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The Most Unique Places To Ski In The World

Updated on April 17, 2013

Few sensations compare to the thrill of skimming across fluffy powder on a downhill slope. Skiing and snowboarding are truly sports that light a fire in the heart of adventure enthusiasts. While most ski resorts boast similar attributes, decadent lodges, quaint towns, epic groomers and unforgettable Apres ski parties, some spots give unique a whole new meaning with qualities that are eye popping. Slip into a warm pair of mittens for a frigid compilation of the world's most individual ski areas.

Ski Dubai

As part of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has put a gold star on the map for excess and extravagance. What else could a person expect in a country that's home to the world's only seven star hotel. Dubai houses one of the largest indoor slopes on the planet. Go from desert heat to frigid temps in minutes inside the Dubai Emirates Mall.

A lift ticket includes equipment, and even winter wear, to be enjoyed on the 5 runs of over 6,000 tons of real snow.

Ski Dubai Video

Telluride, Colorado

Telluride's infamous history is only rivaled by some one of the most breathtaking backdrops in the United States. The village sees little impact from the outside world do to it's elevation and location in the heart of the ultra steep San Juan Mountains. With not so much as a single chain store or restaurant, activities off the slopes are truly one of a kind.

Additionally, the area boasts a unique transportation system to get from the city of Telluride into the neighboring Mountain Village, a gondola.

Telluride Winter 2009/2010 Ski Teaser

Pucon, Chili

Skiing top mountain ranges like the Alps and the Andes is on nearly every enthusiast's to do list. Pucon offers a world class landscape right in the Andes that oozes fun in more ways than one. With Chili's winter running from April to October, Northern hemisphere powder junkies can get their fix year round.

On top of that, the runs are adjacent to the Villarica Volcano, the most active in Chili. The area's eruptive past has left a playground of natural half pipes and tree free runs to tempt frolicsome skiers.

Kitzbuhel, Austria

Kitzbuhel's storybook setting contains remnants of the way the town was some 700 years ago. On top of being a scene right out of a medieval fable, it's home to the daunting Hahnenkamm downhill race, perhaps the most fearsome and challenging on the downhill circuit.

Kitzbuhel Ski

It seems every one of the Earth's corners boasts mountainous terrain that some die hard will deem ski worthy, from Hawaii to Afghanistan. Whether or not these regions are too challenging or bizarre to undertake all lies in the eye of the beholder.


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      Abecedarian 4 years ago from These United States, Texas

      Love the photos. Wish I could ski....what can I say, my family ski's, I drink hot cocoa, wine and a cigar by the fire and read a book.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Great hub. The photos are awesome. Thanks for sharing.