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Hit the Slopes: The Best Ski Destinations in the U.S. & Abroad

While some enjoy the sun in summer, others are just waiting for the first snow to fall, for the ski season to open again and for the ski holiday to begin. There may be a wide variety of reasons for this: Some of course, just want to go skiing or snowboarding, others want to enjoy the white landscape on snow hikes or cross-country skiing, and still, others just want to really freak out at après-ski  - and preferably with stars and asterisks.

Whether the Rocky or the Appalachian Mountains, a grand ski adventure in Patagonia, or venturing over to Europe and tackling the Dolomites or the Swiss Alps - you can find out here from us which are the best ski areas in the world and how you can book the best deals there.

Everything You Need to Know About Ski Passes

A ski pass often accounts for a large part of the price of a ski holiday. It is therefore important to check in advance which option makes the most sense for you:

  • One-day passes are usually the most expensive option. From the second day, there is usually a discount.

  • In many cases, half-day tickets, morning tickets, or afternoon tickets make sense if you know in advance that you don't want to spend the whole day on the slopes.

  • Families and groups also receive special discounts.

  • For long-term skiers, even a season ticket is worth considering, which is worthwhile in some ski areas for as little as 3 weeks. Due to the many mergers of individual ski areas, you can also ski in neighboring areas.

We have selected ski areas for you that operate free practice slopes or where children do not have to pay for a ski pass.

In the US:

  • June Mountain in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas: Kids 12 and under ride free

  • Purgatory Resort in Colorado: Kids 10 and under get free season passes

  • Killington Ski Resort in Vermont: Kids 6 and under always ski free

  • Mount Bachelor in Oregon: Kids 12 and under ski free when accompanied by a paying adult

  • Snowbowl in Arizona: Kids 12 and under ski free

  • Diamond Peak Ski Resort in California: Kids 6 and under, and adults 80+ ski for free

  • Loon Mountain in New Hampshire: Kids 6 and under ski free

In Canada:

Grab the Canadian SnowPass for just $29.99 Canadian Dollars and resident 4th or 5th graders can ski all across Canada. *Only open to Canadian residents

In Europe:

  • Kitzbühel, Austria: Free practice slopes in the valley

  • Almenwelt Lofer, Austria: Children up to the age of 15 ski for free when accompanied by an adult

  • Großglockner, Austria: Children up to the age of 5 ski for free when accompanied by their parents

  • Stubaital, Austria: Children up to 10 years accompanied by an adult ride for free