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Admiring the dramatic mountain vista from atop the ski lift; feeling the cold air nipping at your cheeks; experiencing the rush of adrenaline as you carve the snow. There's nothing quite like a day on the slopes. And if you're wondering where to go, just take a peek at the world's best places to ski listed below.

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Why go: Aside from hosting the Winter Olymptics twice, this snowy Austrian town harbors nine ski resorts with slopes appropriate for skiers of all levels. When you're not shredding powder, take a stroll along Innsbruck's historic streets or warm up with some hearty local cuisine. Read More»

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Why go: Banff enjoys some prime real estate in the Canadian Rockies. Sunshine Village is the most popular place for downhill skiing, but the runs at Mount Norquay won't disappoint. After you've hit the slopes, you'll find plenty of other ways to enjoy the winter weather. Read More»

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Why go: Vail lures thousands of skiers and snowboarders every year. And it's easy to see why: Vail Ski Resort contains about 5,289 skiable acres, making it the USA's largest single-mountain resort. But make your travel plans well in advance — you're not the only one yearning to hit the slopes. Read More»

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Why go: Historic Aspen Mountain, ultra-popular Snowmass, beginner-friendly Buttermilk ... we suggest making an appearance at all three ski areas. But the alluring slopes are only part of Aspen's indulgence. When the ski lifts close for the night, visitors curl up in the area's many luxurious lodges and hotels. Read More»

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Why go: Vail and Aspen are luxurious, but Telluride's rustic charm is equally enchanting. With 1,700 skiable acres, the Telluride Ski Resort is the main place to shred powder. But it's the rare combination of 300 sunny days and 300 inches of snow each year that makes Telluride a skier's dream. Read More»

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Why go: Just 15 miles from northwest Lake Tahoe sits Squaw Valley USA, host of the 1960 Winter Olympics and home to about 4,000 skiable acres. But with six other resorts surrounding the lake, don't limit yourself to just one. Read More»

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Why go: Photogenic Jackson Hole is an excellent place to hit the slopes. Three ski resorts can be found in the Greater Jackson Hole area, but the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the clear favorite with an annual 400 inches of snow and 2,500 acres of skiable terrain. Read More»

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Why go: Three ski areas reside within a 30-minute drive of the city center. Grouse Mountain is the most accessible; Mount Seymour sees the most snow; and Cypress Mountain has the biggest vertical drop. When you're not carving powder, you'll find there's plenty to do in Vancouver proper. Read More»

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Why go: Vienna appeals not only to Mozart aficionados and Freud followers but also powder hounds. Resorts like Hohe Wand Wiese and Hirschenkogel are stationed less than 30 miles away from downtown. Others like Ötscher are farther out but worth the trek. Read More»

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Why go: Zurich is known as the "Gateway to the Swiss Alps," meaning some of Europe's best downhill skiing is not too far away. And many of the best resorts — like Beckenried and Andermatt — also offer miles of cross-country trails. Read More»

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Why go: When you think Milan, you probably don't imagine "skiing." But this fashionable Italian city is a great jumping-off point for skiers with resort towns like Como, Brusson and Lecco a reasonable distance away. After hitting the slopes, you can hit the racks at Galleria Vittorio Emanuale II. Read More»

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