14. Shemshak, Iran
Shemshak is a village in Iran with a popular ski resort. It is situated to the north-east of Tehran in the Alborz mountain range. Shemshak is the second largest ski area in Iran after Dizin and came into operation in 1958. Shemshak has classically catered to more advanced skiers while Dizin has drawn Beginner and Intermediate Skiers. The slopes are quite steep and many of the runs are mogul runs. There are many resto and cafes in Shemshak as well where skiers meet and share great meals after a fun ski day, such as COUPLE Restaurant. Shemshak is conveniently situated just about 55 minutes drive from Tehran.
13. Revelstoke, Canada
Quite simply Revelstoke has to kick off our list, as talk to anyone who has been and they’ll tell you, not just, how good it is but how truly epic it is. Revelstoke has a lot when it comes to on-mountain terrain, there’s steep and open powder faces, fantastic tree skiing, long well-maintained pistes, an adjacent cat-skiing operation and if that’s not enough then the ½ a million acres of heli-sking terrain should keep you happy.
12. Darbandsar, Iran
Darbandsar is a small ski resort on the slopes of Mt. Seechl, 60km north east of Tehran, on the Shemshak-Dizin road. There are 4 lifts at Darbandsar. The ski season runs from early December until late April. There is good potential for exploring the bare slopes above and around the ski area at Darbandsar .
11. Alyeska, Alaska, USA
Anyone who loves to ride powder will have Alaska on their bucket list, and if you want to ski this isolated US state then look no further than the resort of Alyeska. Yes; most hardcore ski nuts will head to Alaska for either ski touring, ski mountaineering or heli-skiing but the resort of Alyeska should not be overlooked, as it’s like heli-skiing without the price tag.
10. Dizin, Iran
Dizin is the largest Iranian Ski resort in the Alborz mountain range, near Tehran. It was established in 1969. The ski season in Dizin lasts longer than in European, from December to May, due to the resort’s high altitude. The highest ski lift reaches 3,600 m (11,800 ft), making it one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world. Dizin ski amenities include two hotels, 19 cottages and five restaurants, villas and private apartments around the Dizin ski resort accommodate thousands of people every year.
9. Meribel, France
This pick is more about skiing a world-class linked area, which can offer fantastic skiing for all abilities, great night life and is family-friendly, rather than just picking one resort. But as we had to choose one, and after much debate, we settled on the resort of Meribel from the 3 Valleys ski area, over either Val d’Isere or Tignesfrom the nearby Espace Killy ski area. There is little to split these two fantastic ski areas, both of which are very popular with the Brits, but in the end the 3 Valleys got the nod on size alone, as it has 600km of piste to Espace Killy’s 300km.
8. Riksgransen, Sweden
Riksgransen made our Top Ten for keeping the season alive well into June. Head north post Easter, while the rest of Europe’s lifts are closing, and you’ll be skiing at midnight over 200km north of the Arctic Circle.Riksgransen’s pistes aren’t necessarily the longest, but they are varied and the off piste is good too, but it’s the ski touring that stands out here as being world class. It really is true wilderness and you’re likely to meet a few reindeer if you leave the resort boundaries.
7. Zermatt, Switzerland
If it’s good enough for a Toblerone pack then it’s good enough for our bucket list. The Matterhorn is possibly the most perfect and iconic mountain on the planet, so why wouldn’t you want to ski beneath it. Zermatt and Verbier, are arguably Switzerland’s top resorts, but only Zermatt and the linked Italian resort of Cervinia have the Matterhorn as an awe-inspiring backdrop.
6. St Anton, Austria
Those of you who can drag yourselves from your pit in the morning, after an afternoon start, followed by a long night of jagerbombs, oompapa music and huge sausages while conga-ing around the bar with loads of Dutchmen in ski boots, will enjoy the phenomenal skiing St Anton has to offer.
5. Aspen, Colorado, USA
Aspen Snowmass’ “Power of Four” ski resorts and downtown Aspen provide the perfect opportunity to experience four unique vacations within minutes of one another. Aspen’s quaint Victorian town and Aspen Mountain—the ski area that rises out of town—offer a glimpse into the West’s storied mining-boom era. The four resorts combined offer 5,517 total acres of terrain, eight parks and 336 trails served by 43 lifts. Few destinations can offer such varied terrain and experiences just minutes away.
4. Whistler, Canada
Everyone wants to ski in Canada, and many people will have the resort of Whistler as number one on their bucket list, and we can’t really disagree with them. Just inland from Vancouver; Whistler gets struck by Pacific storms all winter. There are helicopter sightseeing tours available at Whistler as well.
3. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
We said this list includes something for everyone, and for less experienced skiers and lovers of long lunches that means we have to be talking Italian, and there is nowhere more quintessentially Italian than Cortina. It may not have the world’s best snow, but it does have some serious skiing, and the mighty Dolomiti Superski pass means you can take advantage of the links into the Sella Ronda and also the lovely hidden valley at Lagazuoi – possibly Europe’s most beautiful red run.
2. Murren, Switzerland
Murren not only a beautifully tranquil traffic-free village, but linked into the superb Jungfrau ski area – which includes the longest downhill run in the world, the Lauberhorn – it also sits in the shadow of arguably the most imposing mountain face anywhere in the world. And we just adore the cog railways that traverse the slopes. There is something very special about talking your skis off and boarding a little train to get back up to the top.
1. Val Thorens
Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe (at an altitude of 2,300 metres) and the highest point of the largest ski area in the world, the 3 Vallées (600 kilometres of interconnected runs). It’s a New World resort that combines the best of skiing with the best of atmospheres so that each holidaymaker feels UNIQUE and enjoys their very own Val Tho experience! Reinventing enjoyment to give its guests the best possible holiday is Val Thorens’ credo. Val Thorens is a sporty, innovative, « ski in, ski out » car-free resort, built in pure mountain style.