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One of the wonderful things about being a winter sports enthusiast is the ability to ski or snowboard in some of the most amazing places in the world. If you love to couple your sport with the fun of experiencing new places and cultures, then here are five of the top destinations in the world to add to your travel bucket list.

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1. Switzerland

The Swiss Alps have long been thought of as the epitome of luxury when it comes to a winter getaway. If you have some money to spend, then it is quite easy to go all-out on your visit and enjoy any of the elegant resorts that the Swiss Alps are home to. If you want a dose of history and high class with your skiing, you can’t do much better than St. Moritz. On the other hand, Klosters is an excellent option for those looking for a little more of a rural atmosphere.

Wherever you choose to stay, the Swiss Alps are sure to impress.

2. Canada

When it comes to “new world” winter sports destinations, Canada has pretty much everything you could possibly want. Whistler in British Columbia is one of those places where skiing and snowboarding are only two activities on a long list of winter sports that also includes snowshoeing and ice climbing. Then there’s also the fact that Canadians are some of the friendliest folks you’ll ever meet. With so much to do and so much hospitality, you might not ever want to leave this winter sports paradise!

3. Norway

If your idea of the perfect winter getaway includes wandering through the wintery wilderness, the Finnmark in Norway is the place for you. This Scandinavian city is home to some incredible alpine and cross-country skiing, as well as the time-honoured tradition of dog sledding. There are also frozen lakes abound in this picturesque setting.

While you are in the region, it is definitely worth coupling your visit to Norway with some time in other Scandinavian countries like Denmark and Sweden. This is easy and affordable with a travel company like Exoticca, which offers a range of Exoticca vacation packages that are ideal for winter sports enthusiasts.

4. Japan

There is no shortage of culture and beauty throughout the whole of Japan. Luckily for lovers of winter sports, some of the world’s best skiing can also be found on the slopes of Niseko, Japan. This location enjoys some of the most copious amounts of snowfall in the world, making it a firm favourite for many snow sports fanatics.

5. France

Another prime location that can be found in the Alps is Chamonix in France. This location is known for the luxury that comes with many of the skiing destinations located throughout the Alps, but it also has a reputation for being a prime party spot as well.

Furthermore, you can also try out some of the more extreme winter sports in Chamonix, like paragliding and base-jumping. So, if you love après and are looking for some advanced winter sporting to try out, this destination is definitely for you.

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