the best place for beginners since there aren’t any green trails there. At Aspen Mountain you can experience long, steep mogul runs and challenging fall- line.

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DURANGO

Durango ski vacations - The perfect destination for families

About 26 miles (42 km) up north from the town Durango you have Purgatory in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. This is the perfect resort for families since it has something to offer every member of the family. All over it is a very good destination for beginners and intermediates. Here you will find beautiful sceneries while sliding down the slopes and terrain for all abilities. The whole area consists out of 1 360 skiable acres, five terrain parks and also an area for the kids to play. An absolute perfect place for families to visit!

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ANCHORAGE

Anchorage ski vacations - Experience wicked alpine skiing

If you’re looking for some wicked alpine skiing Alaska is the place to go! It offers crazy good snow conditions with its high mountaintops. Within 45 minutes of downtown Anchorage you can choose from three different places for alpine skiing. Beautiful views, excellent terrain and something for every degree of difficulty are things that apply to all resorts. Only 15 minutes away from Anchorage you find friendly slopes at Hilltorp Ski Area, perfect for those who only has begun to ski or snowboard. The serious or amateur skier should head out to Arctic Valley ski area, located 10 miles (16 km) north of downtown. Here you can choose from 25 trails and a terrain park. At Alyeska Resort you can ski on over 1 400 acres and the resort has been acknowledged by Skiing Magazine as one of the top 25 ski destinations. It offers something for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or a pro.

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FLAGSTAFF

Flagstaff ski vacations - Discover cool off-the-radar skiing

In the mountain town Flagstaff, Arizona, you find off-the-radar ski resorts nearby. In Coconino National Forest only 20 minutes away you have one of the oldest ski resorts in the country, Arizona Snowbowl. With its five chairlifts and 32 runs it offers something for all degrees of difficulty. But the beginners also have 50 acres of terrain, especially made for learning apart from that. For those of you who snowboard Arizona Snowbowl is the perfect place to work on your freestyle skills. Elk Mountain Ski Resort is located 30 miles (48 km) away from Flagstaff. This is a small family resort where you have a tubing park and two lifts for skiing and snowboarding. A 3.5-hour drive away to the southeast and you will enter Sunrise Park Resort. Here you have 10 lifts and 65 runs you choose from, and the children have their own special ski area if they like. If you’re more of a cross- country skier you have 25 miles (40 km) of cross- country ski trails at your service when you go to The Flagstaff Nordic Center, located only 15 minutes away.

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QUEENSTOWN

Queenstown ski vacations - Top notch skiing and snowboarding

Queenstown offer four ski resorts, each one with its own unique character. The closest ones are Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. And if you go just a little bit further you will find Cardrona and Treble Cone. All over Queenstown with its four resorts are known for its top notch skiing and snowboarding. The season starts in June and ends in October, due to its location in the southern hemisphere. Whether you’re traveling as a family with advanced skills in skiing or a group of friends where everyone are beginners you’ll find something that fits your holiday just perfect.

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SAPPORO

Sapporo ski vacations - Great for daily ski trips

Sapporo offers several good places for skiing, all of them easily accessible by daily trips. One thing is for sure, they are all provided with a lot of snow! Sapporo Teine is located 45 minutes away and is a very good resort for beginners and kids. Sapporo Kokusai, one hour away, brags about their 18 metres (59 feet) of powder per season. Kioro is a modern resort located about 70 minutes away. If you want to try some backcountry areas and deserted off-piste you should try Asari ski resort. Another modern ski resort, Tomamu, also offers good off-piste!

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KIRUNA

Kiruna ski vacations - Good for pre- season skiing

Kiruna in Sweden is usually a good alternative for the pre-season. Although they’ve had some problems with the snow they’ve decided to only have natural snow in their cross- country trails. Not only is it better for the environment, it also gives a more authentic feeling. Kiruna offers you long and nice cross- country trails where you can start skiing in October already if there is enough snow.

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ALMATY

Almaty ski vacations - Lots of sunny days and mild climate

Near the largest city of Kazakhstan, Almaty, you have the ski resort Shymbulak, sometimes called Chimbulak. It is located in the Zaiilisky Alatau mountain range, about 16 miles (25 km) south of Almaty. The area offers you three lifts and a highest point at 10 500 ft (3 200m). Through the winter Shymbulak provides a terrific amount of snow and lots of sunny days, along with that comes a mild climate, which makes it a popular resort. Couldn’t be better, right?

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CALGARY

Calgary ski vacations - Best downhill slopes in North America

Calgary in Canada serves you with many lovely ski resorts where you can find something for everyone. Only 45 minutes away you will find Nakiska, where the Olympics were held in 1988. Here you can find a total of 28 ski slopes and the highest is at 7 415 ft (2 260 m). The highest drop height is 2 411 ft (735 m). The season in Nakiska starts in December and continues until mid April.   You can find more ski resorts that are very popular nearby. Banff, one of these, is usually described as a first-class ski resort where you will find all that you desire in a ski trip. Here the skiing starts mid November and continues on until late May if you like. Banff offers the longest ski season in North America. During these months you can find something to please everyone, it does not matter if you are a beginner or a pro when you have 274 different ski slopes to choose from. Apart from all that you will also have beautiful views to enjoy while gliding down the slopes in fluffy, dry powder snow.   Lake Louise is another closely located resort where you will find some of North Americas best downhill slopes! Whether you are a skilled skier or not this is a perfect place to go. You can find everything from courses for beginners to limitless offpist-slopes. Lake Louise is also known for its peaceful atmosphere and magnificent nature with white Mountains and turquoise glaciers. And if you are in the mood for something else there are a lot of good places for hiking available.   At last we have Sunshine Village with its highest piste at 8 957 ft (2 730 m). The highest drop height lands on 3 510 ft (1 070 m) and the longest piste you will find here is about 5 miles (8 km). Most commonly the season lasts between November and May.

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HELSINKI

Helsinki ski vacations - Experience 112 miles of ski trails

In Helsinki you can go skiing as long as you have the weather on your side. Here you have about 112 miles (180 km) in ski trails, which is taken care of as long into the spring as possible, among others in Centralparken. Only about 6 miles (9 km) away you can find one of the capitals most popular ski terrains, called Svedängens friluftspark. You easily go there by bus or car. The season usually starts in December and continues on, depending on the weather, until April. It will not be a problem if you want to ski during the darker hours of the day because most of the trails are irradiated until late at night. If you are more of a speed person there are more places in the region of Helsinki, where you can go downhill and snowboarding.

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REYKJAVIK

Reykjavik ski vacations - Impressive views and beautiful nature

To get from Reykjavik to the ski resort Blåfjell is easy, it only takes 30 minutes with either car or bus. The resort opens as soon as the snow starts to fall and as long as the weather allows. There are offpist slopes for the experienced skier but also many alternatives for the beginner as well. Blåfjell is popular for its beautiful nature and the impressing views in the slopes. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Reykjavik!

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OAHU

Oahu ski vacations - Ski in the morning and chill by the beach in the afternoon

Skiing, in Hawaii? Believe it or not, but it is actually possible! On Mauna Kea (the White Mountain) you can ski or snowboard down the 13 501 ft (4 115 m) high mountain. The snow comes during the winter months, but the season starts in November and can last all the way until July. February and March are the months that provide the mountain with the best snow though. One important thing to have in mind if you are going skiing in Oahu is the lack of lifts. There are no lifts to take you up the mountain, instead you have to either hire a guide or a vehicle with four-wheel-drive. But now wouldn’t it be cool to go skiing in the morning and later spend the afternoon on the beach? On Oahu you can do just that!

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OSLO

Oslo ski vacations - Combine skiing with the pulse of a big city

Oslo is the perfect city if you want to combine divine skiing with the pulse of a big city. With the local traffic it takes you 30 minutes to get to Holmenkollen where you can try the worlds most modern ski-jump. You can also enjoy peaceful forests and fresh air in the long trails if that is more of your cup of the. If you want to ski when it gets darker at night a lot of the trails are irradiated until 10.00 pm. Apart from Homlenkollen there is a place called Tryvann Vinterpark only twenty minutes north of Oslo. Here you can find something in all the degrees of difficulty amongst their 14 ski slopes, the big terrain park and all the opportunities of cross-country skiing. With the big city nearby you do not have to sign up for a whole week of skiing when going to Oslo. Instead, you can combine it with the city life for some pleasant variation!

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OTTAWA

Ottawa ski vacation - Incomparable ski conditions

In Ottawa you can experience some really nice ski hills if you visit Camp Fortune, located only 15 minutes away. They offer the regions longest ski season and say themselves that their ski conditions are incomparable. Here you have 24 runs to choose from whether you are an expert, intermediate or a beginner at skiing or snowboarding. If you want to do something else you can also take a turn past their terrain park, which has 12 hits including rails, boxes and a wall.

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ANNECY

Annecy ski vacations - Awesome skiing in the French Alps

In Annecy you can find several good places for skiing in the French Alps. The four resorts La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand, Manigod and Saint Jean de Sixt have all come together to create Lake Annecy Ski Resorts. The first one, La Clusaz consist out of 5 mountain areas who offers lots of slopes, 83 to be exact, and over 82 miles (132 km). Here you can find something in all the degrees of difficulties, there are 7 black slopes, 23 red, 28 blue and 25 green. In Le Grand Bornand you have 56 miles (90km) of slopes and at about 6 890 ft (2100 m) you reach the highest peak of the mountain. The ski area in Manigod is linked to La Clusaz and here you find 26 slopes. One of them is black, 8 red, 14 blue and 3 green. Manigod is the perfect place for families. The beginners should head out to the friendly St Jean de Sixt. There you can choose out of 5 slopes to slide down from, 2 green, 2 blue and 1 red. Lake Annecy Ski Resorts have something for everybody and they combine tradition with creativity to give you the best holiday you can get.

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BEIJING

Beijing ski vacations - Choose freely among the many resorts

In Beijing you find the best ski resorts in the mountainous areas attached to Yanqing County, Miyung County, Changping District and Mentougou District. These are especially good for all of you who love snowboarding. To be on the safe side though we recommend you to try an easy slope at first, just to note how the trail grading area works. Badaling Ski Resort is very popular and offers you the longest cross-country ski trail in Beijing. Apart from that, you can also choose from 1 learning trail, 2 beginner trails, 1 intermediate and 1 for the experts. Another popular resort is Huaibei Ski Resort. This is the place to be if you are a beginner and looking for some development. There is one trail for the experts, but apart from that there are two trails for intermediates and all over four trails for beginners. You can also use the trail that’s made for learning and practicing. If you are a pro looking for some hardcore skiing on the other hand, Jundushan Ski Resort is the place to be. They offer ski trails with the highest degree of difficulty in China. Aside from these three resorts you can also visit other good ones like: Nanshan Ski Village, Wanlongbayi Ski Field, Lianhuashan Ski Field, Qiaobo Skiing Dome, Shijinglong Ski Field, Yuyang Ski Resort and Yunfoshan Ski Resort. All over Beijing offers you lots of different resorts to choose from. All you have to do is decide which one sounds like the perfect one for your holiday!

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LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas ski vacations - Experience the eight highest peak in Nevada

35 miles (56km) northwest of Las Vegas you will find The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, which the locals refer to as Lee Canyon. Here, at almost 12 ft (3 632 m) you will find the eight highest peak in Nevada. The resort has a total of 11 alpine trails for skiing and snowboarding. There are 4 lifts, where 3 of them are chairlifts and the last one is a surface lift. If you’ re interested you can also take a ride in their freestyle terrain park!

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QUEBEC CITY

Québec City ski vacations - Matchless conditions

Only minutes away from Québec City you can find several ski resorts for skiers of all levels. Experience amazing terrain and fantastic snow. Every year the snowfall lands at over 13 ft (400 cm), making it a ski area with matchless conditions. Choose between Mont- Sainte- Anne, Le Massif de Charlevoix, Stoneham Mountain Resort and Le Relais Centre. In Mont- Sainte- Anne you can experience the biggest vertical drop in Canada for night skiing. You can choose from three mountain faces and do all of this during one of Québecs longest seasons. If you like beautiful views Massif de Charlevoix is the place to visit. Experience amazing views overlooking the St. Lawrence River while sliding down the slopes generously filled with natural snow. Go to Stoneham Mountain Resort if you are in the mood for some night skiing, they offer the largest night skiing areas in Canada. They also have four different types of terrain parks made for freestylers. The best alternative for families with children is to visit Le Relais Centre. It only takes about 15 minutes to get there and enjoy their three terrain parks for all different levels.

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TURIN

Turin ski vacations - Paradise for intermediates

Not a beginner, still no pro? Within an hour drive from Turin you find Sauze D’Oulx and Bardonecchia. Sauze D’Oulx is the ultimate place for intermediates since it has over 249 miles (400 km) of runs for them to choose from. All visitors are also provided with a spectacular view over the rising mountains, due to the location up on a mountain shelf. If you are interested in the Milky Way terrain you get access to it through here. Bardonecchia is also a very good place for intermediates to go. Here you can choose from about 87 miles (140 km) of slopes to slide down from. Most of them have great views and are widely spread. If you don’t mind going a little further there are more places worth a visit about 90 minutes away. For example Sestriere, Cervinia, Cormayeur and Gressoney.

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DENVER

Denver ski vacation - Longest season in the state

Within 35 miles (56km) of Denver you find the closest ski resort, Echo Mountain, where you can go night skiing if you like. Here the season starts in mid December and continues on until late April or early May. Echo’s best feature is its terrain park and free- ride terrain where you can use the rails and jumps located all around the mountain. At 10 500 ft (3 200m) you have Echo’s base elevation and the vertical drop falls at 660 ft (201 m). The whole area has a total of three lifts and 15 trails. 52 miles (85 km) away from Denver you find Loveland which is a good place for the intermediate or expert skiers since 87 percent of the trails are made for that degree of difficulty. The remaining 13 percent is for beginners. You can choose out of 93 different trails and 10 lifts. The season is one of the longest in the state, early October until mid May. 67 miles (108 km) northwest of Denver you have the closest major ski area called Winter Park. This is the place to go if you are a beginner or an intermediate since the area offers many cruiser trails that are well taken care of. You can also try some of the Colorados most popular tree skiing here. As a total the ski area offers you 143 trails to choose from and the season most often starts mid November and continues on until mid April.

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ALBUQUERQUE

Albuquerque ski vacations - Longest cruising terrain in the state

Just minutes away from downtown Sandia Peak Ski Area offers you a cruising terrain that is one of the longest in the state, a large trail network for cross- country skiing and a terrain park perfect for snowboarders. The weather in Albuquerque makes it possible for you to go skiing in the morning and later in the afternoon do something else, maybe play some golf at award- winning golf courses? And don’t worry, if you’re not the biggest fan of golf there are plenty of other things to do and experience as well. You can also ski in one of the country’s highest ski areas if you take a short drive to the north and visit Ski Santa Fe. Located in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range they offer you seven lifts and 67 runs where both skiers and snowboarders can experience the amazingly high desert mountains.

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COLUMBUS

Columbus ski vacation - Something for all ski levels

Even though Ohio isn’t a place blessed with much in the typography, it’s still a very popular place for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. As a total you can choose from six ski resorts in the Buckeye State, all offering something for the different degrees of difficulty. If you like to ski later at night there are lighted slopes provided for you. If the weather is good the resorts usually open in early December. And at all resorts you can rent equipment if you need. The resorts are: Clear Fork Resort, Mad River Mountain, Snow Trails, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Alpine Valley.

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SOFIA

Sofia ski vacation - Good opportunities for slalom and cross- country skiing

If you want to go skiing while in Sofia you have Vitosha Mountain, located only about 6 miles (10 km) away. The main ski area is situated under the highest peak, which is at 7 513 ft (2 290 m). Here you find good opportunities to go slalom and cross- country skiing amongst the many slopes with powder. And if you’re interested they also offer tours throughout the mountain on foot. The snow starts to fall in December and stays until late spring.

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SIENA

Siena ski vacations - Slide down a dormant volcano

You don’t have to visit the Alps in northern Italy to find good places for skiing. Only an hour drive away from Siena you will find the ski resort Mount Amiata. It is a dormant volcano located between the provinces of Siena and Grosseto, which offer you 12 downhill pistes and 4 Nordic- ski tracks. It is said to be the most important ski resort in Lower Tuscany and Upper Latium. Depending on the weather conditions the season most often open in mid December and ends around Easter.

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VADUZ

Vaduz ski vacations - Perfect for families

Within about 9 miles (15 km) from the capital Vaduz you find the perfect place for families who love to ski, in the heart of the Liechtenstein Alps. Due to the recognition of family- friendly facilities the ski resort Malbun has won the Families Welcome Award by the Swiss Tourism Board. Here you will find about 14 miles (23 km) of pistes where you have something in all difficulty levels. There is also a small funpark perfect for the freestyle skiers and snowboarders. In 2007, three out of the four lifts were replaced and today there are these three lifts, together with a modern six-man chairlift with heated seats.

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RIGA

Riga ski vacations - Rich with snow

Latvia may not be a land filled with mountains, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a good place for skiing. The winters are rich with snow and that, along with its steep slopes, makes it excellent for rapid runs on a snowboard or with skis. You can find several different places to go skiing in Latvia but the one closest to Riga is Baldone, located only 24 miles (40 km) away with great possibilities for alpine skiing. In Riekstu Kalns you have fantastic 350 metres long, steep and active tracks. If you like cross- country skiing you can enjoy the well appointed tracks in the centre of Riga every winter.

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KIEV (KYIV)

Kiev ski vacations - Paradise for beginners

All beginner ski lovers look over here! Almost in the heart of Kiev you have nice potential for skiing. Here you have a full- featured ski slope with two runs. The first one (located to the left) works very well for most beginners since it is a bit lower and more flat. The other one (located to the right) is a bit higher with more steep. You easily enter the ski area by using the metro.

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ARIZONA

Arizona ski vacations - 65 runs spread over three mountains

The most popular ski area in Arizona is located on the scenic San Francisco Peaks and is called Arizona Snowbowl. It offers 5 lifts and 32 different trails. Although that is the most popular resort, it isn’t the largest. Sunrise Park, located in McNary in the Arizona White Mountains, is bigger. With its and 8 lifts and 65 runs spread over three mountains the resort is very popular amongst families. If you want to go somewhere close to Tucson instead, you can visit Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley with its 3 lifts and 22 trails. And if you are looking for something a little smaller and suitable for beginners/ intermediates you should head out to Elk Ridge. It is a family oriented resort, only minutes away from Williams, Arizona, with 2 lifts and 12 trails.

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SARDINIA

Sardinia ski vacations - 4 resorts at your service

Sardinia offers you four different resorts with a total of 2.6 miles (4.2 km) of slopes and four ski lifts to transport the guests. Bruncu Spina has 2 miles (3.3 km) with slopes. Monte Spada has 0.2 miles (0.4 km) with slopes. Separadorgiu also offers 0.2 miles (0.4 km) with slopes and S'Arena provides its guests with 0.06 miles (0.1 km) with dry slopes.

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SICILY

Sicily ski vacations - Ski down beautiful Mount Etna

At first you may not think of Sicily as much of a place to go skiing. But thanks to Mount Etna it actually is! It has a total of about 11 miles (18 km) of slopes and 11 ski lifts. If the weather is good you can start skiing here in November and continue on until the end of March, and sometimes even into April. You have three different resorts to choose from in Sicily, Etna South/ Nicolosi offers 6,2 miles (10km) of slopes and 5 lifts. Etna Nord/ Linguaglossa has 3 miles (5km) with slopes and 4 lifts. And then we have Piano Battaglia that consists out of about 2 miles (3km) of slopes and 2 lifts.

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RIVERSIDE

Riverside ski vacations - Nice resort for intermediate and advanced skiers

In Iowa, United States, you have a small ski resort in Riverside called Riverside Hills Ski Resort. Here you can find some terrain suited for beginners but most of it is adapted for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Riverside Hills has 40 acres of terrain spread over 6 trails and with 3 lifts. The vertical descent lands at 190 ft (58 m). If you’re more interested in cross- country skiing you should visit Yellowstone Park!

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HANGZHOU

Hangzhou ski vacations - Known for beautiful scenery

Skiing might not be the first thing to cross your mind while thinking of southern China, but Daming Mountain Ski Resort in Hangzhou surprises in that department! It is in fact known for its beautiful scenery involving high mountains, waterfalls, virgin forest, impressive rock formations, valleys and creeks. Daming Mountain is about 3 600 ft (1 100 m) high with a choice of slopes to pick from. The resort doesn’t see much snow coming the natural way, instead they have snowmaking machines to solve that problem. But don’t be mistaken, as the skiers slide down the slopes snowflakes swirls around and the fake snow can even be mistaken for the real thing.

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TIANJIN

Tianjin ski vacations - Experience man- made slopes

Close to Tianjin you have four skiing resorts to choose from. Yulong Ski Resort, Jizhou International Ski Resort, Panshan Ski Resort and Shuidi Ski Center. Yulong Ski Resort, the first large- scale ski resort in Tianjin, offers slopes for all skill levels and ages. You don’t even have to ski, if you like you can fly down the slopes with a rented inner tube. Jizhou International Ski Resort is the only ski resort in Tianjin to offer something in all difficulty levels, beginner, intermediate, advanced and circular ski slopes. Even though that is the case, the level of skiers is a little bit higher here if you compare with Yulong. So if you are completely new at the whole skiing thing we recommend you to learn the basics somewhere else before visiting Jizhou. For example, at Panshan Ski Resort that is located very close to Jizhou. You can find slopes in all skill levels here too, but the difference is how good Panshan is at separating their easy slopes with their advanced. So you don’t need to be scared of slowing someone down, or to be slowed down either for that matter. Shuidi Ski Center is also a good place for beginners and children. Shuidi also offers some rare slopes that are absolutely man-made.

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BRISTOL

Bristol ski vacations - Try exciting lifts

At Bristol Mountain you find 34 trails to choose from, spread out over their 138 acres of skiable terrain. You can also go cross- country skiing and test their two terrain parks. Almost all trails are illuminated at night, well at least 96 % of them. As a total there are 32 % preserved for beginners, 50 % for intermediates and 18 % for the advanced. At Bristol Mountain there are 6 different lifts servicing, two of them are high speed detachable quads, one fixed grip quad, one fixed grip double chair, one fixed grip triple and at last a Magic Carpet conveyor lift. The annual snowfall most often land at 120 inches (305 cm).

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CHENGDU

Chengdu ski vacations - Discover the Oriental Alps

When traveling to Chengdu for skiing, you have three resorts to choose from. Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort is often called the Oriental Alps and known to be the best alpine ski resort in China, and also the most successful. To get here it takes you around 2,5 hours by car and it is located in the west of Chengdu city. Newly opened Jiudingshan Prince Ridge Ski Resort is the largest ski resort in China. This is a good resort if you want to get away from all the tourists since there aren’t as many here as there might be in other resorts. To get here it takes you 3 hours by car. Located at the top of Mount Emei, you find family friendly Emeishan Ski Resort. A good resort, but it is located a bit further away, all together it takes you about 5 hours to get here.

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LIJIANG

Lijiang ski vacations - Visit the highest ski resort in China

About 12 miles (20 km) away from Lijiang you can find the highest ski resort in China at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Ski Resort. As long as you have the ability to adjust after the high altitude this is a very good spot for beginner and intermediate skiers. Here you can enjoy scenic views over the rivers, modern glaciers scattering around and alpine lakes while sliding down the slopes. The season starts in November and lasts until early May.

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SALZBURG

Salzburg ski vacations - Choose from a wide range of places for fantastic skiing

Thousands of ski enthusiasts visit Salzburg every year to experience its fantastic skiing. It offers a wide range of places with good skiing and here the most popular are represented. Popular Skiwelt Amade and Schladming are favorites for most people. If you travel as a family you will probably enjoy Grobarl a lot. If you’re looking for beautiful landscapes you should visit Obertauern. The Gasteinertal is unique in the way that it offers hot springs in addition to the regular skiing. Other ski areas that definitely are worth a visit is Flachau, Zell am See and Leogang- Saalbach- Hinterglemm.

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TEMUCO

Temuco ski vacations - Ski down the Llaima Volcano

51 miles (82 km) north- east of Temuco, located on the west slope of the Llaima Volcano you have Las Araucarias Ski Center. The ski area is adjusted to match all different ski levels with slopes from 5 085 ft (1 550m) up to 6 400 ft (1 950m), so whether you are a beginner or a pro you’ll have something suiting your needs. Las Araucarias also offers beautiful nature with its location in the Conguillio National Park, full with ancient araucaria trees.

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VANCOUVER ISLAND

Vancouver Island ski vacations - Impeccable skiing

Vancouver Island offers unbeatable slopes and some of the best snow conditions in the British Columbia. The Pacific Ocean air, along with its all- natural snow base makes it an impeccable place for skiing and snowboarding. You can choose between two ski resorts, Mt Cain Ski Resort in the north and Mt. Washington Ski Resort that is located in the central Vancouver Island. Families and powder fans will most likely enjoy the smaller resort of the two, Mt Cain Ski Resort. It has about 12,5 miles (20 km) of slopes and 3 lifts. Mt. Washington Ski Resort on the other hand has about 37 miles (60 km) of slopes and all over 6 lifts to offer.

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CATANIA

Catania ski vacations - Ski down Europe's largest active volcano

About an hour drive away from Catania you have Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna, where you find two ski resorts, Piano Provenzana and Nicolosi which both provide good opportunities for alpine and downhill slopes. Thanks to the settled lava from the volcano, all the trails tend to be very smooth. And since the mountain has an altitude of more than 10 000 ft (3 048 m) it is provided with snow from the end of November and until April. December, January and February though are said to be the best months for good snow conditions.

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RIJEKA

Rijeka ski vacations - Great place for kids to learn how to ski

Platak (Rijeka) ski resortin Rijeka, Crotia, offers you about 9.5 miles (5 km) of slopes where 2 miles (3.2 km) of them are blue, 1 mile (1.8 km) are red and the rest is black. The area has a total of 5 lifts. This is a good place to take your kids to learn how to ski. Over all Platak (Rijeka) ski resort is a fun resort where a lot of ski enthusiasts travel every year.

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CLUJ-NAPOCA

Cluj- Napoca ski vacations - Lovely views over the Carpathian Mountains

About 30 miles (50km) away from Cluj- Napoca you’ll find Baisoara Resort, which offers a winter season between December to March. There are two slopes, each with their own special features. In the Onix ski slope you’ll find the best snow out of the two. But the Buscat ski slope gives you lovely views over the Carpathian Mountains due to its high altitude. All over Baisoara is a basic resort perfect for those new at the whole skiing thing.

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MARIBOR

Maribor ski vacations - Go skiing in the biggest ski center of Slovenia

Close to Maribor, you find the biggest ski center in all of Slovenia, Ski Resort Maribor. Between early December and late March it offers you amazing sceneries while sliding down superior ski slopes. There are a total of 22 lifts and 57 % of the slopes are easy, 31 % intermediate and 12 % are difficult.

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TENNESSEE

Tennessee ski vacations - Great family resort

In Tennessee you have a family resort called Ober Gatlinburg, located in the Great Smoky Mountains. Here you have eight ski trails to choose from, all of them apart from the expert run Grizzly, is available for night skiing. If you give Ober Gatlinburg a visit you will experience beautiful views over the mountains. If you like you can also swing by the Snow Tubing Park and test some of their 10 lanes.

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AALESUND

Aalesund ski vacations - Ski in beautiful sceneries where mountains meet fjords

Alesund is a good place for those of you who don’t want it to be crowded in the slopes. And compared to the big resorts in the Alps the lift system might be small, but sometimes you can actually be all alone when skiing down the slopes. Especially if you go there in the middle of the week. This is a beautiful place where mountain meets fjord and creates magical sceneries.  If you like cross- country skiing Alesund provides you with amazing trails.

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ADELBODEN

Adelboden ski vacations - Popular amongst skiing families

The picturesque Alpine village Adelboden is surrounded by grandiose mountain views of the Bernese Oberland, located at 4 430 ft (1 350m) above sea level. The ski resort Adelboden has 160 acres of skiable terrain with plenty lift facility and a total of 108 runs, 44 % intermediate, 46 % advanced and 10 % expert runs. Beyond that, you also have 5 terrain parks at your service. All over the resort is child- friendly, which makes it very popular amongst families. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good destination for other travellers as well. It pretty much suits everyone!

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PITEå

Piteå ski vacations - Perfect for small children

In Piteå, Sweden, you can go skiing on Vallsberget. There are three runs with a vertical drop at 361 ft (110m) and aside from that also a small slope for children. If you'd like you can also try their new Funpark!

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BORLäNGE

Borlänge ski vacations - Something for everyone, whether you are a beginner or a pro

About 6 miles (10 km) away from Borlänge, Sweden, you'll find the  ski resort Romme Alpin. It offers you a total of 28 runs down two tops and 13 lifts of different characters. The highest vertical drop is at 902 ft (275 m). Romme Alpin has something for all typ of skiers, whether you are a beginner or a pro. Enjoy!

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KITZBüHEL

Kitzbühel Ski Vacations - The Best Skiing in the World

The town of Kitzbühel is known for the great skiing that every year attracts tourists from all over the world. Surrounding the town are the great Austrian Alps, containing ski opportunities for everyone, no matter if you are a beginner or an experienced skier. The most famous course is called the Streif, named after the Streifalm, a beautiful meadow at the top of the course. The Streif is a great challenge even if you are an experienced skier, containing high speed downhill skiing as well as exhilarating jumps, curves, compressions and bumps. Some parts of the course are for experts only, so consult the people at the course if it is safe for you to go. If you deem that it is a little bit to extreme, there are several other courses, and even a special Family Friendly Streif. In 2013 and 2014, Kitzbühel was voted "The Best Ski Resort in the World" by the biggest ski resorts website. If you are looking for the perfect ski vacation, Kitzbühel should be on the top of your list!

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SARAJEVO

Sarajevo Ski Vacations - Best budget skiing in Europe

In Sarajevo you’ll find Europe’s best alternative for budget skiing and snowboarding! There are three different ski resorts to choose from, Jahorina is the most popular and then there is Bjelasnica and Igman. All of them together has a total of about 40 km of slopes and 18 ski lifts. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner looking for a gently ride or a pro looking for the fastest rides, Sarajevo’s resorts have something for all levels!

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