Ssshhh... surely we shouldn't really even be telling you about these resorts because by sheer definition, the reason that these resorts are so magical is because they have been kept secret, and have somehow managed to stay off the beaten track. That said, we at Iglu Ski, don't believe in keeping this invaluable information under wraps and concealed from our esteemed followers, so we have endeavoured to compile a selection of our favourite best kept secret resorts.
These resorts may not have the biggest marketing budgets to promote their own awareness throughout the skiing and snowboarding world, however they can still cut the mustard with the big boys. You could even say that they don't really need to advertise themselves - their incredible classified reputation just spreads like wildfire among skiing and riding enthusiasts.
Stunning mountain views in Rusutsu, Japan
World's Best Kept Secret Resorts
Perhaps one of the lesser known US resorts is the majestic Mammoth, confidently tucked in on the West Coast, where exceptional powder conditions on a challenging terrain come as totally standard. Add to this its superb quality accommodation, convenient lift systems and sophisticated cuisine and you have the recipe for a first class resort.
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Serre Chevalier, France
One of the hidden jewels in France's crown has to be the charming villages of Serre Chevalier. These resorts together comprise an exciting, extensive ski area, with breathtaking scenery and superb on and off mountain, good value for money, wholesome French fare.
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Skiing in a winter wonderland amongst tranquil surroundings is what you can look forward to in this idyllic Swedish resort. Enjoy the immaculately groomed pistes during the day in Are and then relax into the warm welcoming "After Ski" by night.
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Kicking Horse, Canada
Only more recently on the general tourist trail, Kicking Horse has to date enjoyed offering its more discerning clientele a whole host of snowbased activities set against an historic, quirky backdrop. If you are looking for "champagne powder", you need look no further.
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Skiing enthusiasts should rush to experience the phenomenon that is Serfaus before it is promoted into the Premiership. Its vast sunny plateau is suitable for every level of skier and the resort is packed full of all the usual Austrian trimmings of good quality accommodation and excellent hospitality.
Vastly underrated in the Val Gardena Valley lies the stunning resort of Selva, with its easy access on to the immense Sella Ronda ski area. Here lovers of the famous World Cup downhill races can enjoy the hyped atmosphere whilst enjoying superb Italian style and quality.
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Montgeneve is a pretty alpine resort located on the French-Italian border within the vast Milky Way ski area. With a small town and a large ski area you will find the slopes extremely quiet and in excellent condition making it an ideal getaway from the notorious ski resorts
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If you are looking for a powder filled ski holiday, then Japan is the ultimate destination. Even though Rusutsu is one of the popular ski resorts in Japan, the vast expanse of backcountry and tree runs means there is plenty for every skier and snowboarder on the mountain to enjoy.
A beautifully traditional French resort, Megeve is a perfect destination for a relaxed and picturesque retreat. It's 3 areas provide terrain for all abilities but in particular for intermediates as it has the most red runs. If you're looking for more of a challenge, then Chamonix ski area is just on your doorstep!
Linked with Saalbach, Leogang and Fieberbrunn, Hinterglemm is a great resort for intermediate skiers with an offering of 270km of slopes. It has a more chilled atmosphere than the lively Saalbach which is also more widely known, so Hinterglemm is perfect if you're looking for a relaxing break in a top ski area.