Top 15 Worldwide Ski Resorts For Students

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Cerro Catedral, Argentina

Skiing not only boosts our overall happiness and well-being but is also beneficial for both our physical and mental health. Maintaining good mental and physical health is essential when we are studying, especially in a foreign country.

Altitude Futures has released a brand new ranking, taking into account all the facts that make a study location perfect for skiing.

The ski and snowboard instructor school has analyzed the following aspects to find the best location for skiing and studying:

  • Nearest University
  • University Location
  • Universities distance from Ski Resort
  • University Rating
  • Resort Beginner Slopes
  • Months in Season
  • Total Months in Season
  • Average Cost of Rent Based on a 1 Bed Central Apartment
  • One Way Local Transport Ticket Average Cost

Compiling all of the data, they gave each location a number out of 90 to be able to rank them by their overall number, therefore providing prospective students with all the information they need to study abroad. 

“We are aware that skiing is important for many students. We, therefore, know how disappointing it would be to move abroad to study, only to find there are no skiing opportunities for students during their free time. To ensure prospective students who love skiing truly enjoy their university experience abroad, we knew we had to delve deep into all things ski-related. We hope that we save people some time on their research, and also help them to avoid any nasty surprises!”

– Jon West, Altitude Future Director

In first place was the Cerro Catedral ski resort in Argentina, which scored 69 out of 90 points. The nearest University is La Universidad Rio Negro which is 13m away from the ski resort. There are 19m of beginner slopes and June to October are the months students can ski.

In second place was Kitzbuhel Ski Resort in Austria, which scored 68 out of 90 points. The nearest university is FH Kufstein Tirol which is 20m away from the ski resort. There are a total of eight months in the season to ski and the average cost of rent for a one-bedroom flat is $740.

In third place was Zermatt Ski Resort in Switzerland, which scored 67 out of 90 points. The nearest university is Aosta Valley which is 112m away from the ski resort. There are 47m of beginner slopes in the ski resort and the average cost of a one-way transport ticket is less than two bucks.

The overall results with their corresponding universities are:

#1: Cero Catedral

Viedma, Rio Negro, Argentina

A fine, winter morning at Cerro Catedral. | Photo courtesy Cerro Catedral

#2: Kitzbuhel

Kufstein, Tyrol, Austria

A view of the town of Kitzbuhel, Austria. Image courtesy of Tourist Destinations.

#3: Zermatt

Aosta, Aosta Valley, Switzerland

Zermatt with the iconic Matterhorn in the background. Image courtesy of Zermatt Matternhorn’s Facebook.

#4: Val d’Isere

Chambery, Savoy, France

#5: Courchevel

Chambery, Savoy, France

#6: Whistler Blackcomb

Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

Skier at Whistler Blackcomb. PC: Epic Pass via Facebook

#7: Cortina D’Ampezzo

Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy

#8: Vail Mountain Resort

Edwards, Colorado, USA

#9: Park City Mountain

Heber City, Utah, USA

Park City, UT
Park City, Utah; image:

#10: St Anton

Weingarten, Baden-Wurttemberg, Austria

#11: Niseko

Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan

#12: Chamonix

Chambery, Savoy, France

Strolling to Dinner in Picturesque Chamonix Village.

#13: St Moritz

Chur, Switzerland

#14: Aspen Snowmass

Denver, Colorado, USA

#15: Telluride

Gunnison, Colorado, USA

Mountain Town
Telluride, Colorado’s main drag. A ski town many dream to live in. Credit:

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