Best Ski & Snowboard Resorts and Destinations: U.S., Worldwide

You like snow. You like going fast in snow. Have we got some hotspots for you, in the U.S. and around the world.

LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney loves hitting the slopes.

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Resorts

Click the city name to find best flight deals from your town. And be sure to see the money-saving trip planning and shopping tips at the very end.

Colorado

So many world-class places to choose from including Aspen, Breckinridge, Vail, Durango, Telluride and more. Runs for everyone from Olympians to the youngest beginner. Learn more here.

Idaho

The crown jewel of the state’s many excellent ski & snowboard resorts is Sun Valley, the oldest winter sports destination resort in the U.S. Learn more here.

Nevada

Great skiing in the Tahoe/Reno area, and indoor sports in the state’s casinos. Learn more here.

New Hampshire and Vermont

These two New England states have been perfecting the art of downhill skiing for more than 100 years; take your pick of more than 30 resorts in charming surroundings. Learn more about skiing in New Hampshire here, and skiing in Vermont here.

Utah

Wild West meets state of the art ski resorts at Alta, Snowbird, Park City and more in the beautiful Wasatch range. Best part: 11 resorts are within an hour’s drive of the airport. Learn more here.

Wyoming

Celebrity chic meets the Old West in Jackson Hole with excellent skiing and a lively nightlife scene. Learn more here.

International Ski and Snowboard Resorts

Austria

Innsbruck didn’t play host to two Winter Olympics for nothing. The area features more than 300 miles of trails and eight major ski resorts for skiers of all abilities. Learn more here.

Canada

Just two hours north of Vancouver is world-renowned Whistler so you get the best of both worlds – excellent skiing and a gorgeous city to explore. Learn more here.

Switzerland

Is skiing in the Alps on your bucket list? Try one of the old-school glamor resorts with a lively après-ski scene such as Davos, Klosters, St. Mortiz, Verbier and so many others. Learn more here.

United Arab Emirates

No, there aren’t any mountains in Dubai – but there is a winter sports area inside the Mall of the Emirates featuring five runs ranging from beginners to black diamond plus a freestyle area for snowboarders. There’s even room for tobogganers and tubers. Don’t like snow? Take in the penguin exhibit. Learn more here.

Airfare Shopping Tips for Skiers, Snowboarders

1. Always compare airfare prices. No single airline always has the cheapest ticket prices so if you don’t compare, you could miss out on a deal. Compare fares here.

2. For travel in the U.S. The cheapest days to fly are typically Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Instead of flying from weekend to weekend, you can usually save money by flying a Tuesday-to-Saturday itinerary.

3. For internationally travel: Often, Monday through Thursday travel is cheaper but this can vary by country and route, so compare airfares and dates.

Yes, we know, we know. We missed plenty of great destinations in this list (but we only have so much space). Help us out – tell us your favorite place to ski, on Facebook or in the comments.

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Updated: February 24, 2016