Best Ski Resorts

World Ski Resorts

Skiing is a pastime enjoyed by millions in all different forms. The general concept is to attach  long runners or skis to boots or shoes on the feet and uses them to travel on top of snow. Skiing is a past time as well as a competitive sport, it is also used as a form of fitness and has been  used in the military. Many types of competitive skiing events are recognized by the International Olympic Committee, and the International Ski Federation. Skiing can be dated back to be before 5000 B.C where drawings  depict a skier with one pole, located in Rødøy in the Nordland region of Norway. The word “ski” itself is one of a handful of words Norway has exported to the international community. It comes from the Old Norse word “skíð” which means split piece of wood or firewood.

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There are a number of different kinds of skiing:

 Alpine

Also called downhill skiing, typically, it takes place at a ski resort or dry slope. It originated in the European Alps, and is characterized by fixed-heel bindings that attach at both the toe and the heel of the skier’s boot. Sub-genres of alpine skiing include:

  • Freestyle
  • Heliskiing
  • Competitive classes include: slalom, giant slalom, Super-G, Downhill, and disabled skiing.

In alpine skiing, for every 1000 people skiing in a day, on average between two and four will require medical attention. Knee injuries account for 33 percent of injuries. Most accidents are the result of user error leading to an isolated fall.

 Nordic

Cross-country or backcountry skiing is the oldest form of skiing and was developed in Scandinavia as a way of travelling over snow. It uses free-heel bindings that attach at the toes of the skier’s boots but not at the heels. Various specialties of competitive or recreational skiing developed from this basic style, sub-genres of Nordic skiing include:

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Telemark
  • Ski-flying and ski jumping
  • Skijoring

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Top Ski Resorts

Cortina, Italy

Cortina, Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo is a town and commune in the southern (Dolomitic) Alps located in Veneto, a region in Northern Italy. Located in the heart of the Dolomites in an alpine valley, it is a popular winter sport resort known for its ski-ranges, scenery, accommodations, shops and après-ski scene…….”Click” for information

Chamonix – Mont Blanc, France

Chamonix – Mont Blanc, France

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc or, more commonly, Chamonix is a commune in the Haute-Savoie département in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the1924 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics. Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and most notably the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France…….”Click” for information

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt is a municipality in the district of Visp in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. The village is situated at the end of Mattertal at an altitude of 1,620 m (5,310 ft), at the feet of Switzerland’s highest peaks. Zermatt is famed as a mountaineering and ski resort of the Swiss Alps……”Click” for information

Kitzbuhel, Austria

Kitzbuhel, Austria

Kitzbühel is a small medieval town in Tyrol, Austria. Kitzbühel is one of Austria’s best-known and fanciest winter sports resorts, situated between the mountains Hahnenkamm (5616 ft, 1712 m) and Kitzbühler Horn (6548 ft, 1996 m). The Hahnenkamm is home of the annual World Cup ski races including the circuit’s most important event, the downhill race on the famous Streif slope ……”Click” for information

St Anton, Am Arlberg, Austria

St Anton, Am Arlberg, Austria

Sankt Anton am Arlberg, commonly referred to as St. Anton, is a village and ski resort in Tyrol, western Austria. Skiing has a long history in St. Anton: ski instructors from the area emigrated to America in the 1930s, helping to popularise the sport. St. Anton was the host of the Alpine World Ski Championships in 2001…….”Click” for information

Garmisch, Germany

Garmisch, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a mountain resort town in Bavaria, southern Germany. In 1936 it was the site of the Winter Olympic Games, the first to feature alpine skiing. A variety of Nordic and alpine World Cup ski races are held here, usually on the Kandahar Track outside town……..”Click” for information

St Moritz, Switzerland

St Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz is a resort town in the Engadine valley in Switzerland. St. Moritz has been the host city for the 1928 and 1948 Winter Olympics. It also hosted the 1934, 1974 and 2003 Alpine Skiing World Championships. It is one of three cities that have hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice……..”Click” for information

Courchevel, France

Courchevel, France

Courchevel is the name of a ski resort located in the commune of Saint-Bon-Tarentaise in the French Alps, in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, Rhône-Alpes region. It is a part of Les Trois Vallées, the largest linked ski area in the world……..”Click” for information

Åre, Sweden

Åre, Sweden

Åre is a locality and one of the leading Scandinavian ski resorts situated in Åre Municipality, Jämtland County, Sweden. Taking advantage of the Åreskutan fell, the major center for alpine skiing in Sweden has become Åre Ski Area, sporting more than 30 modern ski-lifts. It hosted the Alpine World Championships in 1954 and 2007…….”Click” for information

Ischgl, Austria

Ischgl, Austria

Ischgl (1377m) is a small village in the Paznaun Valley in Tyrol Austria. Its ski resort Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun is connected with the ski resort of Samnaun across the border in Switzerland. Together this ski area belongs to the largest skiing resorts in the Alps…….”Click” for information

 Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol (Tirol) in western Austria. It is an internationally renowned winter sports centre, and hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics. Innsbruck hosted the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012……..”Click” for information

 Val-d’Isère, France

Val-d’Isère, France

Val d’Isère is a commune of the Tarentaise Valley, in the Savoie department (Rhône-Alpes region) in southeastern France.  Along with nearby Tignes the area forms part of the “l’Espace Killy”, the self-titled “Most Beautiful Ski Area in the World”. The Pissaillas Glacier offers summer skiing, as well as the usual winter fare…….”Click” for information

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Ski Wear

If your thinking of going skiing, then the right ski wear is essential. Jeans and a jumper might feel warm, but once the snow and wet get on them, the cold will just engulf you to the point you will have to stop skiing and go home. The best way for us to explain the right ski wear is in sections. The first being underwear, second is the main section of clothing, followed thirdly with the extras and finishing touches. It may seem a lot to begin with, however if you want to stay warm and enjoy your skiing, then all of these are to be considered as essential ski wear.

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Mountain Passes

Mountain Passes are simply a route through a mountain range or over a ridge. The passes are not always the highest part of the mountain, or the Peak,  the pass is the way for you to cross. Mountains have been hard to get through or over for centuries so over time routes have been made. These routes have led to the creationof some of the most amazing driving roads in the owrlds with the best scenery. We have made a list of some Mountain Passes below for you to look through. The are not the highest in the world, however all have special features and are worthy of the trip to cross. We hope you get to travel across these Passes and enjoy them as much as we do. Why not send in your pictures to share with others, or if you feel you know of any better Mountain passes that we may have left off, let us know and we will add it to the site for others to experience.

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Learn to Ski/Snowboard

Learning to ski can be a very daunting task. From steep hills, tight bends, jumps, it can all seem a little too much and in some cases even put people off, however with the help of a professional tutor, even the most difficult moves can be mastered. The videos below have been made by www.learntoski.dk as a way to help you begin and get onto the slopes. There is no substitute for actually getting on the pistes and trying, however and hopefully, these videos will give you the knowledge and belief that you can ski like the masters.

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Ski Tours

With so many ski resorts worldwide, choosing the right resort can be very daunting and hard work, so why choose one, why not enjoy a skiing Tour? We have compiled a list of Ski resorts for your convenience with directions for you to go and try. We start our tour in the Town ofNesselwang on the foot of the Alps in Allgäu. The town is full of bars and restaurants with a large Aires for the motorhomers out there. Lifts of the Alpspitzbahn start directly in the town and carry skiers nearly to the top of the Alpspitz. A lovely setting, town and a great place to start. From there we move ontoOberstdorf located in the Allgäu region of the Bavarian Alps……..To read more on our German Austrian Ski Tour, Click below

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Apres Skiing

Après-ski comes from the French for “After Skiing” but is now used universally and refers to the socializing that is popular after a days skiing ends. When the sun goes down is when the ski resorts come alive and enjoying a steaming mug of hot Chocolate laced with rum or a glass of hot Gluhwein whilst watching the sunset over the snow covered mountain peaks is a memory which will last a life-time.

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Reviews

USA Tour 2012

An RV Tour of some of the National and State Parks in the USA 26th April – 15th June 2012 Sent in by Joan & Malcolm, UK The beginning of the tour was late at night when we arrived at the hotel in Portland, Oregon. Our taxi driver warned us not to walk out in [...]