I love to tell people I began skiing when I was a month old because it sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. My parents were ski instructors and used to strap me into a backpack every time they hit the slopes. Parents these days would probably be reported for such behavior, but hey, it was the ’80s. I started skiing on my own when I was about 2 years old, and my parents took my brothers and me to ski resorts all over the place as we got older. I’ve learned a thing or two along the way about what makes an excellent ski destination.
First, the snow. The best ski resorts are located at high elevations where the snow is drier, fluffier and way more fun to shred. Second, the variety of trails. Skiing is the most fun when you’re able to go with friends and family, but not everyone in your group will be at the same skill level, so it’s important that a great resort has a wide variety of terrain for every type of skier. Third, the atmosphere. You’re going to have fun on and off the slopes, so the vibe of the town you’re skiing in plays a big part in your overall experience.
Whether you’re an advanced skier looking for the best new off-piste ski destinations to test out or you’re a parent looking for a place for your kids to learn to ski for the first time, the following resorts are sure to be an enjoyable experience for everyone.