If you’re feeling a yearning for snowy slopes and fresh powder there are plenty of ways to enjoy the ski season from the comfort of your home. From immersive VR experiences where you can ‘ski’ your favourite slopes to virtual ski resorts you can still get a sense of the thrill of some of the best winter destinations around the globe.
Here’s our guide to the ten best virtual ski resorts and VR ski experiences to transport you to the mountains.
Take a virtual snowy ski run through Sweden’s enchanting Sälen resort
Sweden’s Sälen ski resort is packed with everything any ski lover could wish for. With four different ski areas which are perfect for novices through to experienced off-piste experts and even an enchanted forest Trollskogen to ski through, it’s easy to see why the area is so loved by fans of Scandinavian skiing.
Now you can get the thrill of taking to the slopes without stepping foot outside your home with a virtual ski resort video here which will take you through the best that Sälen has to offer.
This 360 degree video can be viewed on a smart phone and google cardboard viewer to get a truly immersive experience.
Take in a whole snow day in just a few minutes at Alpine Meadow, California USA
The legendary Californian ski resort Alpine Meadows has become one of the largest in the state ever since it combined with neighbouring Squaw Valley with a stunning six thousand acres of skiing to explore.
Squaw Valley was the location of the first double chair and hosted the Winter Olympics in 1960 and now it’s home to a wonderful mix of skiing activities. Take a digital tour through the best of Alpine Meadow here and sit back to enjoy the whole day passing by in just a few minutes.
It’s magical to see the sun rising over the valley slopes and watch the shadows lengthen from the snow-capped trees just moments later. You’ll feel refreshed and transported in minutes.
Experience the thrill of ski jumping at the world famous Holmenkollen, Norway
With a smart phone and a simple cardboard VR holder, you can experience something which is normally only seen by a select few. With enviable views across Norway’s capital Oslo the world famous ski jumping slope Holmenkollen is also the oldest of its kind.
But for armchair fans of winter sports, simply by putting on a VR headset you can become a ski jumper and take a leap from the slope and see exactly what the ski jumping experts see. A thrilling and immediate experience, don’t blink or you’ll miss all the fun and the incredible views.
Take a step into the VR world at Holmenkollen here.
Les Arcs, France – a dream in the Summer of Love is still a reality today
The glorious slopes of Les Arcs in France are well thought of in skiing circles. With a singular vision in the late 1960s, a host of experts set out to create what they envisioned would become one of the greatest ski areas on the planet.
Fifty years later the resort and reputation of Les Arcs continues to grow and delight skiers of all abilities, with many families taking to the slopes for the very first time and choosing Les Arcs as the perfect winter playground to begin their ski adventures.
You can reminisce about where it all began for Les Arcs and many first time skiers by checking out the resorts multitude of webcams across their slopes here.
Take a 360 degree tour of Italy’s Courmayeur Mont Blanc
On the Italian side of Mont Blanc away from Les Arcs, the resort of Courmayeur Mont Blanc oozes finesse and Italian sophistication. This delightful resort boast not only a historical skiing pedigree, but also stunning scenery.
This is best viewed from their stand out cable car, a 360 degree experience in the shape of the Skyway Monte Bianco. As it takes you up (3,500 metres!) the side of Mont Blanc you can take in the winter wonderland all around you.
For armchair skiing fans the views of the slopes and incredible backdrop are all available live from their webcams here. Sit back and take it all in.
Prepare for a breath taking double black diamond VR run in Alberta, Canada
For many of us the chance to zoom down a black run might be too much to handle, so the opportunity to step into a virtual ski resort experience and take on a double black diamond run from the comfort of our sofa seems too good to miss.
Where better to pull on your virtual ski boots than the world-renowned Lake Louise Ski Resort in Alberta, Canada. One of North America’s largest and arguably most beautiful ski resorts Lake Louise picked up the award for Canada’s best ski resort in 2019 in the World Ski Awards and judging by the immersive video you can really understand why.
Delve into Italy’s virtual ski resorts in the Dolomites
It’s time to grab your VR headset, or Google cardboard viewer once again and discover more of the beauty of Italian ski resorts, this time at the Dolomites in Trentino.
The dramatic scenery mixed with a seemingly endless array of winter sports and apres ski activities makes Trentino the perfect spot to experience a virtual ‘La Dolce Vita’.
You can download the Trentino VR app here and throw yourself into this VR world where you can see the sun rising at a mountain hut, speed down snowy slopes with snowboarders and discover the Spas and swimming pools. A true Italian VR delight.
Norway’s little-known winter hideaway Kvitfjell comes alive online
Norway’s Kvitfjell is the perfect winter hideaway. Think picture postcard log cabins complete with roaring fires, deep snow which your boots sink into as you make your way to the delightful restaurants perched high on the slopes and the best skiing slopes for miles around which will suit novice to expert alike.
Home to an Olympic ski run and even a miniature timed ski run for kids there’s much to admire about this little-known resort. You can take in the wide vistas and, if you’re lucky spot a glimpse of the Northern lights, at their webcams here.
Discover ‘Japow’ and wedding chapels made of ice on the ski slopes in Japan
Japan’s long envied ‘best snow in the world’ claim is something you can experience for yourself, even if you haven’t travelled that far East. There are numerous ski resorts across the country, old and new all offering incredible experiences on and off the piste.
My personal favourite is the resort of Tomamu, the upmarket ski destination in Hokkaido with hot springs, a wonderful mix of slopes for beginners through to expert skiers and an Ice Village complete with restaurants, shops and a wedding chapel.
Or why not transport yourself to Japan’s Mount Niseko Annipuru here and experience ‘Japow’ the world famous powder snow the country is famed for.
When Ski Lifts Go Wrong – Windows
If you’ve been inspired by all your virtual ski experiences and are now considering how to create your own resort, here’s a great computer app which will test your new-found virtual ski skills.
‘When Ski Lifts Go Wrong’ is an online game which challenges you to build and try out your own ski destination by putting in place the jumps, bridges and gondola lifts to get your skiers safely up and down the mountain.
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