Great ski locations

As a skier, you know there’s a lot to love about a snow resort of real quality. The snow’s important, of course. But so are the restaurants, the atmosphere and the scenery. We’ve picked five of the best…

As a skier, you know there’s a lot to love about a snow resort of real quality. The snow’s important, of course. But so are the restaurants, the atmosphere and the scenery. We’ve picked five of the best…

Josh Daniels
From the Travel team
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Posted 29 JANUARY 2020

Our five favourite ski resorts

Here are five great ski resorts to inspire your next trip to the slopes, plus a few words on getting your ski insurance. Enjoy.


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1. St Anton – Austria

St Anton has played host to the World Ski Championships and has some sensational skiing – probably best suited to intermediate/expert skiers.

While it also has beautiful winter hiking trails, romantic sleigh rides and plush spa offerings, it’s the lively, historic town that’s made this resort famous for its nightlife.

You can, of course, choose to avoid the après-ski and perfect your technique on any number of amazing runs, but for those who want to embrace the best of Austrian ski hospitality, St Anton is great fun.


2. Whistler – Canada

Situated just inland from Vancouver, British Colombia, Whistler bears the brunt of some mighty Pacific storms in the winter. This creates snow that’s as good, if not better, than that found in Europe.

In true North American style, Whistler has ‘more’. More snow, more runs, and more mileage than almost any other resort on the continent.

There’s an excellent ski resort that caters for skiers of all levels and abilities, making it a sure-fire success for groups and families. No wonder it’s the most popular North American resort for British skiers.

3. Cortina d’Ampezzo – Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy is often described as the most beautiful ski resort in the world. The town, the culture, the food and the stunning cobbled Corso Italia are surrounded by the jaw-dropping scenery of the Dolomites.

Though it may not have the world’s best snow, there’s still some serious skiing to be done here.

With a focus that’s probably geared more towards glamorous socialising than athletic skiing, the slopes can be less crowded than other European locations. Whether you’re a novice, an expert or just want a seriously long lunch with a breathtaking view, Cortina d’Ampezzo delivers.

4. Zermatt – Switzerland

In a country of great ski towns, Zermatt often tops the list of the best. Sitting in the shadow of the iconic Matterhorn Mountain, this ski resort offers some of the best (although most expensive) skiing in the world.

As well as the Matterhorn, Zermatt is surrounded by the Alps’ tallest peaks and has over 220 miles of runs in four huge ski areas. And the ski season is long here, thanks to the height of the runs – some of them sitting at an altitude of over 10,000 feet.

The village at the foot of the Matterhorn is also beautiful and combines the quaint and the modern, with effortless style.

5. Telluride – Colorado

Telluride, in Southwestern Colorado, combines great skiing with two ‘towns’: the historic Old West Telluride and the contemporary Mountain Village, offering great shops, bars, restaurants and hotels.

Telluride truly has something for everyone – plenty for beginners, plenty for experts, and some of the best mogul skiing in the world.

Even beginners can access some of the highest spots and enjoy the stunning views, while still being able to ski down safely.

Perhaps best of all is the quiet. It’s said that there are never queues for the lifts and crowds are practically unheard of.

How to compare ski insurance

While skiing can be fantastically exhilarating, people can and do get hurt. So having the right ski travel insurance in place is vital.

A winter sports policy can also offer you protection if flights are cancelled or your luggage gets lost or stolen, as well as piste closure and personal liability if you injure someone else.

Policies do differ, though. So you need to be sure that you’re covered for all the activities you’re planning.

A word of caution. We know that après-ski is a part of the ski experience, but enjoy in moderation! Injuring yourself, losing something or being robbed while incapacitated could invalidate your insurance, if you’re deemed not to have taken due care.

Travel insurance is a competitive market. So, whether you’re looking for single trip cover or travel insurance to cover you and your family for a year, it’s worth shopping around.

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