The 10 largest ski resorts in the world

Curious to know what the 10 biggest ski resorts in the world are? Size certainly doesn’t always matter, but when it comes to ski resorts the general consensus is that the bigger it is - the better it is.

Many boarders and skiers are persuaded by the sheer size of a ski area, or the kilometres of a piste. If you’re inquisitive to finding out where these gigantic skiing areas are, let’s take a look at the 10 largest ski resorts in the world.

Three Valleys (Les 3 Vallées) Ski Resort, France

The Three Valleys is not going to be the last French ski resort you see on this list. Infact, most of the world’s biggest ski resorts are actually based in France, where skiing and boarding play an important role to the economy.

This magnificent resort offers 600 kms of ski-in, ski-out interconnected ski runs, and 62,000 metres of combined vertical drop. WOWZAS!

The Three Valleys is actually home to 8 resorts, including Val Thorens and the incredibly beautiful Les Menuires.

Largest ski resorts in the world - Three Valleys (Les 3 Vallées) Ski Resort, France

Xiling Snow Mountain, China

Snow Mountain is South China’s largest ski resort which covers an area of 482 square kms. It has a staggering height of 5,364 metres, while its highest peak (aptly named Big Snow Mountain) is coated in snow the whole year round.

The resort is home to a modern snow-making system which is the best of its kind in the world. Grass-skiing is available in the summer, as is grass-bob and grass cross-country. This resort is appealing for everyone all year round!

Yellowstone Club, USA

France and Europe in general is home to some of the world’s biggest ski resorts, but the USA still has something to say on the subject. Yellowstone Club is one of their largest offerings. More than 2,200 skiable acres, and a piste length of 254km, Yellowstone is definitely a place to be seen.

Not only does Yellowstone provide over 2,000 acres of world class, powder drenched trails in the winter time, it also offers an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed mountain golf course for the summer. Something for everyone!

Largest ski resorts in the world - Yellowstone Club, USA

Espace Killy, France

Espace Killy in the French Alps boasts runs of up to 300km. Not only is it one of the largest ski resorts on the planet, but it’s also one of the most popular. Many skiers and boarders claiming that it’s the outright best!

With the neighbours being Paradiski (Les Arcs, La Plagne) and Les Trois Vallées (Val Thorens, Meribel, Courchevel), you can have your pick of where to ski with a weekly lift ticket in Espace Killy.

Once upon a time there were ideas to link all systems and resorts. This would produce the largest ski area in the world by far. However, that visualisation was over with the formation of the Vanoise National Park.

Four Valleys (4 Vallees), Switzerland

The Four Valleys is something of a strange one because its measurements are apparently difficult to gauge. With a summit of approximately 3330m at the top of Mount-Fort, the 4 Valleys lowest skiing point is 1250m.

Still, this is one vast area covered by an infinite amount of powder and it deserves to be recognised as one of the top 10 largest ski resorts in the world.

Largest ski resorts in the world - Four Valleys (4 Vallees), Switzerland

The SellaRonda, Italy

Known as a stealth ski region, the SellaRonda has 4 main starting points - Val Gardena, Corvara, Arabba and Canazei. Linked together by several lift stations, the total distance is approximately 40 kms. This making the SellaRonda easily one of the world’s biggest ski resorts.

You’ll find it near the Dolomite Mountains. Just don’t get too distracted by the otherworldly views!!

Perisher, Australia

Perisher Ski Resort, located in New South Wales has made the list as being in the top 10 largest ski resorts on Earth.

Perisher is a merger of 4 villages - Perisher Valley, Guthega, Blue Cow, and Smiggin Holes which covers roughly 12 sq kms. This makes it the largest resort in the Southern Hemisphere. These four ski areas provide different levels of terrain. This allows the beginners and pro’s alike to choose the territory that is right for their skill set.

The Australian ski season runs between June and October. 

Largest ski resorts in the world - Perisher, Australia

Saalbach, Austria

Austria is another European nation that is home to some sizeable ski resorts, with Saalbach being just one of them. It’s known to be the coolest ski area in the Alps.

Skiing in Austria is taken very seriously, and with an estimated 270km of runs, Saalbach is one of their most popular resorts. It also offers freeriding parks, several snow parks, floodlight slopes and toboggan runs. It is by far one of the most diverse ski areas in the Alps.

Park City, USA

Another U.S. offering, Park City Mountain Resort claims 7,300 acres of skiable terrain. Situated in Utah, it boasts a brand new $50,000,000 state-of-the-art lift and is hands down the biggest ski resort in America.

Largest ski resorts in the world - Park City, USA

The Milky Way, France & Italy

France and Italy team up for this ski resort, which has 400km of runs. The ski resort achieved minor worldwide fame in 2006 when it held a few events at the Torino Winter Games.

Before that, it was most widely known as being one of the areas of the Alps that Hannibal crossed with his elephants almost 2,000 years ago. Nowadays, it thrives as a huge attraction for skiers and boarders alike.

Largest ski resorts in the world - The Milky Way, France & Italy

Excited by our list of the 10 largest ski resorts in the world? Why not start a bucket list and visit them one by one and have your mind blown!

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