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Ski Resorts

18 December 2019
Mountains
Ski
Winter

There are hundreds and even thousands of ski resorts all over the world. Big and small, vintage and high-tech, they serve millions of winter sports enthusiasts every year. This winter we provide ski resorts schedule and status in real time for most of the places in the USA, Canada, Europe, and even Russia. Not only can you identify all snow-capped peaks around you but also find a personal tourist office for every ski resort.

Every winter PeakVisor users switch their hiking boots mainly for winter gear, ski, and snowboards, but snowshoes excursions are getting more and more attraction each year. Whatever your preferences are PeakVisor app will be extremely helpful when you are in the mountains this winter. Taken into account early winter start this year all you need is to download a ski resort map and you’re all set - meters of snow are already there in the Alps, as well as in the Rockies, the Caucasus, the Appalachian.

Snowboard

Ski Resorts 3D Maps

Having high-precision 3D maps in winter style PeakVisor provides a detailed ski area layout for even the most remote places in the world. Major features available in the app this ski season include:

  • Mountain lifts of all types, with timetable and real-time status
  • Ski runs, including popular backcountry skiing, with detailed elevation profiles
  • Glaciers and towns indication in 3D maps
  • Performance tracking - know your skiing stats!
  • In the nearest future, there will be an indication of avalanche risk areas and slope angle indication in the 3D Maps

Make sure you have the Winter Mode enabled in the app settings and your maps are up to date.

Cortina d’Ampezzo - ski resort layout
Cortina d’Ampezzo - a popular ski resort in the Dolomites, Italy

We manually checked all the ski resorts data in order to make sure you have up-to-date information this season. Below we collected some of the highlights and inspiration ideas for your next power adventure.

Ski Resorts in the USA

We paid particular attention to the most popular ski areas in Colorado, California, Washington, and New Hampshire. Also, we couldn’t just pass by the northernmost skiing in Alaska. Surely, 3D maps and real-time status updates are available in Colorado’s Iconic Vail and Breckenrdige, California’s most popular Mammoth Mountain, and the summit at Snoqualmie in Washington (which actually starred in Twin Peaks). But there are many other smaller ski resorts that are well presented in the app.

Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge, Colorado

If you find something missing then just let us know and we will fix it quickly!

Ski Resorts in Canada

Being much farther, north Canada enjoys more snow than the USA. Unsurprisingly, the largest ski area in North America is Canadian Whistler Blackcomb. Many resorts here boast unbeatable alpine scenery. Our top pick is Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies offering endless views of glaciers, craggy peaks, and one of the most iconic lakes in the world. Should you feel really adventurous or ready to test the elements, go to Alberta at the Banff National Park gates, they are a premier provider of mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, avalanche training and trekking experiences in the Canadian Rockies.

Lake Louise Ski Area
Lake Louise Ski Area

Ski Resorts in Switzerland

Contrary to the USA this is the smallest country in this list, but the density of ski resorts is the highest in the world. There are hundreds of large and small ski areas in Switzerland, including arguably the most luxurious one - Sankt Moritz in Graubunden (Andy Warhol, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock – they’ve all been here. Charlie Chaplin even landed his plane on Lake St. Moritz when it was frozen over), and probably the most famous one - Zermatt with crown jewel Matterhorn. But this season we suggest you should have a look at Ski Arena Aletsch. Spectacular glacier views, car-free villages, and endless ski runs for all skill levels.

Zermatt Ski 3D Map
Zermatt Ski 3D Map

Ski Resorts in Italy

Italy is our home country where we are every working day developing PeakVisor and every weekend we test it on the ground because even though something might look good in theory, reality oftentimes tries to test you. There are two resorts not to be missed - Bormio in Lombardy and Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites (home to Winter Olympics in the 1950s). Together they will host the Winter Olympics 2026, so you have some time to polish your skills on the slopes.

Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski 3D Map
Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski 3D Map

Cortina d’Ampezzo is also a part of the Dolomiti Superski - an enormously large combination of 12 connected ski areas with pistas almost 1,200 km long (roughly the distance between Paris and Madrid as the crow flies) where you can ride a unique ski run without repeating it for the whole week! Just try to imagine 449 ski lifts taking you anywhere at any time!

Dolomiti Superski
Dolomiti Superski

There are many other amazing ski areas in Italy, for example

  • Breuil-Cervinia in Aosta Valley, which is conveniently connected to Swiss Zermatt, thus offering spectacular skiing at the foot of iconic Matterhorn.
  • Sestriere, in the Cottian Alps west of Turin, which is the legacy of Fiat founder Giovanni Agnelli who built a couple of hotels and four cable cars for skiers in the 1930s. Sestriere is one of Italy's oldest ski resorts and the world's first purpose-built ski resort. It actually took a new life in 2006 when it hosted Winter Olympics.
  • Courmayeur, most of its terrain is best suited to advanced and intermediate skiers as well as Val di Fassa. Courmayeur has a 20-kilometer network of ultra-scenic cross-country trails beginning in Val Ferret, just outside Courmayeur.
  • Alta Badia is popular for families with beginning and intermediate skiers. La Villa hosts the Alpine Ski World Cup, held here because its Gran Risa slope is one of the most technically difficult in all the Alps.
  • Livigno has 110 kilometers of ski runs: 12 for experts, 37 for intermediates, and 29 for beginners. Non-skiers will find about 250 VAT-free shops, as this small valley just below the Swiss border is a duty-free zone.

Ski Resorts in France

It is impossible to count all the ski resorts of France, there are so many of them. Our team favourite place forever is Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc with spectacular views of craggy aiguilles, like Aiguille Verte and Aiguille de Chardonnet. The peaks around Chamonix are one of the most frequented by us for the tests of new versions of PeakVisor.

Another ski area which we would recommend to everyone is Tignes on the edge of Vanoise National Park. The park itself is a region of spectacular beauty all year round and holidays in Tignes is a memorable experience. Definitely, there is notorious Courchevel located in Les Trois Vallées (Three Valleys), there are 60 lifts that give skiers and riders access to 150 kilometers of alpine runs and provide links to 600 kilometers in the three valleys, encompassing 10 summits with altitudes above 2,500 meters. Meribel is another resort in the Three Valleys and it is great for families with kids. Val d'Isere is part of the vast Espace Killy, named for Olympic triple gold medal winner Jean-Claude Killy, who grew up skiing on these mountainsides. In Val d’Isere the altitude, coupled with heavy snowfall and Europe's largest snow-making capacity, means a long ski season with top conditions; skiing on the Glacier du Pisaillas usually extends the season through June.

By the way, France is not only about the much famed Alps. There is Grand Tourmalet with 100 kilometers of skiable terrain, it is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees Mountains in France. Twenty-nine lifts provide access to 70 ski slopes at elevations between 1,250 and 2,500 meters.

Ski Resorts in Germany

Bavaria in winter
Bavaria, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the biggest and the most popular ski resort in Germany. Located in Bavaria, it includes the country high point - Zugspitze. But there are many other worthy places for winter sports. Nebelhorn in Oberstdorf and Brauneck in Lenggries are two wonderful and less crowded alternatives.

Home to hundreds of medieval castles, Europe is a great place to identify them with PeakVisor. Oftentimes, ski-runs come very close to majestic buildings like Neuschwanstein in the photo below.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Ski Resorts in Austria

Austria is not so glitz and blitz as France and Switzerland, yet, Austria's ski scene exudes an old-world charm, with trail and lift networks linking small Alpine villages surrounded by spectacular snow-covered peaks. Most Austrian ski resorts are only an hour's drive from Innsbruck, Salzburg, or Munich international airports. St. Anton in Arlberg is probably most famed ski resorts, it is for serious skiers, with some of the most challenging runs in the Alps. It holds an important place in ski history as the site of the first ski club in the Alps, which began here in 1901. Kitzbühel is one of the loveliest, it features three spots: the Kitzbüheler Horn; the much larger Hahnenkamm; and Bichlalm, a small area for free riders. There is a short bus ride that links Kitzbühel to the SkiWelt, adding 280 kilometers of trails served by 90 lifts. Both are included in the nine-area Kitzbühel Alps AllStarCard. Zürs is considered Austria's most exclusive ski resort, smaller, quieter, and less self-conscious than places like san Moritz or Courchevel, but no less upscale. It is a particular favorite for off-piste skiers who revel in its range of backcountry terrain. Söll is the second largest ski area in the Austrian Alps. Zell am See has such stunning scenery that skiers might have trouble concentrating on the snow.

Austria Ski

Ski Resorts in Russia

Go cold or go home, Russia is a vast country and you may find some of the wildest places here. The main destinations are the Caucasus, the Urals, the Altai, and Kamchatka. The star of the show is definitely Rosa Khutor (The Caucasus), which hosted the Winter Olympics in 2014. The highest is Mt. Elbrus resort and the close by area called Pre-Elbrus. Dombay and Bakunari are other points to drop by. However, you can have really wild experience in Kamchatka, when even getting to the slopes requires a helicopter ride. The territory is heaven for heliskiing. You can ski down volcanoes Avachinsky, Vilyuchinsky and Bakening all the way down to the Pacific Ocean coast.

klyuchevsky volcanowinter

While you are exploring spectacular backcountry or enjoy a ski resort we’re already working on the next improvements, so in the spring 2020 you’ll get a major update just in time for the hiking season!

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