The 10 highest ski resorts in the world

Whether you are an avid skier or a novice one looking for a great place to begin your journey with the sport, knowing where the 10 highest ski resorts in the world are located is an excellent way to decide where you might want to schedule your next ski vacation.

Some of the best ski resorts in the world have the highest ski slopes. If you are looking for a new challenge in your skiing, you will want to know where the 10 highest ski resorts in the world are and plan your bucket list to check out each and every one of them.

#10 – The 10th highest ski resort in the world is the Aiguille du Midi located in Chamonix, France in the Northern French Alps. This beautiful ski resort boasts the biggest vertical lift in the entire world. With its highest lift at 3,842 meters (12,605 ft), Chamonix is home to the highest European Mount, Mont Blanc. With 49 ski lifts and 24 kilometres of slopes, there is something for every level of skier and snowboarder to enjoy.

Aiguille du Midi

#9The Loveland Ski Area in Colorado, United States is home to the 9th highest ski resort in the world. This amazing ski resort is located in the Rocky Mountains. It has a top lift height of 3,871 meters (12,700 ft). With 10 lifts available to the frequent, seasonal visitors, the Loveland ski area features the highest quad chair in the world. There are 93 kilometres of slopes available for every skiing level.

Loveland Ski Area Colorado

#8 – In Zermatt, Switzerland (Matterhorn) you will find the highest lift in Europe, and the 8th highest lift in the world. Located in the Alps, this beautiful ski resort, otherwise known as the Matterhorn, has a top lift height of 3,899 meters (12,792 ft). A favourite vacation spot for European vacationers, this amazing ski resort actually has entry into Switzerland through Zermatt, and entry into Italy through Breuil-Cervinia and Valtournenche. With 54 lifts serving 38 kilometres of slopes, there is everything to meet the needs of skiers and snowboarders alike.

Zermatt, Switzerland

#7 – The 7th highest ski resort in the world is located in Breckenridge, Colorado USA. With the world’s highest quad chair lift and a top lift height of 3,914 meters (12, 840 ft), Breckenridge is a favourite among skiers from all over the world. With 187 kilometres of slopes and 50 kilometres of ski routes, this ski resort has breath-taking views and 23 lifts to transport guests to the highest ski resort in Colorado.

Breckenridge, Colorado

#6Gulmarg, India is home to the 6th highest ski resort in the world. With a top lift height of 3,980 meters (13.054). This amazing resort is located in the Himalayas and is the first non-conventional ski resort, though the resort is growing quickly and plans to open more terrain aiming to become Asia’s first ski resort. With only 3 lifts to get guests up to the steep (30 kilometres of slopes), Gulmarg is known as being one of the snowiest ski resorts on earth.  

Gulmarg, India

#5The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, China has the highest lift in Asia as well as the highest gondola lift in the world, although there is no ski area at the top of the gondola lift. As number 5 on the list of 10 Highest Ski Resorts in the World, The Jade dragon has 2 lifts and only 1 kilometre of slopes for the skiers; however, the top lift height is a whopping 4,700 meters (15,430 ft).

The Jade Dragon

#4 – Venezuela is the home to #4 of the top 10 highest ski resorts in the world. The Merida in Venezuela has the highest cable car in the world, as well as the longest cable car distance in the world. Located in the Andes Mountains, this
ski resort has a top lift height of 4,767 meters (15,639), and 4 ski lifts with only 2km of skiable terrain due to the dangerous surroundings.

Merida in Venezuela

#3 – Since its opening in 1979 with a rope tow and ski lodge, this clandestine ski resort ranks #3 of the top 10 highest ski resorts in the world. However, whether it’s still in operation is unknown. Located in Maoke Mounts in Indonesia, this very restricted area is only accessed by special permits acquired once in the country making the Jaia/Maoke Mountains Ski Resort a remote ski resort at best. With one of its 3 lifts reaching a top lift height of 4,800 meters (15,748 ft), only special visitors have had the pleasure of this #3 pick ski resort.

Jaia/Maoke Mountains Ski Resort

#2Chacaltaya, Bolivia was the home to the highest ski resort in the world until around 2009 when glacial melting caused the highest peaks to dip below that of the #2 highest ski resort in the world, Dagu Glacier in China. However, by 2013 Chacaltaya, Bolivia was once again home to the highest ski resort in the world. As Bolivia’s only ski resort, it was founded in 1939 and broke all the records with the world’s highest ski resort, world’s highest piste (5,422 meters (17,785 ft), and even the world’s highest restaurant. Unfortunately glacial melting closed the resort, but skiers from all the over the world still visited this amazing ski resort that so many travelled across the world to visit to say they had “skied above the clouds". Today, the resort is only open during extremely cold and snowy winters. There is still controversy whether Chacaltaya is still the highest ski resort in the world or the 2nd due to melting, which is why it has been ranked #2 on this list.

Chacaltaya, Bolivia

#1 – China’s Himalayas are also home to the highest ski resort in the world – Dagu Glacier in China. Though there is disagreement whether Dagu is the highest ski resort in the world or the 2nd highest, it is most certainly one of the highest and open more often that Chacaltaya in Bolivia. Located in a tourist area of China, Sichuan is home to this ski resort in the clouds. With only one ski lift taking visitors to its top lift height of 4,843 meters (15,980 ft), this amazing ski resort provides oxygen masks for those who brave the amazing heights of this resort ranking #1 of the highest ski resorts in the world.

Dagu, China

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