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Checking out the World Ski Awards 2018

Dear iSKI family, let´s be honest: we all have been waiting for this moment of the year. December has begun and so the overall excitement for the Christmas Holidays. But for us this means a lot more, since the long-awaited slope-season has started!

We know, you just can´t wait to take some time off and hit the slopes on a sunny winter day and enjoy the fresh snow glide under your skis. We are pretty sure that most of you have already booked the winter vacations. However, there might be a couple of you still searching for the final winter wonderland destination.

Anyway, you´ll be curious to read about some insights from the World Ski Awards 2018 - the platform where ski resorts from all over the world are celebrated and rewarded for their excellence.

Guess who won the prestigious World´s Best Ski Resort Award?

Val Thorens (France) was able to beat the other two contestants, Kitzbühel (Austria) and Lake Louise Ski Resort (Canada). Started as a risky project of a small enthusiastic team, Val Thorens has developed into the highest resort in Europe (2 300 meters altitude) occupying the largest ski area in the world, the 3 Vallées.

In this case we can only say “Vive la France!”.

We know that for you skiing is a passion and passions lead people to be more adventurous. Some of you might be planning to discover ski resorts in other continents, maybe this year or maybe in the long-term. Just have a look down here to check some of the best Ski Resorts around the globe.


Let´s have a look at two neighbors of the World´s Best Ski Resort Award winner, France. In Italy Dolomites Val Gardena took the prize home and in Switzerland Verbier imposed himself as best resort!

Moving our eye a little bit more East, we find some other nominees of this year - the beautiful Kotelnica Bialczanska ski resort in Poland and the host of the Winter Olympic Games in 2014 - Rosa Khutor ski resort - in Russia!

Tired of Europe? It’s just about time to start planning a trip to the ski resorts in other continents, this year or in the distant future. Just have a look down here to check some of the best destinations around the globe.



Japan is really popular in the skiing community, so if you´ll ever stop by to explore this beautiful country, make sure to have a look at the Rusutsu Resort in Hokkaido, the northernmost island of the nation. 3 interconnected mountains with 37 wide slopes in total will be perfect for both beginners and professional skiers.

Plus, how could we not mention South Korea after the successful Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang at the beginning of the year? Yong Pyong has played an important role during the Winter Olympics and earned the title of “Korea´s Ski Mecca”. In this quickly growing country, the ski panorama will for sure evolve furthermore!

The Americas

As we all know Canada and the United States are very popular for their breathtaking landscapes all year round. During winter they never disappoint and we can enjoy their beauty by visiting their resorts. As already mentioned, Lake Louise Ski is one of the Top 3 Ski Resorts worldwide, not only Canada´s Best Ski Resort 2018. In the United States the amazing Deer Valley Resort won the prize, being the best for the fifth time in a row!

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After all this information, where would YOU like to go?

>Did we mention any dream destination of yours?

What is your personal favorite ski resort?

We are happy, the winter season has started and wish you all the best in your new adventures.

Live healthy, take care of your body and your gear and enjoy the slopes in whatever country you are in!

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Source: World Ski Awards