If you’re a serious winter sports enthusiast, you know that great destinations are worth some travel time. Traveling to great winter sports locations can be incredibly rewarding, offering world-class facilities and the ability to see places you might not have otherwise. If you’re starting to plan your next big trip, read on for some suggestions on where you might want to consider booking tickets to.

Hokkaido, Japan

Japan isn’t often thought of as a haven for snowboarders and skiers, but those in the know consider it a top destination. Hokkaido, the country’s northernmost island, is located in the path of consistent weather conditions that provide it with a constant supply of fresh snow. Better yet, the snow is known for being incredibly dry – perfect for winter sports. The island is home to a few great resorts too, so getting comfortable after a day of activities is easy.

Wanaka, New Zealand

Visiting New Zealand for a winter sports vacation is an experience like no other. The resorts are open snowfields, meaning that there are no trees to block the sightline. It feels like skiing or snowboarding in an endless sea of snow! This incredible sight is only furthered by the other natural wonders in New Zealand. Volcanoes, glaciers, and waterfalls are all only a short drive from where most of the resorts are located. Better yet, lines are often short since the resorts are generally not too crowded.

Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

Whistler Blackcomb is an absolutely beautiful place to ski and snowboard. This location is a great place for everyone, as it offers groomed runs for beginners and more adventurous tree runs, cliffs, and open bowls for experienced athletes. It’s an absolutely enormous area, so visitors can ski and snowboard somewhere new every day. Whistler Blackcomb is also home to the largest vertical drop for any resort in the world.

Verbier, Switzerland

Verbier is a freeriding paradise. Accordingly, it attracts many extreme riders, but its luxury also attracts families and more casual athletes from around the globe. It’s known around the world for its unrivaled terrain, making it pricier than some other locations. However, this also makes for a lively, international clientele, as well as thrilling spectator events. Consider planning your trip around one of these events to really get the most value for money.

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