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Best Ski Destinations

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Admiring the dramatic mountain landscape 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 while the mountain conditions are top priority, these ski vacation spots also boast charming towns and lively après-ski scenes to explore. Considering factors like resort variety, scenic beauty, annual snowfall and overall atmosphere, U.S. News ranked the world's best places to ski. Wondering where to go? Take a peek at the destinations listed below, and don't forget to vote for your favorites.

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#1 Quebec City

#1 in Best Ski Destinations

Why go: Stoneham, Mont Tremblant, Le Massif de Charlevoix and Mont-Sainte-Anne are the most popular ski spots near this Canadian city, the latter of which features a 2,050-foot vertical drop. After a long day on the slopes, warm up with a bowl of poutine (French fries smothered in cheese curds and hot gravy) before exploring Old Quebec. Read More »

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#2 Breckenridge

#2 in Best Ski Destinations

Why go: With nearly 3,000 skiable acres and a summit around 13,000 feet, Breckenridge, Colorado, is West Coast skiing at its best. This mountain town sees an average of 353 inches of snow annually, meaning there will be plenty of powder to shred on your ski vacation. Plus, Breckenridge boasts a quaint Main Street and a park that's great for sledding. Read More »

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#3 Salzburg

#3 in Best Ski Destinations

Why go: Skiing in Europe is unparalleled, and Salzburg, Austria's mix of history, architecture and mountain fun makes for a great ski getaway. Travelers have their pick of more than 22 ski areas, which you can easily reach from central Salzburg via car or the Salzburg Snow Shuttle. Read More »

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#4 Park City

#4 in Best Ski Destinations

Why go: Park City, Utah, is home to two top-notch ski resorts – Park City Mountain and Deer Valley. These resorts are blanketed with 300 to 400 inches of snowfall annually, which makes for excellent ski conditions. Visitors can also explore Utah Olympic Park, where several 2002 Winter Olympics competitions took place. Read More »

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#5 Banff

#5 in Best Ski Destinations

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, such as snowmobiling or relaxing in the mineral hot springs. Read More »

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#6 Lake Tahoe

#6 in Best Ski Destinations

Why go: Just 15 miles from northwest Lake Tahoe sits Squaw Valley, host of the 1960 Winter Olympics and home to 3,600 skiable acres. But with several other resorts surrounding the lake, including Heavenly and Homewood Mountain, don't limit yourself to just one. At the end of the day, meet up with fellow skiers for an après-ski drink. Read More »

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#7 Steamboat Springs

#7 in Best Ski Destinations

Why go: The smooth, dry "Champagne Powder" snow at this Colorado town woos skiers year after year. In addition to having excellent ski conditions, Steamboat Springs is less crowded than other popular ski spots. Plus, you'll find other fun activities like ice skating, ice hockey and ice bumper cars at the Howelsen Ice Arena. Read More »

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#8 Jackson Hole

#8 in Best Ski Destinations

Why go: The photogenic Jackson Hole valley 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 500 inches of snow each year and 2,500 acres of skiable terrain. Read More »

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#9 Whistler

#9 in Best Ski Destinations

Why go: Open to skiers and boarders nearly half the year, Whistler, British Columbia, provides terrain for winter enthusiasts of all skill levels. What's more, the mountain boasts one of the best après-ski scenes in the world. Don't forget to check out the charming Whistler Village, home to shops, restaurants and the Olympic Plaza. Read More »

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#10 Aspen

#10 in Best Ski Destinations

Why go: Historic Aspen Mountain, ultra-popular Snowmass and beginner-friendly Buttermilk are all worth a visit. But the alluring slopes are only part of Aspen, Colorado's indulgence. When the lifts close, visitors can curl up in the area's luxurious lodges and hotels. And if you love craft beer, locals say you have to try the brews at Aspen Brewing Company. Read More »

Aspen Highlands Skiing View 29 photos
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