Top 10 Countries With The Best Skiing In The World

Top 10 Countries With The Best Skiing In The World

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Top 10 Countries With The Best Skiing In The World

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It’s long been debated, where is the best skiing in the world? However, that question is just as ridiculous as asking where is the worst skiing in the world?

Actually that’s an easy one. Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort in Mentone, Alabama.

So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Countries For Skiing

10) New Zealand

Photo Credit: Coronet Peak Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Coronet Peak Facebook Page

New Zealand offers skiing that can’t be find anywhere else in the world. It’s southern hemisphere skiing that looks much like the Alps. Also, if you have a season like the one the Kiwis just had, it can be the best skiing in the world.

Must See Resort: Treble Cone

9) Argentina

Photo Credit: Andre Charland

Las Lenas, Argentina | Photo Credit: Andre Charland

Two words, Las Lenas or Cerro Catedral. Alpine terrain is the name of the game in Argentina and these two resorts offer up some of the most aesthetic skiing available. Don’t believe us, just ask Dorian Densmore…

Must See Resort: Las Leñas

8) Russia

Caucasus Mountains, Russia | Photo Credit: Peter via Flickr Creative Commons

Caucasus, Russia | Photo Credit: Peter via Flickr Creative Commons

Although skiing in Russia took the main stage during the Sochi Olympics, it’s really all about Krasnaya Polyana. With tree skiing for days as well as an alpine that spills couloirs in every direction, Russia has some of the best skiing. Much of which, has yet to be tapped.

Must See Resort: Krasnya Polyana

7) Italy

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The Dolomites… It’s every skiers dream to pee mid line on the Val Scura.

Must See Resort: Courmayeur

6) Austria

The land of ski racing as well as a burgeoning freeriders paradise, Austria offers a rad level that is close to that of France but without the crevasses.

Must See Resort: St Anton am Arlberg

5) Japan

Photo Credit: Abbot Gilbane

Night Skiing @Grand Hirafu | Photo Credit: Abbot Gilbane

Japow and night skiing. Need we say more?

Must See Resort: Niseko

4) Canada

Canada, the powder highway, and Whistler all retain a legendary aura for ski bums and normally… Canada delivers the goods.

Must See Resort: Whistler Blackcomb

3) Switzerland

Swiss Ski Touring | Photo Credit: Nils Rinaldi

Swiss Ski Touring | Photo Credit: Nils Rinaldi

Switzerland is the veritable home of alpine skiing, which is why every ski bum should make a pilgrimage to its storied slopes. The iconic locales such as the Matterhorn, Engelberg, and Zermatt have been featured on the pages of Powder Magazine and there’s a reason why.

Must See Resort: Zermatt

2) USA

Valdez, Alaska | Photo Credit: Tim Konrad

Valdez, Alaska | Photo Credit: Tim Konrad

Many will argue that Switzerland should be #2 and the US should be #3 or even #5. But there’s one thing that puts the States above Switzerland and its name is Alaska.Being the home of heli-skiing, the US holds the trump card (pictured above).

Must See Resort: Jackson Hole

1) France

Photo Credit: TRAILSOURCE.COM

Photo Credit: TRAILSOURCE.COM

Whenever I think of skiing in France I think of the Charles-Jean Hallo prints that cover the walls of ski bum houses everywhere. Simply put, there’s a mystique to skiing in the French Alps that nobody can replicate. Names like La Grave, Aiguille du Midi, and La Clusaz represent skiing’s deepest roots and for good reason. The skiing in the French Alps is some of the most stunning in the world and when the snow is there, it’s hands down the best in the world.

Must See Resort: Chamonix

Also Read: Top 10 Ski Resorts In The World For Tree Skiing

 

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