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Benoit
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Best places to ski outside of Europe?

I would like to go skiing, but not in Europe. Which options do you know for a medium budget? I would stay around 10 days with friends.


14 Answers

top answer by
Travis from Kamloops

I'm probably biased, but I think British Columbia, Canada is the best place to ski in the world. From Whistler Blackcomb (home of the 2010 Winter Olympics), to Sun Peaks Ski ResortBig White Ski Resort, and Apex Mountain Resort in the interior of BC, to Kicking Horse Mountain ResortRevelstoke Mountain ResortPanorama Mountain Village, and Red Mountain Resort in the Kootenays, there is no shortage of places to discover untouched powder at a pretty good price. You can find out more here - http://skiittobelieveit.com/?v=A

Daily lift tickets are all around $80 CAD for an adult, but you can get some better deals when combining with hotels, etc. Hope this helps!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Whistler Blackcomb (attraction)
  2. Sun Peaks Ski Resort (hotel)
  3. Big White Ski Resort (hotel)
  4. Apex Mountain Resort (attraction)
  5. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (hotel)
  6. Revelstoke Mountain Resort (hotel)
  7. Panorama Mountain Village (hotel)
  8. Red Mountain Resort (attraction)
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answered by
Leonid from Hong Kong

If you are over in Asia you would be hard pressed to find better skiing than in Japan. Nagano (Nagano - the site of winter olympics) but also the lesser-known (typically) the "Japanese Alps" - Echigo-Yuzawa Echigoyuzawa Station and others in the area (Urasa). And if you want Nordic-style expansive skiing at slightly lower altitudes with plenty of off-piste potential - Hokkaido is the way to go - staying in Sapporo works well as local food is relish (esp the crab noodle) and its a great winter town. As an added bonus all Japanese skiing towns come with their own hot springs (onsen) which is a lovely touch after a full day outside. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Nagano (state)
  2. Echigoyuzawa Station (attraction)
  3. Urasa (attraction)
  4. Sapporo (city)
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answered by
Cameron from Salt Lake City

You cannot beat the variety of terrain and skiing options, than Salt Lake City, Utah. Stay downtown and you can be at nine resorts within a thirty to forty-five minute drive. Five of the nine are consistently ranked in Ski Magazine's ten best resorts in North America year after year (Alta Ski AreaSnowbirdDeer ValleyPark City Mountain ResortCanyons Resort). Average snowfall for most of the resorts is 12.5 meters. Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and the US Ski and Snowboard Teams are headquartered in Park City, Utah. Delta Air Lines (SkyTeam partner with Air France) even offers a daily direct flight from Charles de Gaulle airport to Salt Lake City. Most resorts are reasonably priced and there are many houses you could rent nearby that would make the trip affordable for you and your ten friends. (Check out vrbo.com or airbnb.com)

Benoit, you have a lot of options to choose from and everyone will tell you their neck off the woods is the best. I'm no different, but after living all over the U.S., there is a reason I came back to Utah and proudly call it home. Let me know if you have questions about Salt Lake. I'd be happy to help.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Alta Ski Area (attraction)
  2. Snowbird (neighborhood)
  3. Deer Valley (attraction)
  4. Park City Mountain Resort (attraction)
  5. Canyons Resort (hotel)
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answered by
Kammy from Laurel (Montana)

Red Lodge Mountain Resort, Red Lodge Montana. World class skiing at decent prices. Check out these packages: http://www.redlodgemountain.com/plan-book/accomodations/lodging-packages


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  1. Red Lodge Mountain Resort (hotel)
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answered by
Isaias

Depends on what are you looking after as "The Best", on my experience i have snowboard in the United Statesof north America, (New Mexico, Colorado, Utha and California, liking the most Breckenridge and Canyons Resort) great mountains with fancy lifts and huge areas and awesome smoke huts!! but also overcrowded specially on weekends and holidays

But for sure the best full powder snowboarding i have had is in India, Gulmarg Gondolamountain close to Srinagar, i went on March 2013 and stay for 14 days, week pass is 110USD, Over 20 bowls, 1000+mts vertical drop, after storms the mountain opens around 10am (so possible to hung out till late and cheer up the storm the night before and rest well), in total between snowboard and skies provably 60 - 70 People, so ones you get to the top you don´t look after some fresh snow, but you rather go to that bowl that has no tracks at all!!! the whole 10 days i was riding on powder, we also get 3 storms on those days... 
For sure i will be back, and like most of the expats around there take a split board or powder skies like many ex-snowboarders....

If you are looking for good skiing and an adventure this is the place!!

Good luck and fun rides



Mentioned in this answer:

  1. United States (country)
  2. Breckenridge (city)
  3. Canyons Resort (hotel)
  4. India (country)
  5. Gulmarg Gondola (attraction)
  6. Srinagar (city)
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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

I may be biased, but Colorado provides multiple options all within a short drive (1-2 hours) from the Denver airport (keeping airfare cost down).  Obviously, Aspen and Vail are expensive, but well worth it-even for a day ski.  You can buy a Vail Pass, http://www.vail.com/plan-your-trip/season-passes/season-passes-explorer.aspx, which allows for skiing on multiple hills, including Vail.  It also includes Keystone and Breckenridge which can allow for some cheaper accomodiations if you stay in the nearby town of Frisco (Colorado) and take the buses up to the mountains.  Otherwise, Copper Mountain and Winter Parktend to have cheaper passes and the towns have less expensive accommodations.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Aspen (city)
  2. Vail (city)
  3. Keystone (region)
  4. Breckenridge (city)
  5. Frisco (Colorado) (city)
  6. Copper Mountain (attraction)
  7. Winter Park (city)
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answered by
Martin from Colorado

I'll give you what I know on North America

If you want a place for entertainment and skiing probably the best is 

Whistler great party atmosphere, awesome terrain, and a vast area.  The only downside can be the snow, start skiing fabulous powder at top and slush from the middle down.

A trip on my dream list is going from Red Mountain Resort , Revelstoke, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort,  GoldenLake Louise, and end up in Banff

In Utah if you want a ski area and a bit of nite life Park City.  Sock yourself away in Little Cottonwood Canyon with Alta Ski Area and Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort.  Alta still doesn't allow snowboarders.  If I was trying to get away from the crowds go to Brighton ResortSnowbasin Resort.

In Colorado in February I would try to catch Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, great hot springs nearby.  Great fluffy powder away from the I-70 crowds.  Also Monarch Mountain its just about skiing no super quads just great snow.  Telluride Ski Resort and Crested Butte Mountain Resort offer some of the best ski terrain in the nation, also they are far from any big towns.  They have great towns in the valley, just make sure the base is greater than 50 inches before you go.  

Base outta Summit County you will have access to five great ski areas within an hour.  Breckenridge great ski town, great terrain variety from steeps to learning areas can get really crowded.  Copper Mountain no waiting in lift lines cool area, Vail back bowls perfect for a foot or two of powder, Arapahoe Basin Mountain already open its the legend, Beaver Creek probably some of the longest steepest direct fall line bump skiing out west, steep groomers World Cup Racing....whoops make it six almost forgot Loveland Ski Area once everywhere else opens up this is probably on of the best places to go and do figure eights on your own tracks, plus you are atop the continental divide.  Lastly Steamboat Springs and Aspen are long day trips from there.


As for the world Japan is now all the rage.  

I don't think that the snow is better anywhere else than North America, but the atmosphere of skiing the Alps is unforgettable.  When I'm in the Alps skiing you look at the village and I think sooooo this is what Vail Ski Resort was trying to do.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Whistler (city)
  2. Red Mountain Resort (attraction)
  3. Revelstoke (city)
  4. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (hotel)
  5. Golden (city)
  6. Lake Louise (attraction)
  7. Banff (city)
  8. Park City (city)
  9. Little Cottonwood Canyon (attraction)
  10. Alta Ski Area (attraction)
  11. Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort (hotel)
  12. Brighton Resort (hotel)
  13. Snowbasin Resort (hotel)
  14. Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation (attraction)
  15. Monarch Mountain (attraction)
  16. Telluride Ski Resort (hotel)
  17. Crested Butte Mountain Resort (hotel)
  18. Summit County (metro area)
  19. Breckenridge (city)
  20. Copper Mountain (attraction)
  21. Vail (city)
  22. Arapahoe Basin Mountain (attraction)
  23. Beaver Creek (city)
  24. Loveland Ski Area (attraction)
  25. Steamboat Springs (city)
  26. Aspen (city)
  27. Vail Ski Resort (hotel)
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answered by
Jeffrey from Los Angeles

Vail is great but not so budget friendly, Copper Mountain is really nice and in the area.  When I was there you could get a few day pass and it would allow for at least one day at Vail.  Also Arapahoe Basin Mountain is good.  

Steamboat Springs is a fantastic place to spend 10 days if you can make it work.  


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Vail (city)
  2. Copper Mountain (city)
  3. Arapahoe Basin Mountain (attraction)
  4. Steamboat Springs (city)
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answered first by
Tiffany from Corvallis

My personal favorite is Mt Hood where you can ski both day and night at Timberline Lodge or at Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort. Timberline has a glacier, so they even offer summer skiing. They also have a lodge built on the mountain surrounded by snow, so if you stay there, you can ski to and from your room! They have hot tubs in the snow too which is a nice touch. Both resorts have full days with the slopes lit up at night.

Mt Bachelor Group Ski Area is another popular ski resort in Oregon. Great powder and lots of it.

I also love the Lake Tahoe area for skiing as they have several ski resorts to choose from. I love the Northstar Ski Resort and Squaw Valley. Heavenly Mountain Resort is another great one - easily the largest of the three, but you can stay in Tahoe and visit several ski resorts over the 10 days.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mt Hood (city)
  2. Timberline Lodge (attraction)
  3. Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort (attraction)
  4. Mt Bachelor Group Ski Area (attraction)
  5. Oregon (state)
  6. Lake Tahoe (attraction)
  7. Northstar Ski Resort (hotel)
  8. Squaw Valley (city)
  9. Heavenly Mountain Resort (attraction)
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answered by
Morgan from Munich

If you are after powder, Hokkaido in Japan has some of the best most consistent snowfall in the world. The terrain is mellow in comparison to Europe, and it can be rather exposed in bad weather, but culture, food, and the snow make it amazing. Lake Tahoe is also epic, but given the conditions of the last few years (ie .california drought) I would be a little cautions at this stage. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in BC is steep, powder can be amazing, as is Revelstoke which is nearby. Neither are big expensive resorts like Whistler which has some of the best in bounds terrain in North America.


Hope that helps. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hokkaido (city)
  2. Lake Tahoe (attraction)
  3. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (hotel)
  4. Revelstoke (city)
  5. Whistler (city)
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answered by
Elizabeth from Mississippi

There are several places to go New Jersey but you're really cold. California, the nice thing is that in Lake Tahoe you have warm weather some people even where jeans or shorts. While you are in California take the time to visit Yosemite it is breathtaking. Colorado is a bit expensive but beautiful.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. New Jersey (state)
  2. California (state)
  3. Lake Tahoe (attraction)
  4. Yosemite (attraction)
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answered by
Ruth from Utah

The Rocky Mountains - Utah (Snowbird, Alta (Utah), Park City Solitude Mountain Resort and more)Ski Utah


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Snowbird (neighborhood)
  2. Alta (Utah) (city)
  3. Solitude Mountain Resort (attraction)
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answered by
Justin from Edinburgh

Crystal Mountain  Washington state has some of the best ski and snowboarding in the USA .


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  1. Crystal Mountain (attraction)
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answered by
June from Charleston

Not sure re budget but Colorado skiing is the very best if u like big mountain and powder. Try spring. Fabulous!


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  1. Colorado (state)




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