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Best Ski Destinations

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. Wondering where to go? Just take a peek at the world's best places to ski listed below (and vote for your favorites).

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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: Telluride's rustic charm is enchanting and with more than 2,000 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: Vail lures thousands of skiers and snowboarders annually. It's easy to see why: Vail Ski Resort contains about 5,300 skiable acres, making it the USA's largest single-mountain resort. But make your plans well in advance — you're not the only one yearning to hit these slopes. 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: Historic Aspen Mountain, ultra-popular Snowmass, beginner-friendly Buttermilk ... you should make a pit stop at all three ski areas. But the alluring slopes are only part of Aspen's indulgence. When the lifts close, visitors curl up in the area's many luxurious lodges and hotels. 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: 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 several other resorts surrounding the lake, don't limit yourself to just one. Read More»

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Why go: Open to skiers and boarders nearly half the year, thanks to its mountain and glacier offerings, Whistler provides terrain for winter enthusiasts of all skill levels. Plus, the mountain boasts one of the best après-ski scenes in the world. 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 skiing, you'll find plenty to do in Vancouver proper. Read More»

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Why go: Wintertime in the Southern Hemisphere (June to August) can get chilly but the snow-covered Andes Mountains are massive and impressive. And with miles of skiable trails, resorts like Cerro Catedral and Cerro Castor beckon to thrill-seekers. 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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