Choosing a wintersport destination that can hold up all year round can be difficult. When making a decision, you need to weigh up average costs, as well as the length of time that you want to spend at a destination.
Some places are generally more expensive at particular times of the year, such as Spring or Winter, and may also be affected by their hosting of wintersport championships.
Some of the best destinations for wintersports throughout the entire year consequently include places that are both renowned for their quality, but also include some more out of the way places:
Wintersports Throughout the Year
1 – Zermatt, Switzerland
With a long held reputation as one of the best ski resorts in the world, Zermatt in Switzerland demonstrates the altitude and the quality of the slopes in the Alps. Zermatt has three dedicated ski areas across its resort, and can be used 365 days a year.
2 – Val d’Isere, France
Located in the Tarentaise Valley in the Savoie region of France, Val d’Isere is particularly recommended for snowboarding, and regularly attracts some of the best athletes in the world to its world championships. Slopes total a distance of 300km and the highest lift reaches 3450m, while the region also features a large nature reserve.
3 – Chamonix, France
In the shadow of Mont Blanc, Chamonix in France fills up every year with skiiers and snowboarders eager to test themselves on its world class peaks and slopes. The valley around Mont Blanc also contains multiple parks, chalet resorts and shopping, making it one of the preeminent wintersport destinations in the world.
4 – Meribel, France
Part of Les Allues valley, the resort of Meribel has one of the highest altitudes in France at 1400m, and is distinguished by its sloping valleys, world class skiing and snowboarding, and its many off piste activities.
5 – Vail, USA
The second largest ski and snowboarding resort in the United States after Aspen, Vail combines mountain fronts with sunshine, a busy nightlife and extensive walking trails. 193 pistes and 34 lifts also contribute to its strong reputation.
6 – Gulmarg, India
A more unusual, and quieter resort than the major destinations of the Alps, Gulmarg in India is found within the hills of the Jammu and Kashmir regions. Generally less crowded than other resorts, Gulmarg has one of the world’s longest cable cars, and contains an excellent range of hotels and local sights.
7 – Portillo, Chile
One of the oldest ski resorts in the world, Portillo in Chile is more exclusive than many other resorts, and often has less than 500 people staying at any one time. The cost of the resort is, however, outweighed by its excellent mountain slopes, 23 trails, and 400 inches of snow a year.
8 – Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
Distinguished by its brilliant scenery and variety of slopes, Whistler Blackcomb in Canada represents a mountain range that provided one of the key bases for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Its elevation and the infrastructure of its apres ski shopping and accommodation make it a popular destination.
9 – Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
Located around Lake St Clair National Park, the Cradle Mountain terrains and slopes of this Tasmanian resort can get very busy, but makes up for its cost with some of the world’s longest and highest runs.
10 – Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy
Located in the Alpine valleys by the Dolomites, and near to the city of Cortina, Cortina D’Ampezzo boasts an extensive ski resort and park, and contains 101 pistes and 51 lifts.
About the Guest Blogger – Currently visiting France and planning on travelling the world, Matt Mynors is a freelance copywriter and travel specialist writing for Worldwide Insure, wintersport travel insurance specialists in the UK and EU.