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Top 9: Ski destinations

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Abigail Butcher finds the best skiing spots around the world

 

EUROPE

Paradiski (Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne)
This ski area has almost 265 miles of pistes to suit all abilities across its three resorts, with much of the accommodation ski-in, ski-out or ski-to-door. It’s immensely popular with families.

Espace Killy (Val d’Isère, Tignes)
High and snow-sure, this is a favourite among British skiers, not least for its lively nightlife, extensive and challenging skiing (nearly 200 miles of slopes) and fabulous off-piste. Val d’Isère begins a £177m redevelopment of the town centre this year.

Three Valleys (Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens)

As well as these three big names, there are a number of smaller, satellite villages in the vast Three Valleys ski area, which has around 375 miles of pistes and accommodation for every budget.

Milky Way (Sestrière, Sauze D’oulx, Montgenèvre)
This 250-mile family-friendly ski area straddling the French and Italian border is made up of small, traditional resorts that regularly receive fabulous snow.

Dolomites (Cortina D’Ampezzo, Val Gardena, Alta Badia and Arabba)

Stunning scenery, great food and low prices are the big draw to this part of Italy; there are 34 ski resorts (many not linked) with artificial snow machines keeping pistes open.

REST OF THE WORLD

Whistler, Canada
The largest ski area in North America, there are 8,171 acres of terrain to suit every type of skier, it’s more like an Alpine resort than any other in Canada.

Breckenridge, Colorado
One of America’s most-popular ski and snowboarding centres, with a laid-back vibe and fabulous apres-ski, this high, varied mountain offers slopes for all abilities spread across over 3,308 acres. Its high altitude and chilly climate have led to its nickname: Breckenfridge.

Sun Peaks, Canada

The second-biggest ski area in Canada, car-free Sun Peaks receives an average of nearly 20ft of dry, light snow over its 4,270 acres of terrain, with skiing for everyone.

Banff, Canada
This town is a popular base for skiers taking in Lake Louse, Sunshine Village and Norquay, which are all covered by a three-area pass.

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