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World's 50 Best Ski Resorts

The world has endless challenging runs - from skiing down the steep slopes in Japan to exploring the extreme terrains in California and Colorado. The ski resorts on this list are sure to make you want to stay the whole winter.
02/16/2016 04:39pm ET | Updated February 16, 2017
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Planning a ski vacation is not an easy task. There are too many variables - snow quality, customer service, terrain, steeps, skill level, and crowds. Fortunately, some mountains have it all and won't fail you even if it hasn't snowed for weeks.

World's 50 Best Ski Resorts

Whether its adrenaline, relaxation or inspiration you're looking for, skiing will deliver it to you. Narrow slopes, huge vertical drops, majestic scenery and comfortable lodging - ski resorts all over the world focus on all of these "requirements" to cater to visitors. Some are so good; they extend their ski season until June. You can practically ski in shorts.

Winter vacations are the only time to break the daily routines for ski fans. They are an annual journey. Some people travel to the same destinations because they know the conditions. Others enjoy exploring new destinations and discovering new thrills.

The world has endless challenging runs - from skiing down the steep slopes in Japan to exploring the extreme terrains in California and Colorado. The ski resorts on this list are sure to make you want to stay the whole winter.

- Hristina Byrnes, The Active Times