At the time of writing, the US has won eight gold medals, eight silver, and five bronze. If the 2022 Winter Olympics has shown us anything, it’s that winter games are as much fun as it is competitive! However, you don’t have to be a member of the HomeLight-sponsored US Olympic ski team, to ski outside of the US. There are plenty of incredible ski resorts around the world that any ski fan would love to visit.
Here’s a look at a few of the top-rated ski resorts from around the world that are worth getting a passport for!
1. Les Gets Ski Resort in France
The Les Gets Ski Resort in France is a fan favorite and for good reason. It’s about an hour’s drive from the Geneva airport and is part of the largest ski area in the world. You can stay in the traditional French village and any of the 23 lifts to access the 2,000-meter vertical descent. It’s worth noting that there are plenty of things to do at this resort, even for the non-skier!
2. Whistler Ski Resort in Canada
If you don’t want to go across the world to go skiing, you can head up to Canada and check out the Whistler Ski Resort. This resort features mountain scenery that can’t be beaten and is just 1.5 hours away from Vancouver. Other than having more than 200 pistes and a 1,610-meter vertical descent, you’ll find a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars to check out. This resort truly has something for everyone!
3. Champery Ski Resort in Switzerland
Champery Ski Resort in Switzerland is a modern-day ski resort located on the border of France and Switzerland. The resort offers 1,665 acres of terrain to explore and skiers can enjoy a liberating and swift 1,237-meter vertical descent. There are 37 lifts on the mountain, but when you take into consideration that it links with Portes du Soleil (another ski resort), there are 196 ski lifts and you’ll have access to more than 600 kilometers of pistes across 280 kilometers of ski slopes.
4. Gala Yuzawa Ski Resort in Japan
Gala Yuzawa Ski Resort in Japan is one of the more family-friendly resorts on this list. It’s about 2.5 hours away from Tokyo, and if you catch the bullet train, it’ll drop you off right at the base of the mountain. The ski resort can accommodate skiers of all skill levels and you can even take lessons! Of course, you can visit the spa if you need to warm up after a fun-filled day on the slopes.
5. Gudauri Ski Resort in Georgia
The Gudauri Ski Resort in Georgia is a hot spot for folks who live in or near the capital, Tbilisi, because it’s just a two-hour drive away. It faces the Caucasus Mountain range and with an elevation of 2,200 meters above sea level, the views are absolutely stunning. There are 57 kilometer-long ski runs, seven lifts, and it’s perfect for free riders. However, the resort also offers countless bars and cafes along the way so you can stop for a quick bite in between runs.
The United States may have some incredible ski resorts where you can tap into your inner ski bunny, but why stop there? These international resorts are definite must-sees!