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November 30, 2011 10:08 ET

From Bunny Hill to Black Diamond, Revs Up for Ski Season

Discover Our Top 10 Ski Resorts Around the World for Beginners to Experts

TORONTO--(Marketwire - Nov 30, 2011) - The travel and ski experts at, the online leader in publishing travel deals, are revving up for some downhill action this season. Whether you prefer the calm and ease of the bunny slopes or the adrenaline rush of black diamond runs,'s list of Top 10 Ski Resorts Around the World offers something to match your skill level. From Killington's approachable slopes to Red Mountain's death-defying vertical terrain, the top snow-covered choices to make the list are categorized by experience level: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Whether you're a nervous novice or a mogul master, below are four North American resorts in the beginner, intermediate and advanced categories plus the best all-rounder resort to make's list of Top 10 Ski Resorts Around The World.

Best for beginners

  • Killington, Vermont, USA - When the Green Mountains turn white, it's time to revel in Killington's large, excellent, nursery slopes. Killington has that breezy "you can do it" vibe that's crucial for fledgling skiers. Of Killington's 140 trails, there's a fairly even spread of levels. Trails deemed easy account for 34 per cent with intermediate and advanced accounting for the remaining two thirds, giving you something to aim toward on successive trips. Search and compare cheap flights to Boston.

Best for intermediates

  • Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Alberta, Canada - Banff National Park turns into a Winter Wonderland this time of year when skiers come in search of champagne powder. The resort sits between the lofty peaks of Mount Richardson, Ptarmigan Peak, Pika Peak and Redoubt Mountain. Oh, and did we mention that Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the Birthplace of Skiing in Canada? It is. It's also considered to be the world's most scenic ski area. Plaudits aside, Lake Louise's unique design means that skiers of all abilities share the resort. For an inter-generational family or group trip, that mix is hard to beat. Search and compare cheap flights to Calgary.

Best for advanced

  • Red Mountain, British Columbia, Canada - Deep in the Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia lies Red Mountain, a resort with backwoods charm that is praised by Ski Canada Magazine and Frommer's as among the best resorts in North America. It has beginner slopes but this is a resort for the grown-ups. Ski Canada Magazine rated it best for "Steeps", "Powder" and "Trees". There are nearly 90 runs stretched across two mountains; 1,700 skiable acres and 880 metres of vertical terrain. Red will keep you occupied for days. Search and compare cheap flights to Spokane.
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA - In the Grand Tetons the adrenaline junkie will find their piece of heaven. Two mountains -- Rendezvous and Apres Vous -- serve up the big, big skiing. Most of the advanced trails line the slopes of Rendezvous Mountain while Apres Vous Mountain hosts the beginners and intermediates. The iconic slope is Corbet's Couloir, a high entry on the "things to do before you die" list. Intrepid skiers enjoy free falling onto a 55-degree slope. Should you not turn hard right immediately, you'll face plant onto rock. Turn hard right immediately and, after two fast turns, you'll exit down a 45-degree slope. And then plan your next go.... Search and compare cheap flights to Jackson Hole.

The all-rounder

  • Val d'Isere, France - Without a doubt, the best skiing -- for all levels -- is to be found at Val d'Isere. This French resort is high, high up in the Espace Killy, a snowy locale that includes Tignes too. Its features are impeccable: 300km of piste, 10,000 hectares of off-piste, two glaciers, a vertical drop of almost 2,000m and 100 lifts that means there is rarely any lines or congestion. Due to its topography, Val d'Isere is snow-sure, getting early snow and occasionally continuing well into May. Search and compare cheap flights to France.

Rounding out the list are Obergurgl, Austria (for beginners); La Plagne/Les Arcs, France, and Saalbach, Austria (for intermediates); and La Grave, France (for advanced). To read about these and the complete list of's Top 10 Ski Resorts Around the World visit

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