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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Appi Kogen 4 3 3.5 3.5 4 2.5 1 4.5 4 3.5 3 4 3 4.5 4.5 4.5 2.5 5 3.5 2 3.5 3 4 4.5
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Hachimantai Shimokura 2.5 2.5 1.5 3 3.5 3 1 4.5 4.5 5 2.5 2.5 1 3 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Colorado
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 3.5 5 2.5 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Travel Guides
Utah
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Powder Mountain 2 2.5 2 5 5 3 1.5 4.5 5 5 4 2 2 2.5 1 0.5 0 3.5 3.5 1.5 -1 -1 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
Washington
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Kaprun 3 4 2 4 1 4 2 4 4 4 2 4 3 4 4 2 2 1.5 4 2 5 4 4 4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Balkans
Cat Skiing Europe
France
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
La Plagne 5 3 1 2.5 1 4 3.5 4 2 2 2 3.5 3 5 3 3 2 5 3 3 5 1 3 4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Alpe d'Huez 5 3.5 5 4 2 5 4 3.5 4 3 3 4 3 4.5 4 4 3 4 3 4 5 3 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
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
Val Cenis 4 4 3 4.5 4.5 4 2 4.5 4 3 2 4 3 4 3 4 2 4 4 3 5 3 4 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 4 5 3.5 4 4 4 3 5 4 4 5 2 4.5 4.5
Les Deux Alpes 4 4.5 3.5 4.5 3 3 2 4.5 4.5 2 1 4 4 4 4.5 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 4.5
Bonneval sur Arc 3 4 2 4 1.5 3 3 5 5 5 4.5 2.5 1 2 2 2.5 1 2 5 2 4 5 5 4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Madesimo 2 5 3 3 2 3.5 2.5 3.5 4 3.5 3 3.5 1 4 3 3 1 3 4 4 4 4 4 4
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
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
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
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
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
Via Lattea 4 5 4 4 4 2.5 1 4 4 4 3 3.5 3 3 4 4 2 3 5 3 5 3 4.5 4.5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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

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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