"Ski instructors and mountain guides come here to qualify, and every dedicated skier and snowboarder puts it on the bucket list to see how they’ll measure up to the challenge of what Chamonix calls simply “le grand ski”. Adam Ruck
"Because of the north-facing aspect of many of Courchevel's local slopes, the snow here is usually some of the best in the whole of Les Trois Vallées, and there's terrain to suit everyone from beginner to expert." Dave Watts
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
"It's no surprise with the resort's coming of age over the last quarter century that some say Jackson Hole is the resort of North America."Arnie Wilson
"For decades it has been one of the most popular resorts in the Alps for Brits, on one plank or two, and its in-your-face après scene and thriving nightlife delights or horrifies, according to taste." Rob Freeman
Méribel Valley, home to the resort's local slopes, is central to the Trois Vallées ski area, one of the largest linked ski areas in the world. It has around 150km of pistes in its own right (the majority blue, with around 25 per cent red and under 10 per cent green or black), but offers access to a total of over 600km of pistes served by 169 lifts with more than 321 designated runs and around 130km of cross country tracks.
St Anton, Austria
"Having skied in St Anton for the past 20 years, I'm pleased to say that its evolution from rowdy ski bum hangout to sophisticated party town is a resounding success."
Val d'Isère, France
"The resort has a unique, special atmosphere that attracts like-minded dedicated skiers and riders from all over the world. Out of the 500 resorts around the world to which my work has taken me, this is the one I call home."
"The resort's ice-cream-scoop of a mountain bowl is perfectly oriented to the south, so virtually the whole resort enjoys sunshine all day as well as views towards the glaciated peaks along the French and Italian borders"
"The resort's ski area is one of the largest in the world, with some 8,000 acres and 1,610m of vertical. Running from mid-November until May, its season enjoys an incredibly reliable average snowfall of 39ft, which is impressive even by North America's standards."
"Zermatt comes into its own from February onwards when the sun is higher, the challenging slopes of the Stockhorn open and the restaurant terraces beckon."
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