The age-old debate among skiers – what are the best countries to ski in and who has the best slopes? If you’re still on the fence and unsure where to book your next ski holiday – we’re happy to help. Today, we’re breaking down the best countries to ski and see why they made the list. From slopes, snow coverage, accommodations, prices, and more, we’re discussing all of it. So let’s see who’s making the list this year.


If you’re a passionate skier, Europe should definitely be on your bucket list as it offers an experience unlike anything you’d find elsewhere. With countless ski resorts, delicious foods, and thrilling slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, here are the best countries to ski in when in Europe.


In Italy, you can look forward to a whopping 5,776 km of slopes, covered by 1,823 ski lifts. With an abundance of resorts, slopes, and activities, it’s no wonder Italy tops our list of best countries to ski.

Most Italian regions have well-equipped ski areas and slopes that ensure you have an unforgettable ski holiday. Depending on whether you’re choosing the Italian Alps or Dolomites – you’re going to have a different experience. However, you can’t really go wrong with either as they both have a variety of slopes and activities, perfect for beginners and pros.

For a luxurious and adventurous ski holiday in Italy – book your stay at the Pragelato Sestriere.


As one of the most popular ski regions in the world, France boasts an incredible number of slopes, resorts, and activities.

Typically, the first ski resorts in France kick off the season in late November or early December. The majority of them close between April and March, even though the ski season sometimes extends into May in the Northern Alps. That is all to say if you choose to ski in France, you’ll have five to six months to find your perfect date.

For a luxurious and adventurous ski holiday – book your stay at Club Med France.


Switzerland is not only one of the best countries to ski in, it’s also one of the most popular ones. Skiers and snowboarders from all over the world flock to the destination in search of the most thrilling slopes and best resorts.

Switzerland has the same ski season as France, lasting from November to March, and January and December are the most popular months. Through Christmas and New Year, the charming chalets and resorts fill up as guests enjoy a delicious cup of glühwein.

For a luxurious and adventurous ski holiday in Switzerland – book your stay at the Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil.


Snow-sure pistes, all-inclusive resorts, great value for money, and hospitality like no other are just some of the reasons Austria is one of the best countries to ski and snowboard in.

Austria’s Alps are blessed with a long and lavish snow season, and the snow is incredibly powdery and fluffy, even well into spring. In fact, some areas of the country, like Tirol, have 5 glaciers, which is why their ski season lasts 365 days.


Asia is definitely becoming an increasingly popular ski destination and it’s easy to see why. With over 5,176 km of ski slopes and more than 3,000 ski lifts, it’s no wonder more resorts are opening their doors.


China has over 700 resorts and is currently seeing a burst in ski resort construction, including an indoor site in Shenzhen.

One of the biggest benefits of skiing in China is that you’ll have plenty of choices in where you’re staying. You can choose to ski in the world’s largest indoor ski slopes or try heli-skiing. All of these different activities can help you step out of your comfort zone and try something new and exciting.

What’s more, once there, you can relish the Chinese culture, wonderful dishes, and amazing ski facilities. Not to mention, many Chinese resorts cost comparatively much less than those in Europe. As long as you book your stay on time, you’re likely to find some great deals.

For a luxurious and adventurous ski holiday – book your stay at Club Med China.


With more than 500 resorts, stunning views, and powdery snow – it’s no wonder Japan is becoming an increasingly popular destination. In recent years, it has become a hotspot for skiers from all over the world and it definitely deserves the attention it’s getting.

Another reason skiers and snowboarders are flocking to Japan is that it’s beginner-friendly, but there’s plenty to do for the pros, as well. What’s more, many Japanese resorts offer night skiing, which is truly an experience like no other.

For a luxurious and adventurous ski holiday – book your stay at Club Med Japan.

North America

If you want to try out varied ski slopes and see some of the best piste bashing – you should really try out North America. With powdery snows, delightful resorts, and wide pistes, North America is streets (or slopes) ahead in organization and service.


Canada is a unique ski destination, famed for its excellent snowfall, uncrowded pistes, and beautiful scenery.

In Canada alone, you have 4,107 km of slopes to look forward to, all served by 883 lifts. What’s more, the highest ski resort in Canada sits at an altitude of 2,730 m and you’re bound to find accommodations with great value for money.

The largest and most well-known ski resorts in Canada are located in Quebec, Alberta, and British Columbia.

For a luxurious and adventurous ski holiday in Canada – book your stay at Club Med Quebec Charlevoix.


We can’t list off the best countries to ski in without mentioning the US as it boasts some of the most popular ski areas in the world. From Park City to Vail, Aspen, and Sun Valley, the US has some of the best resorts, paralleling those in Europe and Asia.

One major selling point of skiing and snowboarding in the US is that many resorts see lots more sunshine compared to their European and Canadian counterparts. In fact, Colorado alone boasts over 300 days of sunshine per year.

Final Thoughts

There you have it – our top selections of the best countries to ski in and why they attract so many crowds. Spanning three continents, whichever location you end up choosing, you’re bound for an unforgettable ski holiday.

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