By LL Editorial Staff
We associate parks with recreation, so for anyone looking to play in the pow, Park City, Utah sounds great from the start. And it lives up to its name, too. Glimmering mountaintops shrouded in blankets of breathtaking snow command a moment of silence… quickly followed by yells of excitement and joy. Whether you seek to pioneer through untouched backcountry, zip over expertly groomed runs or fly high in the terrain park, this world-class destination delivers. It will put a smile on your face and a burn in your calves; get rid of the latter at the decadent Dakota Mountain Lodge & Golden Door Spa by treating yourself to the full treatment and putting the cherry atop your perfect ski vacation.
The rumor is that Italians are passionate people. But are they possibly as passionate about snow as you are? Considering the caliber of skiing in Cortina, Italy, we just may have to call it even. Cocooned in snowy seclusion, this ski destination promises an exhilarating escape from the monotonous routine of daily living, catapulting you straight into a skier’s wonderland of badass slopes that necessitate technique and dish out adrenaline in return (and which were featured in a James Bond flick, by the way). At the lavish Cristallo Hotel & Spa, you can sip on some hot cocoa and nurse your sore muscles in style as you wait to continue the love affair with your skis the following day.
So you’re looking for colossal peaks with legendary snow. Then strap on your skis and head west to sunny California—you’ll hit gold with the copious amounts fresh powder dumping down Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, California. Yet even with a track record for some of the most consistent snowfall on the West coast, this snowy giant has managed to remain largely under the radar. We suggest, therefore, heading over there and getting first dibs on the extensive backcountry, vast groomers, ample tree runs and massive terrain parks before the secret’s out.
Finally, we suggest a posh escape to the snow-capped Alps. The towering peaks in Lech, Austria feature some of Europe’s best skiing, not just in practice but also in flair. Welcome to ski-styles of the rich and famous, where the world’s chicest skiers and snow bunnies come to play on the snowy Austrian slopes. The intimate Kristiania Lech provides perfect luxury lodging for the ski-elite looking to recharge before another day of hitting the slopes.
So you’ve saved up your vacation days and fattened-up your ski-savings, but you still face one major dilemma: summer is here and it’s quickly melting away your dreams of shredding the gnar. But hold on just a minute before you start reaching for those board shorts. We promised you an Endless Winter, didn’t we? Counterintuitive as it may seem, all you’ve got to do is head down south for the summer and you’ll mind some mind-blowing skiing in the lower hemisphere.
Two of our best picks (and your best bets) are found in the Andes, a.k.a. the Alps of South America. Check out Portillo in Chile for some spicy skiing that’ll satisfy your hunger for epic powder. Or, cross the Argentine border and trek to Bariloche so you can ride the lovely Las Leñas or heavenly Cerro Caterdral.
If you want to head down under, check out Falls Creek, Victoria, Australia for the best skiing the Aussie’s have to offer. The one hundred snowy runs are bound to satisfy. And if you’ve already made it this far into such a remote corner of the globe, you must ride Queenstown, New Zealand—stunning views and remarkable skiing guaranteed.
You may fantasize all day about powder, but skiing all year is more than just a dream. Armed with our guide to the world’s top ski resorts you are now equipped to suit up and jump right in to your own perfect Endless Winter. Go.