It’s nearly winter in the northern hemisphere, and that means that it’s time for skiing. Now is the time to start working some skiing exercises into your workouts so that you’ll be ready when it’s time to hit the slopes. To get you motivated, here are some of the top ski destinations in the world.

Top 5 locations for skiing holidays:

1. Whistler, Canada

Whistler is a perennial favourite destination for skiing holidays and should be near the top of anyone’s skiing bucket list. The towering peaks offer spectacular views of the Canadian countryside making it easy to see why Whistler is the number one ski area in North America. With over 8,000 acres of slopes, Whistler offers something for skiers of all skill levels and has an extended ski season. The apres-ski experience is unmatched, with five-star restaurants and plenty of nightlife to keep you going until the next day on the slopes.

2. Vail, Colorado, USA

Vail is one of the largest ski areas in the world, boasting over 5,000 acres of slopes for you to choose from. For over 50 years, Vail has been continuously improving and upgrading itself to become a truly world-class ski resort and a winter skiing holidays haven for the rich and famous. Off the slopes, Vail is filled with a wide range of dining options to suit your taste and preferences, ranging from cozy chalets to celebrity chef fine dining restaurants. In addition to the front side of the mountain, where most skiers tend to stay, the back side opens up a whole new world of open skiing opportunities for more advanced skiers.

3. St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz is a frequent host of skiing races and world championships, so this is your chance to ski like one of the pros. The chairlifts will take you to over 3 kilometres above sea level, so you’ll want to make sure to do plenty of skiing exercises before you head up to ensure that you are prepared for the lower oxygen levels at this high altitude. The area features 15 resorts, so you’ll have no shortage of options in choosing where to stay on your skiing holidays, nor will you lack for new trails to try each day. The ski runs at the top are better suited to advanced skiers, while novices can have some fun at lower levels.

4. Tenjindaira, Japan

The Tanigawadake Tenjindaira Ski Resort, known to locals as simply Tenjin, is a bit off the beaten path for most tourists, and that is what has enabled it to stay one of the best ski areas in the country. Tenjindaira translates to “powder paradise”, and that is exactly what you will find at this luxurious resort for skiing holidays. The formal ski area is relatively small, but most travelers to Tenjindaira come for the excellent backcountry options. Backcountry skiing is definitely not suitable for beginners, so be sure to get in plenty of skiing exercises and lots of practice on challenging terrain before you think about tackling this one.

5. St. Anton, Austria

St. Anton am Arlberg in Austria puts you right up into the heights of the Alps. Aside from the stunning views, the area boasts a number of ski resorts, all equipped with the height of modern luxury. Early risers will love the chance to carve the first tracks into the fresh powder snow, and the snow quality stays high throughout the day. With over 300 kilometres of ski runs, there is something for every ability level. At the end of the day, dine of some of the finest food the region has to offer. This area is great for a romantic getaway or for family skiing holidays.