The most exceptional snow conditions and slopes
We are always in the hunt for new and exciting ways to experience the most extraordinary and remote places on earth. There is that moment in the fall that many of us are already looking forward to the yearly skiing vacation with family and friends. We have put together a list of our favourite ski destinations around the world that offer exceptional ski experiences. This list was created from our own experiences and looking at every detail that makes the ultimate ski vacation. We work together with ski guides and heli pilots that choose the best spots for your activities based on field observations and snow pit data. We will tailor your experience, dropping you at the best runs for your level. All you need to do is show up ready for an adventure, and we will handle the rest.
Best time: early October to late November
Heading for the mighty Chilean Andes. Famous for exceptionally dry snow, plenty of sunshine and awe-inspiring terrain; Chile has some of the best skiing and heli-skiing in the southern hemisphere. Within a short distance of Santiago, the mighty Andes rise to heights of over 6000 metres above sea level and boast some of the most incredible terrain and snow conditions in South America. Fly through a primeval landscape punctuated by ancient glaciers and snow-capped peaks to find the line of your dreams. Ambitious skiers looking to push their comfort zones will meet their match while those looking for some easier turns will have plenty of options to choose from as well. The alpine ski terrain offers an exciting assortment of open bowls, steep couloirs, and mellow glacier runs.
Aspen, Colorado (USA)
Best time: December to February
In the rarefied air and fresh fallen snow, high up in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains lies Aspen, America’s best skiing. Aspen provides the travellers a world-class mountain slope that caters to all levels of skiers and riders. From downtown Aspen, Colorado, guests to the Roaring Fork Valley can experience four mountains within minutes of one another. The wonderfully Victorian throwback architecture in downtown Aspen offers a glimpse into the Elk Mountains' storied mining-boom era.
Expert skiing is what Aspen Mountain, or "Ajax Mountain" and Aspen Highlands are known for. There is no better place for top-to-bottom runs thanks to Ajax’ Silver Queen Gondola’s almost 1-kilometre vertical ascent. Aspen Mountain is famous for its long, steep mogul runs and challenging fall-line. Those with a spirit of adventure can also get their kicks by hiking the 700 vertical feet to the top of famed Aspen Highland Bowl. You will be rewarded at the Bowl’s summit with one Aspen Snowmass’ best views and an unparalleled off-piste experience.
British Columbia, Canada
Best time: December to February
Located on the rugged west coast of Canada, lies one of the most sought-after ski destinations in the world, Whistler, a true alpine paradise. Being the largest ski region in all of North America, it’s practically impossible to get bored on these twin mountains, which are connected by the world’s largest, tallest gondola. Both contain steep, powder-filled chutes and bowls, perfectly spaced tree-runs, big wide-open groomers, terrain parks for every level, and just about everything else you could want. For those who really want to get away from the crowds, though, Whistler offers heli-skiing, where you and a few friends can blast down long, untouched slopes of every ability level.
Best time: January to March
At the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix’s one of the oldest and most prestigious resorts in France and hosted the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924. The 150km area is relatively small compared to others in the country, but its range of challenging terrain and red and black runs is unbeatable for experienced skiers. The ultimate must-do is the 20km Vallée Blanche, one of the most famous off-piste routes in the world. If you’re more of an intermediate, explore the blues around Le Tour, Les Houches and Brévent-Flégère.
Legendary Chamonix should be on any ski or snowboard bucket list. Chamonix has an allure for the hard core & adventurous, with world renowned off-piste skiing and freeriding. Some of the lines are so challenging that one may need to wear a diaper (or nappy, incontinence pad) to avoid embarrassment! The area is dominated by the highest mountain in Western Europe, 4810m Mont Blanc. It serves as a playground for extreme sports enthusiasts and the ooh aah brigade. Between ice climbing, paragliding and extreme skiing, it is not surprising that Chamonix has been described as the "the death-sport capital of the world"! One must only view the engineering for the amazing Aiguille du Midi cable cars in order to comprehend those parts of Chamonix are on the edge.
Best time: mid-December to February
Have access to the largest ski area in the world. Courchevel is one the most glamorous ski areas in Les Trois Vallées, with a lift system linking to Meribel and Val Thorens, guests can enjoy access to one of the most exciting and extensive ski areas in the world, truly a destination for the ski enthusiasts.
The freshly groomed slopes, breathtaking views across to Mount Blanc, guaranteed snow and terrain that caters for skiing or boarding abilities all mount up to why this is the jewel of alpine skiing. If you have a passion for memorable dining experiences, then rejoice! Courchevel is almost as world-famous for its epicurean delicacies as it is for its pristine slopes. It offers a multitude of family-friendly fun, including learning to ski, snowboarding and snowshoeing, sledging and night skiing. For a little bit more adventure, why not try a husky dog-sled ride or heliskiing.
Best time: February to April
Alaska offers endless spectacular adventures, one of them being top notch skiing. Holding more than 1 million acres of skiing terrain and with over 15 meters of light snow each winter season, Alaska offers some of the most exciting winter activities. From heli skiing and boarding, to snowshoeing and ice fishing. The endless terrain and colossal vertical feet paired with expert guides and pilots make heli skiing in Alaska unparalleled. Whether you are an intermediate skier or a world-class carver.
The Tordrillo Mountains are one of the most pristine ski areas in Alaska and offer some of the most diverse and exciting skiing, heli-skiing and snowboarding terrain in the world, with over 1.2 million acres of terrain and 15 meters of snow each season. Runs top out at 2290 meters and end at 600 meters with spectacular panoramic views of Denali and volcanic summits. Winter temperatures average -12 to -3 degrees Celsius with powder snow and corn snow.
Best time: December to end-March
Unique in so many ways, this jagged ridge of 18 limestone peaks stitches together a region vastly independent from the rest of the Alps, like the bohemian branch of a grand old aristocratic family. All this distilled Alpine gorgeousness are the rifugi, traditional cosy mountain huts sprinkled across the valleys, villages, and slopes that act as restaurant and café in one, offering delicious cuisine and the requisite espresso hit between ski runs.
The area’s 1207 kilometre of gently sloped terrain, which is often blanketed in dry, powdery snow are protected from the tempestuous northerly storms, chances are you’ll get a cloudless sky (there are 300 glorious sun-flooded days a year here, said to be more than anywhere else in the Alps). The vast Dolomiti Super ski Area has long been a draw for pro skiers and powder-hunting freerides, with heli-skiing options among the craggy peaks of the Sella Ronda. But the South Tyrol area in general is about so much more than skiing. To the east, the pine-covered, craggy Alta Badia valley has an ancient Ladin culture and serious locavore food, from centuries-old agritourism’s to the three-Michelin-starred St Hubertus.
Best time: late-March to mid-May
Greenland is one of the most spectacular places to ski in the world, offering skiing at its purest and most thrilling. Nowhere else can you drop from summit to sea in a single descent. A snow-capped wilderness with deep untracked powder and glacial runs dropping as much as 2000 metres to the fjords below awaits. With a helicopter to lift you from your yacht’s helipad high up into the most heavily glaciated, dramatic mountains imaginable, you can spend a day of sensational skiing, then return to the comfort of your waiting yacht.
While the waters off the east of Greenland are dense with sea ice, most heliskiing yacht charters focus on the wild west coast of Greenland. There’s some world-class backcountry skiing around Maniitsoq Island, home to colourful little clapboard villages, pristine rivers, and pods of visiting humpback whales. Maniitsoq Island opens the gates to vast and deep fjords encompassing the most beautiful mountains in the region, including the 100km-long, endlessly forking inlet that is Eternity Fjord, where glacier upon glacier pours down from towering peaks. Here you can ski glaciers, couloirs, vast bowls, and virgin snow that’s never once been skied before. Further north again is Disko Bay, carving the most impressive icebergs of the Northern Hemisphere. This is a magnificent fjords cape and a UNESCO World Heritage site, offering mythic vistas, empty blue skies, and spring snow so light it’s like skiing on a cloud.
Best time: February to June
When the snow starts melting in Europe you head to Northern Iceland, where the deep and cold snowpack stay well into June, making it perfect for skiing spring powder all the way to sea level. The best skiing in the mountains & fjords across the Atlantic Ocean is made by helicopter, take your alpine experience to another level. Long descents over the North Atlantic Ocean are punctuated by never ending sunsets.
Skiing in Iceland is an exceptional experience. Heli-assisted ascents leading to wide, open bowls and limitless terrain ignites new exploration in even the most seasoned of skiers. Long daylight hours allow us to choose the best time of day to ski given the weather and snow conditions. Early season and stormy periods equal powder skiing in a maritime climate, while long sunny days transition the snow into perfect corn skiing.
Best time: January & early-February
Japan is truly the holy grail for skiers who love to ski deep powder snow and beautiful trees, the snow in Japan is super light, extraordinarily dry and unbelievably fun to ski or ride.
No matter if you travel to Hokkaido, Hakuba or Niseko, the mountains are known for frequent snowfall, in addition to the great snow, Japan offers a welcoming and unique culture, a variety of incredible food from incredible sushi to Ramen, and an overall ski vacation experience that you just won’t find anywhere else. The adrenaline junkies won’t think twice when they experience the quality of the snow in Japan. For those looking to take a break from the powder, most resorts also have plenty of groomed runs and night skiing is also very popular.
Lyngen Alps, Norway
Best time: March & April
Imagine standing on the top of a snowy summit in the Lyngen Alps of northern Norway. You look down at the fjord with the sunshine sparkling. You adjust your equipment one last time, then head down the slope, making a first descent of untouched snow that take you from summit to sea. The Lyngen Alps are about 90km long & 20km wide with the highest point being 1,833m above sea level - literally! The range includes glaciers, steep couloirs, gentle bowls & some tree-skiing down low. Summits typically skied in the Lyngen Alps are less than 1200m altitude, with descents going all the way down to sea level. Another of Lyngen Alps geographical benefits is shared with much of the Arctic - its proximity to the stunning phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis.
St. Anton & Arlberg, Austria
Best time: January to March
Located in the heart of one of the snowiest places in Europe, St Anton am Arlberg is a premier ski destination that is difficult for other ski regions to rival. St Anton has vast off-piste terrain plus consistent, deep snowpack and powder. It is particularly popular with expert skiers, but equally enjoyed by families and intermediates. St Anton has something for everyone but is an especially good experience for advanced skiers. Even though there are relatively few black runs on-piste, the off-piste routes & freeride terrain is vast. For extreme riders, the tight chutes near the Valluga summit and other areas will scare the pants off most. The village of St Anton is cosy with a distinct Austrian charm, in contrast to the vibrant St Anton après & party atmosphere. You come for the skiing; you stay for the world-renowned nightlife!
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Best time: December to March
A particular humour, an appreciation of the finer things, but perhaps above all an elegantly madcap eccentricity. This is a place of moonlight ice-skating and Cresta Run sledding; of cricket, polo and skijoring behind galloping horses on the frozen St Moritzersee. Silliness anywhere else, perhaps, but somehow civilised here.
There’s nothing more thrilling than seeing St. Moritz’s closest mountain, Corviglia, covered in radiant white powder snow. Corviglia is not only the birthplace of Alpine winter sports, but it is also responsible for the start of winter tourism over 150 years ago. St. Moritz is one of the best winter sports regions in the world, so it’s no surprise that it has already hosted two Winter Olympic Games and five Alpine Ski World Championships. Altogether, the region boasts an incredible 87 pistes that all conform to World Cup quality standards. Experience the difference for yourself.
Best time: end-November to February
With its sunny slopes, devastating scenery, exciting skiing and lively après ski, Verbier, Switzerland, is rightly lauded as one of the must-visit resorts in the world. Verbier is the principal resort in Switzerland's extensive 4 Valleys (4 Vallées) ski domain, which stretches from the ski area of Bruson, just south of Verbier, all the way to the slopes of Thyon-Les-Collons above the town of Sion.
The vast majority of Verbier's ski area is comprised of high-altitude terrain well above the tree line. This is a serious high-mountain ski area where the focus is on off-piste and freeriding, with many marked routes left ungroomed to preserve the powder lines and to allow mogul fields to develop. Verbier is one of the very few ski resorts in the world to feature a lift-served peak that doesn't have any pisted runs at all; the only routes off the summit of Mont Gele are itineraires, which are way-marked runs that are never groomed. Verbier is not for the fainthearted.
Wanaka, New Zealand
Best time: August & September
With long winters in the mountains, awe-inspiring destinations, and a unique ski culture, New Zealand defiantly deserves a spot on your winter sports bucket list. Experience an unforgettable winter with epic slopes and alpine resorts on your New Zealand ski holiday. A winter wonderland with snow experiences to suit every level of skier or snowboarder. Choose from the snowy peaks of the North Island or the wide-open terrains of the South Island. The mountains surrounding the world-renowned resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka feature thrilling backcountry terrain and dramatic scenery. Enjoy an unforgettable day of heli-ski or heli-board bliss before savouring the vibrant après ski nightlife each location offers.
Best time: January & February
Zermatt is one of the most beautiful spots in the Alps. At the foot of the country’s iconic Matterhorn Mountain, which soars 4479 meter above sea level in a stunning, pyramid shape. Found in Valais, just six miles from the Theodul Pass, which borders Italy, Zermatt is never short of fresh powder, avid skiers, and views of some of the highest peaks in the country. With 147 different runs. With 54 lifts and 360 km of powder, there’s a little something for skiers of all abilities. Zermatt also offers a wide range of Heli-skiing, you will have a kingdom of snow-capped mountains at your feet, hurtling down the steepest slopes and leaving tracks in the finest powder snow is a feeling you must experience for yourself. Heliskiing in Zermatt makes two dreams come true.