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Best ski resorts in Austria, Canada, Switzerland and United States

By Charles Hopkins Published 12/9/2013 | Travel

Originally skiing was used for transportation but it steadily evolved into a popular leisure and sporting activity. The thrill of skiing over snow covered ground is unparalleled. You feel the rush of icy air on your face while gliding down elegant snow slopes. The simplest gear is used skiing. Ski consists of long, narrow and flexible runners made of fiberglass with curved front ends turned up and pointed. To boost acceleration and balance a pair of poles with leather strips on the top and sharp metal tips at the bottom is used to check the skier from sinking. With this simple equipment the skier triumphs over sheer gradients.
Whistler and Blackcomb, in British Columbia, Canada, offer the best skiing in North America, with the biggest vertical drop. Whistler's sylvan village offers the skiers all what they desire in terms of creature comforts and cater to all tastes and cultures.
Whistler holds the much-disputed title of "world's greatest ski resort." Over the past decade, Whistler was constantly chosen as "Best North American Ski Resort" by North Americans & the Japanese repetitively grade it as their preferred international destination.
Kitzbuhel in Austria is regarded as the "Pearl of the Alps" and is the most famous skiing resort in the Austrian Tyrol. This 700-year-old village offers visitors the charm of an alpine village. However St. Anton complex in the Arlberg holds the crown of "Europe's liveliest ski resort,”

In Switzerland, Gstaad is the best ski resort with its three five-star hotels but St. Moritz is more popular. Zermatt is also regarded as one of Switzerland's top ski resort. An incredibly peaceful escape, the village is serene due to its automobile-free environment.

The famous Vail Mountain in Colarado, Western United States prides itself as "America's favorite resort" and is fit to be to be ranked amongst the world's top five all-around ski resorts.

As the largest single ski area in the United States, Vail offers roughly 5,300 acres of skiing landscape.
Lake Louise ranks as one of the most picturesque mountain resorts in North America. Located in the heart of western Canada's Banff National Park, Lake Louise has three different ski areas (Mount Norquay/Mystic Ridge, Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise) that are roughly 30 miles apart.
Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France ranks among the elite of contenders for the title of "world's most famous ski resort." It is located at the foot of Mont-Blanc and is the highest peak in the Alps and the second highest in Europe (top elevation 4,810 m/15,771 ft).

Chamonix Mont-Blanc has a lift-served vertical drop of 9209 feet and boasts of having one of the world's longest runs (Vallée Blanche), at 13.7 miles. It was also the host of the world’s first Winter Olympic Games in 1924. 7.
One of the most renowned and picturesque ski resorts on the map, Stowe Vermont, in Eastern United States is one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the USA. Stowe's two ski areas are Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak.

Cortina in Italy is the most stylish ski resort. It hosted the winter Olympic Games in 1956 and has pollution free streets like the Zermatt in Switzerland
Aspen Mountain in Colorado, Western United States is full of is the preferred choice of the rich and famous and tends to get slightly expensive.
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