It’s not too early to start planning where you’re going to carve your way through fluffy, powdery snow this winter and a new report from Money shows which resorts around the world people are most interested in skiing at. Bansko, Bulgaria ranked first place on the list, but the second most desirable resort is right here in the US: Aspen!
Nobody will be surprised that Colorado’s famous, glitzy mountain landed so high up on the list. Last year, Aspen also took silver in the Savills Ski Resilience Index, due to the quality and reliability of snowload as well as resilience to contend with climate change challenges (Zermatt in Switzerland took gold).
Other US resorts did well on this list, with Lake Tahoe taking eighth place, Vail taking 16th and Jackson Hole at 27.
Now, if you’re interested in where US residents are looking to ski and board, the list alters a little bit. In that report, Tahoe wins for its alpine mountains surrounding a gorgeous ice-blue lake with several resorts to choose from. In the summer, it also hosts America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride with those same vistas.
Killington in Vermont is second. It’s the largest resort in the east, fondly called The Beast with 212 ski trails totaling 92 miles of terrain (and one of the longest ski seasons in the region).
Coming in third is Colorado’s Breckenridge, a former mining town with luxe resorts and a series of spectacular peaks that loom over the deep valley below. Here, you can even try dog-sledding if you’re not keen on your own alpen prowess.
The methodology behind both lists? Researchers created a long list of more than 1,100 ski resorts worldwide and studied Google searches to determine which of those pinged most frequently. There were two studies for online searching by world residents, and then for US residents alone. See the full list here.
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