Top Ski Destinations 2014
By: Forrest Shearer, Professional Snowboarder, Patagonia Ambassador
As a professional snowboarder, I’ve had the privilege to travel the world in search of the best slopes. Here is my list of some of the coolest ski destinations around.
1. Nevados de Chillan, Chile
When summer gets too hot in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to take a 180 degree turn south to Chile. Nevados has great chairlifts, cat skiing, and the longest ski run in South America, Las Tres Marias. If you’ve never been skiing in the summertime, I highly recommend going to Chile!
2. Hakuba, Japan
Located in the Japanese Alps about 5 hours from Tokyo, Hakuba is not to be missed. Jump on the bullet train and you’re there in a flash. Tons of fluffy snow clouds come in from the Sea of Japan and fill the skies in Hakuba, delivering copious amounts of fresh snow.
3. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
From powder to the people, Jackson Hole’s Teton Village has it all. There is plenty of great lodging close to the Aerial tram and cool shops like Jackson Treehouse. The Teton range is spectacular and on clear days you can take in the views from the top of the tram on Rendezvous Mountain.
4. Snowbird, Utah
With quick Delta flights into Salt Lake City you can find yourself on the slopes by mid morning at any of the numerous ski resorts in and around the Wasatch Mountains.
Book now to experience these destinations yourself! For more on Ski Chile, read this month’s 1 City 5 Ways in Sky magazine.
Forrest Shearer lives in Salt Lake City, UT and is a patagonia Ambassador. When he’s not snowboarding, Forrest works with Protect Our Winters to educate kids about climate change through the Hot Climate/ Cool Athletes program to make certain winter will be around for future generations to come.
Photo: Forrest Shearer in Nevados de Chillan. Photo By: Andrew Miller