Have I told you I hate the cold? Brrrrr… Hate the cold wind, hate bundling up like a snowman (no matter what I buy, I never look as gorgeous as those models parading in winter wear, probably because I am Asian, I have short legs….) and hate the flu that absolutely comes after my exposure to cold. But I love snow. How contradicting, ain’t it? Born and bred in a country with the only season of summer 365 days, snow is a rarity and a treat to many kids. Alas, I am not that fortunate as I only get to see snow well into my thirties when I went to Shanghai for work.
If you are planning for your upcoming winter holidays, you may want to consider the top list below for the best ski places in my humble opinion, mainly gathered from my well-traveled (erhmm…snowed in, I mean) friends.
Meribel lies in the very centre of the Three Valleys and is the largest ski area in the world, linking Meribel with neighbouring Courchevel and Val Thorens, thus allowing skiers and snowboarders of every stage to a huge variety of pistes and off-piste options.Méribel was home to the 1992 Winter Olympics and hosted the ice hockey and the women’s alpine skiing events.
Meribel itself is the largest village in the valley and has a major shopping district with no shortage of great restaurants and comfortable accommodations. For a family friendly hotel that comes with spa treatments, we definitely recommend staying at the L’Eterlou Hotel (http://www.hoteleterlou.com/fr/hotel-meribel). While if you are searching for a winter luxury treat, L’Helios Hotel, Meribel (http://www.lhelios.com/en/) win hands down among us.
The winter season normally runs from the second week in December until the end of April, with New Year and February/March being the busiest times.
Touted as a must see winter wonderland, Niseko, located in Hokkaido, 2.5hrs drive from Chitose Airport is a beautiful nature crafted landscape when it is covered in thick soft powdery snow. There are four main areas in the Niseko Ski Resort – Annupuri, Higashiyama, Hirafu, and Hanazono and are sequentially interconnected and may be skied on one ski pass. Their ski runs – over 48km in total – can accommodate skiers of any level. The best part? Niseko has reputedly the largest lit area in Japan for night skiing.
The Green Leaf Niseko Village (http://www.thegreenleafhotel.com/en) comes highly recommended by our skiing enthusiastic fans.
How can one forget to mention Aspen when comes to skiing? Aspen is situated in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range and the Elk Mountains. You know they are famous for their top-notch winter ski resorts but do you know that they are well known for a top romantic destination as well due to their background of enchanting snow capped mountains. Four ski mountains make up the terrain for the world-renowned Aspen Snowmass resort. Never a shortage of galleries and boutiques and coffee houses and gourmet restaurants, this is one of the many places the rich and famous hang out for their winter vacay.
The Little Nell (https://www.thelittlenell.com/) comes highly recommended by almost everyone we have met while talking about their skiing holidays in Aspen. Great location to check it out!
Another location that set your heart pounding, whether it is because of the steep skiing adventure awaits you or the romantic beautiful scenery appear in front of you, Switzerland is one of the unbeatable places for a winter vacation. Zermatt has world-class skiing, a good snow record and all the in-resort facilities you’d ever need. The nearest airport is Zürich, 248kms away. Geneva airport is also close: 244kms away. Travel time by train from both airports to Zermatt is around 3 hours. You can spend the whole day exploring the village at the foot of the Matterhorn with its gourmet restaurants and quaint little shops, the place is so picturesque that you just want to take a selfie at every corner!
Hotel accommodations are stiff competition here, everyone seems to have their own favourite, ranging from Coeur des Alpes (http://coeurdesalpes.ch/) to Resort Hotel Alex (http://www.hotelalexzermatt.com).
So if you are itching for the ski adventure of your life and can’t wait to book your next ticket out, reach out to us first for us to help you to plan your next trip to the winter wonderland!
Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food
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