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Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday

Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter HolidayThe ski season is already open! See these ten options that will make the very best winter holiday. The resorts are chic, with the great trails and beautiful nature. So take your skis and hit the road.

1. Chamonix Mont Blanc, France
Situated on the slopes of the glorious Mont Blanc chain, the resort offers multiple pistes for the skiers of any level. The Grands Montets has a 3300 m piste, while you can also choose a panoramic slide, glide in a forest and enjoy the high-quality service of the resorts.

Why to go there?: Many skiing and many accommodation options, high-quality and all year round service.
When to go there?: The ski resorts are open all year round.
How to get there?: Flights are available from Geneva and Lyon, buses and trains from many cities.
1. Chamonix Mont Blanc, France - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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1. Chamonix Mont Blanc, France - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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1. Chamonix Mont Blanc, France - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
Photo: Tristan Shu

1. Chamonix Mont Blanc, France - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
Photo: Tristan Shu

1. Chamonix Mont Blanc, France - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday

2. Zermatt, Switzerland
Another top ski destination in Switzerland. The trails are scattered around the beautiful peak of Matterhorn. Lifts are accessible right from the town of Zermatt, which is known for the classic Swiss ski resorts – luxurious, comfortable and just perfect.

Why to go there?: The best trails, hotels and restaurants. The highest in the Alps cable car can take you to Italian area.
When to go there?: The winter season in Zermatt is the longest in the Alps – from November to May.
How to get there?: Trains go from Geneva and Zürich airports or Milan.
2. Zermatt, Switzerland - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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2. Zermatt, Switzerland - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
Photo: David Carlier

2. Zermatt, Switzerland - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday

2. Zermatt, Switzerland - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday

3. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
The place is often referred as the most beautiful ski destination in the world. The dramatic landscape is defined by the Dolomites. Italians are masters of aesthetics and there is plenty of it here: from the nature, to the fancy boutiques, restaurants and hotels. Also a good place to find some fine wines.

Why to go there?: Chic resort, great not too expensive dining and accommodation options, not too crowded, great for the beginners and intermediates.
When to go there?: Season takes place from November to April.
How to get there?: From many cities you can travel by bus or train, helicopter trips are possible.
3. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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3. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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3. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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3. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday

4. Graubünden, Switzerland
The canton is said to be the best ski area in Switzerland. It has the highest Alpine trails and amazing panoramic views. A wide range of activities are offered: skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, winter hiking, as well as relaxing in Swiss spas or taking a scenic railway journey.

Why to go there?: Over 40 ski areas, including one of the most popular resort – Davos, Swiss quality spas.
When to go there?: The ski season is open from October to May.
How to get there?: By train from Zurich or Milan.
4. Graubünden, Switzerland - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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4. Graubünden, Switzerland - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday

4. Graubünden, Switzerland - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday

4. Graubünden, Switzerland - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday

5. Ketchum, Idaho, USA
A very chic town in Sun Valley is popular among the Olympians, who train here. It is said to have the biggest automated snow making system in the world! Besides the world-famous skiing trails, the tourists also enjoy fishing, hiking, tennis and shopping.

Why to go there?: Beautiful town with many amazing restaurants.
When to go there?: All year round.
How to get there?: Flights from San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Seattle to Sun Valley.
5. Ketchum, Idaho, USA - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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5. Ketchum, Idaho, USA - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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5. Ketchum, Idaho, USA - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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5. Ketchum, Idaho, USA - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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6. Kitzbühel, Austria
Situated in the Tirol region, the classic ski village is a postcard beautiful. With scenic trails, horse-drawn sleighs, chic bars and clubs it is a great place to visit for the couples. The resorts long trails are best suited for the intermediates.

Why to go there?: Beautiful sites and trails, nice city center, romantic atmosphere, a hip resort.
When to go there?: Season takes place from November to late April.
How to get there?: Take a train or a bus from the Munich Airport. Kitzbühel is 80 km from Salzburg, 95 km from Innsbruck and 160 km from Munich.
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6. Kitzbühel, Austria - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday

6. Kitzbühel, Austria - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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6. Kitzbühel, Austria - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
Photo: Christian Ehrig

7. Hakuba, Nagano, Japan
The seven ski resorts in Japanese Alps are becoming more popular each year among skiers and snowboarders. Several 1998 Winter Olympics competitions took place in Hakuba. Besides the ski resorts, the visitors love to relax in the hot springs, located around the village.

Why to go there?: World-quality ski resorts, hot springs, various accommodation options – from European to Japanese style.
When to go there?: From early December to late April.
How to get there?: Easy access from Tokyo, Nagoya and Kansai.
7. Hakuba, Nagano, Japan - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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7. Hakuba, Nagano, Japan - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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7. Hakuba, Nagano, Japan - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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8. Sundance, Utah, USA
The resort has the beginner, intermediate and professional trails, therefore is accessible for everyone. In 1969 purchased by Robert Redford, today Sundance is a stylish resort, as well as a cultural center for the movie buffs, surrounded by beautiful nature.

Why to go there?: Night skiing program, various ski trails, a revolving restaurant Bearclaw Cabin.
When to go there?: The ski season opens in December and closes in April.
How to get there?: A short drive from Salt Lake City, Ogden and Park City. Flights from other cities to Sundance Airport available.
8. Sundance, Utah, USA - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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8. Sundance, Utah, USA - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
Photo: Scott Barlow

8. Sundance, Utah, USA - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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9. Fernie, British Columbia, Canada
Fernie has the best snow in Canada, various trails and is not crowded, so even in the afternoon there are fresh trails. World-class cat skiing trail serves the adrenaline addicts. The town itself is charming, with beautiful downtown and nice restaurants.

Why to go there?: Good snow, the weather is mild and no too cold, Fernie Alpine Resort is one of the biggest ski resorts in Canada.
When to go there?: From December to mid April.
How to get there?: Easy access by car – take the scenic road from Calgary (3,5 h), Cranbrook (1,25 h), Kalispell (2 h). Canadian Rockies International Airport is the nearest airport.
9. Fernie, British Columbia, Canada - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday

9. Fernie, British Columbia, Canada - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday

9. Fernie, British Columbia, Canada - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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10. Girdwood, Alaska, USA
Girdwood used to be a gold-mining town and it was a question of time, when it will become a ski resort. With a thick layer of snow during winter, great ski resort Girwood is an excellent place, which however is never too crowded.

Why to go there?: Beautiful Alaskan nature, northern lights and great service, never too crowded – a wonderful winter holiday retreat.
When to go there?: Season usually takes place from late November to May.
How to get there?: Anchorage Airport is 64 km away.
10. Girdwood, Alaska, USA - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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10. Girdwood, Alaska, USA - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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10. Girdwood, Alaska, USA - Top 10 Ski Villages for a Winter Holiday
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