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 in 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 many of the resorts are also uncrowded so there are lots of "freshies" to be found! Skiing in Japan is ideal for powder hounds - you can check out our videos of Japow!


Japan Ski Resorts
5 = outstanding
Hokkaido
Niseko 4.5 4.5 3 5 5 3 1 5 2 1.5 5 3.5 3 4.5 4.5 5 5 3.5 3 3.5 5 1.5 3.5 5
Niseko Hirafu 4 3.5 3 4.5 4.5 2.5 1 5 2 2.5 5 3 3 5 4.5 5 5 3 3 3.5 5 1 3.5 4.5
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
Furano 4 4 3 4.5 4 4 1.5 5 3.5 4 4.5 4 1 5 3.5 4 2.5 2.5 4.5 2 4 3.5 4.5 4.5
Kiroro 4 3.5 2 4 4.5 3.5 1.5 5 3 4 4 5 1 4.5 3.5 4 2 3.5 2.5 2 4.5 1.5 4.5 4.5
Moiwa 2.5 2.5 2 4 4.5 3 2.5 4.5 3.5 4 4.5 2.5 0 3 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 4 2 4 3 4.5 4
Niseko Annupuri 3.5 2.5 2 2 4 2 1 5 2.5 3 5 3 0 3 3 3 2 2 4 2 4 3.5 4 3.5
Niseko Village 4.5 2.5 2 3 4 2.5 1 5 2.5 3 5 4 0 5 3 3 2.5 5 3 2 5 2.5 4 4
Rusutsu 3.5 4 3 5 5 2.5 1 5 3.5 4 2.5 5 2.5 5 3.5 4 2 3.5 3 1.5 3 3 4.5 4.5
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
Niseko Hanazono 4 2.5 1 3 4.5 2.5 1.5 5 2 2.5 5 3 4 5 2.5 2 1 2 2.5 1 5 1 3.5 4
Sapporo Teine 4.5 2.5 3 4 4.5 4.5 3 4 4 3.5 4.5 3 2 3 2.5 0 0 0 4.5 1 2.5 2.5 4.5 4
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
Sahoro 4.5 2.5 2 4 4.5 3 1 4.5 5 3.5 4 3 1 5 3 3 1 4.5 4 0.5 4 2.5 4.5 4
Tomamu 4 3.5 2 4.5 4.5 3 0 4.5 4.5 4 4 4 3.5 5 3.5 3.5 0.5 4.5 4 0.5 3.5 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
Asahidake 0 1 0.5 4.5 4.5 3.5 2.5 5 4 3.5 5 2.5 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 2 3 4.5 3
Hakodate Nanae 3.5 2 1 2.5 3 3 1 4 5 4.5 4 3 0 2.5 2.5 0 0 0 4.5 0 0.5 4.5 4.5 3.5
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
Niyama Kogen 3 2 2 2.5 2.5 2.5 1 4 5 5 -1 2.5 0 2 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 4 4.5 3
Nukabira 2 2 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0 4 -1 5 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 5 0 1 4 3 2.5
Otaru Tenguyama 2.5 2 3 3 4 4 2.5 3.5 5 5 2.5 2.5 0 2 2 0 0 0.5 5 0 1.5 4.5 4.5 3.5
Pippu 2 2.5 2 2.5 3.5 2.5 1.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4 2.5 1.5 2 2 0.5 0 0.5 5 0 1.5 4 4.5 3.5
Piyashiri 2.5 2.5 2 2 3 2.5 2.5 5 5 5 3.5 2.5 1.5 2 2 0 0 1 5 0 1 4 5 3.5
Honshu
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
Akakura 4.5 3 2 2.5 4 2.5 1.5 4.5 3.5 3.5 3 4.5 1.5 4.5 3.5 4.5 3.5 3 4 2 4.5 3.5 4 4.5
Hakuba 47 2 2.5 2.5 3.5 4 3.5 2.5 4.5 2.5 3.5 -1 3 4 3 2 2 2 0 4 2 4.5 3 4 4
Hakuba Iwatake 3 3.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 1.5 0 3.5 3 2.5 -1 3 1.5 4 2.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 4.5 2 3.5 4 3 3.5
Myoko Kogen 4.5 3 2.5 4 4 3 2 4.5 4 4 3 4.5 2.5 4 3.5 4 3 3.5 4.5 2 3.5 3.5 4.5 4.5
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
Tsugaike 5 3 1 4 5 3 1.5 4.5 3.5 4 4.5 4.5 3 4 4 2.5 1.5 4.5 4.5 2 2 4 4.5 4.5
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
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
Aomori Spring 5 2.5 1.5 3 5 3.5 2 4.5 5 4.5 4 4 5 3.5 2.5 3 1.5 4 4 1.5 4.5 2.5 5 4.5
Kagura 5 3 2 3.5 4 3 1 4.5 4 4 4.5 3.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 1 0 1 4.5 1.5 2.5 3 4.5 4
Lotte Arai 2.5 2.5 3.5 5 3.5 4 1.5 4.5 4 4.5 2 4 0 5 4 4.5 1.5 4.5 2.5 1.5 3.5 2 4.5 4.5
Madarao 3.5 3 4.5 4.5 4.5 3 1 4.5 3 3.5 3.5 2.5 2.5 4.5 3.5 3 2 4 4.5 1.5 4 3 4 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
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
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
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
Hakuba Cortina 2.5 3 2.5 4.5 5 4.5 2 5 3.5 4 4.5 3 0 4 3 3 0.5 4 4 1 3.5 3 4.5 4
Goryu 4.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2 4.5 2.5 3 2.5 3.5 1.5 4.5 3.5 2 1.5 1 4 1 4 3.5 3.5 3.5
Happo 3 4.5 3.5 2.5 2 2.5 1.5 4.5 2.5 3 4 4 2.5 4.5 4 3.5 3 3 4 1 4.5 2.5 3.5 4
Ikenotaira 4.5 3 0.5 2.5 3 1 0 4.5 4 4.5 2 2.5 2.5 3 2.5 1 0.5 1 4.5 1 2.5 4 4 3.5
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
Amihari Onsen 2 2.5 1.5 3 3 3 3 4 5 5 4 2 0 2.5 1.5 2 0.5 3 5 0.5 1.5 4 4.5 3.5
Charmant Hiuchi 1.5 2.5 1.5 4.5 3.5 3 1.5 5 4.5 5 3.5 3 2 2 2.5 0 0 0 5 0.5 1 4 5 3.5
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
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
Norikura 4 3 2.5 3 3 2.5 1 4.5 4.5 4.5 3 2.5 2.5 4 3 2.5 0.5 4 5 0.5 2 4 4.5 4
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
Kawaba 2 2.5 2.5 4 4 4 1 3.5 4.5 3 -1 3 2.5 3 4 0 0 0 4.5 0.5 2 4 4 3.5
Maiko 4.5 3 2 3 3 2 0.5 4 4 3 -1 3 1.5 4 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
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
Okunakayama Kogen 4 1.5 2 3.5 3.5 3 1 4 5 5 2 2.5 1 3 2.5 1 0 2 5 0.5 3 4 4.5 3.5
Oze Iwakura 2.5 4.5 3 4.5 5 4 1.5 4.5 4.5 3 2 3 0 3.5 3 1.5 0 3 5 0.5 1 4.5 4.5 4
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 3.5 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
Shizukuishi 2.5 4 2 2.5 4 3 1 4 5 4 3.5 2.5 2.5 3 2.5 2.5 0.5 3.5 4 0.5 2 3.5 4.5 4
Suginohara 4 3 1.5 2.5 4 4 4 4.5 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 0.5 0.5 3 4.5 0.5 2.5 4.5 4.5 4
Tangram 2.5 3.5 2 3.5 4 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 5 5 5 5 4.5 5 5 2.5 0.5 1.5 2 0 0 0 4.5 0.5 2.5 3.5 5 3.5
Adatara Kogen 1.5 1.5 1 1 1 0 0 3.5 5 5 -1 1.5 0 1 1 0 0 1.5 5 0 0 4.5 2.5 2.5
Ani 2 2.5 1.5 3 5 4 2 4.5 5 5 4.5 2.5 0 2 2 0 0 0 5 0 2 4 5 3.5
Cupid Valley 2 2.5 1 2 2 1 2 4.5 4 4.5 2 3 0 2.5 2.5 0 0 1.5 5 0 1 4 4 3
Hachimantai Panorama 3 2 0 0.5 0.5 0 0 4.5 5 5 2 2.5 0 3 1.5 1.5 0 2.5 5 0 1.5 4.5 3 3
Hachimantai Shimokura 2 2 1.5 2.5 3.5 3 2.5 4.5 4 5 2.5 2 1 2 2 0 0 0 5 0 1.5 4 4.5 3
Hakkoda 1 2 3 4.5 4.5 3 2 5 4 3.5 5 2.5 0 0 2.5 0 0 2 4.5 0 2.5 3.5 4.5 3.5
Hakuba Kashimayari 4 3 2 2.5 2.5 2 1 4 4 4.5 -1 2.5 0 3 2.5 2 0 2 5 0 2.5 4 4 3.5
Hirayu Onsen 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 3 5 5 3.5 2 0 1 1.5 2.5 0 0 5 0 1 5 4.5 3.5
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
Iwate Kogen 2.5 2.5 1.5 3 3.5 3 1.5 3.5 5 4 3 3.5 0.5 3 2.5 0 0 0 5 0 1.5 4 4.5 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
Kurohime 3.5 2.5 2 2 2.5 2.5 1 3.5 5 3.5 -1 2.5 3 2.5 2 0.5 0 2 5 0 1 4 4 3.5
Marunuma Kogen 4 2.5 1.5 0.5 0.5 1 0 4.5 2 3.5 -1 3 0 2.5 3 0 0 1 4.5 0 1 4 3 3
Mt Norikura 4 2.5 2 2.5 2.5 2 1 4.5 4.5 4.5 -1 3 2 3 3 1 0 1.5 5 0 2 3.5 4.5 3.5
Oguna Hotaka 3 2.5 2 2.5 3 2 0 4 5 4 -1 2.5 1.5 2.5 2 0 0 0 4.5 0 1 3.5 4 3
Oze Tokura 3 2.5 1.5 3.5 3.5 2.5 1 4 5 4 2 2 3.5 3 2 0.5 0 1 5 0 1 4.5 4.5 3.5
Tengendai 2 2 1 1.5 3.5 4.5 4 4 5 5 4.5 1.5 0 1 1.5 0 0 0 4 0 1 5 4.5 3
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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
Whistler-Blackcomb 4 4.5 5 5 4 5 5 3 2.5 1.5 5 5 4.5 5 3.5 5 5 2 2 5 -1 -1 4 5
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
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
Red Mountain 3 3.5 4 5 5 4.5 4 3.5 4 3.5 2 2.5 2.5 4 3 2.5 3 3 5 3 -1 -1 4.5 4.5
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
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
Mt Washington 4 3 3.5 2.5 2.5 4 2.5 2 3 3.5 -1 2.5 2.5 4.5 2 2 2.5 2.5 4 2.5 -1 -1 3.5 4
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
Revelstoke 2.5 3.5 5 4 4 3.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 2 3.5 2 3.5 2.5 2.5 4 2.5 -1 -1 4 4.5
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
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
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
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
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 4 3.5 4.5 2 2 3 2 3.5 3 4 1 3.5 2.5 5 4 3 2 4.5 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
Whitewater 2.5 3 4 4 5 4.5 3 5 4 4 5 2.5 2 3 3 0 0 0 4.5 2 -1 -1 5 4.5
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
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

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 incredibly interesting & culturally diverse experiences.


South America Ski Resorts
5 = outstanding
Argentina
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
Cardrona 5 3 2.5 4 0 3 2 2 3 2 2 3.5 4.5 4.5 3 1 1 1 3 2 -1 -1 3 3.5
Coronet Peak 3.5 4 3 2 0 2.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 2 4 1.5 4 3 1 1 0 3 1.5 -1 -1 2.5 3
Mt Hutt 3 4 3.5 3.5 0 3.5 3 3 3.5 2.5 2.5 3 3 4 3 0 0 0 2.5 1.5 -1 -1 3.5 3.5
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
Hanmer Springs 1 3 1 3 0 2 1 1.5 5 5 3 2 0 2.5 1 0 1 2 4.5 1 -1 -1 3.5 3
Mount Olympus 1 1 2.5 4 0 4.5 4.5 3 4.5 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
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
Remarkables 4 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
Treble Cone 2.5 3 4.5 4.5 0 4 4 3 3.5 3.5 4 2.5 2 3 2 0 0 0 3 1 -1 -1 4 3.5
Turoa 3 3.5 3 3 0 2.5 2 2.5 3 2 2.5 3 2 2.5 2.5 3 3 0 4 1 -1 -1 3 3.5
Whakapapa 4 4 3 3 0 2.5 2.5 2.5 3 1 2.5 2.5 2 3.5 3 2 1 2 4 1 -1 -1 3 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
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
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 Lyford 3.5 3 2 3.5 0 3 1 2.5 5 5 2.5 2.5 2.5 4 2.5 0 0 0 4.5 0 -1 -1 4 3.5
Rainbow 3 2 2.5 4 0 2.5 1 2 5 3 -1 1.5 1 3 1.5 0 0 0 4 0 -1 -1 3.5 3

Best Skiing USA

The USA ski resorts are many & varied, so it's somewhat difficult to categorise them. Some are up there with the best ski resorts in the world for the quality & 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 incredible terrain & infrastructure such as child facilities and restaurants.

USA Ski Resorts
5 = outstanding
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Colorado
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
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
Breckenridge 5 4 4.5 4.5 2.5 3 3 3.5 2 1 -1 4 4.5 4.5 3 4 5 4 3 4 -1 -1 3 4.5
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
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
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
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
Steamboat 3.5 4.5 4 3.5 4 2 2 4 2.5 3 -1 3.5 4.5 4.5 3 3.5 3 3.5 2.5 3 -1 -1 3.5 4.5
Telluride 4.5 4.5 4 4 3.5 5 4 4 3.5 3.5 3.5 4.5 3.5 4.5 5 4.5 3 5 2 3 -1 -1 4.5 5
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
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 4.5 4.5 5 -1 1 0 0 0.5 1.5 1 0 4 2.5 -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
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
Wolf Creek 3.5 3 3 5 5 4 4 5 4.5 4 2 3 0 4 2.5 3 2 0 5 1.5 -1 -1 5 4
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
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
Idaho
Schweitzer 2.5 4 4.5 4 4.5 3 2 3 4 4 4 3.5 3 4 3.5 2.5 2 4 4 2.5 -1 -1 4 4.5
Sun Valley 3 5 4 3 3.5 2.5 1 3 4 4 2.5 4 3 4 5 4 3 0 2.5 2 -1 -1 4 4.5
Montana
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
Big Sky 4.5 4 4 3.5 2.5 4 4 3 3 3 -1 4 3 4 2 2.5 2 3.5 3 2.5 -1 -1 3.5 4.5
Bridger Bowl 4 2.5 2 4 3 5 5 3 3 2.5 2 2.5 2 4 2 0 0 0 4.5 2 -1 -1 3.5 4
Snowbowl 1.5 2.5 3 4 4.5 4 1.5 2.5 5 4 2 2 1 2.5 3 0 0 1 5 2 -1 -1 4 3.5
New Mexico
Taos 2.5 3.5 3 4 2.5 5 5 3.5 3.5 4 0 3 2 3.5 4 4 3 5 3.5 4 -1 -1 4 4.5
Oregon
Mt Bachelor 4.5 4.5 4 5 5 2.5 1.5 4 4 3 1 4.5 4 4 2.5 0 0 0 4 3 -1 -1 4 4.5
Mt Hood Meadows 4 4 2 4 3 4 3 3.5 3 2.5 0 4 3.5 4 4 0 0 0 4 3 -1 -1 3.5 4
Travel Guides
Utah
Snowbird 2 2.5 5 5 4 5 5 5 2 3 4 4 1.5 3 4 3 3 2.5 2 3.5 -1 -1 4 4.5
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 5
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
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 3 3 3.5 5 5 3 1.5 4.5 4.5 4 4 2.5 3.5 2.5 1.5 0.5 0 3.5 4 3 -1 -1 4.5 4
Solitude 3 4 4 4 5 4.5 3.5 5 3.5 3 4.5 3.5 0 4 3 3 2 3 3 2.5 -1 -1 4.5 4.5
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
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
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
Snowbasin 2 3.5 5 4 3.5 4.5 4 4 3 3 4 4 2.5 2.5 5 0 1 0 3.5 1 -1 -1 4 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
Washington
Crystal Mountain 4 3.5 4.5 5 3.5 5 3.5 4 4.5 3 4 4 1 3.5 3 1.5 2 1 3.5 4 -1 -1 4.5 4.5
Mt Baker 2 1 2 3 2 5 5 4 1 1 4 3 0 1 4 0 0 0 3.5 1 -1 -1 3.5 3.5
Stevens Pass 4 3 3 5 3 4 2 4 3.5 3.5 4 3 0 3 5 0 0 0 3.5 1 -1 -1 4.5 4
Wyoming
Jackson Hole 2.5 3 5 5 4 5 5 4.5 1.5 2 5 4 2.5 3 3 4 2.5 4 2 4.5 -1 -1 3.5 4.5
Grand Targhee 3.5 4 5 4.5 3 2.5 2 5 4 4.5 5 3.5 2 4 3 2 1 4 4.5 3 -1 -1 5 4.5

European Ski Resorts

The ski resorts in Europe are amongst the best in the world across all categories. In particular, the resorts of the Alps in Austria, Switzerland, France & Italy are of such scale & diversity that we are continually blown away by how amazing they are. And then there is the Balkans, eastern Europe, the Pyrenees, Scandinavia, Iceland, Russia, Georgia ....... so much to explore!


Europe Ski Resorts
5 = outstanding
Andorra
Ordino Arcalis 3 4 1 4.5 4 4 3 3.5 2 4 4 4 1 3 5 0 0 0 5 4 5 3 3.5 4
Grandvalira 5 4 1.5 1.5 1 1 1 2.5 3 3 2 4 2 5 4 3 3 4 2.5 3 5 1 3 4
Arctic
Austria
Ischgl 5 5 3 4 2 4 2.5 4.5 2 1 4.5 5 4.5 2.5 4 4 4 4 3.5 5 5 2 3 4.5
Kitzbuhel 5 5 4 4 3 3 2 3 4 3 2 5 3 4 5 4 5 3 4 5 5 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 5 3 3 5 4 5 3 4 5 5 2 4.5 5
St Anton 4 5 5 5 1 5 5 4 3 1 3 5 3 2 4 5 5 3 3 5 5 2 3.5 5
Obertauern 5 4 2 4 3 3 2 4.5 4 3 3.5 5 3 4 4 4 3 5 4 4.5 5 4 4 4.5
Gastein 4.5 5 4 4 4 3 2.5 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 2 4 4 5 5 4.5 5
Hochzeiger 4 4 3.5 3.5 3 2 0 4 4.5 4 3 4 0 4 4 3 2.5 2.5 4 4 5 3.5 4.5 4
Hochzillertal 5 5 3.5 4.5 4 4 2 3.5 3.5 2.5 4.5 5 3 4 5 4 2 3.5 4 4 5 2 4 5
Kuhtai 2 4 3 5 3 3 2 5 5 5 4 3.5 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 4 4 5 5
Lech 3.5 5 3 4.5 2 3.5 3 4.5 3 2 4 4 1.5 5 5 4 4 3 2.5 4 5 3 3.5 4.5
Nordkette 2 2.5 1 3 0 4 4 3.5 3 3 3 2.5 3 2.5 3 4 4 0 3.5 4 5 4 3.5 4
Obergurgl Hochgurgl 4.5 4.5 3.5 4 1.5 3 2 4 3.5 3 3 5 3 4 4 3 3 4.5 4 4 5 2 4 4.5
Soelden 3 4 2 5 3.5 4.5 4 4 3 2 3 5 4 3 4 4 4 2.5 3 4 5 1 3.5 4.5
Stubai Glacier 4 4 3 4 0 4 3 4 4 4 2 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 4 4 5 2 4 4
Warth Schroecken 4 5 3 3.5 2 3 1.5 4 4 3 3 4 2.5 4 3 3 2 3 4 4 5 3 4 4
Zell am See 3 5 4 3 3 3 0 4 3 3 1 5 3 3 4 4 4 3 3 4 5 2 3.5 4
Damuels Mellau 4 4.5 1 3.5 3 2 1 4.5 4.5 4 2.5 4.5 2 4 3 2 1 3 3.5 3.5 5 4 4.5 4
Pitztal Glacier 2.5 4 2.5 5 0 4 3 5 5 5 5 4 2 4 2 2 3 1 4 3.5 5 3 5 4.5
Schlick 4 4 2 3 2 3 3 4 4 4 2 3.5 2 4 3 2 1 1 4.5 3.5 5 4 4 4
Axamer Lizum 2.5 4 2.5 4 2.5 3.5 2 4 5 4.5 3 2.5 0 3.5 3.5 2 2 3.5 5 3 5 4 4.5 4
Diedamskopf 3 3.5 3 4 3 2.5 1 4.5 5 4.5 2 3 1 4 3.5 4 1 2 4.5 3 5 4 4.5 4
Hintertux Glacier 4 4 3 3 0 2 2 4 3 4 1 4 4 2 4 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 3.5 4
Hochoetz 2.5 3 2 3 3 1 1 3 4 4 4 3 2 5 3.5 4.5 1.5 1 4 3 5 4 4 4
Patscherkofel 3 3.5 2.5 2.5 3 2 0 3 3.5 3 3 3.5 2 4 4 0 0 0 3 3 5 4 3.5 3.5
Zurs 4 4.5 3 5 1 4 3 4.5 4 3.5 4 5 1 3 5 4 3 3 3.5 3 5 4 4.5 4.5
Venet 2.5 4 2 3.5 3.5 4 2 3 4 4.5 2 2.5 2 4 4 4 2 2 4 2.5 5 4 4 4
Ankogel 2 3 2 4 1 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 5 4 4.5 3.5
Kaprun 3 4 2 4 1 4 2 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 2 2 1.5 4 2 5 4 4 4
Kaunertal Glacier 4 3.5 2 4 1 4 3 5 4.5 5 4 4 4 3 2 0 0 0 4 2 5 4 4.5 3.5
Krippenstein 2 3 1 4 3 3 3 4 4.5 4 4 2.5 0 2 3 2.5 1 2 4 2 5 5 4.5 3.5
Oberperfuss 2 3 1 2 2 0 0 3 3.5 3.5 3 3 0 5 3 0 0 0 4 2 4 4 3.5 3
Balkans
Cat Skiing Europe
France
Brevent Flegere 3 5 4 4 1 4 4 3.5 3 2.5 3 3.5 3 4 5 5 5 2 4 5 5 5 3.5 4.5
Chamonix 4 5 3.5 5 2 5 5 4 3 2 5 3.5 2 2.5 3.5 4.5 5 1.5 4 4.5 5 5 4 4.5
3 Vallees 5 5 3.5 5 2.5 4.5 3.5 4 3.5 3 4 5 4 5 4 4 4.5 4.5 3 4 5 3 4 5
Alpe d'Huez 5 3.5 5 5 2 5 5 4 4 3 3 4 3 4.5 4 4 3 4 3 4 5 3 4.5 5
Avoriaz 5 5 5 4.5 3 3 3 4 3 1 3.5 5 4 4.5 4.5 3.5 3 4.5 4 4 5 3 3.5 5
Grands Montets 1.5 3 5 5 3 5 5 4.5 2 2 5 3 0 1 3 3 3 2 3 4 5 5 4 4
Les Deux Alpes 4.5 3 4 4.5 3 3 2 4.5 4.5 2 1 4 4 4 4.5 4 4.5 4 3.5 4 5 3 4 4.5
Portes du Soleil 5 5 5 4.5 3 3 3 4 3 2.5 3 4.5 4 4.5 4 4 3 3.5 4 4 5 3 4 5
Tignes 5 5 4 5 2 5 3 4 2 1.5 4 5 3 3 3 4 4 5 1.5 4 5 2 3.5 4.5
Val d'Isere 3 3 3 5 3 4 4 4.5 4 1 4 4 2 2 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 4.5
Val Thorens 4 4.5 2.5 3.5 0 4 3 5 4 4 5 5 3.5 4 4 4 3 5 4 4 5 2 4.5 5
Chatel 5 5 3.5 4.5 3.5 4 2 3.5 3.5 3 1 3.5 2 4 4 4 3 4 4 3.5 5 5 4 4.5
La Norma 3 3 1.5 5 4 3.5 2.5 4.5 5 4.5 3 3.5 2 4.5 2.5 3 2 4.5 5 3.5 5 3 5 4.5
Les Arcs 4 5 4 5 3.5 4 3 4 3.5 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 3 5 3.5 3.5 5 1 4 5
Sainte Foy 3 4 2 4 3 3 2 5 5 5 4 3 0 4 4 3.5 2.5 4 4 3.5 5 4 5 4.5
Aussois 4 3 2 3.5 1 3 2 3 4 4 2.5 3.5 1 5 3.5 3 1 3 4.5 3 5 4 4 4
Balme Tour Vallorcine 4 3.5 2 3.5 3 3 1 3 4 3.5 3 3 4 4 2 3 3 3.5 4 3 5 5 4 4
Courchevel 5 5 3.5 4.5 3 4.5 4 4.5 3.5 3.5 4 4.5 2 4.5 4 5 3 4 2 3 5 4 4.5 5
La Grave 1 0 0 5 4 5 5 4 3.5 2 5 2 0 1 2 2 1 0 3 3 4 5 4 3.5
La Plagne 5 3 1 3.5 1 4 3.5 4 2 2 2 4 3 5 3 3 2 5 3 3 5 1 3 4
Les Menuires 4 4 2.5 3.5 2 2 2 4 3 2 3.5 5 2 5 3 3 2 5 3 3 5 1 3.5 4
Meribel 5 5 3 5 2.5 4 3.5 4 3.5 3 3 5 4 4 4 3.5 3 4.5 3.5 3 5 2 4 5
Montgenevre 4 4 4 4 2.5 3 2 4.5 4 3.5 3.5 4 3 4 4 2 2 3 4.5 3 4 2 4.5 4.5
Serre Chevalier 4 4 4 4 4.5 3 2 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 3 4 3 5 5 4.5 4.5
Val Cenis 5 4 3 4.5 4.5 4 2 4.5 4 4 3 4 3 5 3 4 2 4 4.5 3 5 3 4.5 4.5
Bonneval sur Arc 3 4 2 4 1.5 3 3 5 5 5 4.5 2.5 1 3 2 2.5 1 2 5 2 3 5 5 4
La Clusaz 3 4 3 3.5 2 3 0 3.5 3 2.5 2 3 2 3 3 3 2 4.5 3 2 3 3 3.5 4
La Rosiere 4 4 1 2 1 0 0 4 3 4 3 3 3 5 3 3 2 2 4 2 4 2 3.5 3.5
Pralognan la Vanoise 3 3 3 2.5 1.5 2 1 3 3 5 3.5 4 1 4 4 3.5 1 3 4 2 5 5 4 4
St Martin de Belleville 5 3 1 3 3 1 1 4 3 4 1 4 1 5 2 2 1 3 4 2 4 5 3.5 3.5
Georgia
Germany
Garmisch Classic 5 2 4 1 2 2 2 2.5 2 2.5 1 3.5 2 4.5 4 4.5 3 2 4 4 5 4 3 4
Zugspitze 3 4 2 2 0 0 0 4 4 4 1 3 1 3 2.5 4.5 3 1 4 3 5 4 3.5 3.5
Heli Skiing Europe
Italy
Alta Badia 5 5 2 2 2 1 0 3.5 2 4 2 5 3 5 5 5 3 4 3 5 4 5 3 4.5
Dolomites 5 5 3 2 2 2 2.5 3 2 3 2 5 3 5 5 5 4 3 4 5 4 5 3 4.5
Arabba Marmolada 3 4 5 4 3 3 3 4.5 4 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 1 3 4 4 5 4 4 4
Cervinia 4 4 2 4 3 2 2 4.5 4 4 5 3.5 3 4 4 4 2 5 4 4 4 2 4.5 4.5
Civetta 4 4 3 3 2.5 0 0 3 3.5 5 3 3 2 4 4 3 2 2 4 4 4 5 4 4
Cortina 4 4 5 3 3 3 5 3 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
Kronplatz 5 5 4 2 1 1 1 3.5 2 2 1 5 4 5 4 4 3.5 3 4 4 5 3 3 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
Livigno 5 5 2 4 3 2 1 5 4.5 2.5 4.5 4.5 5 5 3 4.5 4 4 3.5 4 5 3 4 5
Madesimo 2 5 2 3 2 3.5 2.5 3.5 4 3.5 3 3.5 1 4 3 4 2 3 5 4 4 4 4 4
Pila 4 4 4 4 3 3 1 4 4 4 3 2.5 3.5 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 4 4.5 4.5
Plose 2.5 4 3 2 2 0 0 2.5 2 3 1 5 2 3 3 4 4 2 3 4 3 4 2.5 3.5
Val Gardena 4 5 3.5 2 2 1 1 3 2 2 3 5 5 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 5 5 2.5 4
Aprica 4 4 4 1 2 2 1 3 2 3.5 3 2 0 5 3 3 2 3 4.5 3.5 4 3.5 3 4
Bormio 2 5 4 3.5 2 4 2.5 3 4 3.5 2 3.5 1.5 3 4 4.5 4 2.5 3.5 3.5 4 5 4 4.5
Cesana - Sansicario 3 5 3 2.5 4 2 1 3.5 3.5 4 2 3.5 1 4 3 3 2 4.5 4 3.5 5 3.5 4 4
Chamois 2 3 0 2.5 2 0 0 3.5 4 5 4 1.5 0 4 3.5 3 1 3 5 3.5 3 5 4 3.5
Madonna di Campiglio 4 5 3 2.5 3 2 0 3 3 2 3 4 4.5 4 4 4 3 3 4 3.5 4 4 3 4
Val di Fassa 4 4 4 3.5 2 3 2 3.5 3 3.5 3 5 3 4 4 3 3 2.5 4 3.5 5 5 3.5 4.5
3 Peaks Dolomites 3 4 3 2 1 0 0 3.5 3 4 2 4 2 4 3 3 1 3 3.5 3 4 3 3.5 3.5
Bardonecchia 2 5 3 2.5 2 1 1 3 2 3 4 3.5 2 4 4 4 3 3 5 3 4 5 3 4
Champorcher 2 4 2 3 3 3 0 3 4 5 3 2 0 3 3 3 2 0 4.5 3 2 5 4 3.5
Cima Piazzi - San Colombano 2 4 1 3 2 1 1 3.5 4 5 3.5 2.5 1 4 4 3 1 3 5 3 5 4 4 4
Claviere 4 3 2 3 3 2 1 4 4 5 3 3 2 3 4 3 1 3 5 3 5 4 4.5 4
Crevacol 2 3.5 3 4 3.5 2.5 0 4 5 5 3 2 0 3 3.5 0 0 2 5 3 3 4 4.5 3.5
Folgarida Marilleva 2 4 2.5 2 3 0 0 2.5 2 1 2 3.5 0 4 3 2 2 3.5 3.5 3 5 1 2.5 3.5
Gitschberg Jochtal 3 4 3 2 1 0 0 2.5 2 4 2 4 3 4 2 2 1 3 3 3 3 1 3 3.5
Monterosa 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 5 4 4 5 3.5 2 3.5 4 3.5 3 3 5 3 4 3 5 5
Oulx 2 3 3 4.5 4 2 1 4 5 4.5 3 3 2 3 3 3 2.5 2 5 3 5 3 4.5 4
Pejo 2 4 2 3 2 2 2 3 4 4 3 3 2 3 4 2 2 1 4 3 3 4 4 3.5
Reinswald 3 4 2 3 3 1 0 4 4 5 3 3 2 4 3 3 2 3 4 3 4 4 4.5 4
Santa Caterina 2 4 3.5 4.5 3 4.5 3 4.5 5 5 4 3.5 2 3 4 3.5 2 3 4.5 3 5 5 5 4.5
Sestriere 4 4 4 3.5 3 3 2.5 4.5 4 3 2 4 3 4 3 3 3.5 3.5 5 3 5 1 4 4.5
Solda - Sulden 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 4 3 4.5 4 3 2 3 3 3 1 3.5 4 3 4 4 4 4
Tonale 5 4 3.5 3.5 2 3 2 4.5 3 2 3 5 3 5 4 3.5 3 3 3.5 3 5 3 3.5 4.5
Via Lattea 4 5 4 4 4 2.5 2 4 4 4 3 3.5 3 4.5 4 4 2 3 5 3 5 3 4.5 4.5
Belpiano 3 3.5 1.5 3 2 1 0 4 4 3.5 2 4.5 1 4 2 3 1 1 3 2 5 4 4 3.5
Trafoi 2 3 2 4 2 2 1 3 5 5 3.5 2 1 3 2 4 2 2 4 2 4 4 4.5 3.5
Russia
Scandinavia
Spain
La Molina Masella 4 4.5 3.5 3 2 4 2 2 2 3 2.5 4 2.5 4 4 3 2 2.5 4 3.5 5 4 3 4
Switzerland
Saas Fee 4 4 3 3.5 1.5 3 3 3.5 3 4 3.5 3 4.5 3.5 3 5 4 4 4 5 5 5 4 4.5
Andermatt Sedrun 3 4.5 4 5 1 5 5 5 4.5 3 5 4.5 2.5 4 3 4 2.5 1.5 4 4 5 4 4.5 4.5
Arosa 4 5 2 3.5 0 2 0 4.5 3 3 3 5 2.5 4 4 3.5 3 3 3 4 5 3 3.5 4
Laax 5 5 3 4 3 3 0 4 3 3 3 5 5 3.5 4 3 3 2.5 3 4 4 2 3.5 4.5
Verbier 4 5 3 5 2 5 5 4.5 4 2 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 5 3 4 4.5
Zermatt 4 5 4 5 3 4 4 4.5 4 3 5 4.5 3.5 3 5 4 4 2 2 4 5 4 4.5 5
Crans Montana 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 4 4 3 3 4 5 4 4 3 3 1 4 3.5 5 2 4 4.5
Morgins 4 4 2 4 2 2 2 3.5 3.5 3.5 2 2.5 2 4.5 3 4 2 3 4 3.5 5 5 3.5 4
Samnaun 4 4 2 2.5 0 2 2 3.5 3 3 4 4 2 4 4 3 2 4 4 3.5 5 4 3.5 4
Aletsch Arena 5 4 2.5 2.5 2 1 0 5 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 3 2 5 4 3 5 4 4 4.5
Brigels 4 4 3 4 2 0 0 4 5 5 3 3 3 4 3 3 2 2.5 5 3 5 4 4.5 4
Corviglia 4 5 3 4 1 4 3 4 3.5 4 3 5 4 4 4.5 4 2 2 2 3 5 3 4 4.5
Davos Klosters 5 5 3.5 5 3 3 3 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 4 4 4 2 3 3 5 3 4.5 4.5
Engelberg 3 3 3 5 2 5 5 5 4 3 3 4 2 5 3.5 4 2 2 4 3 5 3 4.5 4.5
Gstaad 4 4 3.5 3.5 3 3 2 3 3 4 3 3.5 3 4 4 4 3 3 3.5 3 5 5 4 4.5
Jungfrau 2 5 4 4.5 2.5 4 4 4 4 4 3 3.5 3 4.5 4 3 3 3.5 3 3 5 4.5 4.5 4.5
Lenzerheide 4 5 4 4.5 4 4 4 4.5 4 3 3 5 4 3 4 3.5 3 3.5 4 3 5 4 4.5 5
St Moritz 4 5 3.5 5 1.5 3.5 3 4 4 4 4 4.5 3 3 4.5 4 3 2 3 3 5 3 4.5 4.5
Grimentz Zinal 3.5 4 4 4.5 2 2.5 2.5 4 5 4 4.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 2.5 4 2 3.5 4 2.5 5 4 4.5 4.5
Torgon 4 4 2 4 3 3 2 3.5 4 4 2 2 2 3 3 2 1 1 4.5 2.5 5 2 4 4
Belalp 3 4 2 3 0 0 0 4 4 3.5 3.5 3 1 4.5 4 3 2 3 3 2 4 3.5 3.5 3.5
Bivio 2 3 2 4 0 0 0 4.5 4.5 5 4.5 1 0 3 2 2 1 2 4 2 4 5 4.5 3.5
Corvatsch 3 4 3 4 2 3 4 4.5 4 4 3.5 4 3 3 4 3.5 2 3 3 2 5 4 4.5 4.5
Diavolezza Lagalb 1 3 4 5 0 3 3 5 4 4 5 3 0 1 4 1 1 2 4 2 3 3 4.5 3.5
Disentis 4 4 2 4 2 3 2 4 4 5 5 3 1 4 3 2 1 2 3.5 2 5 2.5 4.5 4
Grindelwald Wengen 3 5 3 4 2 3 3 4 4 3.5 2 4.5 2 3.5 4 3 3 3 3 2 5 5 4 4
Klewenalp 4 3 1 4 3 2 0 3 4 3 3 2 0 4 2 2.5 1 2 3 2 4 4 3.5 3.5
Lauchernalp 2 4 3 4.5 2 3 0 5 5 4.5 3 4 0 2 3 2 1 3.5 4 2 4 5 5 4
Mürren Schilthorn 1 4 4.5 5 2.5 5 5 4 4.5 4.5 2 3.5 2 2 4 2.5 2.5 4 4 2 5 5 5 4.5
Rosswald 2 2 2 3 0 0 0 4 4.5 4 2 1.5 0 2 2 1 1 3 2.5 2 3.5 5 4 3
St Luc Chandolin 4 4 3.5 3.5 2.5 3 2.5 3.5 5 4.5 3.5 2 1 4 3 2 2 2 4.5 2 5 5 4.5 4

Australian Ski Resorts

The Australia ski resorts are a surprise packet that like anywhere, can be awesome on a powder day, but the term 'affordable' doesn't usually come into the equation!


Australia Ski Resorts
5 = outstanding
Falls Creek 4 4.5 2.5 2.5 2 1 1 2 2.5 2.5 2 3 4 4.5 4.5 4.5 4 5 2 4 -1 -1 2.5 4
Mt Buller 2.5 3.5 4.5 2.5 2 2 2 1.5 1.5 1 2 3 3.5 4 3.5 4.5 4 3.5 1 4 -1 -1 2 4
Thredbo 2.5 4.5 3 2.5 2 2 1 2 2 2 3 3.5 3 3.5 3.5 4.5 4 1.5 1.5 4 -1 -1 2.5 4
Mt Hotham 3 3 4.5 3.5 2.5 4 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 4.5 3 3.5 3 3 4 3.5 2.5 2 3.5 -1 -1 3.5 4
Perisher 4 5 1.5 1.5 2 1 0 2.5 2.5 1.5 2.5 2.5 4 4 2.5 2 2 3 1.5 2 -1 -1 2.5 3.5
Mt Baw Baw 2.5 2 1 0.5 0.5 0 0 1 2 2.5 1 1.5 1.5 4 1.5 1 1 0 3 1 -1 -1 2 2.5

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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 i.e. 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