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Top Five Ski Resorts in the World

One kind of trip that always is fun is doing a good old fashioned ski trip. Gliding through fresh powder is always great, but another aspect of the fun you will have is the actual resort that you are in. Key is some great restaurants and bars and a nice social vibe around town. When you have that the fun is equally divided between taking to the slopes by day and the streets by night. The top five ski resorts in the world are:

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5) Banff/ Lake Louise,   Canada
Located in the idyllic Banff National Park the town of Banff has three great ski ranges all within 50 kilometres of one another. The town itself is a picturesque Canadian hideaway nestled within the scenic Rocky Mountains. Full of nice restaurants and cute shops people will not have a problem filling their time off of the slopes. Try a different slope each day. The skiing is amongst the best in the world with Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Norquay all close by. For experienced skiers Norquay is legendary for its steep vertical and monster moguls.

4) Vail, Colarado
Vail has dubbed itself America’s favorite ski resort. With more than 5,300 acres of skiable terrain it is the largest ski area in the United States. Not just an area that caters exclusively to skiing Vail also has shopping, museums, art galleries, dog sledding, snowmobiling, ballooning and other ways to spend your day.

3) Zermatt, Switzerland
Blessed with amazingly large snowfalls and the world’ second biggest lift served vertical drop Zermatt is a skier’s paradise. Inside the resort is a peaceful retreat as cars are not allowed within the village.

2) Kitzbuhel, Austria
Kitzbuhel is considered by many “the peril of the alps.” Skiing began here in the winter of 1892 and the actual slopes and runs are just better than anywhere else. The town itself has been a holiday resort nestled away in the Austrian alps for the last 700 years. With that history you can see why Kitzbuhel surpasses its other Austrian rivals St. Anton and Innsbruck as the nation’s top ski resort.

1) Whistler, Blackcomb, Canada
The last twenty years have been good to the town of Whistler as it now is consistently rated as the best Ski resort in North America. Whistler’s charming village has grown in that time and now boasts a variety of international shops, chic cafes, and more than 100 different restaurants that cater to all tastes. All this and the skiing is amazing too, having been the location for much of the 2010 Winter Olympics skiing competitions.