10 Must-Try Ski Resorts You Had No Idea Existed

Joseph Richard Francis

From the soaring heights of the Caucuses to the dusty plateaus of the Maloti Mountains, here is our list of the world’s top, unknown ski resorts – sure to get even the most dedicated fan of the Alps or Rocky Mountains pining for something a little different.


1. Cairngorm Mountain Resort, Scotland

Natural Feature, Ski Resort, Sports Center

Snowboarders and skiers on Burnside ski run, Cairngorm Mountain Ski Centre, by Aviemore, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland UK. Image shot 02/2013. Exact date unknown.
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Forget what you’ve been told – skiing in the United Kingdom is definitely possible. Thanks to the Scottish Highlands and the rugged hills of the Cairngorms National Park, the CairnGorm Mountain Resort now offers up as much as 30 kilometers of marked piste to eager riders from mid-December onwards (weather permitting). The runs range from shallow, long greens with majestic views over the surrounding hills, to speedy reds that carve their way down from the steep ridges of the Cairn Gorm summit at 1,200 meters up.

2. Oukaimeden, Morocco

Natural Feature, Ski Resort

Away from the bustling cities of Fez and Marrakesh, or the sun-kissed swathes of the Moroccan Steppe, Oukaimeden hails in as one of the few places in North Africa where it’s possible to ride the pistes just like in Europe. It’s situated near the soaring summits of the Atlas’ highest peak, Jebel Toubkal, and touts five separate runs, a chairlift and a smattering of drag-lifts on the smaller slopes. There are also a number of earthy Berber food joints on-site, cooking up aromatic bowls of bubbling tagine for those looking to take a break from the snow. Gudauri | © Paata Liparteliani/WikiCommons

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