Ready to make your mark on the slopes? The good news is that you don’t have to wait for the temperature to drop, not when you can simply travel abroad to lands of always-winter. If you’re looking for some of the best ski resorts in the world, consider these five.

5: Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy)

With fresh air, blue skies and powder-white snow, Cortina d’Ampezzo is a picturesque ski village and a great choice for winter holidays abroad. Not only will you find beautiful, well-maintained slopes for all skill levels, but the village provides fun distractions and cozy and comfortable ski accommodation such as chalets.

Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina d’Ampezzo

In fact, it’s such a fine location that multiple directors have scouted it for Hollywood films, including the creator of James Bond!

4: Vail (Colorado)

Some ski resorts are tucked-away gems in little-traveled mountains. Others, like the Vail, are simply bustling with life and energy.

Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, Vail, Colorado

Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, Vail, Colorado

Hailed as one of America’s best resorts, the Vail offers a wide variety of outdoor adventures like skiing, snowboarding and dog sledding, and when you’re done on the slopes, you can visit the town and enjoy everything from movies to museums. It’s like enjoying multiple vacations in one trip!

3: Zermatt (Switzerland)

Zermatt is the only place in the world where you can enjoy a 360 degree view of The Paradise Glacier, Europe’s highest peak.

Zermatt

Zermatt

If that isn’t enough, it also offers incredible slopes, drops and quads from over 300 pistes, including off-pistes. Even the air is quality thanks to the city’s car-free policy that keeps the atmosphere clean and the streets unpolluted. To really unplug from modern society and re-connect with yourself in the mountains, choose Zermatt for your next ski destination.

2: Niederau (Austria)

Perfect for families and relaxing holidays, Niederau is famous for its beautiful hills and gentle inclines, none of which will prove too taxing for the beginning or casual skier.

Niederau

Niederau

It’s also gained a reputation for the friendly, tranquil atmosphere of the resort itself, meaning you won’t find a better place in Austria to kick back and enjoy a cup of cocoa between slopes.

1: Whistler Blackcomb (Canada)

Perhaps the most famous ski resort in the world, Whistler Blackcomb earns its reputation by offering everything from skiing to snowboarding to mountain tubing.

Whistler Blackcomb in Canada

Whistler Blackcomb in Canada

It also covers a staggering 8000 acres, making it one of the largest and most accessible ski resorts in North America. If you’re looking for the ideal place to challenge your skills, expand your horizons and just have a good time, then put on your snow shoes and hit Whistler Blackcomb. You won’t regret it