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Best Ski Resort Towns

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While some travelers opt for the beach for their getaways, others know that nothing beats a great ski vacation. The fresh air is invigorating, the amenities are second to none, and the thrill of schussing downhill past beautiful scenery is something to be treasured. If you're wondering where to book your next ski vacation, try one of these top-rated resort towns.

Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France

While some would describe Chamonix as rugged, the runs vary for skiers of different skill levels, and individual resorts offer a wide range of pleasures for vacationers. Eat breakfast overlooking tree-lined pistes that look out over into Switzerland, or treat yourself to a decadent experience at one of Chamonix's four-star hotels.

Vail, Colorado

Who needs Europe when you've got a Tyrolean-style village right here in the U.S.? Offering more than just skiing, Vail is a popular hotspot for boutiques, bistros and occasional celebrity sightings. Billed as "America's Favorite Resort", Vail offers ski vacations featuring 5,300 acres of skiable area and breathtaking views of the Rockies.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Nestled at the foot of the famous Matterhorn, Zermatt is a well-known resort that offers a truly unique backdrop for breaking out your skis. Most of the vehicles in the area are electric, making for some very clean air, and Zermatt is billed as one of the best ski resorts in the world because the resort itself is automobile-free. You can ski without the worry of pollution, traffic and other everyday annoyances that can take your mind off your trip elsewhere.

Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

One of the top ski resorts in North America is Whistler Blackcomb. Known for having the largest vertical drop on the continent, the area also offers a delightful village with a number of wonderful hotels and ski resorts. This gem is located in the Rocky Mountains and was home to the 2010 Winter Olympics. For those who are serious about a great ski trip experience, Whistler Blackcomb is a must-visit ski destination.

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Nov 15, 2012