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2020's best winter sports destinations

07 January 2020 09:07

Why not hit the slopes in the new year?

Why not hit the slopes in the new year?

Snow-tubing, heli-skiing and snowmobiling are all on offer across 2020's best winter sports hotspots...

Alpe d'Huez, Grenoble, France

For 2020, European Best Destinations has named Alpe d'Huez "Best European Ski Resort" for the third year in a row, after more than 120,000 travellers voted in the poll. The venue is set to host the Tomorrowland music festival in March 2020, and the wider region boasts the longest black run in the Alps – 10 miles of the most demanding slopes with gradients of over 40% (22°). But don't fret if you're a beginner – gentler slopes are easily found among the 155 miles of piste.

Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

Niseko is a winter sport paradise where four resorts make up Niseko United: Niseko Village, Grand Hirafu, Hanazono and An'nupuri. Each offers varied terrain including natural half-pipes, steep chutes and tree-skiing opportunities. Visitors can speed down the sides of a volcano while overlooking the picture-perfect Mount Fuji and try their hand at a range of activities. Snowmobiling, heli-skiing and cat-skiing (a type of backcountry exploration using a specialised vehicle) are all possible in this part of Japan.

Skiwelt, Brixental, Austria

One of Austria's largest ski campuses features 90 cable cars and ski lifts across 173 miles of pistes. Resorts in this area range from the lively Ellmau and Söll, to the more relaxed Scheffau or Westendorf – all can be reached via a convenient mountain railway. State-of-the-art chair lifts have been introduced for 2020, with Skiwelt's highest viewing point benefitting from heated seats and weather protection bubbles.

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Whistler offers an unrivalled array of winter sports to throw yourself into. Ice climbing, snow tubing and winter ziplining are all catered for, alongside the classics like snowboarding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers and 200+ marked trails mean there's always something new to see, and all difficulty levels will find themselves at home here. An 'Ask Whistler' live chat service is on hand every day to answer your resort FAQs.

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Veneto, Italy

Affectionately known as The Queen of the Dolomites, Cortina d'Ampezzo will host the Ski World Cup Finals in March 2020. Look for the super G slalom and team events set against the backdrop of this truly incredible Italian ski resort. Visitors will find a wealth of opportunities to experience things like curling, ski mountaineering and sledding as well as the usual winter sports.

Planning a skiing escape? Don't forget to get covered!

Remember your travel insurance before you grab your goggles. At World First we provide winter sports travel insurance, so you can enjoy your time on and off the piste.