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The World’s Most Charming Ski Towns

Whether you like snow sports or not, a good, cozy ski town is a perfect winter escape. Dedicated “powderhounds” can tear up the slopes, mixing and mingling with like-minded enthusiasts, and nonskiers can stroll quaint downtowns with thriving local arts and culture scenes or curl up by a fire with a good book. And at the end of the day, the atmosphere gets festive as visitors rub elbows with locals in snug bars and intimate restaurants.

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    The World’s Most Charming Ski Towns

    The World’s Most Charming Ski Towns

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    North America Courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort You’ll have to wind through the Rockies by car or drop onto an airstrip perched on a cliff at the …

    North America

    TELLURIDE, Colorado

    TELLURIDE, Colorado

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    You’ll have to wind through the Rockies by car or drop onto an airstrip perched on a cliff at the country’s highest-elevation airport to get to Telluride, but that’s part of the allure of this tiny town...

    Europe

    KRÜN, Germany

    KRÜN, Germany

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    Each winter, skiers flock to Bavaria to enjoy its cloudless “bluebird” days. Many beeline for the popular (and crowded) Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski resort, which is conveniently an hour north of Innsbruck,...

    Asia

    ZAO ONSEN, Japan

    ZAO ONSEN, Japan

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    In Japan’s Yamagata Prefecture, Zao Onsen doesn’t have the glamour of Aspen or the international renown of Niseko. But what the traditional, delightful, and sulfurous onsen town lacks in polish, it more...

    Southern Hemisphere

    WANAKA, New Zealand

    WANAKA, New Zealand

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    With three ski areas within 45 minutes of this lakeside hamlet, Wanaka residents joke about “powder clauses” in their employment contracts allowing for flexible workdays during ski season. Whether you’re...

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