Whether you prefer to carve up powder on the steepest slopes, or put your feet up in a chalet and sip hot chocolate, HOME gives you the lowdown on seven top ski resorts to consider this winter. We have compiled a list of well and lesser known resorts around the world and compared them to the finest of all – our slopes in Lebanon.
Skiing in the Middle East is a rare and beautiful thing. Sometimes referred to as the “Switzerland of the Middle East” (due in part to its banking industry) its fair to say that Lebanon’s skiing exceeds expectation. Enjoy finely maintained lifts, with little to no queues and ethereal views over the Mount Lebanon range, Beirut and the Mediterranean. People say you can swim and ski in the same day, but with such fun to be had skiing, save the beach until the summer.
One of France’s finest and most famous resorts. The first time it was skied was in 1760 when a Genovese scientist offered a prize to the first person to reach the highest peak. Instructors and guides come here to qualify and there are some cracking black slopes with impressive views of the glacier, so it is slightly more geared to those of a higher level. However, there are leisurely green and nursery slopes for those less adept.
Switzerland’s most famous resort resembles an Alpine cliché with views of the world’s most photogenic mountain, the Matterhorn, as well as its narrow streets and weathered chalets. There is a slick lift system that improves every year, extensive off piste routes and outstanding mountain restaurants. It is one of the most expensive resorts in the world so don’t be surprised if wads of cash seeming to melt away.
This little-known area is tucked beneath the mountain that separates Italy from Switzerland. Stretching over three valleys, it has one small-scale resort in each one. There are plenty of local off-piste routes in each of the three valleys and some tricky runs including a glacier crossing and a roped decent of a step narrow gorge.
If you can afford Swiss prices Verbier is the place to go. There are fierce slopes and a very lively party scene, where you may or may not catch a glimpse of unabashed royals letting their hair down. For difficult slopes it is up there with the best in the world, there can be fantastic powder after a heavy snowfall. Heliskiing is also available.
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
This Canadian winter wonderland has long attracted visitors from around the globe. The village has a wealth of comfortable hotels and good restaurants and has now been converted into a pedestrian-friendly, traffic-free zone. It’s perfect for the intermediaries because of its varied terrain, excellent cruising and enormous size.