Ski Travel Advice From Pros
We asked pro skiers for suggestions on where to ski this winter. I will say that Arlberg, Austria, is pretty amazing," Eric Pollard says. "Gnarly terrain, heated high-speed lifts, schnapps, cheese for every meal and some good old European aprs."
Angel Collinson: My favorite place to ski is at Alta, Utah, because the vibe is mellow and it's perfect for a day of good resort shredding. The french fries at Watson's shelter are the best ever. They'll keep you going all day on a pow day.
JP Auclair: "One of my favorite places to ski powder is Niseko, Japan. After skiing through the perfectly spaced trees, hit the 308 Restaurant for ramen noodles and stay at the Black Diamond lodge, where the staff will point you in the right direction.
Aspen Highlands, Colorado
Chris Davenport: "My favorite place to ski is Colorados Aspen Highlands, because its rarely busy and offers some of the best steep terrain in America. Before hiking the legendary Highland Bowl, grab a coffee and breakfast burrito at Cafe Ink.
La Parva, Chile
Julian Carr: La Parva, Chile, is only one hour from Santiago. Stay in the rustic village of Farrellones 10 minutes from the resort and enjoy zero crowds, great Chilean culture and high elevation Andes shredding.
Mark Abma: "Along with a beautifully rich culture and friendly people, the skiing in Gulmarg, India, is amazing. The Highland Lodge is the place to be -- rooms equipped with wood-burning stoves and a good restaurant. Don't miss the Monkey Trees."
Ian McIntosh: My favorite place to ski is Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia. There's nothing better than a coastal snowpack and also, these two mountains are so huge that it takes a lifetime to ski it all. The best place to aprs is at the GLC."
Stevens Pass, Wash.
Chopo Diaz: My favorite place to ski is Stevens Pass, Wash., a place where the snow hangs from the trees. Stay in nearby Leavenworth, and in the morning, head to the ski hill for the most amazing lines of your life."
Tucker Perkins: "My favorite place to freeski would be the host of the European X Games: Tignes, France. It is one of the biggest resorts in the world yet it's never busy, since people are more worried about cappuccino than fresh powder."
Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Jessica McMillan: "My favorite place to ski is Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyo. Come in January for the best snow. Get in line for first tram at 7 a.m. on a powder day, and your first run should be Alta 1. Finish the day with a plate of nachos at Spur."
Caroline Gleich: One of my favorite places to ski is Brighton, Utah, because you can avoid some of the Little Cottonwood crowds and still find powder stashes days after the storms.