Aspen, Colorado, US: Make a trip to the place where the rich and famous like to play every winter. 1
There's no famous actor, movie mogul, socialite, or Instagram star who hasn't visited Aspen, Colorado in the winter. It is the place to see and be seen, and with four mountains to slash, your entire family will love the experience.
Aspen, Colorado, US: This location is about a lot more than just winter sports. 2
While you will definitely have fun sliding down mountains on your favorite equipment or vehicle, the nightlife in Aspen is something to experience. Amazing restaurants with breathtaking views, like Nobu, or wonderfully chic hotels, like Sky, will help you and your family make the most of your nights in Aspen.
Beaver Creek, Colorado, US: This is a place that, quite literally, loves kids. 3
If you are into winter sports but think your kids are still too little to enjoy the winter season to the fullest, then you need to visit Beaver Creek in Colorado. The entire resort is geared towards kids and during seven weeks of the season it offers amazing family packages with special kids-friendly offers.
Chamonix Vallee Blanche, France: This is the perfect place to let off some steam with some serious skiing. 5
Not for the faint of heart, Chamonix offers adrenaline junkies the opportunity to really push the pedal to the metal. In the meantime, and if the rest of your family is not in the advanced winter sports category, they can enjoy the lodge and the wonderful activities that are available.
Chamonix Vallee Blanche, France: More than just a winter sports spot, this is a full-blown adventure. 6
For those looking for a bit of a faster-paced vacation, Chamonix Vallee Blanche offers so many adventures that can really bring a family together. You will need to be extra careful, but nothing says "I trust you" as much as helping one another walk down a narrow, icy ridge with nothing but a rope to hold on to.
Big Horn Revelstoke, Canada: This is one of the fanciest winter sports spots in the world. 7
The property is a dreamy chalet that can cost upwards of $65,000 per week, but it does house up to 16 people. However, not only will you get to stay in a place that seems straight out of a movie, you will also get your own personal helipad. Helicopter is, however, not included.
Big Horn Revelstoke, Canada: If you have never tried heliskiing, then save up to make this your next adventure. 8
For some people, simply skiing or snowboarding down a mountain is not an adrenaline rush any more. If that sounds like you and you want to experience the next best thing with your family, then try heliskiing. A helicopter drops you off high at the peak of a mountain and will be waiting for you down at the base once you make your way there. What you do in between those two points is completely up to you.
Asahi Dake, Japan: Here you can find a real gem for the true connoisseurs. 9
Those who are real winter sports enthusiast will know about Asahi Dake. Most pundits will agree this mountain has some of the driest and fluffiest powder in the world. This makes it perfect for skiing down amazing slopes, but also for cross-country skiing with the most astonishing views.
Courchevel 180, France: The tallest mountain in the region will literally melt your brain of happiness. 11
Not only will you enjoy some of the best and highest slopes in France, but the off-piste game is really happening, with tons of activities for all ages that will make your vacation unforgettable.
Courchevel 180, France: When you are there, you'll find a great place to relax and tune out from the world a bit. 12
Daytime parties, activities for the kiddies, an outdoor movie theater, and some of the best selections of wines and champagnes in Europe. What's not to like?
Dolomites, Italy: The Italian Alps are home to some of the most breathtaking slopes in the world. 13
In the Dolomites you can experience the Sella Ronda, an outstanding tour that takes you from village to village through the quaint locations in the Alps. Perfect for an easy trek or cross-country ski adventure with your entire family.
Dolomites, Italy: Nothing says Italy like a good plate of pasta after a long day of skiing. 14
The best of both worlds meet in this magical place. For all the foodies out there, make sure you bring your loved ones to any local eatery and enjoy a plate of homemade casunziei.
Island Lake, Canada: A natural wonder you can only access via helicopter or snowcat, but so worth it. 15
Talk about getting away from it all. The 2,800 hectares are divided among four stunning lodges that will make your family never want to leave. Can you blame them?
Island Lake, Canada: There's no shortage of adventures in this remote location. 16
Because sometimes it's not all just about winter sports, feel free to take a day off when visiting and take the family to a local village, or on a mountain trek when the weather starts to get warmer. You'll experience some of the best views of your life.
Kashmir, India: If you get there in the right season, it may very well be one of the best experiences of your life. 18
Imagine never-ending white slopes, total quiet and calm, only broken by the sound of you and your loved ones skiing down some of the most magnificent mountains in the world. If that sounds like total bliss to you, make a stop in Kashmir part of your next trip.
Mammoth, California, US: A world-class resort that will push your snowboarding abilities to the limit. 19
Only the best can deal with the slopes in Mammoth, California, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the area as a family. TransWorld Snowboarding named Mammoth's pipe as the best in the world, while its lodge was tied for second place. There's something for everyone to enjoy.
Mammoth, California, US: This can also be your go-to spot for snowboarding beginners. 20
The location has a 4-meter canyon pipe and a 5-meter super pipe, so it may be the best place for experienced parents to come train their little ones on a snowboarding trip.
Megeve, France: Enjoy the best French cuisine while getting your kicks on top powder. 21
Yes, there are over 445 kilometers of pistes, so you can do as many winter sports as your heart desires. But there is also Michelin star restaurants, so there's really no reason not to live large in Megeve.
Megeve, France: The iconic village in this ski resort boasts views of Europe's highest peak. 22
Once you are done skiing or snowboarding, make sure to bring your loved ones down to the beautiful village where the resort sits. There you can enjoy local art, wonderful hot chocolate, and views of Mont Blanc.
Mont Blanc, France: Is there anything better than skiing down the highest mountain in Europe? 23
If you think enjoying the view of the Mont Blanc is amazing, imaging being able to slide down it at high speed, either skiing or snowboarding.
Niseko, Japan: A gem to find in Japan, where skiing is the priority but there are also amenities galore. 25
There are four large resorts in Niseko and the competition among them has made them all better. There's usually a big focus on the skiing in Japan, but in Niseko you will now also find a vast array of amenities, from amazing restaurants to kids' activities to the best spas in the country.
Niseko, Japan: Hotels are now so lavish they have onsens included in the rooms. 26
There can't be anything better than getting to your hotel room after a long day on the slopes and be able to soak in a hot spring... right in your room!
Nozawa Onsen, Japan: A sensory experience that will melt you away. 27
Speaking of onsens, in this resort you can enjoy an outdoor hot spring right outside your room while snowflakes fall on your head. Nothing beats that kind of relaxation after cross-country skiing through the neighboring villages.
Nozawa Onsen, Japan: After a bit of R&R, enjoy the best food Japan has to offer. 28
Take your pick: ride up the cable car to Ryokan Sakaya Hotel for a wonderful Japanese meal, or order up a kaisakei meal served directly to your room.
Skagway, Alaska, US: Travel in style to Alaska and enjoy the best winter sports conditions in the country. 29
While Alaska is known more for its rustic charm than its high-end amenities, here you can probably find some of the best slopes and fluffy powder in the world.
Skagway, Alaska, US: Bring your family for a different kind of adventure. 30
There's so much to see in this region that simply spending it practicing winter sports may seem like a waste. Enjoy quaint towns and accommodations, as well as superb natural locations that you won't see anywhere else in the world.
St. Moritz, Switzerland: Test your abilities on skis, or simply relax and enjoy the view. 32
While there is a chance you will love the Cresta Run, a toboggan that will allow you to ski down a hill at nearly 100 miles an hour, St. Moritz is known for its astonishing views. So feel free to do some cross-country skiing, relax and enjoy the show.
Telluride, Colorado, US: Once a mining town, Telluride has become one of the hottest spots in Colorado. 33
There are some luxurious resorts all over the area, like the Dunton Hot Spring Resort. Telluride, Colorado, is a great place for a family escape that will melt your worries away.
Telluride, Colorado, US: Beyond the quaint location, there's also great powder to enjoy winter sports. 34
Skiing and snowboarding are everywhere here, but you can also enjoy heliskiing, dog-sledding, or ice climbing. Some of the finest powder in the country rests in these mountains, so this is a sure bet for your family.
Vals, Switzerland: Enjoy great skiing and indulge in the wonderful architecture surrounding the place. 35
The resorts in the Vals area, like Jochtal Ski Resort, are a sight to see. They take advantage of the healing waters in the area to attract some of the finest tourists in Europe. The way they have designed the space is simply astonishing.
Vals, Switzerland: Even towards the end of the season, you can come enjoy the natural hot springs. 36
The area has natural springs all over, with temperatures ranging from 57 to 107 degrees Fahrenheit. It is the perfect contrast and everyone in your family will get whatever their heart desires at any given moment.
Whistler, Canada: Probably the most emblematic resort town in North America, you need to experience it firsthand. 37
It doesn't matter what sport you and your family are into: Whistler has it.
Yellowstone Club, Montana, US: This is as selective as it gets in the winter sports arena. 39
This is an invitation-only club and resort that can cost its members upwards of $250,000 a year to be a member. Of course, the return is surely there in terms of amenities, conditions, and sheer luxury.
Yellowstone Club, United States: Some people like it so much they've decided to make it their home. 40
You'll need to shell out roughly $5 million for a home in the property, but it can be done. Some of the biggest names in Hollywood own homes here, and they get to enjoy it year round. There's snow in the winter, of course, but also great golf in the summer.