These Are the 50 Most Popular Ski Resorts in the World, According to Instagram

Skiing is one of the most popular and traditional holidays in the world, and indeed a large portion of the transfer customers we serve are heading off for a little slice of winter paradise.

Ski resorts exist all over the world – while some of the most commonly thought of ski destinations are typically in France, Switzerland, and North America, there are in fact ski resorts to enjoy everywhere from South Africa, to Uruguay and even Australia.

Of course, skiing is not just a snowsport enthusiast’s dream, as Instagram has become an increasingly integrated part of our travel experiences, ski resorts have also presented the perfect setting for Instagram travel snappers. The hashtag #ski racked up 13.5 million posts on Instagram.

With this in mind, we decided to crunch the numbers and find out the most Instagrammed ski resorts that are clearly a cut above the rest.

We compiled a list of the world’s top ski resorts and measured the number of times they have been hashtagged on the photo sharing site to determine the most Instagrammed ski resorts in the world. Check them out below.

1. Whistler, Canada

Number of Hashtags: 2,525,621

Taking top spot above all the other resorts in our list is Whistler in Canada, with almost double the number of hashtags of any other ski resort on Instagram. The resort is a mecca for skiers and played host to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. The hub of Whistler is a compact, chalet-style pedestrian village at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Their fun Instagram posts consist of people showing off their skills and posing in front of beautiful landscapes.

2. Chamonix, France

Number of Hashtags: 1,347,311

In second place is Chamonix in France, often regarded by many as the best freeride resort in the entire world. It’s clear why Chamonix has come in second place with over a million hashtags to its name. Their images boast high rocky crags, picture-perfect towns and long, meandering slopes. Ever since the Winter Olympics of 1924 were held here, Chamonix has been popular. The resort has six different ski areas that cater to all levels from absolute beginners to experts looking for a thrill.

Chamonix’s popularity is helped by the fact that it is very accessible with the journey from Geneva to Chamonix taking just over an hour by road. It is also served by the new Leman Express train from Geneva.

3. Vail Mountain, USA

Number of Hashtags: 1,125,702

Vail Mountain is the first ski resort on our list from America, located near the town of Vail in Eagle County, Colorado. The resort is known for being the most luxurious in the US, with a large number of upmarket hotels and high-class restaurants serving everything you could ever want. Since its conception in the 1960s, Vail has grown to 33 lifts and 193 marked trails. The hashtags associated with the ski resort are more than pics of slopes and mountains, they show off a luxury lifestyle with people relaxing in hot tubs, lavish hotels and delicious food.

4. Lake Louise, Canada

Number of Hashtags: 913,316

Lake Louise ski resort is the second Canadian resort on our list, cementing the country as one of the best places to go to find the most beautiful ski resorts. The resort is located in Banff National Park whose Rocky Mountain peaks and turquoise glacial lakes make it the picture-perfect area to go skiing. Their Instagram features a healthy mix of sweeping landscape images and people skiing through pristine powder.

5. Zermatt, Switzerland

Number of Hashtags: 885,190

The most notable image of Zermatt is the Matterhorn Mountain looming over the popular ski resort. Their Instagram offers up beautiful photographs of the landscape with the Matterhorn front and centre. At 855,190 images, Zermatt is certainly one of the most Instagrammable ski resorts in the world. The ski resort is based in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton and people come from all over the world to ski, climb and hike throughout the year.

Getting to Zermatt is an adventure in itself. The village has been free of cars since the 1970’s so the last leg of your journey is made with a combination of train and electric taxi.

6. Breckenridge Ski Resort, USA

Number of Hashtags: 844,988

Breckenridge ski resort is based in an authentic mining town and offers world-class skiing and riding. The resort is home to North America’s highest lift named The Imperial Express which rises to 12,840 feet (3914 metres) above sea level. The village of Breckenridge is one of the highlights with a lively town centre that gets even busier in the evenings. On weekends, the streets are packed with people looking to shop or visit one of the 100-plus restaurants. Their Instagram boasts skiers performing difficult tricks and hot dogging down the steep slopes.

7. Livigno, Italy

Number of Hashtags: 534,462

Livigno is a ski resort in the Italian Alps close to the Swiss border and is known for its snow parks and great snow record. Nicknamed by some as ‘Little Tibet’ the resort is set in a high, wide and remote valley which means transfers to Livigno from the nearest airports can take several hours. The area enjoys duty-free status which makes it a great place for people to shop, especially for alcohol and tobacco which makes it a magnet for those looking for a bargain. Instagram posts from here tell tales of icy landscapes, mountains covered in snow and perfectly groomed slopes.

8. Niseko, Japan

Number of Hashtags: 525,646

Niseko Ski Resort is based in the chilly North of Japan on Hokkaido island and is considered to be the country’s top ski resort. It’s renowned for its consistency and quality of snow throughout the year and sees 15m+ of snow each season. When searching the ski resort on Instagram you’re met with images of steep mountain slopes, forested pistes and groups of friends having a great time.

9. Keystone Resort, USA

Number of Hashtags: 521,088

With just over 500,000 Instagram posts, Keystone Resort in the US comes in 9th place in our list. This resort is located in Colorado and consists of three mountains, Dercum Mountain, North Peak and the Outback as well as five Bowls which means it offers exciting skiing options at all levels. Keystone describes itself as a laidback mountain playground and welcomes kids of all ages making it the ideal resort for families.

10. Courchevel, France

Number of Hashtags: 480,396

Rounding off the top ten with almost 500,000 Instagram posts is Courchevel in the French Alps. The Courchevel valley forms part of the world’s largest lift-linked ski area – The Trois Vallées consists of 166 lifts and an enormous 600km of pistes. Their Instagram account is very active and gives an insight in to life on and off the slopes. Courchevel 1850 at the top of the valley caters to Europe’s mega rich so images of ultra luxury hotels and restaurants abound. The well-rounded ski resort is great for any skill level and the area provides more than just skiing with shops, hotels and restaurants galore.

The full list of the Most Instagrammed Ski Resorts is as below:

Methodology:

We compiled a list of over 100 of the top ski resorts around the world.

We then analysed each of these resorts, using the top three most popular hashtags related to each ski resort and added them together to find the total number of posts per each ski resort.

We then ranked the resorts based on the number of posts and selected the top 50 highest ranking resorts with the most posts.

The results were measured from February of 2020. 

13 Bucket List Adventures For 2020

Have you got a bucket list? You probably have, even if you haven’t taken the time to write it down on paper. Everyone has at least a few things they want to do or places they want to see during their lifetime. These lists can vary in size and content, some want the simple pleasures like eating a real Italian Pizza in Milan, while others want the ultimate adrenaline rush of skydiving or swimming with great white sharks in Australia. Whatever you dream of, your bucket list will change over time as you discover new adventures and tick off those you’ve finally achieved. 

Why are we talking about bucket lists? Because with the new year comes new dreams. There’s no better time to start adding more exciting adventures to your bucket list than the start of the year. In fact, 2020 will be the start of a whole new decade, the perfect time to set yourself some exciting new goals, and book in a few adventures for the year ahead. So here it is, to inspire the traveller in you we’ve pulled together 13 of the world’s most bucket-list-worthy adventures for you to strive for in 2020. 

Go for a hike: 

If you love walking, hiking and generally spending your time exploring the great outdoors there are several world-famous hikes that you absolutely need to add to your bucket list in 2020. 

1. Sit on top of the world after hiking Mount Kilimanjaro

Image by Greg Montani from Pixabay

Are you looking for a truly incredible adventure? If you’re feeling brave (and physically fit) enough then book yourself on to a trusted tour and hike up to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Once you get there just take a minute to sit and take it all in – you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. 

2. Hike to the Upper Yosemite Falls

Hike your way to the top of North America’s tallest waterfall on the Yosemite Falls Trail. You’ll get close up views of the waterfall, as well as enjoying panoramic views of the Sierra Mountains in the distance.

3. Trek the Great Wall of China

This landmark is hugely popular with selfie-taking tourists, but what you might not know is that different sections of the wall offer different experiences. You can take on challenging hikes or find quiet spots to take photos. There are even tour operators that allow you to camp in the watchtowers overnight. 

Take a swim:

Where there’s water, there’s always fun to be had. If you love the sea, marine life or going for a dip in crystal clear pools, there are plenty of captivating, water-based adventures to be had. 

4. Swim in Yucatán cenotes

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is home to a number of beautiful cenotes. These are essentially natural sinkholes full of deep blue water, you can enjoy a swim or even go diving in the attached underground cave systems. 

5. Explore the hidden blue grotto of Capri

Capri is well-known for its magical blue grotto and for good reason. The enchanting blue water of the hidden cave will leave you feeling like you’ve just emerged from a fairytale. 

6. Swim with turtles in Ningaloo, Western Australia

Who hasn’t dreamed about swimming with sea turtles? And you can come face-to-face with some of the world’s most endangered species of turtle, as well as over 500 other species of marine life in the Ningaloo reef. 

Soar through the air: 

These adventures aren’t for the faint-hearted, but if you’re an adrenaline junkie or you love taking to the skies, here are some of the world’s most magical experiences – and wouldn’t it be great to say you’d done them. 

7. Cliff jump off of the South Point Cliffs in Hawaii

When the conditions are right, South Point Cliffs, Hawaii is every thrill seekers dream. You’ll leap 40 foot in the air over the cliff edge and into the sparkling blue sea below. Ladders connected to old boat hoists mean you can easily get in and out of the water and repeat the jump as many times as you like. 

8. Zipline over Niagara Falls

The MistRider zipline takes you from the top of the Niagara Gorge and can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. The line is 2,200 foot in length and there are four parallel runs so you can enjoy the experience alongside your friends. 

9. Bungee jump off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand

Do you fancy falling 140 foot, upside down over a bridge? You got it! Kawarau Bridge Bungy opened back in 1988 and has been a hugely popular destination for adrenaline junkies ever since. 

10. Hot air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey

Image by Alfred Lichtenauer from Pixabay

You’ve probably seen the icon photos of hot air balloons floating over the ‘fairy chimneys’ (tall, cone-shaped rock formations), in Turkey – so why not get in on the action! You’ll be blown away by the stunning 360-degree views over central turkey as you float through the air. 

Sleep under the stars:

Finally, if you’re looking for an adventure that culminates in a night under the stars, consider adding these trips to your bucket list.  

11. Sleep under the stars in NamibRand

NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia is a very rare gold-certified dark sky reserve and you’ll never experience a night sky quite like it. You can join a walking group and camp out under the stars, or if you want something bit more luxurious why not stay at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge and watch the sky from the observatory. 

12. Camp out in the Sahara Desert

After a long day trekking the desert by camel, you can spend a night or two camping in the tranquillity of the Sahara Desert. Get up early to watch the sunrise as it casts mesmerising shadows over the sand dunes. 

13. Relax under Northern lights in Finland

Good news for those who don’t really want to ‘rough it’, there are several options for luxury accommodation in Finland, from glass igloos and lodges, to canvas domes and bubble sledges, so you can spend a cosy night gazing up at the Northern Lights

Off on an adventure this year? Make sure to always pre-book your transport to and from the airport using FindTransfers.com

Best Spots in the French Alps this Summer

This is a guest post by Alpine Infusion.

Mountains aren’t only for winter!

After the snow has melted and the skiers have gone home for the year, you may assume the French Alps have little to offer. But, you’d be wrong.

There are a number of hidden gems nestled within in Europe’s best loved mountain range. The key is knowing where to look.

If you’re unsure where to start, we’ve got a handy travel guide for you. Here are the best spots in the French Alps this summer.

The Vanoise National Park

Did you know there’s a national park nestled within the French Alps? If not, you do now!

The Vanoise National Park is rich with cultural history and home to stunning, rare wildlife. So much so, it’s been described as a ‘genuine green diamond’. It’s just waiting to be discovered by those who venture to the mountains in the summertime.

The park aims to protect and conserve biodiversity, including eagles, fauna and ibexes. A number of rare plants, such as certain wildflowers, also live within.

Admired by children, hikers and nature enthusiasts alike, the park has something to appeal to everyone. You can even go fishing in the Ouillette lake, surrounding by some simply stunning scenery.

Whether for a long walk or a picnic, this makes for the perfect summer’s day out!

This park is easily accessed when staying in some of your favourite resorts. Staying in a catered chalet in Meribel will not only make your holiday one of luxury, but give you easy access to the park and its delights.

‘Little Venice’

Thanks to its stunning scenery, pavement cafes and relaxed atmosphere, the French town of Annecy has been lovingly nicknamed ‘Little Venice’.

This part of the Haute-Savoie region of the Alps comes to life in the warmer months.

You’ll be spoilt for choice on what to do first! It could be relaxing by the beach, attending a festival or dining out in one of the many restaurants.

If you love your sport – you’re also in luck. Annecy is the European capital of outdoor activities! From sailing to hiking, you’ll see the mountains in a completely new light; transformed in the summer.

Of course, we had to mention the Lake. Lake Annecy is one of the most breath-taking natural settings that you can only appreciate in its full glory as the weather gets warmer. Whether it’s sailing on it or sunbathing around it – there’s something for the whole family to do.

Écrins National Park

Écrins National Park is home to spectacular meadows and wildlife, making it the perfect place to explore. It’s popular in the summer time, yet never feels overcrowded.

You can take part in a hike, explore a glacier or photograph some of the wildlife. Many foxes, squirrels and marmots can be found inside. There’s enough to keep you entertained for hours!

You can easily reach the park from your Courchevel 1850 chalet by car.

Lake Geneva

Looking to make your next summer holiday an unforgettable one? Visit Lake Geneva.

Shared by France and Switzerland, the lake is home to endless hours of fun. This includes swimming and boating, to name just two water sports. There are many others to try!

Remember – it’s not just the lake itself but everything around it. Cycling is a popular activity for those who love the fresh air and enjoying the views.

Those who aren’t keen on sport have plenty to do too. From salons to spas, there’s more than you could fit into one day!

Barcelonnette

Barcelonnette is stunning to look at. It’s home to picture-perfect views, street markets and colourful houses. In summer, you can appreciate this small French town in all its glory!

All the architecture has been inspired by Mexico. It’s as close as you can get to that part of the world without leaving Europe!

There’s plenty to do during a day-trip here. From dining out to taking part in a festival, it’s a hidden gem you don’t want to miss.

Book Your Accommodation

Ready to explore the French Alps in summer? All that’s left is to book your accommodation.

Alpine Infusion offer luxury ski chalets in the Three Valleys that will make your next holiday one to remember forever.  Tempted yet?