Discover National Geographic’s 100 “Old Ski Destinations”

National Geographic’s new travel book, “100 Slopes of a Lifetime,” aims to please with photography, travel tips and reviews of some of the world’s best places to ski.

Looking for travel information and advice on where to find the best skiing and snowboarding on the planet? Look no further than “100 Trails of a Lifetime,” which is helpfully divided into sections on intermediate, advanced, and cross-country skiing, with resort and backcountry options.

National Geographic’s latest travel book is written by Gordy Megroz, former editor of Outside magazine. It also has a preface to the legendary Olympian Lindsey Vonngreat skiing photography from experts like Calvin Hall, Scott Markewitz, and more.

Excerpt from the book “100 tracks of a life”

Before diving into the content of the book, here is a brief excerpt from the introduction:

“There are also destinations in this book where you might never have known ski areas existed, such as Oukaïmeden, a resort in Morocco with just one chairlift. As I was writing about Oukaïmeden, I I was surprised to learn that despite being the hottest continent on earth, there are even a handful of ski areas in Africa.

In fact, even though I wrote extensively about snow sports for various magazines for nearly 20 years, while working on 100 Slopes of a Lifetime, I realized there was still a lot that I didn’t know about skiing and snowboarding. Did you know, for example, that one person, a Frenchman named Émile Allais, was responsible for creating many of the world’s most beloved trails? Or that there are weather and geographic factors that help support the claim printed on the Utah license plate: “The Greatest Snow on Earth”? Or that the first machine used specifically for grooming downhill ski trails was invented in Winter Park, Colorado?

I hope that by reading you will be as captivated by the history, culture and terrain of these slopes as I was when writing about them – and that this book will inspire you to go skiing yourself. on some of these tracks. Hope to see you there. – Gordy Megroz, “100 slopes of a life”, page 9.

“100 slopes of a lifetime”: 12 new ski slopes to explore

Mista Peak in the mountains of British Columbia; (photo/Geoff Holman)

For any snow enthusiast, it’s a lifelong dream to have the chance to explore 100 different mountains around the world on skis. If you’re trying to narrow down the options (or maximize your time on the slopes), here are the 12 best ski areas from Nat Geo’s “100 Runs” that I hope to one day discover.

From well-known off-piste favorites in the Swiss Alps to the lesser-known Olympic cross-country ski run in Austria, Nat Geo’s new ski destination page-turner has something for everyone.

1. Deer Valley Resort, Park City, Utah, USA

Skiable terrain: 2,026 acres; Unmissable race: Stein’s Way

2. Ski Gulmarg, Gulmarg, India

Skiable terrain: 3.2 acres; Unmissable Race: Hapat Khued Bowl

3. Skookum Glacier, Alaska, USA

Skiable terrain: 4 miles; Must-Try Trail: Glacier Crust Skiing (Cross-Country)

4. Rosa Khutor, Caucasus Mountains, Russia

Ski area: 100 km; Unmissable Race: Crazy Khutor

skiers walk in the backcountry on a steep peak in Rosa Khutor, Russia
Skiers trek to the precipice of one of Rosa Khutor’s many off-piste runs; (photo/Christian Pondella)

5. Matterhorn Ski Paradise, Zermatt, Switzerland

Skiable terrain: 224 miles; Unmissable race: Klein Matterhorn to Testa II

6. Highlands Bowl, Aspen Highlands, Colorado, USA

Skiable terrain: 1,040 acres; Race to try: G-8

7. Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Skiable terrain: 4,200 acres; Race to try: ER3

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8. Mount Hutt Ski Area, Canterbury, New Zealand

Skiable terrain: 902 acres; Must-try race: Muesli Bowl

9. Niseko Resort, Hokkaido, Japan

Skiable terrain: 129 acres; Unmissable Race: Strawberry Fields

10. Mauna Kea Volcano, Hawaii, USA

Ski terrain: unknown; Must-do race: Mauna Kea Volcano

11. Alta Badia, Dolomites, Italy

Skiable terrain: 80 miles; Unmissable race: Gran Risa

12. Ski Portillo, Los Andes, Chile, South America

Skiable terrain: 1,235 acres; Must-do race: Lake Run

A skier from the bird's-eye sculpture spins through undulating snow
A skier carves new runs in new powder at Åre ski area in Sweden; (photo/Mattias Fredriksson)

Book availability and details

For each ski area featured, the book contains notes and information on terrain size, terrain difficulty, annual snowfall, season of operation, where to stay, runs to try, and more. Plus, other pro tips, like how to find the best backcountry terrain in Jackson Hole, or what to eat while ski touring in the Dolomites.

This 400-page tome retails for $35 and is available now.

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