Best Ski Resorts

We are often asked “which are the best ski resorts in the world” and “which are the top 10 ski resorts”? Our answer is always “it depends on what you’re looking for”! For us Powderhounds, our idea of the best ski resort is one with abundant dry powder that is practically deserted such that there are fresh tracks galore. These hidden gems are a bit of a rarity!

The best powder skiing isn’t everyone’s highest priority is choosing the top ski resort. For some people, it’s about the quality of the cruising runs, the nightlife, the restaurants, the family friendliness, or a combination of variables. When choosing the top ski resorts, everyone has different priorities. We’ve provided ratings (from 0 to 5 where 5 = outstanding) on different factors as well as an overall rating. And in case you’re a powder hound just like us, we’ve also highlighted the best ski resorts in the world for powder skiing.

See below for ski resort rankings:
Our ratings are based on our experiences of visiting lots of ski resorts. Obviously we haven’t been to all the top ski resorts in the world because that would take more than a lifetime, but we’ll continue to try!

Japan Ski Resorts

Japan has some of the best ski resorts in the world for powder hounds. Many of the top ski resorts for powder (both quality and quantity) can be found in Hokkaido, and some of the resorts are also uncrowded so there are lots of "freshies" to be found! 
Japan Ski Resorts 5 = outstanding
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Hokkaido
Asahidake 0 1 1 4.5 4.5 3 2 5 4 3.5 5 2.5 0 0 2 1 1 0 5 0 2 3 4.5 3.5
Asari 2.5 3 2 3 3.5 2 0 4 5 4.5 3 2.5 2 3 4 1 1 0 5 2 1 4 4.5 3.5
Chisenupuri 2 2 2 3 3.5 3 1 4.5 5 5 3 2 0 1.5 2 0.5 0.5 1 5 1 1 4 4.5 3.5
Furano 3.5 4.5 3 4.5 4 4 1 4.5 3.5 4 4 4 2.5 4.5 3.5 4 2.5 2.5 4.5 2 4 3.5 4.5 4.5
Kamui 3 3 2 4 4 2.5 0 5 4 4 3.5 2.5 2 3 2.5 0 0 0 5 0 2 3.5 4.5 3.5
Kiroro 4 3.5 2.5 4 5 3 1.5 5 4 4.5 4 5 2.5 4 3 3.5 1.5 3 4 2 2.5 2.5 4.5 4.5
Kurodake 0 1 0.5 5 5 5 4.5 5 4.5 5 4 2.5 0 0.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 0 4 0.5 2.5 3 5 3.5
Moiwa 2 2.5 2.5 4 4.5 3 1.5 5 4 4.5 4.5 2.5 1 2.5 2.5 2 2 2 4 1 3 3 4.5 4
Niseko 4 4.5 3.5 5 4.5 3 1 5 2.5 2.5 5 3.5 4 4.5 5 5 5 3 3.5 4 5 2 4 5
Rusutsu 3.5 4 3 5 5 2.5 1 5 3.5 4 2.5 5 2.5 4.5 3.5 4 2 3.5 4 1.5 3 3 4.5 4.5
Sahoro 4.5 3 2.5 4 4 2.5 1 4.5 5 3.5 -1 3 1 5 3 3 0.5 4.5 4 0.5 4 2.5 4.5 4
Sapporo Kokusai 2.5 2 1.5 3.5 3.5 2.5 1 4.5 4.5 2.5 4.5 3 2.5 3 3 0 0 0 4 1.5 2.5 2.5 4 3.5
Sapporo Teine 4 2.5 3 4 4.5 4.5 4 4 4.5 3.5 4.5 3 2 3 2.5 0 0 0 4.5 1 2.5 2.5 4.5 4
Tomamu 4 3.5 3 4.5 4.5 3 0 4.5 4.5 4 4 4 3.5 5 3 3.5 0.5 4.5 4 0.5 3 2.5 4.5 4.5
Yubari 3.5 3 2.5 3 3 2 1 4 5 4.5 -1 3 3 2.5 2 3 0.5 2.5 4 0.5 2.5 4 4.5 3.5
Honshu
Akakura 4.5 3 2 2.5 4 2.5 1.5 4.5 3.5 3.5 3 4.5 1 4.5 3.5 4.5 3 3 4.5 2 4.5 3.5 4 4.5
Alts Bandai 3 4 2.5 3 3 1.5 0 3.5 5 3 -1 3 4.5 4 3 2.5 1 4 3.5 1.5 3 2.5 4 4
Appi Kogen 4 3 3.5 3 4 2.5 1 4.5 4.5 3 3 4 3 4 4.5 4.5 2.5 5 3 2 3 3 4 4.5
Cortina 2.5 3 2.5 4.5 5 4 1.5 5 3.5 4 4.5 3 0 4 3 3 0.5 4 4 1 3 3 4.5 4
Gala Yuzawa 3 4.5 1.5 0 0 0 0 4 2.5 1 -1 4 1 4 4.5 0 0 0 3 0.5 4.5 2.5 2.5 3
Geto Kogen 2.5 3 2.5 4.5 4 2.5 0 5 5 5 3 4 1 2.5 2.5 1 0.5 1.5 4.5 0.5 2 3 5 3.5
Grandeco 3.5 3 1.5 3 3 1.5 1 4 5 5 2.5 4.5 0 3 3.5 2 0.5 2 4 0.5 3 3 4.5 3.5
Hachimantai 2.5 2.5 2 2.5 3 3 1 4.5 5 5 -1 2.5 1 3.5 2 0 0 0 4.5 0 1.5 4 4.5 3.5
Hakkaisan 2.5 2.5 3 4.5 4.5 4.5 4 4 4.5 5 5 2.5 1 2 2 0 0 0 4.5 0.5 2 4 5 3.5
Hakkoda 1 2 3 4 4.5 3 2 4.5 4.5 4 5 2.5 0 0 2.5 0 0 2 4.5 0 2.5 3 5 3.5
Hakuba 47 4 4 3.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 1.5 4.5 4 4 -1 3.5 4.5 4.5 2.5 2 2.5 1 4 1 4 3 4 4
Goryu 4 4 3.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 1.5 4.5 4 4 -1 3.5 4.5 4.5 2.5 2 2.5 1 4 1 4 3 4 4
Hakuba Iwatake 3 3.5 3.5 2.5 2.5 1.5 0 3.5 4 2.5 1 3.5 3 3.5 2.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 4.5 1 -1 -1 3.5 3.5
Happo 3 4.5 3.5 2.5 2 2.5 1.5 4 2.5 3 1 4 2 4.5 3 3.5 3 3 3.5 1 4.5 2.5 3.5 4
Inawashiro 3.5 3 2 3 4 2.5 0 3.5 5 3 -1 2.5 2 4 2.5 0 0 0 4.5 0 1.5 4 4 3.5
Ishiuchi 3 3.5 2 1.5 1.5 1 0 3.5 3 3 -1 2.5 3 3 4 1 0.5 3 4.5 0.5 2.5 4 3 3.5
Joetsu Kokusai 3.5 4.5 1.5 2 2 1 0 3.5 4 4 -1 3 3 4.5 3.5 3 0.5 4 3.5 0 2 4 3.5 3.5
Kagura 5 3 2.5 3.5 4 3 1 4.5 4 4 4.5 3.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 1 0 1 4 1.5 2.5 3 4.5 4
Kandatsu Kogen 3.5 2 4 4 4.5 4 2 4.5 4.5 3 -1 2.5 3 3.5 3 0 0 0 4.5 1 2.5 3 4.5 4
Madarao 3.5 3 2.5 4.5 4.5 3 1 4.5 3 3.5 3.5 3 2.5 4.5 3.5 3 1 4 4.5 1 3.5 3.5 4 4
Maiko 4.5 3 2 3 3 2 0.5 4 4 3 -1 3 1.5 4.5 3.5 1 0.5 2.5 4 0.5 2.5 3.5 4 3.5
Minowa 3 2 2 4.5 5 3 1.5 4.5 5 4.5 4.5 2.5 0.5 2.5 2.5 0.5 0.5 1 4.5 0.5 2.5 3.5 5 3.5
Myoko Kogen 4.5 3 2.5 4 4 3 2 4.5 4 4 3 4.5 3 4 3.5 4 3 3.5 4.5 2 3.5 5 4.5 4.5
Naeba 4 3 3 2.5 2 4 0 3.5 3.5 2.5 2 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 2 5 3 1.5 3.5 2 3.5 4
Nekoma 3 3 2.5 3.5 4 3 1 4 5 5 2.5 3 3 3 2.5 2.5 0 0 4.5 0.5 2 3.5 4.5 3.5
Nozawa Onsen 4.5 3 4.5 4 4 4 2.5 4.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3 4.5 5 5 3.5 3 4 3 4.5 4.5 4.5 5
Okushiga Kogen 3 3 1 4 4 3.5 2.5 4.5 4.5 4 4 3 2.5 4.5 4 3.5 2.5 4 3.5 2 5 3 4.5 4.5
Ryuoo 4 2.5 3 4.5 4.5 3.5 1.5 4 5 3.5 -1 2.5 2.5 3.5 2.5 1.5 0.5 3 4.5 0.5 2 3.5 4.5 3
Seki Onsen 0 1.5 2.5 3.5 4 4.5 4.5 5 3.5 2.5 4 1.5 0.5 0 1.5 1 0.5 2 4.5 0.5 2.5 4.5 4 3.5
Shiga Kogen 4 5 4 3.5 3.5 2.5 1 4.5 4.5 3.5 -1 4 2 3.5 3 2.5 2 5 3.5 1.5 3.5 3 4.5 4.5
Shizukuishi 2.5 4 2 2.5 3 2.5 1 4 5 4 3 2.5 2.5 3 2.5 2.5 0.5 3.5 4 0.5 1.5 3.5 4 3.5
Suginohara 4 4 1 1.5 3 4 2.5 4.5 4.5 4 4 4 1 3 2.5 1 0.5 0.5 4.5 0.5 2.5 4.5 4.5 3.5
Tangram 2.5 3.5 2.5 3 3.5 2.5 0.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 -1 2.5 2 4 2.5 2 0.5 3 4 0.5 2 2 4.5 4
Tazawako 3 3 2.5 4 4.5 2.5 2 5 5 4 -1 3 0 3 2.5 0 0 0 5 0.5 2 4.5 5 3.5
Tenjindaira 2 2 2 5 4.5 5 5 5 5 5 5 2.5 0.5 1.5 2 0 0 0 4.5 0.5 2.5 3.5 5 3.5
Togakushi 3 3 2.5 3 3 2.5 1 4.5 5 5 2.5 3 1.5 3 2.5 1 0 2 5 1.5 2 4 4.5 3.5
Tsugaike 5 3.5 1 2 2.5 1 0 4 4 4 1 4.5 4 4 4 2.5 1.5 4 4.5 2 2 4 4 4
Yuzawa Kogen 4.5 2.5 1.5 1 1 1 0.5 4 3 3 -1 2.5 0 4.5 2 5 3.5 1.5 4 1.5 2.5 4.5 3 3.5
Zao Onsen 4 4.5 2.5 4 3.5 3 2.5 4.5 5 3.5 -1 3 2 3.5 3 3 2 3.5 4 2 2.5 4.5 4.5 4.5

Canada Ski Resorts

The Canada ski resorts vary somewhat in their strengths, although many of them are amongst the best ski resorts in the world for family friendliness.
Canada Ski Resorts 5 = outstanding Beginner Intermediate Advanced Off-Piste Tree Skiing Expert Extreme Snow Freshies Uncrowded Slackcountry Lifts Terrain Park Family Friendly Daytime Restaurants Nighttime Restaurants Nightlife Ski-in\Ski-Out Cost Apres English Culture Powderhounds Overall
Apex 3 3 4 4 4 4 2 3 4 5 3 2.5 2 3.5 2.5 2.5 2 2 4.5 3 -1 -1 4.5 4
Baldy 3.5 3 2 4 4 2 0 4 5 5 2.5 2 2 3.5 2 0 0 0.5 5 2 -1 -1 4.5 3.5
Big White 4.5 5 3.5 3 3 3 1.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 1.5 4 4 5 3.5 3 3 5 3.5 2.5 -1 -1 4 4.5
Castle Mountain 3 2.5 4.5 4 2.5 4 2 3.5 4.5 3.5 -1 2.5 1.5 3 2.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 4.5 2 -1 -1 4 4
Fernie 4 3 3 3.5 4 3.5 3 3.5 3 3 5 2.5 2.5 4 3 3 3 4 3.5 3 -1 -1 3.5 4
Hudson Bay 2.5 3 2 2.5 2.5 2.5 2 3 4 5 4 2 2 3 2.5 1 1 1.5 5 2.5 -1 -1 4 3.5
Kicking Horse 3 2.5 5 4.5 3.5 5 5 4 3.5 3.5 5 3 0 4 3 3 2 4 3.5 1 -1 -1 4.5 4.5
Lake Louise 3.5 4.5 3.5 4 3 4 3.5 3 3 3 -1 4.5 4 4 3.5 2.5 1.5 0 2.5 1 -1 -1 3.5 4
Marmot Basin 4 3 4 3 3 -1 -1 3 3 4 -1 3 2.5 4 2 0 0 0 4 2 -1 -1 4 3.5
Nakiska 3 3.5 2.5 1 1 2 0 1 2 4 -1 2.5 2.5 4 2 0 0 0 3.5 0 -1 -1 2.5 2.5
Norquay 2.5 2.5 2.5 1 1 2 0 1.5 2.5 4.5 1 3 3 4 2 0 0 0 4 2 -1 -1 3 3
Panorama 3 4 3.5 3 3.5 3.5 3 2.5 3 4.5 -1 3 4.5 5 3.5 2.5 3 3.5 3.5 2.5 -1 -1 3.5 4.5
Powder King 3 3 3 4 4 1.5 0.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 3 2 1 3 1.5 1 1.5 1.5 5 2.5 -1 -1 4.5 3.5
Red Mountain 3.5 3.5 4 4.5 5 4 4 3.5 4 4 3.5 3 2.5 4 3.5 3.5 3 2.5 5 3 -1 -1 4.5 4.5
Revelstoke 2.5 3.5 5 4 4 3.5 3 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 1 3.5 2.5 3 2.5 3 4 2.5 -1 -1 4 4
Shames Mountain 2.5 2.5 2 3 3 2 0.5 3.5 4 5 5 2 1 2.5 2 0 0 0 5 2 -1 -1 4.5 3.5
Silver Star 3.5 3.5 4 3 3.5 2.5 2 3.5 3 4 2 3.5 3.5 5 4 3 2 4 4 2 -1 -1 3.5 4
Sun Peaks 4.5 5 4 2.5 2.5 2.5 1 3 3 4 3 3.5 2.5 5 4 3.5 2 5 3.5 2 -1 -1 3.5 4.5
Sunshine 4 3 4.5 4 3 3.5 3.5 3.5 3 3 -1 4.5 4.5 3.5 3 2 1.5 3 3 2 -1 -1 4 4.5
Whistler-Blackcomb 4 4.5 5 5 4 5 5 3 2.5 2 5 5 4.5 5 3.5 5 5 2 2 5 -1 -1 4 5
Whitewater 2.5 3 4 4 5 4.5 3 5 4 4.5 5 2.5 2 3 3 2 2 0 4.5 2 -1 -1 5 4.5

South America Ski Resorts 

The South America ski resorts are not really up there in the top 10 ski resorts in the world for powder skiing or the quality of the snow, but they provide some really interesting and culturally diverse experiences.
South America Ski Resorts 5 = outstanding Beginner Intermediate Advanced Off-Piste Tree Skiing Expert Extreme Snow Freshies Uncrowded Slackcountry Lifts Terrain Park Family Friendly Daytime Restaurants Nighttime Restaurants Nightlife Ski-in\Ski-Out Cost Apres English Culture Powderhounds Overall
Argentina
Caviahue 4 2.5 2 2.5 1 2 0.5 3 4.5 4.5 -1 3 0 3.5 2 2 1 2 3.5 2 2 4 4 3.5
Cerro Bayo 3 2.5 3 4 4 4.5 3.5 3 4 4 5 3.5 2.5 3 3.5 1 1 0 3.5 1 2.5 3 4.5 4
Cerro Catedral 3 4.5 4 5 4 4.5 4.5 3 2 2 5 4 3 4 4.5 3 3 2 3.5 3 3 3 3.5 4.5
Chapelco 4 4 3 4 3 3 3 2.5 3 2.5 3.5 4 2.5 4 3.5 1 1 2 3.5 2.5 2 3 3.5 4
La Hoya 2.5 3 2.5 4.5 0 4 3 4 4 2.5 1 2.5 2 3.5 3 1 1 1 4.5 2.5 1.5 4.5 4 3.5
Las Leñas 2.5 4 2 4.5 0 5 5 4 4 2.5 5 3 1 3.5 4 3 4 5 2 4 4 2 4 4.5
Los Penitentes 2 2.5 2 3 0 3 2 2 4.5 4 -1 2 1 2.5 2.5 2.5 2 2.5 4.5 2 1.5 4.5 3.5 3.5
Perito Moreno 3 2 1 2 2 1 0 1.5 3 4 -1 1.5 1 4.5 2 1 1 1 5 1 0.5 4.5 2.5 3
Chile
Antillanca 3 2.5 2 2.5 1.5 3 2 2 4 3.5 4 2 0 2.5 2.5 2 1.5 3 3.5 1.5 2 3 3 3.5
Corralco 2.5 2.5 2 4 0 4.5 4 3.5 5 5 4 2.5 1 4 3 2.5 1 4 2.5 1 4 3 4.5 4
El Colorado 4 4 2.5 3 0 3 3 2.5 2 2.5 4 2.5 3 3 4 2.5 2.5 4 3 3.5 2.5 2.5 3 4
La Parva 3 4 3 4 0 3.5 3.5 3 3 3 4 2.5 -1 3 4 2.5 1.5 3.5 2.5 2.5 2 3.5 3.5 4
Nevados de Chillan 5 3 3 4.5 2.5 4.5 3 3.5 4.5 4 4 3 1.5 4 3.5 3.5 2 5 2.5 2 3 2.5 4.5 4.5
Portillo 3 2.5 3.5 4 0 4.5 4.5 3 4 4 4.5 2.5 0 4 3 3 3.5 4 2.5 3 5 1 4 4
Pucon 3.5 1 1 2 0 2.5 2 2 3.5 4 1 1.5 1 2.5 2 0 0 0 3 2 2.5 4 3 2.5
Valle Nevado 3 4 2.5 4 0 2 2 3 4 3 3.5 3.5 4 4 4 3 3 4 2.5 2.5 4 1.5 3.5 4

New Zealand Ski Resorts

Like South America, the NZ ski resorts are not likely to be ranked for the best powder skiing (or the infrastructure). The major strengths of many of the New Zealand ski fields include the lack of crowds, likelihood of getting freshies at lunch time on a powder day, and the lack of expense.
New Zealand Ski Resorts 5 = outstanding Beginner Intermediate Advanced Off-Piste Tree Skiing Expert Extreme Snow Freshies Uncrowded Slackcountry Lifts Terrain Park Family Friendly Daytime Restaurants Nighttime Restaurants Nightlife Ski-in\Ski-Out Cost Apres English Culture Powderhounds Overall
Broken River 0.5 2 3.5 4 0 3.5 2.5 3 4 5 5 1.5 1 1 1 1 1.5 2 5 1 -1 -1 4 3.5
Cardrona 5 3.5 2 3 0 2 2 2 3 2 -1 3 4 5 3 1 1 1 3 2 -1 -1 2.5 3.5
Coronet Peak 3.5 4 3.5 3 0 3 2.5 1.5 2 2.5 2 3 0 4 3.5 0 0 0 2.5 1 -1 -1 2.5 3
Craigieburn 0 1 5 4.5 0.5 4.5 4.5 2.5 4.5 3 5 1.5 0 0 2 0 2 2 5 3 -1 -1 4 3.5
Fox Peak 1.5 2.5 3 4 0 4 3 2 5 5 3.5 1 0 2.5 0 0 0 0 5 0 -1 -1 3.5 2.5
Hanmer Springs 0.5 4 1 3 0 2 2 2 5 5 3 2 0 2.5 1 0 1 3 4 1 -1 -1 3.5 3
Mount Olympus 1 1 2.5 4 0 4.5 4.5 3 5 4 4.5 1.5 0 1 2 3 2.5 2 5 1 -1 -1 4 3.5
Mt Cheeseman 2.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 0 3 2 2 5 5 3.5 2 1 4 2 1 1 2 5 1 -1 -1 4 3.5
Mt Dobson 4 3 2 3.5 0 2.5 1 2 5 5 -1 2 0 4 1 0 0 0 5 0 -1 -1 3.5 3
Mt Hutt 3 4 3.5 3.5 0 3.5 3 3 3.5 3.5 3 3 3.5 3.5 3 0 0 0 2.5 1.5 -1 -1 3.5 3.5
Mt Lyford 3.5 3.5 3 3 0 3 1 3 5 5 2.5 3 3 4 3 0 0 0 4 0 -1 -1 4 3.5
Ohau 2.5 2.5 3 3 0 3 2 2.5 5 5 3.5 2 1.5 3.5 2 2.5 3 0 4.5 3 -1 -1 4 3.5
Porters 3.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 0 2.5 1.5 2 3.5 3 3 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 0 0 0 4 0.5 -1 -1 3 3
Remarkables 3.5 2.5 3 3 0 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 4.5 4 3 0 0 0 2.5 1 -1 -1 3 3.5
Roundhill 3 2 2.5 3.5 0 3 1 2 5 5 -1 2 3 4 2 0 0 0 5 1 -1 -1 3.5 3
Snow Park 1 1.5 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 2 5 4 2 2 2 2 4 2.5 -1 -1 1.5 2
Treble Cone 2.5 3 4.5 4 0 4 4 3 3.5 3.5 4 2.5 2 3 2.5 0 0 0 3 1 -1 -1 4 3.5
Turoa 2.5 3.5 3 3 0 2.5 2 2.5 3 4 2.5 2.5 2 2.5 3 3 3 0 4.5 1 -1 -1 3 3.5
Whakapapa 3 3.5 2.5 3 0 2.5 2.5 2.5 3 4 2.5 3 2 4.5 3 2 1 2 4.5 1 -1 -1 3 3.5

USA Ski Resorts

The USA ski resorts and many and varied, so it's somewhat hard to categorise them. Some are up there are the best ski resorts in the world for the quality and quantity of powder, although many of the high profile resorts are crowded so freshies don't last long. Some of the strengths of the USA ski resorts include great terrain and infrastructure such as child facilities and restaurants. 
USA Ski Resorts 5 = outstanding Beginner Intermediate Advanced Off-Piste Tree Skiing Expert Extreme Snow Freshies Uncrowded Slackcountry Lifts Terrain Park Family Friendly Daytime Restaurants Nighttime Restaurants Nightlife Ski-in\Ski-Out Cost Apres English Culture Powderhounds Overall
Alaska
Alyeska 2.5 3.5 2.5 4 2 4 4 4 2.5 3.5 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 -1 -1 4 4
California
Alpine Meadows 2.5 3.5 3 4 2.5 4.5 3.5 4 2 1 3 3 2 2.5 2.5 0 0 0 3 1.5 -1 -1 3 3.5
Heavenly 3.5 4.5 2.5 4 4.5 2.5 0.5 3.5 3 1 1.5 4 4 3 2 5 5 0.5 3 4.5 -1 -1 3 4
Homewood 1 4 3 4 5 1 0 3 5 4 0 3 0 4 3 0 0 1 4 3 -1 -1 4 3.5
June Mountain 3 2.5 2.5 2.5 3 1.5 0 3 4 4.5 3.5 2.5 1.5 4 2 0 0 0 4 1.5 -1 -1 4 3.5
Kirkwood 2.5 3 5 5 4 4.5 4 4.5 3 3.5 -1 2.5 2 3.5 2.5 2 2 3 4 2.5 -1 -1 4.5 4.5
Mammoth Mountain 3.5 4.5 4 4 3.5 4 2.5 4 3.5 2.5 -1 4.5 5 4.5 4 4 3.5 3 3.5 3 -1 -1 4 4.5
Northstar 4 4.5 3 2.5 4.5 1.5 0 3.5 2.5 2 -1 5 4 4.5 3.5 4 2 2.5 1.5 2 -1 -1 3 4
Sierra at Tahoe 5 2.5 3 4 5 3.5 2.5 3 3 3 -1 3 3 4 3 0 0 0 3 2 -1 -1 3.5 4
Squaw Valley 3.5 4 3.5 5 3 5 5 4 1 1 4 4.5 3 2.5 4 3.5 3.5 2.5 2.5 4 -1 -1 3 4.5
Sugar Bowl 3.5 3.5 3.5 4 3.5 4.5 4 3.5 2.5 3 -1 3.5 3 3.5 3 1.5 1.5 2.5 3 2.5 -1 -1 3.5 4
Colorado
Arapahoe Basin 2 2.5 3 3.5 2 3 2 3 3 4.5 3 2.5 3 1 2.5 0 0 0 3 0 -1 -1 3.5 3
Aspen Highlands 3 3.5 4 4 3 4.5 3 3.5 3 4 -1 3.5 0 3 2.5 2 2 3 2.5 2.5 -1 -1 4 4
Aspen Mountain 0 3.5 3.5 3 2.5 3 2 3.5 2.5 3.5 -1 3.5 0 2.5 2.5 5 4.5 2 2 4 -1 -1 3.5 3.5
Beaver Creek 4.5 4 4 3.5 3 3 2.5 3.5 2.5 2.5 -1 4.5 3 4.5 3.5 4 2.5 5 1.5 3 -1 -1 3.5 4
Breckenridge 5 4 4.5 4.5 2.5 4 4 3.5 2 1 -1 4 5 4.5 3 4 5 4 3 4 -1 -1 3 4.5
Buttermilk 4.5 3 2 2 2 1.5 0 2.5 4.5 4 -1 4 5 4 2.5 1 1 1.5 2.5 1 -1 -1 3 3.5
Copper Mountain 5 5 3.5 4 3 3 3 3.5 2.5 3.5 4 4 4 5 4 4 3.5 3.5 3 4 -1 -1 3.5 4.5
Crested Butte 3.5 3.5 2.5 4 4 5 5 3.5 4 4 0 3.5 3.5 4.5 3 4 3 3 4 3 -1 -1 4 4.5
Keystone 2.5 5 4 4 4 3 0 3 2 2 5 4 5 3 2 4 4 1 3 3 -1 -1 3 4
Monarch 2.5 2.5 2 3 3 3 3 3.5 3 4 3 2.5 2.5 4 2 2 1 0 4.5 2 -1 -1 4 3.5
Powderhorn 2.5 3 3 3 3.5 1 1 3 4 5 2.5 2.5 2.5 4 2.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 5 3 -1 -1 4 3.8
Purgatory 4.5 5 2.5 2 2 1 1 3 2.5 3 1 3 3 5 4 2 2.5 4 4 2.5 -1 -1 3 4
Silverton 0 0 3 5 4 5 5 5 4 5 -1 1 0 0 0.5 1.5 1 0 4 4 -1 -1 5 3.5
Snowmass 3 5 3 4.5 4 4.5 4.5 4 3 3.5 -1 4.5 4 5 3.5 3 2.5 5 2.5 2.5 -1 -1 4 4.5
Steamboat 3.5 4.5 4 4 5 3 2 4 3 4 -1 3.5 3.5 4.5 3 3.5 3 3.5 3 3 -1 -1 4 4.5
Telluride 4.5 4.5 4 4 4 5 4.5 4 3.5 3.5 3.5 5 3 4.5 5 4.5 3 5 2 3 -1 -1 4.5 5
Vail 3 3.5 5 5 3.5 2.5 0 4 2.5 2 3 4.5 4 3 5 5 5 2.5 2 5 -1 -1 3.5 4.5
Wolf Creek 3.5 3 3 5 5 4 4 5 5 5 2 3 0 4 1.5 3 2 0 5 1.5 -1 -1 5 4
Idaho
Schweitzer 3 4 4.5 4 4.5 3 2 3 4 4 4 3 3.5 4 3.5 2.5 2 4.5 4 3 -1 -1 4 4.5
Montana
Bridger Bowl 4 2.5 2 4 3 5 5 3 3 2.5 2 2.5 3 5 2 0 0 0 5 2 -1 -1 3.5 4
Snowbowl 1 2 3 4 3 4 1 3 5 4 2 2.5 0 3 3 0 0 2 5 2 -1 -1 4 3.5
Whitefish 4 5 4 3 4 3 2.5 4 4 4 2 2 3 5 4 3 2 4 4 4 -1 -1 4 4.5
New Mexico
Taos 2.5 3.5 2.5 4 2.5 4.5 4.5 3.5 3.5 4 0 3 2 3.5 4 4 3.5 5 3.5 4 -1 -1 4 4
Utah
Alta 4 3.5 4.5 5 4 5 5 5 4 3.5 4 3 0 4.5 3.5 4 2 4.5 3 3 -1 -1 5 4.8
Brian Head 4.5 3 2.5 2.5 2.5 2 1 4.5 4 4 2.5 2.5 2.5 4.5 2.5 2 1.5 1.5 4.5 1.5 -1 -1 4 4
Brighton 3.5 3.5 2.5 4 3 2.5 2 5 2.5 3 5 4 3.5 4 2.5 0.5 0.5 2 4 3 -1 -1 4 4
Deer Valley 3 5 3 2.5 3 2.5 1.5 4 2.5 3.5 0 5 0 4.5 5 4 2 5 1 2 -1 -1 3.5 4
Nordic Valley 3.5 4 2 1 0 0 0 4 3 4 0 3 3.5 4.5 3 0 0 0 5 0 -1 -1 3 3
Park City 3.5 5 5 3.5 4.5 3.5 2.5 4 2.5 2.5 3 5 5 4.5 4 5 4.5 3.5 2 3 -1 -1 3.5 5
Powder Mountain 2 2.5 2 5 5 3 2 4.5 5 5 5 2 2 2.5 1 0.5 0 3.5 3.5 1.5 -1 -1 5 4
Snowbasin 3 3.5 5 4 3.5 4 4.5 4.5 3.5 4 4 4 3.5 4 5 3 2.5 0 3 2 -1 -1 4.5 4.5
Snowbird 2 2.5 4.5 5 4 5 5 5 2 2.5 4 4 1 3 4 3 3 2.5 2 3.5 -1 -1 4 4.5
Solitude 3 4 3.5 4 5 4.5 3.5 5 4.5 4 4.5 3 1.5 4 3 3 2 3 3 2.5 -1 -1 5 4.5
Sundance 3 3 3 4 3 3 0 5 5 4 1 3 0 5 4 5 2 2 3 2 -1 -1 4.5 4
Wyoming
Grand Targhee 3 5 5 4 3 4 3 5 5 5 5 4 3 4 3.5 2 0 4 5 2 -1 -1 5 4.5
Jackson Hole 1 3 5 5 4 5 5 4 2.5 2 5 3 2 2 2 3 1 4 2 2 -1 -1 4.5 4

Europe Ski Resorts & Other

Some of the European ski resorts are up there as the best in the world for nightlife and dining.
Europe Ski Resorts 5 = outstanding Beginner Intermediate Advanced Off-Piste Tree Skiing Expert Extreme Snow Freshies Uncrowded Slackcountry Lifts Terrain Park Family Friendly Daytime Restaurants Nighttime Restaurants Nightlife Ski-in\Ski-Out Cost Apres English Culture Powderhounds Overall
Austria
Hintertux Glacier 4 4 3 3 0 2 2 4 3 4 1 4 4 2 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3.5 4
Kaprun 3 4 2 4 0 4 2 4 4 4 2 4 3 4 4 2 2 0 4 2 4 0 4 4
Lech 4 4 1.5 3 2 3.5 3 4 3 2.5 -1 4 -1 4 5 4 4 3 2 4 3 3 3.5 4.5
Mayrhofen 3 4 4 3 2 3 3 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 4 5 0 4 5 5 1 4 4.5
SkiCircus Saalbach 4 5 3 5 3 3 3 4 4.5 4 4 4 3 3 5 4 5 3 4 5 4 2 4.5 5
St Anton 4 5 4 5 1 5 5 4 3 1 3 5 3 2 4 5 5 3 3 5 4 2 3.5 5
Stubai Glacier 4 4 3 4 0 4 3 4 4 4 2 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 4 4 4 2 4 3
Zell am See 3 5 4 3 3 3 0 4 3 3 0 5 3 3 4 4 4 3 3 4 5 2 3.5 4.5
Zurs 5 4 3 4 2 3.5 3 4 3 3 -1 5 -1 2 5 4 3 3 2 3 3 3 4 4.5
Cat Skiing Europe
France
Chamonix 3 3 5 5 2 5 5 3 3 2 5 4 3 2 3 4 5 2 4 4 3 3 3.5 4.5
La Rosiere 4 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 4 1 3 3 4 3 3 2 2 4 2 4 2 2.5 3.5
Montgenevre 4 4 4 4 2 3 2 4 4 3 3 4 3 4 3 2 2 3 4 3 4 2 4 4.5
Serre Chevalier 3 4 4 4 4 3 2 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 3 3 4 3 4 4 4.5 4.5
Georgia
Germany
Italy
3 Peaks Dolomites 3 4 3 2 1 0 0 2.5 3 4 2 4 2 4 3 3 1 3 3.5 3 4 3 3 3.5
Alta Badia 4 5 3 1 2 1 0 2 2 4 2 5 3 5 5 5 3 4 3 5 4 5 3 4.5
Arabba Marmolada 2 4 4 3 2 3 3 4 3 4 3 4 2 2 3 2 1 3 3 4 5 2 4 4
Cervinia 4 4 2 3 1 2 2 3.5 4 4 5 3.5 3 4 4 3 2 5 4 4 4 2 4 4.5
Cortina 4 4 4 3 3 3 5 2 2 4 4 2 2 2 4 5 5 2 4 4 4 4 3.5 4.5
Courmayeur 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 3 4 5 4 2 3.5 4 4 4 4.5 4.5
Dolomites 5 5 3 2 2 1 1 2 2 3 2 5 3 5 5 5 4 3 4 5 4 5 2.5 4.5
Gitschberg Jochtal 3 4 3 1 1 0 0 2 2 4 2 4 3 4 2 2 1 3 3 3 3 1 3 3.5
Kronplatz 5 5 4 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 5 4 5 4 4 3.5 3 4 4 5 3 2.5 4
La Thuile 4 3 2 4 2 2 1 5 5 4 4 3 2 4 4 2 3 1 5 4 3 1 4.5 4
Monterosa 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 5 4.5 4 5 3 2 3.5 4 3.5 3 3 5 3 4 3 5 5
Oulx 2 3 3 5 4 2 1 4.5 5 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 2.5 2 5 3 3 3 4.5 4
Plose 2.5 4 3 2 2 0 0 2 2 3 1 5 2 3 3 4 4 2 3 4 3 4 2.5 3.5
Sestriere 4 4 3 3 3 2 1 4 4 3 2 4 3 4 3 3 2 3.5 5 3 3 1 4 4
Val di Fassa 4 4 2 1 1 0 0 2 3 3 2 5 3 4 4 3 3 2 4 3 4 4 2.5 3.5
Val Gardena 4 5 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 3 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 4 4 3 4 2.5 4
Via Lattea 4 4 4 4 4 2 1 4.5 4.5 3.5 3 3.5 3 3 3 4 2 3 5 3 3 3 4.5 4.5
Macedonia
Norway
Sweden
Switzerland
Andermatt Sedrun 2 4 4 5 1 5 4 5 4.5 3 5 2.5 1 4 2 3 2 1 4 3 5 4 4.5 4
Verbier 4 5 4 4.5 2 5 5 4 4 2 4 4 3 2 3 3 3 3 1 2 5 3 4 4.5
Zermatt 2 5 4 5 3 3 3 4 4 3 5 5 3 3 4 4 4 2 1 2 5 4 4 4.5
Travel in Europe
Australia Ski Resorts 5 = outstanding Beginner Intermediate Advanced Off-Piste Tree Skiing Expert Extreme Snow Freshies Uncrowded Slackcountry Lifts Terrain Park Family Friendly Daytime Restaurants Nighttime Restaurants Nightlife Ski-in\Ski-Out Cost Apres English Culture Powderhounds Overall
Falls Creek 4 4.5 2.5 2.5 2 1 1 2 2.5 2.5 2.5 3 4 5 3 4.5 4 5 2 4 -1 -1 3 2.5
Mt Hotham 3 3 4.5 3.5 2.5 4 2.5 2 2.5 2.5 4.5 2.5 3.5 4 4 4 3.5 3 2 3.5 -1 -1 3 4
India Ski Resorts 5 = outstanding Beginner Intermediate Advanced Off-Piste Tree Skiing Expert Extreme Snow Freshies Uncrowded Slackcountry Lifts Terrain Park Family Friendly Daytime Restaurants Nighttime Restaurants Nightlife Ski-in\Ski-Out Cost Apres English Culture Powderhounds Overall
Gulmarg 0.5 0.5 2 4 3 3.5 2 3 2 3 5 2 0 0 2 2 1 3 3 1 -1 -1 3.5 3
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Ratings are from 0 to 5 where 5 is outstanding

Definitions of Categories

  • Beginner and intermediate terrain: refers to the quality and quantity of terrain available
  • Advanced on-piste terrain: quality and quantity of marked trails; in some resorts trails are marked yet are really off-piste (e.g. Kicking Horse, Whistler)
  • Off-piste: this refers to the quantity and quality of the terrain, but also the likely snow conditions; this refers to in-bounds not out-of-bounds terrain
  • Backcountry: slack-country, "out-of-bounds" terrain close to the resort that is easily accessible ie not a hike >15mins; may require a traverse back to lifts or goes to a road
  • Expert: this includes off-piste and easily accessed backcountry for experts
  • Extreme: refers to super steep and narrow terrain, cliffs and other drop-offs
  • Snow: quality and quantity, and likely frequency of powder days
  • Lunchtime freshies: likelihood of finding quality fresh tracks at lunchtime on a powder day
  • Uncrowded: uncrowded lift lines and slopes
  • Lifts: refers to quality and quantity of lift infrastructure including the lay-out
  • Terrain park: size, variability and caters to all levels
  • Family friendly: refers to how well the resort caters to families, both on and off the slopes - includes elements of child care, ski school, accessibility and kids activities
  • Restaurants: quality and quantity of daytime eateries as well as evening restaurants
  • Nightlife: refers to nightime entertainment including bars but not restaurants
  • Ski-in ski-out accommodation: refers to the proportion and quality of accommodation on mountain that is truly ski-in ski-out
  • Cost: incorporates costs associated with lift tickets, resort facilities, food & drink, and lodging (where relevant) relative to other resorts across that country/continent
  • Overall rating: incorporates all factors
  • Powderhounds: incorporates powder hound factors - advanced/expert terrain; powder; uncrowded slopes; & finding lunchtime freshies