WINTER is synonymous with snow and skiing is a sport, recreation and a common mode of transportation on the snow. By using a pair of long flat boards attached or fastened to shoes or boots, skiing can be a fun activity.

Quickly outgrowing its beginnings as a sport for intrepid mountaineers, skiing is now a mainstream winter activity for the whole family. And ski resorts have kept up with the demand, adding hotels, restaurants, après-ski entertainment, and all manner of indoor and outdoor recreation. But for skiers, it’s the snow that counts, and the terrain of the mountainsides it falls on.

If you want to enjoy winter in a challenging way, traveling to places that provide skiing can be an attractive option. Here are the most challenging ski spots in the world:

Obergurgl-hochgurgl, Austria
Known as the Diamond of the Alps it is surrounded by a 3,000-meter peak covered in snow. The dramatic scenery, complemented by upscale hotels and restaurants right on the slopes, is ready to pamper the winter vacation time for ski lovers.

Zermatt, Switzerland
Here visitors will find mountain tours with very rich scenery and comfortable restaurants in addition to skiing here. Many visitors come because this place is a popular destination in Switzerland that must be visited during winter holidays.

Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy
The most dramatic ski spots resemble a beautiful paradise. Madonna Di Campiglio is located in the village of Val Rendena, northeastern Italy. Enjoy a height of up to 1,522 meters above sea level that will make your dreams come true like in the movies.

Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
Skiing there will be an amazing experience at this Whistler Blackcomb. The place is flanked by two high mountains covered in snow, the fresh air and sparkling snow will attract interest there.

Telluride, United States
Winter vacation will be even more fun once you get to Telluride. An amazing place with heavy snow and refreshing air skiing in this state of Colorado.

St. Anton, Austria
St. Anton is the most popular ski area in Austria. Winter will be more complete if you ski here. In addition, there are five-star resorts that will make your holiday experience amazing.

Gstaad, Switzerland
The ski area is luxurious because it is frequented by celebrities and royalty. Have an amazing experience in the Swiss Alps as it is a popular destination complemented by fairytale-like villages.

Courchevel, France
This ski area is located in the French Alps. A ski destination that is also enjoyed the most because of its elegant place and suitable for tourists even just to walk. [sources/photo special]