Ski bums and boarders follow the powder around the world to shred the slopes at the world's best ski resorts.
From ritzy Snowmass in Aspen, Colorado, to the steep terrain of Cerro Catedral in Argentina, here are 20 mountains that all skiers and boarders should visit in their lifetime.
Julie Zeveloff contributed to this story.With a vertical drop of 4,105 ft. and 116 trails for expert, intermediate, and beginners skiers, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has something for all skill levels. The Wyoming mountain was ranked the #1 overall resort by SKI Magazine in 2013.
Conquer the Andes Mountains at Valle Nevado, a ski resort just outside Santiago, Chile. After a day of skiing, don't forget to have a Pisco Sour on the outdoor deck.
Traverse over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain at Whistler Blackcomb in Canada's British Columbia region. The mountain has an epic 5,234 ft. vertical descent.
Hobnob with Europe's elite at Gstaad Mountain Rides in Switzerland.
Admire 360-degree views of the Adirondacks, Vermont, and Canada from the summit of Whiteface Mountain, the fifth-highest mountain in New York State and the host of the 1980 winter Olympics.
Get your adrenaline fill at the 5,410-ft. Coronet Peak in Otago, New Zealand, just outside of Queenstown.
Look out from the top of Mont Blanc or Monte Bianco ("White Mountain"), the highest peak in the Alps — and in Europe — which tops out at over 15,000 feet.
Get lost in a back bowl at Aspen Snowmass, in Colorado.
Explore over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain at Australia's Perisher, the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere.
Slice through the powder at Utah's Alta Ski Area, which gets an average annual snowfall of 560 inches.
Choose from one of six separate ski areas at Niseko, one of the premier ski resorts in Hokkaido, Japan.
Look down at the charming French Canadian village of Mont Tremblant from the top of the Mont Tremblant Ski Resort in Quebec, Canada, about 80 miles north of Montreal.
Nestle up with a chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) or cold bierre after a full day on the slopes at Chamonix, France. The mountain was the site of the first winter Olympics, in 1924.
Test your limits at Cerro Catedral in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, one of the most challenging ski areas in South America, with a vertical drop of 3,773 feet and plenty of steep terrain.
Ski or board over 3,800 acres at Big Sky Resort in Montana, and learn why the state is called "Big Sky Country."
Carve through the snow at Australia's Mt. Hotham, in Victoria, dubbed "The Powder Capital of Australia."
Breathe in the crisp mountain air and admire the gorgeous lake views at any of Lake Tahoe's seven major ski resorts, including Alpine Meadow Valley Resort, Squaw Valley Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, and Northstar California, in northern California.
Stand at the 8,923-foot summit of Africa's highest ski resort, Tiffendell in South Africa.
Ski or snowboard in the shadow of the Matterhorn at Zermatt, Switzerland's iconic ski town.
Hit the hills at Cortina d'Ampezzo of Northern Italy. The resort town is known for its ranges, scenery, and après-ski scene.
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