French ski destinations performed very well in our index, with five out of the top 10 locations being found in the French Alps. The European Alps in general seem to be a great destination with two Austrian towns and one Swiss ski village (St. Anton am Arlberg, Saalbach and Zermatt respectively) also landing in the top 10. The other two places at the top of the index went to Japan with the highest scoring location Hakuba, as well as the Canadian town of Banff.
What helped the European locations score so well was a combination of long total ski runs, high numbers of accommodation options, and ski pass prices that (apart from Grenoble) weren’t the cheapest, but were far from the most expensive in comparison to the other cities on the index.
“French ski destinations performed very well in our index, with five out of the top 10 locations being found in the French Alps.”
To calculate the index, we gathered data cross six different metrics for 50 different ski locations. We assigned each location a score for each different metric out of 10, with the best scoring location for that data point getting a score of 10, and the worst scoring location getting a score of 0. Once this was done for all data points, these scores were averaged for each country, providing a score out of 10. The higher the score, the better the location for ski trips. The data points were scored in the following ways:
Note: this information is accurate as of 08/10/2023 and is subject to change.