My Top 10 International Ski Spots
＃10-AKAKURA ONSEN，MYOKO KOGEN，日本-這似乎是我進入前10名名單中的一個驚喜條目。但這是一個小寶石！與許多知名的度假村一樣，該度假村擁有風景如畫的滑雪小屋，令人印象深刻的山脈和良好的設施。但這並沒有在更加公開的國際滑雪勝地中找到人群。您在山坡上看到的大多數人將是日本人。赤倉溫泉有很多值得推薦的地方。一方面，它是日本第一個國際滑雪勝地。另外，它擁有該國最長的滑雪道。而且，由於它尚未達到歐洲大型度假勝地的國際“標準”，因此您靠近風景如畫的村莊，那裡仍然擁有百年曆史的傳統和建築風格。
＃8-法國SAVOIE的VAL THORENS-位於法國阿爾卑斯山風景秀麗的Belleville山谷的Val Thorens是歐洲最高的滑雪勝地-7,600英尺。它還擁有375英里的步道，是世界上最大的滑雪區。這是一個適合行人通行的地方，街道上禁止停車……這使這個有趣的村莊更加值得遊蕩。更多最高級？它還擁有法國最大的雪橇滑道。而且-這裡的有效詞是“法國”-它也已經成為了一個真正的“美食家”地帶，擁有60多家餐廳（和40個酒吧）。
＃7-加拿大魁北克省MONT TREMBLANT-您不必去歐洲即可享受歐洲風格的滑雪體驗。風景秀麗的蒙特朗布朗度假村看起來非常像它的表親在法國阿爾卑斯山。而且，憑藉其法裔加拿大人的氛圍，他們也非常喜歡他們。古老的阿爾岡金族稱其為Mont Tremblant Manitonga Soutana-“精神之山”。在壯麗的地形上沿著陡峭的山坡駛下時，您可能會感覺到那些精神。在雪地公園中，更極端的類型可以盡情玩樂。有各種各樣的住宿。還有一個行人友好的村莊，那裡的燈光-和樂趣-一直呆到很晚。
＃6-法國夏蒙尼-夏蒙尼是我的老寵 ……以及許多其他滑雪者。那麼為何不？它是法國最大的滑雪勝地之一。它也是法國最古老的度假勝地之一，並舉辦了1924年冬季奧運會。周圍地區擁有法國阿爾卑斯山最壯觀的風景-和滑雪場。夏慕尼還是進行rand denénée滑雪，單板滑雪和直升機滑雪的好地方。即使您不想滑雪，這裡仍然有很多事情要做。您可以乘歐洲最高的纜車上南針峰（Aiguille de Midi），欣賞壯麗的山脈風光。夏蒙尼（Chamonix）也以其充滿活力的近地點滑雪氛圍而聞名。
＃3-意大利的切爾維尼亞-在瑞士采爾馬特的馬特宏峰（意大利語中的“ Monte Cervino”）的另一側是切爾維尼亞。這個小鎮不如采爾馬特（Zermatt）那樣美麗，並且缺少高檔的歐洲度假勝地的藏身之地...這就是其魅力的一部分。它更便宜，更不擁擠，更正宗，有美味的意大利美食，您將與國際旅行者一樣多地與當地居民交往。 （但是，如果您仍然想快速了解“緩存”，那距采爾馬特僅幾步之遙。）此外，切爾維尼亞（Cervinia）的滑道長度超過12英里，是世界上最長的滑道之一。而且您幾乎可以全年在這裡滑雪。
＃2-策馬特，瑞士瓦萊州-策馬特位於馬特宏峰山腳，高14692英尺，也許是歐洲最雄偉的山脈。采爾馬特地區有224英里的斜坡（到處都是山區鐵路），是歐洲最大（也是最高）的夏季滑雪地區。難怪它被稱為“馬特宏峰冰川天堂”。其中的“附加項目”包括：戈爾內格拉特（Gornergrat），一條長達10,135英尺的齒輪鐵路，提供阿爾卑斯山的壯麗全景。馬特宏峰博物館（Matterhorn Museum）內收藏了1865年馬特宏峰（Matterhorn）第一次攀登期間（悲慘地結束）所使用的設備。還有Gorner Gorge，神經穩定的人可以穿越狹窄的橋樑和台階以及固定的繩索路線。
＃1-惠斯勒，加拿大不列顛哥倫比亞省-如果您在2010年冬季奧林匹克運動會之前對惠斯勒不了解太多，那麼您以後可能就知道了。這個風景秀麗的村莊是所有滑雪活動的舉辦地。 （還有滑雪事件發生後的一些美好時光！）儘管如此，真正的滑雪者多年來一直知道惠斯勒黑梳地區提供了地球上一些最好的滑雪場所。該地區位於溫哥華以北約兩個小時，類似於冬天的Currier＆Ives明信片，雪山和不列顛哥倫比亞省沿海山脈的深綠色森林。觀看峰頂的最佳方法之一是乘坐Peak 2 Peak纜車。它是索道塔之間世界上最長的自由跨度-1.9英里-連接惠斯勒山和黑梳山。當您在惠斯勒滑雪時，您將在活躍的熊棲息地中滑雪...所以請睜大眼睛！
Our last travel column was on my Top 10 ski resorts in America. But America's hardly the only place where the weather is cold, the skiing is cool, the nightlife is hot, and the winter-wonderland scenery is breathtaking. In fact, it's just one of many places like that!
Here are my Top 10 international (non-U.S.) resorts. I look forward to hearing your opinions...and your own favorites!
#10 - AKAKURA ONSEN, MYOKO KOGEN, JAPAN - This may seem like a surprise entry on my Top 10 list. But it's a little gem! This resort, like many of the better-known ones, has picturesque ski lodges, impressive mountains, and good facilities. But it doesn't have the crowds you find at more publicized international ski destinations; most of the people you'll see on the slopes will be Japanese. Akakura Onsen has a lot to recommend it. For one thing, it was Japan's first international ski resort. For another, it has the longest ski run in the country. And, since it hasn't yet attained the international "panache" of the big European resorts, you're close to picturesque villages where centuries-old traditions and building-styles still reign.
#9 - CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, ITALY - The jagged, sky-piercing peaks of the Italian Dolomites, bordering Austria, offer some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. This resort features skiing nearly all year long, because of the height (and, subsequently, the amount of snow) of some of the mountains. Cortina d'Ampezzo is in the Veneto Region. It makes no bones about being one of Europe's most exclusive - hence, expensive - resorts. It's a beautiful village, with a museum, art galleries, movie theater, indoor tennis, and plenty of atmospheric restaurants and hotels. There are 47 ski lifts here, and going up to 10,653 feet. And there's also tobogganing, bobsledding, ice skating, and ice hockey.
#8 - VAL THORENS, SAVOIE, FRANCE - Val Thorens, located in the scenic Belleville Valley of the French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe - 7,600 feet. It also holds the title of largest ski area in the world, with some 375 miles of trails. It's a pedestrian-friendly type of place, with no parking allowed in the streets...and that makes the interesting village even more worth wandering. More superlatives? It's also got the largest toboggan run in France. And - the operative word here is "France" - it's become a real "foodie" spot, as well, with over 60 restaurants (and 40 bars).
#7 - MONT TREMBLANT, QUEBEC, CANADA - You don't necessarily have to go to Europe to have a European-style skiing experience. The scenic resort village of Mont Tremblant looks very much like its cousins in the French Alps. And, with its French-Canadian ambience, feels very much like them, too. The ancient Algonquins called Mont Tremblant Manitonga Soutana - "the mountain of the spirits." As you schuss down these challenging slopes, through magnificent terrain, you may well feel those spirits. There are snow parks where the more-extreme types can have their fun. There's a wide variety of accommodations. And there's a pedestrian-friendly village where the lights - and the fun - stay on late.
#6 - CHAMONIX, FRANCE - Chamonix is an old favorite of mine...and of a lot of other skiers, as well. And why not? It's one of the largest ski resorts in France. It's also one of the oldest resorts in France, and it hosted the 1924 Winter Olympics. The surrounding region boasts some of the most spectacular scenery - and skiing - in the French Alps. Chamonix is also a great place for ski de randonnée (ski touring), snowboarding and heli-skiing. And even if you're not in the mood to ski, there's still plenty to do here. You can take Europe's highest cable-car up Aiguille de Midi, for stunning vistas of the mountains. And Chamonix is known for its vibrant après-ski atmosphere, as well.
#5 - ST. MORITZ, GRAUBUNDEN, SWITZERLAND - This scenic village, surrounded by alpine lakes, is sometimes called the "Roof of Europe." And if you're looking for a place where the rich and famous hang out - and for a chance to rub shoulders with them - St. Moritz will certainly do. They come from all over the world, for a chance to ski these 217 miles of slopes, to enjoy the mineral springs all over the valley, to shop in one-of-a-kind boutiques and galleries (and chocolate shops!), and for a chance to experience a unique region in which the official language is Romansch, with German spoken in town, and Italian in the surrounding valleys. (It was the British, however, who were the first winter tourists in this region, 150 years ago.)
#4 - INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - At over 800 years old, Innsbruck is a cultural experience as well as a skiing one. It's the capital of the Tyrol, known for its exquisite Middle-European architecture, great food, a vibrant cultural life, and skiing second to none. In fact, it's a two-time host of the Winter Olympics (1964 and 1976). Skiers and snowboarders have access to over 310 miles of trails in 25 resorts, all connected by a free ski bus. Eight major ski areas with varied terrain provide great runs from novice to expert, and ski lifts go up to 10,500 feet. Cross-country skiing is big here, too; few things are as exhilarating as racing through the snowy mountains and deep forests of the Tyrolean Alps. (And few things are as romantic as a nighttime horse-drawn sleigh ride here!)
#3 - CERVINIA, ITALY - On the other side of the Matterhorn ("Monte Cervino" in Italian) from Zermatt, Switzerland, is Cervinia. This town isn't as beautiful as Zermatt, and it lacks the cache of the fancy European resorts...and that's part of its charm. It's less expensive, less crowded, more authentic, has great Italian food, and you'll mingle with as many local residents as you will international travelers. (If, however, you'd still like a quick shot of "cache," it's only a short drive to Zermatt.) And, as a bonus, Cervinia has a run more than 12 miles long - one of the longest in the world. And you can ski here almost all year long.
#2 - ZERMATT, VALAIS, SWITZERLAND - Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn, at 14,692 feet, perhaps Europe's most majestic mountain. The Zermatt region, with 224 miles of slopes (and mountain railways all over the place), is Europe's largest (and highest) summer skiing region. Small wonder it's called "Matterhorn Glacier Paradise." Among the "extras" here: Gornergrat, a cog railway going up to 10,135 feet, and offering a spectacular panorama of the Alps. The Matterhorn Museum, which houses the equipment used during the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865 (which ended tragically). And Gorner Gorge, which the steady-of-nerves can traverse over narrow bridges and steps, as well as a fixed-rope route.
And now, my pick for the best international ski resort...
#1 - WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - If you didn't know much about Whistler before the 2010 Winter Olympics, you probably did afterward. This scenic village was the site of all the skiing events. (And the site of some great times after the skiing events!) True skiers, though, have known for years that the Whistler Blackcomb area offered some of the best skiing on Earth. About two hours north of Vancouver, this region resembles a Currier & Ives postcard in winter, with the snow-capped mountains and deep-green forests of British Columbia's Coastal Range. One of the best ways to see them is by taking the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. It's the world's longest free-span between ropeway towers - 1.9 miles - and connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. And when you ski in Whistler, you'll be skiing in an active bear habitat...so keep your eyes open!
Well, these are my favorites. What about yours? Let us hear from you. Here's your chance to tout your favorite!