Winter is far to be ended and if you love skiing or just look for some escape in the middle of the mountains, we have handpicked for you some of the top destinations in 2017. You can always opt for European break like Austria or Switzerland, but don’t miss Greenland or Japan if want more exotic places.
Planning a ski vacation is not always an easy task. There are too many variables like snow quality, customer service, terrain, steeps, skill level, and of course crowds and budget. Fortunately, some mountains have it all and won’t fail you even if it hasn’t snowed for weeks.
1.Heliskiing in Greenland
Greenland is simply a geographical wonder. It’s rugged terrain and the cultural and climatic diversity distinguishes it as a location for top adventurers. Living under the northern light in winter there is no better place to enjoy adrenaline fueled adventures.
The main base-camps for heliskiing, Maniitosq and Kangaamiut, are the main places you should attend for coastal heliskiing. The mountains here with 2000 meters peaks and wide glacier faces are the perfect combination between adrenaline and breathtaking views.
Season runs from February till May, with peak season in March.
2.Charmonix, Mont Blanc – France
Chamonix of Mont-Blanc, a glamorous winter resort boasting miles and miles of high altitude groomed pistes it’s renowned for its all year round skiing and expansive panoramic views overlooking the Mont Blanc region.
The skiing in Chamonix is so diverse that there are enjoyable slopes to be found for all levels. With 157kms of on-piste and virtually unlimited off-piste Chamonix is exceptionally popular and is also a year-round mountain town, not just a purpose built ski resort.
All year round the lift system give you access to the high mountain areas around the Mont Blanc, whether for skiing, climbing, hiking, mountain biking or sight-seeing.
The Chamonix ski season runs from December to May, offering an unforgettable snow season in the beauteous region of France.
3. Japanese paradise – Niseko
Niseko, a town on Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island, near the dormant volcano of Mt. Yotei offers a sophisticated luxury ski spot for this year. Its awe-inspiring mountainous terrain dotted with numerous hot spring resorts, Niseko offers the finest powder skiing territory near the snow capped volcano.
Hiraku offers vibrant culinary spots as well as a vibrant bustle of nightlife, making Niseko one of the most scenic and unparalleled ski territory for the year ahead.
4. Italian job – Cervinia
The Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche Zermatt area is one of the largest in the Alps, with a varied “domaine skiable” beyond compare, which stretches through three valleys in two countries, Italy and Switzerland, from the 3,883 m of the Piccolo Cervino descending to the 1,524 m of Valtournenche.
One of Italy’s most known snow destinations, Cervinia gives access to 360km of slopes, which it shares with neighboring Zermatt across the border in Switzerland.
Staying here means you can explore one of the world’s best ski areas at a fraction of the cost of opting for the pricey Swiss side. Even if you don’t venture over to Zermatt, Cervinia and the linked village of Valtournenche provide a wonderful snow-sports playground, dictated by the easy gradient of the seemingly never-ending slopes.
5. St. Anton – Austria
It’s not too much of a surprise that this party resort from Austria, renowned around the world for its wild après and even wilder expert terrain, is a number one destination.
Frequently rated among the top five resorts in the Alps, St Anton is located in Austria’s Arlberg region, one of Europe’s snowiest areas, boasts 340km of pistes, 200km of off-piste itineraries and over 55km² of challenging off-piste terrain.
More, it has a highly efficient lift system and an attractive town bursting with stylish hotels, chalets and restaurants. And, come après time, it doesn’t get any better than St Anton’s infamous MooserWirt and Krazy Kanguruh bars. Just perfect for crazy parties.
We agree that skiing is fantastic, and most of you would see these locations as an obvious choice for travelling this year, but don’t miss the opportunity to go to one of these places for the beauty of the views and for the parties also. Any of these can be your dream holiday if you are prepared to check them out.
We have no doubt you’ll have opinions on these recommendations. You can add comments below to put your case across for any resorts we presented here.