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Which are the world's ten best ski resorts for scenery?

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Which are the world's ten best ski resorts for scenery?

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Chris Gill and Dave Watts, editors of 'Where to Ski and Snowboard', choose their top ten resorts for scenic drama ...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/snowandski/10462683/The-ten-best-scenic-ski-resorts.html

Switzerland

Jungfrau region (Wengen, Grindelwald, Murren)
St Moritz
Zermatt

Italy

Courmayeur
Madonna di Campiglio
Sella Ronda (Dolomites resorts)

France
Megeve
Chamonix

Canada

Lake Louise

USA
Heavenly
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Megeve is the only one I would not agree with! Really like it too but just dont think it compares to any of the others! Maybe Sierra Nevadas in spain, diffrent type of view but quite dramatic!
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Fattes13, lots of great Mt Blanc vantage points from Megève. Les Contamines is even more dramatic though, IMV.
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laundryman, I know and its a relly pretty town if you can ignore the ugly fashion!!! Just think maybe there are better options out there? Levi or Are maybe? Just diffrent alot of clustering there around the Mount Blanc Massif 3 resorts
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I agree with the 6 ones in the list that I've been to (Jungfrau Region, Zermatt, Sella Ronda, Chamonix, Lake Louise and Heavenly), I can't comment on the others. However, I'd have liked to have seen Le Massif in Quebec included - the views of the slopes almost going down to the edge of the frozen St Lawrence river are amazing!
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Norway and the Andean the resorts don't make it?!
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It looks like a list plucked from the most popular package holiday ski resorts.
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clarky999 wrote:
Norway and the Andean the resorts don't make it?!


The Chilean places I have been are beautiful in their own way but quite austere. Well above the treeline and the towns themselves aren't particularly attractive. I think Portillo is spectacular (so long as you aren't looking at the road running past it) but I can see it's not to everyone's taste
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Certainly agree about the Dolomites, Chamonix and Heavenly. A lesser known spectacular scenery place is Glacier Martial in Argentina. I think the furthest South ski area in the world (outside of Antarctica) has the most amazing views of the Beagle Channel:

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/35392222

(Not that great skiing though, only one lift and one run as far as I can remember.)
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Lake Louise is stunning, I totally agree with that one Cool
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It's surrounded by Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. You can't miss it.
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Just might want to give it a miss.
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Just think maybe there are better options out there? Levi or Are maybe?

But they don't provide a lot of competition to Megeve as the most scenic resorts in France. wink
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hardly. Most don't figure largely - or at all - in the brochures of the main British TOs.
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Chamonix, can't think why.



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hardly. Most don't figure largely - or at all - in the brochures of the main British TOs.

Megeve & Chamonix are big TO bases for british skiing, As are the 3 Swiss resorts!

JBOB Nice
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No-one can question Zermatt though-probably the most distinctive mountain anywhere. (Going next week Madeye-Smiley !!)
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Megeve & Chamonix are big TO bases for british skiing

Don't agree about Megeve. Unless my quick check was mistaken Megeve, Madonna and Zermatt each appear only once in the combined resort lists of Crystal, Thomson and Inghams. and the Megeve offer is just two hotels, not mass stuff. There are plenty of resorts where all the big operators have masses of accommodation - and which don't appear on the list of the most scenic places because they're not. wink

Megeve doesn't have nearly enough "appray" for the average British package tourist. wink
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Another vote for Tamworth.
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pam w, exactly , and saved me typing. Megeve is not Morzine.
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pam w, Stanford, Sbutler skiing, Earnlowe, Snowtraxx skiing, all british operators with 3 chalets or more in Megeve if memory is correct and it has a BASS ski school. If it has a BASS ski school chances are its a big British destination.
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Lake Tahoe: sugar dusted trees and sapphire blue lake = unforgettable!
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Scotland takes some beating when things are just right.

In all honesty...where is more beautiful than the panoramic pictures from shoogly in this thread:

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=101916&start=40

...simply fantastic
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Fraulein Glockenspiel wrote:
Lake Tahoe: sugar dusted trees and sapphire blue lake = unforgettable!


^ +1

Yes at Heavenly on one side of the mountain you've got that view over South Lake Tahoe, and on the other the view over a much drier looking part towards Nevada, a nice contrast!
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Stranda, Norway looking down on to Geirangerfjord.

Narvik, Norway looking out to sea.

Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana, USA looking down to Flathead Lake and across to Glacier National Park.
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Telluride is pretty amazing scenery as well
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+1 for Telluride
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The Sella Ronda\Dolomites hard to go past. I have only been to Wengen\Grindelwald in Summer but it is spectacular. I will go there this winter to see if it looks all purty covered in white.

Smiggins 11th.
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Scotland takes some beating when things are just right.


Totally this. My three favourite skiing views that I can remember are Zermatt, Chamonix, Nevis.
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Mr Pieholeo wrote:
rungsp wrote:
Scotland takes some beating when things are just right.


Totally this. My three favourite skiing views that I can remember are Zermatt, Chamonix, Nevis.


Agree, parts of the Scottish West Coast are simply the most gorgeous places on the planet. Just a shame Fort Bill squats there too, a lot like a genital wort.
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And somewhat closer to home than the Alps or USA:
http://www.ldscsnowski.co.uk/mobile/gallery1.html
Surely ?
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Is anybody going to take this seriously. We have had Scotland (looked very naff to me TBH) and now The Lake District. We will have Swindon next.
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clarky999 wrote:
Norway and the Andean the resorts don't make it?!

LOL! What do you expect?

Nothing from outside the Europe/N. America because that's where they sell their copy! (even there, the N.A. picks are just a token mentioning. They obviously haven't been to Taos or Telluride!)

I've been to St. Moritz. The skiing is good, the scenery is not bad. I wouldn't rank it anywhere NEAR the best of any sort. But hey, that's where's the money goes.
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haven't skied there but heard New Zealand has some pretty stunning scenery
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haven't skied there but heard New Zealand has some pretty stunning scenery


I have. It is nice but not epic like the Alps.
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Comedy Goldsmith,
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It's surrounded by Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. You can't miss it.


Oh what a wag.....
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Argentina

Catedral,Bariloche.

New Zealand

Treble Cone
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It's surrounded by Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. You can't miss it.

- Croatia
+ Slovenia Wink

oh and
+ Liechtenstein too Wink
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Lake Tahoe, Glencoe, Sierra Nevada (Spain). 3 stunning places I've been to. The day I skied glencoe was simply amazing. There was about 20 of us that had the place to ourselves, with 2ft of Powder.
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