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Whether your passion is for skiing or snowboarding, there are some choice locations, both domestic and abroad, that offer optimum conditions and maximum opportunity for enjoyment. Accommodation and ease of local travel when visiting a location is key, as well, and factors into the ranking of the most awesome sites to visit. This article aims to present the best of these in order to make planning your next getaway simpler and help you enjoy the greatest runs available.

Park City, Utah

Another great Western ski destination can be found in Park City, Utah. This premium destination for serious skiers and boarders spans 1750 acres of the best powder conditions you could dream of, and the resort limits ticket sales to avoid long waits at any of the 19 lifts available. Skiers of all ages and experience levels can enjoy the full benefits of skiing lifestyle on these slopes. When the day is done, return to the full-service luxuries of the Deer Valley Resort for some much needed relaxation. Guests are treated to a four-star stay in the midst of rugged Rocky Mountain beauty.

Aspen, Colorado

This town is tailored to the needs of the ski enthusiast that enjoys the many other pursuits afforded by the lifestyle. It boasts some of the best infrastructure, off-slope activities, and seriously luxurious accommodations. It earns the ranking of the best overall ski resort from those who know—the serious Powerhounds. The sumptuous accommodations at the St. Regis Resort offer the perfect post-slope comforts for cold and aching muscles, and a great central location for visiting the other great sites in Colorado.

It’s definitely advisable to rent a car and make getting to other locations much easier. Slopes you won’t want to miss out on include: Telluride, Snowmass, Silverton, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, and many others.

Kitzbühel, Austria

This Pearl of the Alps is an essential destination on any skier’s bucket list. Nestled in the Austrian Tyrol, this locale offers history and activities beyond the scope of the ordinary. The village base is more than 700 years old and here, the skiing tradition began more than a century ago. Visitors staying at the Hotel Goldener Grief can enjoy the slopes all day long and then relax in the charming environs of the hotel, which offers tradition and luxury side-by-side.

Cortina, Italy

Nestled in the craggy dolomite mountains, this Italian gem of a ski location offers enthusiasts 87 miles of groomed runs tailored to please the most exacting heart. If that’s not enough, high-speed tobogganing and bobsledding adventures await, with thrills and novel experiences aplenty. When guests tire of the slopes, they can retreat to the unparalleled comforts offered at the Miramonti Majestic Grand Hotel. This resort offers the pinnacle of luxury in the form of spa treatments, amenities, and outstanding local cuisine.

Banff/Lake Louise, Canada

Located in Canada’s Oldest National Park is some of the best skiing available in the North American Rockies. Accommodations at the Fairmount Banff Springs Hotel take on proportions of ultimate luxury, for which the resort has enjoyed a reputation lasting more than a century. Guests have easy access to one of the four amazing ski areas in the region. They can also avail themselves of both luxuries at a genuine European spa—Willow Stream—and a variety of physical pass times, such as cross-country skiing or golf.

Stowe, Vermont

East Coast ski enthusiasts can enjoy the traditional beauty of Vermont’s best vertical drop location at Stowe. Whether winter warriors visit Mount Mainsfield or Spruce Peak, both areas are an easy distance from the most renowned and cozily appointed resorts in New England. The Green Mountain Inn allows guests to choose from accommodations within the inn itself or in separate townhouses, as well as providing amenities such as delightful restaurants and spa treatments. Each afternoon, tired skiers are met with hot tea and freshly baked cookies, an old New England remedy for any weary traveler.

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-Brandon’s a travel writer working with Advantage