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The Top 5 Ski Resorts

By Charles Hopkins Published 01/19/2007 | Sports

When it comes to taking a ski trip, nothing could be more disappointing than getting hyped up about your trip, only to arrive and discover that the ski resort you have chosen is not up to par. One way to avoid this is to read reviews on ski resorts extensively before you choose one. Customer reviews are best try to avoid corporate reviews as much as possible. Here are the five top rated resorts.

Whistler Blackcomb in Whistler, British Columbia Canada Whistler offers the ultimate ski vacation, with everything anyone could want. They offer an adult ski school and an adult snowboarding school, ski and snowboard school for kids, a tube park, snow mobiling, horse drawn sleigh rides, heli skiing/boarding, zip trek tours, dog sledding, snow shoeing, snowcat skiing, snowcat tours, snow limo mountain touring, cross country skiing, and backcountry wildlife tours.

But thats just the beginning of what you will find at Whistler. The accommodations are top rated, as well as the dining. There is shopping, and Whistler is quite suitable for families. There are also many different ski packages to choose from to help you save money.

Kitzbuhel, Austria Known as Austrias Winter Entertainment Capitol, Kitzbuhel has a lot to offer skiers other than skiing, which is a given. Many events are held here throughout the year, and some of the most famous performers in the world appear here as well.

As for winter sports, here you will find skiing, Nordic walking, tobogganing, snowshoe hiking, snowboarding, and a great deal more. This resort is also suitable for families.

Zermatt, Switzerland This is where you will find the famous Matterhorn. Many consider Zermatt the best ski resort in the world. Zermatt offers off-piste and piste skiing, snowboarding, winter walks, sleigh rides, mountaineering expeditions, heli-skiing, helicopter flights, and a paragliding school.

There are 30 mountain restaurants, numerous nightclubs, numerous indoor swimming pools, ice rinks, tennis courts, squash courts, a gym, and a fitness center. There is also billiards and bowling. The accommodations are top-notch.

Vail, Colorado, United States Not only is Vail one of the top resorts in the world, it is also one of the top resorts for family fun. In fact, kids ski free at Vail. Vail offers Adventure Ridge, which is located at the top of the mountain. Here, you can ride ski bikes, ice skate, and much more. There is also a kids snowmobile track here.

Dont think that the adults are left out. Vail also offers an exciting nightlife, fine dining, and first class accommodations. You will also find dog sledding, horseback riding, sledding, backcountry trips, and fly fishing. The skiing itself is out of this world.

Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada In Canada, you will definitely want to visit Banff. Winter activities here include airplane tours, caving, dog sledding, downhill skiing and snowboarding, gondolas, heli-skiing, helicopter sight seeing, hockey games, hot springs, ice fishing, mountaineering, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, and snow shoeing just to name a few.

You will also find that you can choose the type of accommodations you are most interested in. If you want a luxury hotel, that is available. You can also choose to stay at one of lodges, inns, hostels, cabins, chalets, backcountry retreats, or bed and breakfasts.