“Lagoon of the Inca” hot springs “Onsen”, the Emerald lake and the ancient mountains of Europe — better than mountains can be only mountains with views of these wonders of nature. The most beautiful places to ski in our material.
In the Swiss resort of Zermatt, near the Italian border, tourists-skiers come all year round — for skiing on the slopes of high complexity, but still with beautiful views of the Valais Alps. The main decoration of the landscape, Matterhorn, genital mass, its in Zermatt seen from everywhere. The cabins of the Alpine village at the foot of the mountains is also beautiful, but if you want you can change to a cozy Italian Cervinia resort located on the “other side” of the mountain range. It is easily reached via the pass Theodul; besides, Zermatt and Cervinia single network of ski slopes, so climbing one of the peaks, skiers can choose where to ski in Switzerland or Italy.
Lake Louise, Canada
At the sight of the canadian lake Louise winter vacation in a warmer climate seems a crime for this place is not a pity to sacrifice those areas where we have decided to warm up after a frost. The beauty of the lake, which was originally called the Emerald because of the incredible turquoise color of the water to describe, but without the peaks of the Rocky mountains around it wouldn’t be this impressive.
Cortina d’ampezzo, Italy
In 1956 Cortina hosted the winter Olympic games, and now meets many lovers in the mountains — in the “hot” season comes to 25 thousand. However, on skis gets only a third of them: Cortina d’ampezzo — prestigious resort, and often visit it just to stay in high society. So visitors to the town are depriving themselves of the opportunity to ride in the oldest mountains in Europe — the Dolomites, which hundreds of millions of years ago was a coral reef in the ocean, and then began, according to Le Corbusier, “the most beautiful natural architecture in the world.” In Cortina d’ampezzo are about 70 tracks of different level of difficulty, you can also ride on the ice of the Olympic Palace, bobsleigh track and other sports facilities, which in Cortina a lot, for a change.
Val d’isere, France
This is one of the most beautiful places to ski in the French Alps. They compress the arrays Val d’isere on the sides, which town stretches in a narrow valley, which leads to a picturesque lake Tignes — from the slopes offers a great view of him. On the lower slopes of the ride here from November to April, a little longer, until may and on the glaciers. At the disposal of skiers — about 90 runs, most have a higher level of complexity; it does not mean, however, that beginners nothing to do here in Val d’isere there are as many as 15 ski schools, where they teach skating from scratch.
Rosa Khutor, Russia
The Sochi resort of Rosa Khutor was opened in 2011 and most attention was attracted during last year’s winter Olympics in Sochi. Since people come here to see the new Olympic capital of Russia. Meanwhile, attention should be paid not only famous for sports facilities, but also on nature around Rosa Khutor. The lifts carry skiers to the top of the ridge Aigba opposite are massive, powerful mountains of the Western Caucasus — admiring their athletes and slide down the slopes.
Diamond Peak (Nevada), USA
Although in the USA many ski resorts, with a view truly fortunate only to place called diamond Peak, located near lake Tahoe in Nevada. Downs sent directly to him, so there is a risk to stare at the scenery instead of watching the road. By the way, the tracks here are mainly medium and high complexity, and therefore the resort is not as popular as it could be. But if you have the appropriate training here is definitely worth a go — the ski season here starts in December and ends in April.
ZAO Onsen, Japan
The probability that Japan was the first to come to mind when choosing the direction for ski holidays, close to zero. But in this country is one of the largest resorts, which attracts skiers from all over the world — ZAO Onsen. What he is known for? First, beautiful slopes, covered with ice pillars are the trees that are completely covered with snow, which the locals call “snow monsters”. Secondly, the hot springs where you can relax after skiing. The word “Onsen” in Japanese just means a bath with hot mineral water. Guests bathe in them under the open sky, in the middle of snow — the best of rehabilitation after an active skiing seems to come up.
Portillo is a small, but very famous ski resort that appeared in the middle of the “chain” of the Andean mountains in the early XX century. He still does not take more than 500-600 guests at a time. But those who were among them, ride with views of the Aconcagua (translated as “Stone sentinel”) is the highest mountain in the Western and southern hemispheres — and the lake of the Inkas (“Lagoon of the Inca”), who took the part of the mountain valley. Planning a trip to Portillo, you need to keep in mind that the ski season here is from June to October. Almost every day at this time the sun — using this, the owners of the Portillo hotel decided to offer outdoor heated swimming pools, where you can sunbathe. After returning from the slope, the athletes don’t regret that I left my warm “Northern” summer on vacation in the snowy mountains of Latin America.
Ohau, New Zealand
This exotic — when flying to remote Islands with palm trees and white sand, and over the snowy slopes. From may to October on new Zealand’s South Island ski season continues. Captures the spirit, in General, at any point of the Southern Alps mountain chain, stretching along the island, but most praised the views of the resort from glacial lake Ohau, which is surrounded by snow fields, ideal for a comfortable ride.
Go for the good slopes on the edge of the world is optional, but if desired, it is still possible — at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. He first port (Ushuaia boat to Antarctica) and only then — a ski resort as the skiing conditions here are created only in 2002. The maximum altitude at which can get the skiers in Ushuaia — 1 057 m above sea level, but the view during descents captures no less. In the field of view will not only snow-capped mountain peaks, but also the coastline with the Beagle channel. As in the case of Portillo, the ski season in Ushuaia lasts from June to October.